Salmon’s Perfect Stomach Bitters – Manhattan
24 August 2014 (R•100514)
Bill Ham picked up a pretty rare Salmon’s Perfect Stomach Bitters on a table at the recent FOHBC 2014 Lexington National and flipped it to me for a couple hundred bucks. Not a terribly exciting bottle but a tough one to find. We both thought it should be rated extremely rare though Bill and Carlyn Ring rated it rare previously in Bitters Bottles. We both had not seen another example before and the book says one was dug in New York State. Could this be that example?
S 19 SALMON’S PERFECT STOMACH BITTERS
SALMONS / PERFECT / STOMACH / BITTERS // f // f // f //
9 1/2 x 2 1/2 x (7 1/4) 3/8
Square, Amber, LTC, Tooled lip, Rare
Dug in New York State.
Not much to go on here but I look at New York as the example was dug there. Bingo! I quickly figure out that we are talking about Maximillian or Max Salmon. Max was Canadian born and spent time in his early 20’s as a liquor store clerk in Baltimore. His father, Philip Salmon had a liquor store in Baltimore so presumably, Max worked there. Max’s sister was Sarah Salmon Grosner of the Grosner’s menswear dept store in Baltimore. Finding a wife in New York City leads Max to move to Manhattan and become a wine and liquor merchant in the early 1890s.
Max stays in this profession until about 1915 when he moves to the insurance business. From 1907 to 1912 he is the proprietor of Salmon Bitters Company at 1954 3rd Avenue in Manhattan. Make sure you read the news clipping from 1893 below where Max gets in trouble with the law for selling wine to two thirteen year olds who also purchased a gun to accompany their mischief. You might get in a wee bit more trouble if you did that nowadays.
1857: Max(millian) Salmon, born 31 March 1857 in Canada. Parents Philip Salmon (1830-1902), born 23 Sept 1830 in Friedeberg Neumark, Brandenburg, Pommern, Prussia, Germany and Mina “Minnie” Bamburg (1831-1915), born 15 September 1831 in Prague, Austria.
1861: Max Salmon living in Arthabaska, Quebec, Canada – 1861 Census of Canada East
1880: Max Salmon, Living in Baltimore City, Maryland, Clerk in Store – United States Federal Census
1890: Marriage to Sophie Stern (1858 – 1943) in Manhattan, New York, Children: Wallace Arthur Salmon (1891-1959), Leo Jerome Salmon (1894-1936), Stella Salmon (1896-1904), Joseph Harold Salmon (1899-1972)
1893: Max Salmon fined $500 for selling wine to underage youths (see below)
1900: Max Salmon, Living in Manhattan, New York, Wine Merchant – United States Federal Census
1907-12: Salmon Bitters Company (R.T.N.) Max Salmon, 1954 3rd Ave – The Trow (formerly Wilson’s) Copartnership and Corporation Directory of New York City
1910: Max Salmon, Wine and Liquor Merchant, Manhattan Ward 12 – United States Federal Census
1915: Max Salmon, Life Insurance Agent, 3671 Broadway – New York State Census
1917: Max Salmon, New York Life Insurance Company, h. 3671 Broadway – New York City Directory
1918: Happy New Year from Max Salmon – New York Times, Sunday, September 8, 1918 (see below)
1920: Max Salmon, Life Insurance Agent, 3671 Broadway, Manhattan, New York – United States Federal Census, and New York City Directory
1925: Max Salmon: Death 6 November 1925 in New York City, buried Ridgewood, Queens County, New York