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25 September 2018 | Tuesday
Post update for NECTAR BITTERS with this super example from Matthew Tigue Levanti. Read: Professor Lennords or Leonnard’s or Leonard’s Celebrated Nectar Bitters
21 September 2018 | Friday
1766 bitters advertisement for Purl Bitters, by Virtue of the King’s Patent. Pretty darn early. From The Public Advertiser (London), Saturday, October 18, 1766. There are actually earlier ads. A bitters from across the pond.
16 September 2018 | Sunday
Found an unlisted bitters advertisement for Smith’s Morning Star Bitters in The Topeka Weekly Times, Thursday, June 22, 1871 (only year).
14 September 2018 | Friday
An encrusted Drake’s Plantation Bitters submitted by Matthew T. Levanti. Read: Log Cabin Series – Drake’s Plantation Bitters
10 September 2018 | Monday
AVAILABLE: Brown’s Celebrated Indian Herb Bitters (figural Indian Queen) for $10 to $15 a bottle…… in 1954! Hartford Courant, Sunday, October 31, 1954.
09 September 2018 | Sunday
Jackson’s Aromatic Life Bitters – Chris Bubash has recently found reference to a Dr. Jackson’s Aromatic Life Bitters being sold in Illinois in 1855 and a Dr. J.B Jackson which prompted a post update. Here are a few support pieces he found. Not sure if it is the same guy. The glass sure does not look like Chicago or St. Louis glass. We need to reference Bottled in Illinois. Would someone check?
08 September 2018 | Saturday
A cool advertising trade card for Dr. Hoofland’s Celebrated German Bitters. This bitters was put out from around 1850 to 1892. That’s quite a run.
07 September 2018 | Friday
Flying back home today. Business on the East Coast all week. Lot’s happening but looking forward to being back in the nest. Interesting ad submitted by Mark Wiseman for Dr. Smith’s Magic Bitters! Could be unlisted. Need to check out the books.
04 September 2018 | Tuesday
03 September 2018 | Monday (Labor Day)
Post Update: Figural Pig Series | Suffolk Bitters
01 September 2018 | Saturday
Post update: THE NATIONAL BITTERS – Schlichter & Zug | Walton & Zug | J.S. Walton
30 August 2018 | Thursday
Post update: Old Home Bitters – Wheeling, West Virginia
“The Terminal” Love this picture. Arguably one of the most famous photos of a rail horsecar in New York City, by famed photographer Alfred Stieglitz. Taken in 1893 – The J. Paul Getty Museum
29 August 2018 | Wednesday
Hiram Purdy was engaged for many years in the wholesale liquor trade. He was the inventor of the metal showcase and was the projector of the first horse street railway in New York, named the Bowery and Third avenue line which was built in 1854.
Post update: My Purdy’s Bitters Mystery Solved!
27 August 2018 | Monday
Putting some Old Sachem Bitters and Wigwam Tonic barrels back on shelves after HARVEY.
26 August 2018 | Sunday
25 August 2018 | Saturday
Post Update: General housekeeping and material from Eric McGuire.
21 August 2018 | Tuesday
Old Sachem Bitters Headquarters almanac illustration. Image from Ted Krist. The “T S, X C, M R, 1858” copy exists here too. Still need to figure that out.
20 August 2018 | Monday
Looks like an unlisted bitters. Rauch’s Cordial Magen Bitters ad from The Catholic Telegraph, 27 September 1865.
F. W. Rauch’s Cordial. Recomendad by Dr. Quinn, Dr. Dav. O’Connell, Dr. McMillan, Dr. Emmerth, Dr. Neumann, Dr. Greve, and others. F. W. Rauch’s Cordial has gained, in the short time of its sale, so many friends, and has relieved ao many persons of pains and diaeasss, that the manufacturer deems it his duty toward mankind, to make it known as far as possible. It is a pleasant and wholesome beverage. It benefits the Stomach, Kidneys, Bladder, Lungs, Throat, Brains, Eyes, &c. Fortifying the bowels it nullifies the consequences of weakness, may they be Diarrheaa, Costiveness, or Vomiting. It has been used with great benefit against Headache, Whites, Cough, Catarrh, &c. It is excellent as a tonic, cephalic, diuretic, and carminative. For sale at Drug Stores, Groceries and Saloons. Manufactured bv F.W. Rauch. No. 9 1/2 Twelfth Street, Cincinnati
19 August 2018 | Sunday
Some decorative Landsberg and Professor Byrne bottles seeing the light of day since being packed up from Hurricane Harvey. About this time last year.
Added this cool green, small-size Atwood’s Quinine Tonic Bitters to my collection. Embossed BOSTON. Thank you Chris Eib.
17 August 2018 | Friday
Prior to Elias Koopman founding of the American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, he was also the founder of The Magic Introduction Company. He later headed the Runsyne Corporation, a maker of electrical signs. Jason Champlin points out interesting enough, there was a bottle made from the Magic Introduction Company.
14 August 2018 | Tuesday
Hi Ferdinand – I have a labeled Huntington’s Golden Tonic Bitters with two labels that I thought you’d like to see. It confirms that Alpheus was the proprietor of the medicine. The back label also has a 4 cent Proprietary tax stamp dated March 13, 1870. Additional photos are of a pontiled med with his name and Monmouth ME embossed. The other bottle is smooth base with Portland ME embossed. Alpheus moved from Monmouth to Portland (Deering) sometime between 1863 and 1867. He was still located in Deering selling meds as late as 1885. The Horse and Ox liniment ad is from 1860 and the ad for his spruce gum and Golden Tonic Bitters is from 1869. Cheers – Sam Fuller, Stockton Springs ME
13 August 2018 | Monday
Found this newspaper clipping last night confirming George N.W. Bryant started his apothecary business in NYC on March 19, 1845. Post updated.
11 August 2018 | Saturday
Nice embossed Walters & Co. Baltimore, 3-piece mold cylinder in a beautiful yellow amber found by Thomas Johnson.
08 August 2018 | Wednesday
Ted Krist gets the bottle “Hawk Eye” award this month for spotting this Old Sachem Bitters bottle sitting on the center top shelf of a Thompson & Co. Grocer ad in 1860.
07 August 2018 | Tuesday
Pocahantas Bitters update. Based on new material provided by bitters authority Ted Krist at the 2018 Cleveland National, we now know that there was a ‘Yates’ Ferguson who is the “Y.” Ferguson embossed on the bottle. This makes finding information a bit easier.
06 August 2018 | Monday
Super Ted Krist Bitters display at the Cleveland National wins BEST IN SHOW! Ted also gave a seminar on bitters.
05 August 2018 | Sunday
Capital Tonic Bitters prepared byJ.R. Chessman, Burlington, New Jersey. Looks to be an unlisted bitters. The Bucks County Gazette, Thursday, October, 22 1891 (Bristol, Pennsylvania)
30 July 2018 | Monday
Hi Ferdinand: I’m in need of your top notch research skills once again. I have a New York? bitters? bottle that I’m coming up blank on. So I know it’s got to be extremely SUPER rare. This one appears to have been blown in the same triangular mold as the triangular B 15, Balsdon’s Golden Bitters. Also a New York bottle. Now, Ring & Ham list three variants of Malakoff Bitters; the M 14 and 15 in Bitters Bottles; and then the M 15.5 in Bitters Bottles Suplement. This one however, looks to be an unlisted, label only bitters, but with only the name MALAKOFF very largely embossed on one panel; and on the other, is LINDENTHAL BRO’S N.Y. (pics included)
So you get around. Do you recall ever coming across this bottle before in your travels? I’m very interested to find out what, if anything, that you’re able to come up with. Thank you Ferdinand. Enjoy the Cleveland expo.
Regards, Chris (Eib)
[PRG] Chris: Your Malakoff by Lindenthal is one killer bottle. Crazy bold. typography. Never seen it before! Looks to be a Russian brand. Malakoff Stomach Elixir from this New York Tribune, 1871 ad. Not related to New Orleans bitters brand.
29 July 2018 | Sunday
Found this 1867 ad for Dr. Atherton’s Dew Drop Bitters.
15 July 2018 | Sunday
Hi Ferdinand, I wanted you to have these pictures of the Peychaud’s in my collection. I was reading the Appomattox river find. Best regards, David Jackson
07 July 2018 | Saturday
Sorry, been on summer break so to speak. Jeff Wichmann has a new Charles Lediard bottle I have not seen before in his current American Bottle Auctions | Auction 65.