Dr. Stanley’s South American Indian Bitters
11 August 2013 (R•111215)
Currently on ebay there is a nice example of a Dr. Stanley’s South American Indian Bitters (see listing below). Yet another Indian name for a bitters product. The color of the ebay example reminded me of my example which is pictured below. There are actually two molds for the name.
Up for auction: Lykons, Pa. Dr. Stanley’s South American Indian Bitters Great Rare Color Clean Bitters is free of chips cracks or dinks. Has small lip nip from pulling cork, mentioned for accuracy and does not distract from display. Ask questions…..bid with confidence No reserve….goodluck – privvydigger (100% positive) See Listing
The Carlyn Ring and W.C. Ham listings in Bitters Bottles Supplement is as follows:
S 174 DR. STANLEY’S / SOUTH AMERICAN / INDIAN BITTERS // f // f // f // // b / 400
L … A. G. S. Stanley’s South American Indian Bitters, Prepared only by Dr. A. G. Stanley, Pharmaceutical Chemist, 280 Main Street, Lykens, Pennsylvania, USA
9 x 2 5/8 (6 3/8) 3/8
Square, Amber and Aqua, LTC, Tooled lip, Scarce
There are also amber examples with no base embossing.
Dr. Alfred Stanley was born in Salisbury, England in 1845. He learned the drug business working at several firms in London. In 1869, Dr. Stanley emigrated to the United States, landing in New York and then moving on to Philadelphia where he worked for Ellis & Co. In 1871 he moved to Lykens, Pennsylvania establishing a drug business on West Main Street.
Dr. Stanley put out a number of medicinal products from his drugstore including the South American Indian Bitters. He continued in business until 1904 when he sold his business to Dr. W. H. Uhler. Dr. Stanley died in 1917. Uhler continued producing the bitters until at least 1906 because they are labeled examples with the wording Guaranteed by A. G. Stanley under The Pure Food and Drug Act of June 30, 1906.
S 174.5 DR. STANLEY’S / SOUTH AMERICAN / INDIAN BITTERS // f // f // f // // b / W.T. CO. C U.S.A.
8 3/4 x 2 5/8 (6 3/8) 3/8
Square, Amber, LTC, Tooled lip, Scarce
This bottle varies from S 174 in that it is more square shouldered, slightly shorter, and there are slight variations in the embossing pattern.
1845: Alfred G. Stanley was born on January 24, 1845 in Salisbury, England.
Stanley attended the College of Salisbury. He would learn the drug business with Roberts & Son, who he spent four and one half years with. Then he went to London and worked for the well known firm Peter Boully, retail druggists of London.
1869: Dr. Stanley moved to America in 1869 and for a short time he lived in New York. He would move to Philadelphia were he would work for Ellis Sons & Co.
1871: In 1871 Dr. Stanley relocated to the corner of Main St. and Market St. in Lykens, Pennsylvania. Here he would open up his own drug business and general supply of all kinds of drugs. He acquired a reputation of being one of the most reliable druggist in the county along with the surrounding counties.
1872: Dr. A. G. Stanley, listed as a Warden, Christ Church, Lykens, 1872
1873: In 1873, Stanley was listed as one of the original Directors of the Gratz Driving Park and Horticultural Society. He was also the president of this long lived organization that is now known as the Gratz Fair Association. Dr. Stanley was President of Lykens Agricultural Society for three years. Stanley was a collector of rare stuffed birds from various parts of the world, which he had in his possession.
1873: Dr. Stanley was married in 1873 to Mary Spoeri in Lyken’s. They would have six children (Frederick A. Stanley, Chas J. Stanley, Wellington S. Stanley, Kate M. Stanley, Ray S. Stanley, Mabel B. Stanley. His son Frederick would became a druggist and work with him.
1878: Dr. Stanley put out a number of medicinal products from his drugstore including the South American Indian Bitters, which was produced from 1878 to 1906.
Advertisement: “Itch, Prairie Mange, and Scratches of every kind cured in 30 minutes by Woolford’s Sanitary Lotion. Use no other. This never fails. Sold by A. G. STANLEY, Druggist, Lykens.
Dose Glass: Compliments / of / Dr. A. G.Stanley / Druggist / Lykens, PA
1880: The American Journal of Pharmacy listed Dr. Stanley in the graduating class of 1880 from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy.
1887: Posing on Lykens Resevoir in 1887 (see below). Dr. Stanley is sitting on the far right.
1902: Two Listings for A. G. Stanley, druggist and manufacturer of Stanley’s Celebrated Indian Bitters (advertisement below) – 1902 Greater Harrisburg Area Polk Directory
1904: On May 25, 1904, Mr. Swab married Kate A. M. Stanley, daughter of Dr. A. G. Stanley, of Lykens, Pa., and they had one daughter, Arlene May.
1904: Dr. Stanley continued in business until 1904 when he sold his business to Dr. W. H. Uhler. Uhler continued producing the bitters until at least 1906 because they are labeled examples with the wording Guaranteed by A. G. Stanley under The Pure Food and Drug Act of June 30, 1906.
1917: Dr. Alfred Stanley died in 1917.
*Select references by Frank Wicker at BottlePickers.com