S.O. Dunbar & his Tomato (ya ya ya) Bitters
23 November 2014 (R•112514)
Bitters ephemera authority Joe Gourd, sent me the above handbill from the druggist, S. O. Dunbar from Taunton, Massachusetts. The Tomato, Sarsaparilla, Blackberry, Dandelion and Wild Cherry, Vegetable Compound Life Invigorating Bitters has to be the longest name for a bitters product ever. Samuel Oliver Dunbar pretty much spent his whole life in Taunton. We have heard from Mr. Dunbar before.
I didn’t have to look far for good information as Ed and Lucy Faulkner, from up Virginia way, had done a nice article in the FOHBC Bottles and Extras back in 2010. Makes sense, as Ed and Lucy are ink bottle authorities and Samuel O. Dunbar sold some neat inks. Read article.
The Carlyn Ring and W.C. Ham listing in Bitters Bottles is as follows:
T 35 L … Tomato, Sarsaparilla, Blackberry, Dandelion and Wild Cherry, Vegetable Compound Life Invigorating Bitters
S. O. Dunbar / TAUNTON / MASS. // c //
7 1/4 x 3 1/4 (4 1/2)
Round, Aqua, FM,
with pour spout, Rough pontil mark
Dunbar was a noted manufacturer on ink which may explain the Bitters label on a pour spout bottle commonly associated with ink.
Taunton Directory (Mass.) 1850
1836: Samuel Oliver Dunbar publishes a Map of the town of Taunton, with a view of the public buildings (see below) – Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library See Map
1855: S.O. Dunbar, Director, Farmers’ Insurance Company – Taunton, Massachusetts City Directory
1875: S.O. Dunbar & Son, 10 and 11 Bank Row, City square, druggists – The Bristol County Directory and History
1880: S.O. Dunbar, Drugs and Chemicals, Taunton, Bristol, Massachusetts – United States Federal Census
1893: Dunbar’s Drug Store, drugs, stationery, etc. 51 City sq. cor Lincoln (see advertisement below) – Taunton, Massachusetts City Directory