June | 2019
21 June 2019 | Friday
Hutchings Vegetable Dyspepsia Bitters – New York reference on the back flap of an envelope. Only 2 known. One in black and one damaged one in brown. Ben Swanson has both in his collection.
15 June 2019 | Saturday
Still working on ‘G’ listings added to Bitters Bottles Supplement 2. All from the Joe Gourd collection.
G 89.5 L … Grandfather’s Perfect Orange Bitters, Portrait, A Compound American Product. Established 1885. Guaranteed Under the Food and Drugs Act June 30 1906, Serial No. 18290
G 89.7 GRANDMA’S WILD CHERRY BITTERS, Indianapolis Cordial Co. Sole Manufacturers of Grandpa’s Celery and Pepsin Bitters and Grandma’s Wild Cherry Bitters, Oval illustrations of Grandpa and Grandma pouring their respective bitters. Trade Mark, Indianapolis, Sep 26 1900
G 89.9 GRANDPA’S CELERY AND PEPSIN BITTERS, Indianapolis Cordial Co. Sole Manufacturers of Grandpa’s Celery and Pepsin Bitters and Grandma’s Wild Cherry Bitters, Oval illustrations of Grandpa and Grandma pouring their respective bitters. Trade Mark, Indianapolis, Sep 26 1900
14 June 2019 | Friday
Some new ‘G’ listings added to Bitters Bottles Supplement 2. All from the Joe Gourd collection.
G 42.3 Gilbey’s Orange Bitters, W. J. Van Schuyver & Co. Wholesale Wine and Liquor Dealers, 63 Front St., Portland, Oregon. Agents for Cyrus Noble Whiskies, W. A. Gilbey’s Orange Bitters etc.
Advertisement: The Gazette (Montreal, Quebec), April 17, 1919, Quality Liquor Store, Liqueurs, Gilbey’s Orange Bitters, $1.25 Per Bottle
G 43.5 DOCTOR GILMAN’S FIFTY CENT TONIC BITTERS, Laboratory of Gilman, Dorsey & Co., Depot for Doctor Gilman’s Home Remedies, Fifty Cent Tonic Bitters, Stimulant, Diuretic and Alterative, Columbia, Mo., March 19, 1873
G 45.5 GIPSY STOMACH BITTERS, Henry C. MacErlain, Broker and Wholesale Dealer in Straight Rye Whiskies. Proprietor of the Gipsy Stomach Bitters and the Wild Myrtle Bitters. Branch Office: N. W. Cor. Fourth and Dauphin Streets, Philadelphia, 187_
W 116.3 WILD MYRTLE BITTERS, Henry C. MacErlain, Broker and Wholesale Dealer in Straight Rye Whiskies. Proprietor of the Gipsy Stomach Bitters and the Wild Myrtle Bitters. Branch Office: N. W. Cor. Fourth and Dauphin Streets, Philadelphia, 187_
G 73.5 GOODWIN’S LA REE BITTERS, Blood Tonic, 130 Franklin St., Baltimore, Md. Front duotone illustrations of children. Reverse blank.
G 73.5 GOODWIN’S LAREE BITTERS & BLOOD TONIC, Strictly a French Preparation, John H. Goodwin. Proprietor, No. 130 Franklin Street., Baltimore.
The Bristol News (Bristol, Va. & Tenn.) October 3, 1882 also The Democratic Advocate (Westminster, Maryland), April 1, 1882
13 June 2019 | Thursday
Cool trade cards from Joe Gourd. New reference in BBs2.
G 8.3 GEE’S MANDRAKE BITTERS, Illustrated drummer boy with horn playing monkey. Gee’s Pharmacy, Emporium for the Celebrated Mandrake Bitters & Pills, Madison, N.J., reverse blank.
The Madison Eagle, July 23, 1897, Gee’s Mandrake Bitters are being received with the same favor that they met with twenty years ago. Charles B. Gee, Dispensing Druggist, Burnet Block
11 June 2019 | Tuesday
‘Red’ hot Baker’s Orange Grove Bitters on this Hot Texas day!
10 June 2019 | Monday
Dear Mr. Meyer,
I am the project historian for the San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site, located just west of Houston on I-10 near Sealy. Our village, the home of Stephen F. Austin, was burned in March 1836. The Texas Historical Commission has been excavating a number of sites as part of our development of a new museum.
I am analyzing archeological artifacts for a furnishings plan for several reconstructed log cabins at the site. I have found the Peachridge Glass website to be very helpful, and in fact was looking for a contact for Mark Vuono to ask a question about a glass fragment that appears to me to be from a scroll flask. When I noticed that you are a Houston-area neighbor I thought I would start with you.
My first question for Mr. Vuono (and for you as well) is if this fragment looks to your experienced eye to be from a scroll flask? If so, would the size of star varied among the sizes of flasks, and if so, is it possible to determine the size of this flask based only on the surviving piece?
I very much would appreciate any insight. Please feel free to comment or put me in touch with Mr. Vuono.
I have a number of glass items that I am trying to identify and find usable copies (preferably reproduction) to use in my furnishings for a “hands-on” exhibit.
Thank you for any insight or help.
[PRG] I was able to confirm that it was indeed a star fragment from an aqua scroll flask. A quick study looks like it might be from a Louisville Glass Works quart scroll.
Some additional Fernet Bitters pieces with new catalog numbers for BBS2. All from Joe Gourd. Fernet is an Italian type of amaro, a bitter, aromatic spirit. Fernet is made from a number of herbs and spices which vary according to the brand, but usually include myrrh, rhubarb, chamomile, cardamom, aloe, and especially saffron, with a base of grape distilled spirits.
C 88.6 L … Cee-Bee Fernet Style Bitters, Manufactured by The Cook & Bernheimer Co. New York, U.S.A. Guaranteed under the Pure Food & Drugs Act of June 30th 1906. Registered Guarantee No. 2643
F 15.5 L … Fernet – Bitters A Compound. Illustration of bottle with Fernet Bitters in script diagonally across the label. Logo monogram background pattern FB in circle with outer ring reading Fernet-Bitters. Superior to all other Fernets.
G 61.5 L … Gold Lion Fernet Style Bitters, Liqueur Quality, Manufactured by The Cook & Bernheimer Co. New York, U.S.A. Guaranteed under the Pure Food & Drugs Act of June 30th 1906. Registered Guarantee No. 2643. See s2C 88.6
09 June 2019 | Sunday
Three really cool pieces of Joe Gourd bitters ephemera written up today in Bitters Bottle Supplement 2.
G 97.5 Doctor Gray’s Great Eastern Bitters Manufacturing Co., Capital Stock $300,000. $10.00 Per Share. Illustration sidewinder paddle steamer sailing ship. Excerpt from the Carlisle Weekly Herald (Carlisle, Pennsylvania), June 7, 1877. Dr. Gray, the compounder of Gray’s Great Eastern Bitters, an alternative and tonic, resided in Philadelphia, in a little shop on the avenue, the front of which is placarded with posters and dodgers of all colors advertising the proprietor’s certain cure-all.
Diecut Poster or Sign
G 72.5 DR. GOOD’S AMERICAN STOMACH BITTERS, Beautiful young woman peering through floral lattice and curtain. The Great Tonic, Appetizer and Vitalizer. It Regulates the Liver and Kidneys and Preserves Life to a Sunshiny Old Age.
G 122 L … Dr. Gruessie – Adams. Krauter Bitter
// (motif monogram) HUA // c //
9 7/8 x 2 1/2 (5)
Appenzell in der Schweiz. Crest and shield, illustrations of cabin and seaside port with town, mountains and train. Gruessie Adams Dr. M. in script on bottom. Appenzell is a historic canton in the northeast of Switzerland.
07 June 2019 | Friday
Back on the saddle trying to distinguish and update Saint Jacob’s Bitters (Cincinnati) and St. Joseph Bitters (St. Louis) historical posts and upcoming Bitters Bottles Supplement 2 listings. The S 13 Saint Jacob’s Bitters had the label, colors, and base information updated from BBs.
S 13 SAINT JACOB’S BITTER’S // f // f // f // // b // K Y G W CO // b // McC
L … Celebrated Saint Jacob’s Bitters, Saint Jacob’s Bitters Company, Cincinnati.
8 3/4 x 2 3/4 (6 1/2) 3/8
Square, Amber, Red amber, Yellow, LTC, Tooled lip and Applied mouth, Rare
BAR p100, TMS 359, WAT L114
Trade Mark December, 1882
Variant bottle known with an unmarked base.
The St. Jacob’s Bitters from St. Louis is only known from Joe Gourd trade cards.
F 1.2 FALKE’S ST. JACOB’S BITTERS, Puzzle Card.- Find Bull, Two Deer, Camel, Chicken, Shrimp, Face, Monkey, Old Man Smoking Pipe, and a Bottle of St. Jacob’s Bitters. (over) Falke’s St. Jacob’s Bitters. A Sure Cure for Dyspepsia, Nervous Debility, and a Never Failing Appetizer and Blood Purifier. Manufactured by The Falke-Hall Medicine Co., St. Louis, Mo.
F 1.2 ST. JACOB’S BITTERS, Against Prohibition Series (reverse) The Falke Leads Them All (logo) J. Falke & Co. Manufactures of St. Jacob’s Bitters., Family Medicines, Laboratory, 418 Elm Street, St. Louis, Mo. J. Falke & Company dates the card from 1883 to 1888 when the company changed its name to The Falke-Hall Medicine Company.
05 June 2019 | Wednesday
Lot’s of tropical moisture and rain coming in off the gulf today. Up to 6″ rain predicted. Need to get these dogs out! Anyway, updated post and listings for Jockey Club House Bitters. This nice card is from Joe Gourd.
Also updated Imperial Crown Bitters. This is a really cool bitters as an example was found in Maine with a small paper hand-written druggist note dated July, 1870 attached to bottle.
I 4 IMPERIAL / CROWN BITTERS // f // HARRISON & STARKS / DAVENPORT, IOWA // f //
10 x 3 (7 7/8) 3/8
Oversized Square, Amber, LTC, Applied mouth, 2 sp, Extremely rare.
The ‘S’ in ‘STARKS’ runs over the panel edge.
Example found in Maine with a small paper hand-written druggist note dated July, 1870 attached to bottle.
I 4 IMPERIAL CROWN BITTERS, Use Imperial Crown Bitters, For Dyspepsia, For Liver Complaint, For Dysentery, For Debility, For All Disorders! Sold wholesale and retail by Harrison & Starks, Proprietors, Davenport, Iowa., The Rock Island Argus, February 10, 1870
Here are two more trade cards from Joe Gourd for Edwards’ Mandrake Bitters and Eagle Bitters that inspired new listings in BBs2.
E 24.5 EDWARDS’ MANDRAKE BITTERS, Illustration child and cat on front, Reverse, Edwards’ Mandrake Bitters with Dandelion, Malt and Hops, For the Liver, Kidney, Nerves and Blood. 50 Cents per Bottle. 6 Bottles for $2.50. Edwards Chemical Co., Reading, For Sale by John B. Raser, Druggist, 154 & 156 N. 6th Street, Reading, Pa.
John B. Raser, druggist, 146 N. 6th, Reading, Pennsylvania, City Directory, 1877
E 24.5 EDWARD’S MANDRAKE BITTERS, The world’s greatest renovator and health restoring tonic. A kidney, nerve and blood remedy that has proved its value for more than 50 years. 50c., or 6 Bottles for $2.50. Prepared by Wm. H. Raser, Sixth and Walnut Sts., Reading Times, May 11, 1907. Ads for the bitters continued up to 1939. William H. Raser was the son of Dr. John Bernard Raser.
E 4.5 EAGLE BITTERS, (front portrait exotic woman) Compliments of Robert Atkinson & Co., St. Louis, Mo. (reverse price list) We offer the Home Manufacturing Co’s Celebrated Preparations. Home Stomach Bitters, qts., 1 doz. in case $6.00, pts. 2 doz. in case $6.50, Eagle Bitters, qts., 1 doz. in case $4.75. These goods require no U. S. Government license when sold as a medicine. See s2H 157
04 June 2019 | Tuesday
Cleaning up the Lincoln Bitters listings in Bitters Bottles Supplement 2. The first ad is important because the bitters was manufactured by Winkelmann Bitters Company in Fort Wayne in 1917. Robert Alfred Winkelmann was listed as a naturopath in 1918. The second advertisement shows the full Lincoln Bitters graphics campaign in 1920. The company name is now Lincoln Bitters Co.
L 94 LINCOLN BITTERS, Reasons Why everybody should use Lincoln Bitters, the great and powerful Anti-Auto Toxin Remedy, The Unexcelled Spring Tonic, Lincoln Bitters is Manufactured by Winkelmann Bitters Company, Inc., 2703 Hoagland Ave., Fort Wayne, Indiana, The Fort Wayne News, April 5, 1917
L 94 LINCOLN BITTERS, The Old and Famous Lincoln Bitters, Just Like Grandpa Used to Use Them, A Century Old Tonic and Herb Compound, Made in Fort Wayne by the Lincoln Bitters Co., The Indianapolis Star, December 14, 1920
L 94.3 LINCOLN STOMACH BITTERS, Only sold at the store of W. Gerecke, on Pennsylvania avenue, between Four-and-a-half and Sixth streets, National Republican (Washington D.C.) April 13, 1861
William Gerecke, wines and liquors, 381 Pa ave., Washington, D.C., Washington, District of Columbia, City Directory, 1862
02 June 2019 | Sunday
Lot’s of folks headed to the Saratoga Bottle Show today. Here are revised listings for Dimmitt’s Bitters from Saint Louis. The billhead is from Joe Gourd.
D 75 DIMMITT’S ( au ) / 50 CTS BITTERS / SAINT LOUIS // (at base of panel) B.F.G. CO. //
6 ½ x 2 5/8 x 1 3/8 (4)
Flask – oval strap side, Amber, LTC, Applied mouth, Extremely rare
Marcellus Dimmitt, wholesale and retail dealer in drugs, patent medicines, chemical & c. established his business in Saint Louis 1864. The firm became M. Dimmitt & Bro. and then Dimmitt Hale & Co. (Robert S. Hale) from 1870 to 1874. See s2D 75.1
BAR p 155,UMB 559, WAT 108
D 75.1 DIMMITT’S TONIC BITTERS, R. S. Hale (Robert S. Hale), Importer & Dealer, Depot for Dimmitt’s Cough Balsam, Dimmitt’s Tonic Bitters, Ayer’s & Merrill’s Patent Medicines Etc., No. 51 Main Street, Granite Building, Helena, Montana, February 2, 1874. See D 75 Dimmitt’s 50 Cts Bitters from Saint Louis.
Another new listing for an unlisted De Lisser Bitters from the Joe Gourd collection.
D 44.2 DE LISSER BITTERS (front) R. L. De Lisser, Manufacturing Chemist, No 23 Beekman Street, New York. 167 Washington Street, Chicago, Ill. (reverse) Price list for De Lisser’s Pure Concentrated Extract of Jamaica Ginger, Pure Angostura Bark Bitters, The Celebrated Old Knickerbocker Bitters, Fine Old Curacao Bitters, Empire Bitters and various syrups etc.
Richard L. Delisser, Chemist, 23 Beekman, New York. New York, City Directory, 1882
01 June 2019 | Saturday
Here is a new listing in BBs2 for a Davies Restorative Bitters billboard envelope that Joe Gourd submitted.
D 26.1 DAVIES RESTORATIVE BITTERS (Billboard Envelope) Grundy & Brownfield Wool, Philadelphia. Reverse: J. H. Davies, Restorative Bitters, 1717 Market Street (Philadelphia, Pa.)
John H. Davies, Wholesale Liquor Dealer, 1717 Market, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – 1870 United States Federal Census, Gopsill´s Philadelphia Business Directory, 1870
These two trade cards below for S. O. Dunbar started a chain reaction making us change the T 35 designation in Bitters Bottles to D 115.7. This also prompted the Peachridge Glass S.O. Dunbar & his Tomato (ya ya ya) Bitters post to be updated.