“recommended to females, children, travelers, ships captains and voyagers, laborers, planters as well as the general public.”
If you remember a few days back, I did a post on some eye-catching typography and typesetting for Jacobs Cordial. Read: Jacob’s Cordial – Some great typesetting and typography. In that post, near the end, I specifically said “I can not find a picture of this bottle. Can someone help me out? Who was Jacob and where was this cordial made?”
Well, let me tell you, not only did I receive an answer but rather a treasure trove and wealth of information came in from none other than Jack Stecher (Rochester, NY). Wait until you read his email and look at his pictures that he so graciously provided. My hat is off Jack. You continually amaze me with your knowledge and your bottle collection.
Good morning, Ferd:
After viewing and enjoying your recent post on Jacob’s Cordial typesetting and typography, I can add to your inquiry of where and when this product most likely originated. In fact, as you can see by the attached photos, it was manufactured and sold in the 1850s by Dr. Wm. W. Bliss & Co. of Savannah, Georgia, who, it so states, graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.
My bottle has sealed contents, wrapper, advertising pamphlet and a broadside expounding its many virtues. As advertised profoundly in the ad circular, it’s recommended to females, children, travelers, ships captains and voyagers, laborers, planters as well as the general public. Most all testimonials are dated 1853-54 and identify locales in both Georgia and Newark, New Jersey. It is also interesting to note it prescribes dosages all the way from the aged down to the newborn. Please feel free to use any or all the attached photos.
In closing, please also note that the Rochester, New York Bottle Show will be held Sunday, April,21, with dealer set up on Saturday, April 20. Anyone can access more information by going to the GVBCA website. View Show Ad