“Bitters, Please”



How Many Persons Take a Nip Under the Guise of “Medicine.”

19 January 2014


It is a undisguised fact that many people indulge in alcoholic stimulants under the guise of medicines and that many patent-medicines enterprises make their projectors rich under the pretense of selling a remedy for disease which is little more than flavored alcohol, diluted.

Apple-Touch-IconAThere are some big time bitters listed in this 1882 notice in the Chicago Tribune. Alcohol tables were pulled from the Temperance Advocate. It is interesting that they classified the bitters in three classes, First Class: Those apparently manufactured for a Beverage, Third Class: Those whose medicinal properties or bitter taste render them unfit for a beverage. Second Class: Those occupying a middle place between a medicine and a beverage. These are not as palatable as No. 1, though they may be drunk as a beverage and like No. 1, are intoxicating.

I wonder who grouped and taste-tested these bitters?


Bitters article within the 21 December 1882 Chicago Tribune

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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2 Responses to “Bitters, Please”

  1. Pingback: Daily Dose January 2014 | Peachridge Glass

  2. tigue710 says:

    Quite a list! The first class bitters which were likely the most popular at the time remain the most popular I’d say!

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