Dr. Langley’s Rocky Mountain Bitters


Dr. Langley’s Rocky Mountain Bitters

27 February 2014 (R•082314)

Apple-Touch-IconAHere is a odd handbill (below) from my collection representing Dr. Langley’s Rocky Mountain Bitters. The piece pictures the trade mark for the brand. My question is, is the Dr. Langley’s Rocky Mountain Bitters related to Dr. Langley’s Root and Herb Bitters? Looks like both Langley bitters may have been competing in some of the same markets. Unfortunately, I have not been able to find the family connection. Very mysterious.

The Carlyn Ring and W.C. Ham listing in Bitters Bottles is as follows:


Dr. J. H. Langley & Company, Proprietor New York
New York City Directory lists at 207 Fulton Street
The Courtland County Democrat (New York) October 15, 1869


Handbill with beautiful graphics for ‘Langley’s Rocky Mountain Bitters’ with
‘Price Current. A. D., 1867.’ – Meyer Collection


Flyer put out by J.H. Langley for his new Rocky Mountain Bitters. In it, Langley cautions the reader not to confuse his Rocky Mountain Bitters with the well known J.O. Langley’s Root and Herb Bitters. In the flyer, Langley alludes to his “Vegetable Bitters”. It apparently was his first attempt at a bitters medicine. It is another unlisted Bitters. – Gourd Collection

Here is an advertisement below for Dr. Langley’s Rocky Mountain Bitters from the Marshall County Republican (Plymouth, Indiana) in August 12, 1869. At the bottom of the ad it says, “Manufactured Only At The Proprietary Medicine Warehouse of Dr. J. H. Langley & Co., 207 Fulton Street, New York. Sold by all Druggists and Grocers throughout the Country.” Note the appearance now of “Dr.”.

LangleysRockyMountainBittersAdMarshall County Republican., August 12, 1869

Dr. Langley’s Rocky Mountain Bitters advertisement – Marshall County Republican (Plymouth, Indiana), August 12, 1869

Look at this tall, single column advertisement below for Rocky Mountain Bitters, Rocky Mountain Bitters Company, 207 Fulton Street, New York from The Sumter Watchman, May 04, 1870. Notice the absence of Langley’s name. Interesting.


Tall, single column advertisement for Rocky Mountain Bitters, 207 Fulton Street, New York. Notice the absence of Langley’s name and inclusion of Rocky Mountain Bitters Company – The Sumter Watchman (Sumterville, S.C.), May 04, 1870


Dr. Langley’s Rocky Mountain Beverage – The Standard Tonic Bitters of America advertisement

About Ferdinand Meyer V

Ferdinand Meyer V, President, Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors, 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. Ferdinand 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.
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