Brady’s Family Bitters – “Every Body Takes It!”

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David C. Brady

BRADY’S FAMILY BITTERS

Louisville, Kentucky

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“EVERY BODY TAKES IT!”

06 April 2013 (R•120713-Louisville ads)

Apple-Touch-IconAIt was interesting to find out that Brady’s Family Bitters was being sold in Houston in 1869. Quite a few issues of The Houston Telegraph, which was issued daily, had a really nice advertisement for the product (see below). I suspect is was being shipped right down the Mississippi to New Orleans, where it was then transported to Houston and Allen’s Landing for off-loading. Their Trade Mark slogan was “Every Body Takes It!”

The earliest listing I could find for the bitters was in the Louisville Democrat newspaper in 1862. Later David C. Brady and Brady’s Family Bitters was advertised in many Louisville Directories (see below).

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The Carlyn Ring and W.C. Ham listing in Bitters Bottles as follows:

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BRADY’S // FAMILY / BITTERS // f //
10 x 2 3/4 (7 1/4) 1/4
Square, Amber and Yellow-olive, LTC, Applied mouth, 3 sp, Rare
Manufactured by D.C. Brady & Co. No. 226 Main Street, between 2nd and 3rd. (Louisville, Kentucky)

Louisville Kentucky City Directory 1865 Advertisement: Everybody takes it! Brady’s Family Bitters.

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1863 Louisville, Kentucky newspaper advertisement for Brady’s Celebrated Family Bitters

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1863 Louisville, Kentucky newspaper advertisement for Brady’s Nerve Bitters

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1863 Louisville, Kentucky newspaper advertisement for D. C. Brady & Co.

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Brady’s Family Bitters advertisement – The Houston Telegraph, Thursday, July 8, 1869

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Listing for David C. Brady – Brady’s Family Bitters – City Directories for Louisville, Kentucky › 1865

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BRADY’S FAMILY BITTERS in a very dark red amber with puce tone – Meyer Collection

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BRADY’S FAMILY BITTERS in a very lemony yellow olive (possibly unique color) – Meyer Collection

About Ferdinand Meyer V

Ferdinand Meyer V, President, Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors, is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and has a BFA in Fine Art and Graphic Design from the Kansas City Art Institute and School of Design. Ferdinand is the founding Principal of FMG Design, a nationally recognized design consultation firm. Ferdinand is a passionate collector of American historical glass specializing in bitters bottles, color runs and related classic figural bottles. Ferdinand is married to Elizabeth Jane Meyer and lives in Houston, Texas with their daughter and three wonderful grandchildren. The Meyers are also very involved in Quarter Horses, antiques and early United States postage stamps.
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