“Where Shall I Spend The Summer?” – Burdock Blood Bitters


“Where Shall I Spend the Summer?”


01 October 2013

Apple-Touch-IconAThe other day I posted the above image of a trade card (from Daves Great Cards Galore) and said “I havent’t seen this example of a Burdock Blood Bitters trade card before. Interesting and a bit humerous with the illustrators caricature of presumably a Jewish hotel keeper.”

This prompted an email from bitters trade card authority Joe Gourd who said that the Hotel Keeper was part of a four-card Burdock Blood Bitters series. Joe was kind enough to send images of his examples below. Odd humor but really cool cards.

Snake Stories for Summer

Bill Cornfodder, one of the oldest inhabitants will tell you something about Snakes.


Where Shall I Spend The Summer?

The Cashier had thought of Canada, But spent it in Jail. Hotel De Sing Sing.


Where Shall I Spend The Summer?

Simkins – thinks the Sea Shore decidedly bracing.


Where Shall I Spend The Summer?

The Hotel Keepers Smile This Summer during July and August. Please see that it is charged in the Bill.


More on Burdock Blood Bitters:

A Variety of Burdock Blood Bitters Trade Cards

Part I of a 3-part series on “Burdock Blood Bitters”

Burdock Blood Bitters – Part II – 1889 Almanac

Burdock Blood Bitters – Part III – Labeled Bottle and More

About Ferdinand Meyer V

Ferdinand Meyer V 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. He 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. Ferdinand is the past 6-year President of the Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors and is one of the founding members of the FOHBC Virtual Museum.
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