The Shakers and Medicinal Herbs Poster
18 x 21 in (46 x 53 cm)
"(About 1830) A religious group, the Shakers, inaugurated the medicinal herb industry in the United States. Tons of pressed herbs and extracts were produced under the Shaker label, which became internationally known for quality and reliability."
Original vintage poster showing a Shaker family at work. We have the Shakers to thank for the birth of the medicinal herb industry in that United States—you can tell that grinning boy on the right knows he's making history.
Born in Grand Rapids, Missouri in 1915, Robert Thom is a notable American illustrator. Thom is best-known for his historical scenes, as exemplified in this series of works, A History of Pharmacy in Pictures. This series was commissioned by Parke-Davis Company, a subsidiary of Pfizer, and was printed serially throughout the 50s. The 40 pieces were created in partnership with the Institute for the History of Pharmacy at the University of Wisconsin. Thom started his career as a commercial illustrator for Detroit Edison and General Motors in 1939. After six years, Thom left these companies behind and shifted to being an independent artist. Thom began taking commissions for paintings and attracted big-name clientele. An important contributor to American illustration, Thom’s realistic work can be seen at the Baseball Hall of Fame and the White House.
Artist: Robert A. Thom
Printer: Parke, Davis & Company