J. Falke’s Manual for Barbers, Hair-Dressers, Dyers and Druggists
Manufacturer’s of St. Jacob’s Bitters
10 December 2013 (R•060719)
Thanks to Joe Gourd for the Against Prohibition trade card post yesterday. On the reverse of one of the trade cards was some information on J. Falke & Co., listed as the manufacturers for St. Jacob’s Bitters. This bitters appears to be unlisted and f0r now, is being treated separately from the embossed Saint Jacob’s Bitters bottle from Cincinnati.
Here are some rather interesting and suggestive cards from Joe’s collection. The titles are precious. You do a double-take on this first example.
Here is a puzzle card from Joe’s collection. The reverse note’s that Falke’s St Jacob’s Bitters is manufactured by the Falke – Hall Medicine Co., St. Louis, Mo.
The new listing in Bitters Bottles Supplement 2 is as follows:
F 1.2 FALKE’S ST. JACOB’S BITTERS, Puzzle Card.- Find Bull, Two Deer, Camel, Chicken, Shrimp, Face, Monkey, Old Man Smoking Pipe, and a Bottle of St. Jacob’s Bitters. (over) Falke’s St. Jacob’s Bitters. A Sure Cure for Dyspepsia, Nervous Debility, and a Never Failing Appetizer and Blood Purifier. Manufactured by The Falke-Hall Medicine Co., St. Louis, Mo.
F 1.2 ST. JACOB’S BITTERS, Against Prohibition Series (reverse) The Falke Leads Them All (logo) J. Falke & Co. Manufactures of St. Jacob’s Bitters., Family Medicines, Laboratory, 418 Elm Street, St. Louis, Mo. J. Falke & Company dates the card from 1883 to 1888 when the company changed its name to The Falke-Hall Medicine Company.
J. Falke’s Manual
I thought I would look up and confirm the connection and see what else I could find out about J. Falke & Co. Family Medicines in St. Louis, Missouri. Not only did I find the Julius Falke patent number for the bitters, I found this cool Manual for Barbers and Hair Dressers.
J. Falke’s Manual or Self-Instructor in the Art of Chemistry for Barbers, Hair Dressers, Dyers and Druggists Compiled from Original Discoveries
Published by Julius Falke – A. Ungar & Co., Printers, St. Louis, Mo., 1882
Read: Julius Falke’s Manual
This is a “recipe” book providing ingredients and specific instructions in how to prepare hair dyes, skin ointments, etc.
Partial contents: Preface, General Introductory remarks about tonsorial art, Instructions for making Bay rum, Bay Rum Cologne, Gum of Benjamin (Lime Juice), Eau de Cologne, Florida Water, Face Powder, White, Face Powder Violet and Rose, Quick Depilatory (for removing hair), Rose Cold Cream, Cold Cream, Violet Cold Cream Imitation, Camphor Ice, Hair Invigorator or Hair Tonic, Ordinary Hair Tonic, Cream Capillara or Hair Tonic, Hair Invigorator, Sea Foam or Egg Shampoo, Sea Foam Tonic (Egg Shampoo), Pomatum, Bear’s Grease Pomatum, Pomade Philicome, Benzoinated Pomade, Lightening Hair Dye (Black), Remarks in regard to the Art of Dying, Hair Dye Black, Hair Dye Brown, Hair Oils – Hair Oil Philicome, Hair Oil, Ointment for Curing all Diseases of the Skin, Kah-Kan-Kee, Hair Restorative, Instructions About Barbershops, Looking Glasses, Looking Glass Brackets and Wash Stand, Instructions – Portable Wash Stand, Cup Case – Barber Poles, General Instructions, Cosmetic or Stick Pomatum, Eureka Safe Hair, Salbrina.
There is a fold-out map of St. Louis in the back of book. Measures 18″ wide x 8 /14″ tall “Map of the City of St. Louis showing the central portions of the city only. R. P. Studley & Co., Publishers – 221 North Main St. Index to Numbers in red: Turner’s Hall (headquarters), Central, Concordia, West, Social, Nort, Carondelet, Fait Grounds, Schnaider’s Garden, Merchant’s Exchange, Masonic Hall, Union Depot, Court House. The map also shows: Street Car lines run to or near the Fair Grounds: Benton-Bellefontaine Line, Citizen’s Line, Cass Avenue & Fair Ground Line, Mound City Line, St. Louis Line, Union Line, Rate of Fare (5 cents, slips of five tickets good on an line, to be had from Conductors.
Select Date Listings for Julius Falke:
It would seem that St. Jacob’s Bitters dates from the 1883 patent date noted below. The top trade card represented within this post for St. Jacob’s Bitters says J. Falke & Company which dates the card from 1883 to 1888 when the company changed its name to The Falke-Hall Medicine Company. This period dates from 1888 to 1890. A second Falke’s St. Jacob’s Bitters trade card from Joe Gourd with The Falke-Hall Medicine Co. copy is pictured at the bottom of this post.