September | 2019
25 September 2019 | Friday
In from medical ephemera collector and authority Ben Swanson from Baltimore.
I have been trying to buy this billhead from a fellow collector for years. The next time you see me you will notice that I now have a two prosthetic appendages as a result of having acquired it (one upper and one lower)
We’ll create a listing in Bitters Bottles Supplement 2 for this important piece.
H 168 HOOFLAND’S GERMAN BITTERS AND BALSAMIC CORDIAL,
Cameo of four-story Hoofland building, Dr. C. M. Jackson & Co. Proprietors. 418 Arch St. Philadelphia, 3 Doz. German Bitters $18, Philadelphia, August 11, 1859
Charles M. Evans manufactured Dr. Hoofland’s Celebrated German Bitters in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Christolph Wilheim Hoofland invented the eponymous bitters in Germany in the 1840s and the product was introduced in America in 1850 by Charles M. Jackson. C.M. Jackson was among the many 19th-century distributors peddling bitters to a receptive U.S. market.
By 1863, the product was sold to Charles Evans and R. S. Jones. C. M. Evans was a clerk in Jackson’s firm, and by 1867, the business directories list Evans as the sole proprietor of Hoofland’s German Bitters. A decade later, the proprietors of Hoofland’s German Bitters were Johnston, Holloway & Company of Philadelphia. According to the Hoofland’s Almanacs, the product was “the happy result of intelligent research, coupled with the extensive practice of Dr. Christoph Wilhelm Hueflin (Hoofland) of Gena, Germany.
24 September 2019 | Tuesday
SPOTTED in Jeff Wichmann’s office with American Bottle Auctions in Sacramento. This Cassin’s will break $100k clams. Thanks to Dale Mlasko for tip. I clipped away the background of this low resolution image. I’m sure we’ll be seeing some more pictures.
21 September 2019 | Saturday
Cleaning the Y’s in Bitters Bottles Supplement 2. This include’s Yamara Cordial Bitters and Youngblood’s Montana Bitters. The Yaupon Bitters cards are from Joe Gourd. The two Young’s Herb Bitters cards are from the collection of John Kemler.
Y 1.5 YAUPON BITTERS, Humorous illustration “Her bright smile haunts me still. Reverse: Yaupon Bitters or Elixir of Life. The Great Remedy of the Age. No Family Should Be Without It. Sold and Prepared by John R. Ludlow, Norfolk, Va.
Malaria! “Yaupon Bitters,” The Daily Journal (New Bern, North Carolina), October 28, 1882.
John R. Ludlow was a druggist and was twice elected Mayor of Norfolk.
Y 9.6 YOUNG’S HERB BITTERS, Illustration Black Sailor and Jockey (2 cards), Reverse: Young’s Herb Bitters, For Dyspepsia. Yankee Porous Plasters, Kentish Liniment. These Medicines Are For Sale At The Wissahickon Drug Store, Terrace Street, Wissahickon, and the Highland Pharmacy Cor. Penn St. and Manayunk Ave., Raynorville.
Wissahickon is a neighborhood in Lower Northwest Philadelphia.
Joe Gourd spotted these playing cards on eBay. An unlisted bitters!
B 50.3 BEENET CELEBRATED KIDNEY AND LIVER LAXATIVE BITTERS. Acts Gently Yet Promptly On the Bowels. H. Gehner Dist. Co.
H. Gehner Dist. Co., (Henry Gehner) Wines and Liquors, Wholesale, 801, 803 and 805 Market, Gould’s St. Louis, Missouri City Directory, 1895. In business from 1874-1918.
20 September 2019 | Friday
Well, TS Imelda bombed Houston after all yesterday. Dodged a bullet though. Finished up “W” listings yesterday working with Bill Ham and Joe Gourd on BBs2. The advertising mirror is from the Ben Swanson collection.
W 162.2 DR. WORDEN’S GENTIAN & SODA BITTERS, Portrait Dr. Worden, Dr. Worden’s Home Remedy Service Co. Established 1900, Fred H. Luther, Pres. No Deleterious Drugs Used In any Form. Dr. Worden’s Gentian & Soda Bitters. For all ailments pertaining to Stomach Troubles such as: Dyspepsia, Heart Burn, Gastritis, Ulcers of the Stomach…
W 162.3 DR. N. WORDEN’S TONIC BITTERS, A Sure Cure For Ague and Fever, Billiousness, Colds, &c. Large Bottles $1. Small Bottles 50 cents. Remember, This Is A Sure Cure. A. A. Luther, Sole Proprietor, Matteawan, N. Y.
W 164.5 WUNDERLICH’S AROMATIQUE STOMACH BITTERS, Drink Wunderlich’s Aromatique Stomach Bitters, Wunderlich & Michel, Wholesale Liquor Dealers, New Albany, Ind. Glass cover over mauve paper with white printing.
Frederick Wunderlich and Louis Michel started their wholesale liquor business in 1873 in New Albany, Indiana.
From Biographical and Historical Souvenir for the Counties of Clark, Crawford, Harrison, Floyd, Jefferson, Jennings, Scott, and Washington, Indiana, 1889
FREDERICK WUNDERLICH, a native of Germany, was born October 30, 1830, and in 1848 came to the United States and located at Memphis, Tenn., remaining there one year. During this time he traveled through Tennessee and Mississippi, selling notions to the slaves. From Memphis he went to St. Louis, remaining there but a short time and coming thence to New Albany in 1850.
He remained in New Albany but a short time, going to Louisville, Ky., where, in 1852, he engaged in the manufacture of boots and shoes and clothing, continuing in the business until 1864, when he purchased a large shoe manufactory in New Albany, and carried on the business for two years.
In 1866 he engaged in the wholesale grocery ‘business, which he sold out in 1867, and entered the livestock trade, buying and shipping to New Orleans. In 1869 he entered the feed, grain and commission business, and in 1873 added the wholesale liquor business, in which he is still engaged, doing the largest business in his line done in New Albany. Mr. Wunderlich is a self-made man; he has built up his large business and a substantial fortune by his untiring energy, unswerving integrity and commercial aptitude.
He is a prominent Mason, which order he joined in Louisville in 1855, and has filled every position in the Blue Lodge, he is also a member of the Scottish Rite in Masonry, of the Knights of Honor and of the Ancient Order of Workmen. He is a member of the City Council of New Albany from the Second Ward. He was married at Louisville, Ky., in April, 1853, to Miss Matilda Molloy, a native of Ireland, who came to the United States in 1849. Two children, Mary and Christina, have blessed the union. Mary is the wife of Louis Michel, who was in business with Mr. Wunderlich. Louis Michel’s death occurred in February, 1889.
The next trade card is really cool, one of my favorites from Joe Gourd. This is a proposed revision for Kaiser Wilhelm Magen Bitters in BBs2. The W listing is incorrect. It should be a K listing to match K.5 KAISER WILHELM BITTERS CO. in Bitters Bottles.
K 5 KAISER WILHELM MAGEN BITTERS, Humorous illustration of young children and chamber pots. Sanborn’s Laxative Bitters “Makes It Easy For You” Reverse: For The Stomach’s Sake Use The Famous Kaiser Wilhelm Magen Bitters, A Fine Tonic and Appetizer. Manufactured by The Kaiser Wilhelm Bitters Co. Inc. Sandusky, Ohio. See K 5 in Bitters Bottles.
19 September 2019 | Thursday
Out of the path of Imelda as it surprisingly moved east of us. Some parts of east Houston and Eastern Texas at 25″ plus rain.
Some updates in BBS2. Working in W’s. Wilbur’s Puget Sound Stomach Bitters billhead from Joe Gourd. I added the drug store bottle.
W 109.5 WILBUR’S PUGET SOUND STOMACH BITTERS, Lot Wilbur, Mfg. Pharmacist, Snohomish, Wash. Date Aug 22nd 1894, Doz. Wilbur’s Puget Sound Stomach Bitters 7.50
Wilbur Lot, Druggist, Snohomish, R L Polk and Co´s Puget Sound Directory, 1887
Written about Dr. D. B. Wiggins before. Read: Dr. D. B. Wiggins had a Tonic Bitters in Buffalo, New York
W 108.7 DR. WIGGINS TONIC BITTERS, A Puzzle that will Puzzle you. Stars and buttons promotional game. Dr. Wiggins’ Family Medicines. Copyrighted Sept. 28, 1883 by C. C. Knowlton, Buffalo, N. Y. Reverse: Dr. Wiggin’s Worm Powder, Honey Cough Balsam, Rheumatic Drops, Tonic Bitters, Compound Sarsaparilla Syrup, Stomach and Liver Pills, Anti-Bilious Pills. Dr. D. B. Wiggins’, 50 E. Seneca St. Buffalo, N. Y.
A proposed change for Wild Cherry and Iron Bitters in BBs2. I’ve posted about this before. Wild Cherry and Iron Bitters – J.M. Abeles, Leavenworth, Kansas
W 113.5 WILD CHERRY AND IRON BITTERS, A Pleasant Medicinal Tonic and Nerve Stimulant, Cures Indigestion, Biliousness, Nervousness. General Debility Etc. Etc.
Prepared by J. M. Abeles, Druggist, Cor. 3d. & Cherokee Strs. Leavenworth, Kans. Label example from the St. Louis Label Works catalog. St. Louis, Missouri.
Joseph M. Abeles, drugs, 300 Cherokee, Leavenworth, Kansas City Directory, 1892
Here are three Webber’s Bitters listing. Two are related. Cards are from Joe Gourd sand Kit Barry. I found the advertisement.
W 59 WEBBER’S STRENGTHENING BITTERS, Have you tried Webber’s Strengthening Bitters? Strengthens the Appetite, Strengthens the Nervous System, Strengthens the Old, Assists Digestion, and Invigorates the Whole System. J. T. Webber & Co. Proprietors, Springfield, Mass., New England Farmer (Boston, Massachusetts), May 10, 1873.
W 59.4 WEBBER’S VEGETABLE BILIOUS BITTERS, Humorous black man illustration titled A “wag.” Compliments of Webber & Co. Reverse: Webber & Co. Manufacturing Druggists, A few of our specialties are as follows: Webber’s Vegetable Bilious Bitters. North Windham, Me. See s2W 59.5
W 59.5 WEBBER’S VEGETABLE BITTERS, Color illustration of student with books titled Striving for Honors. Reverse: Webber’s Vegetable Bitters. A Great Appetizer. Webber’s Petroline. Unsurpassed as a Toilet Article. Prepared and for Sale by S. Meserve & Son, Bar Mills, Maine. See s2W 59.4
18 September 2019 | Wednesday
This next new listing for Bitters Bottles Supplement 2 reminds me of the thousands of lawsuits against opioid companies. Seems like our druggist friend, U. M. Weaver had quite a few side rackets. Here are two. Running a Gambling Den in the back of his drug store and selling heroin, cocaine, and morphine to addicts on the side… “Snow-Snuffers.” These cool trade cards are from Joe Gourd.
W 57.5 WEAVER’S STOMACH BITTERS, Handsome card set, ie. Illustrations of juggler, pushing baby carriage, fancy ladies. Every time you purchase drugs of U. M. Weaver, you get a Handsome Card. We will send the Full Set to any address, upon Receipt of 6 Cts. U. M. Weaver, Harrisburg, Pa. Reverse: Weaver’s Remedies. Toothache Drops. Liniment. Baby Drops. Cough Mixture. Ague Cure. Stomach Bitters. Peruvian Ointment.
17 September 2019 | Tuesday
Played it close to home today with tropical storm Imelda moving through the region. We’re on the dirty side. Expecting a lot of rain.
Just off a conference call with the Virtual Museum team. Now looking again at new listings in BBs2. These images are all from Joe Gourd. I’m providing the write-ups for Bill Ham review and approval. Also doing the research and adding extra information if needed. Some posted, some archived. This first one for Bitter Wine of Iron is tragic with the druggist Charles Warrington committing suicide. The title of the newspaper article pretty much sums it up.
American Journal of Pharmacy, Volume 74, 1902
OBITUARY. Mr. Chas. W. Warrington, an active member of this College, died suddenly on the morning of November 13, 1901, in the residence attached to his store, S. W. corner Seventeenth and Mt. Vernon Streets. Mr. Warrington was born near Moorestown, N. J., and came to Philadelphia in his youth to engage in the drug business. He graduated from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy in 1876, A short time afterward he formed a partnership with Henry Trimble, under the firm name of Trimble & Warrington, in the wholesale and retail drug business. When Professor Trimble relinquished his commercial interests in the drug business the firm became Warrington & Pennypacker, and continued as such until 1897, when the firm purchased the store at Seventeenth and Mt. Vernon Streets, and in the year following the partnership was dissolved, Mr. Warrington continuing the retail business at this location. He was elected a member of the College of Pharmacy in 1900. He was a member of the Society of Friends and a man of correct habits and quiet, unassuming demeanor. He is survived by a widow, a daughter, and two sons.
B 12.65 BITTER WINE OF IRON, Illustration fantasy praying mantis people with flower heads on top of bee. Reverse: Warrington & Pennypacker, Manufacturers of Balsamic Cough Mixture for Coughs, Colds &c., Bitter Wine of Iron, An Excellent Tonic, gives appetite and strength.
Warrington & Pennypacker (Charles W. Warrington & Nathan Pennypacker), druggists, 501 Callowhill, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania City Directory, 1895
W 50.5 WARTON’S CURATIVE WINE BITTERS, Warton Co. Manufacturers of Warton’s Curative Wine Bitters, Buffalo, N. Y.
W 26.5 WANDA BITTERS, portly man with tray and glass of bitters. Ask the Bartender for… Wanda Bitters, Trade Mark. Good for the Stomach, Appetizer, Warms the Stomach, Mild Laxative. ¼ Wanda Bitters + ¾ Liquor.
16 September 2019 | Monday
A new listing in Bitters Bottles Supplement 2 for Very Fine Old Brandy Bitters. Example from Joe Gourd.
V 19.3 VERY FINE OLD BRANDY BITTERS, Trade Mark red lion in gold shield. Thomas P. Mallorie, Wine & Spirit Merchant. Leeds.
Thomas P. Mallorie & Co., Wine and Spirits Merchants, &c. Swan Street and Lands Lane, Leeds. Established 1812 by John Mallorie. Principal J. H. Lister, Harper’s Manual, 1920
Here is an interesting label in German from Joe Gourd. Initially filed under ‘V’ in the BBs2 draft, we’ll move to “E.”
E 26.7 EGYPTISCHES BITTERS, oder Baum des Lebens. (Egyptian Bitters or Tree of Life). In German. Patented 12 June 1866 for Peter Poncin. Dr. P. Poncin, St. Louis
A last listing of a new label from Joe Gourd for Van Duzen Holland Stomach Bitters .
V 6.5 VAN DUZEN HOLLAND STOMACH BITTERS, Illustration bearded man. Van Duzen Brand Holland Style Maag Stomach Bitters, Produced by Stark Distillery Co. at St. Louis, Mo. Importers
Stark Distillery Company. Est. 1847. O. G. Stark, President and Secretary, L. J. Stark, VP and Treasurer. (1910)
15 September 2019 | Sunday
This is an interesting one. A proposed change for D. R. V. G. Dyspepsia Remedy and Vitalizing Tonic Bitters in BBs2. We should be cataloging this under “D” and not “V,” as it appears in an earlier draft of the new book. I’m fairly certain D. R. V. G. means DRUG. A little word game play. I also believe it to be one product referenced, not two. Letterhead example is from Joe Gourd from the Kit Barry collection.
Up until 17th Century, the Romans didn’t have any need of using separate letters for V, U or W. They used them interchangeably and pronounced in a same way. Later on, Latin language added ‘Curved V’ as a letter U. Old Universities, Monuments in U.S. still has ‘V’ instead of ‘U’ in their old buildings. For example, Carnegie Library of Syracuse University, New York (where the brand started). Here is an example on the Smithsonian’s’ American Museum of Natural History facade.
Also, look closely at the boxes on the horse cart. Two say DRUG with a curved U. One says DRVG with a pointed V.
It may be a double entendre with the person’s name, D.R.V. Goetchins. There was such a person, an inventor, who patented a head-rest. There are some tax records from 1866 in New York. I have not found any references for a “Dr. V. G. or Vitalizing Tonic Bitters” as a singular listing for “V.”
D 130 D. R. V. G. DYSPEPSIA REMEDY AND VITALIZING TONIC BITTERS, Illustration of their 4-story building. Established May 1, 1879. D. R. V. G. Manufact’ing Co., Proprietors and Manufacturers of the D. R. V. G. Dyspepsia Remedy and Vitalizing Tonic Bitters. Office and Laboratory at 63 West Water St., Syracuse, N. Y. March 10th, 1881.
The D. R. V. G. Manufacturing Company (F. K. Fuller, President), patent medicines, has removed to Boston. – Bradstreet’s, Volume 3, Bradstreet Company, 1881
U11.1 UNIVERSAL BITTER WINE, Illustration of globe with banner wrap reading Universal. Directions: One to two tablespoonfuls before each meal. Universal Bitter Wine is a laxative tonic highly recommended for constipation… Manufactured by Universal Chemical Company, Chicago, Illinois, Formula Adopted May 14, 1920
U 11.2 // f // UNIVERSAL BITTERS // f // NK – PATENT //
10 ½ x 3 ¾ x 2 3/8 (7) 3/4
Rectangular, Amber, LTCR, Applied mouth, Extremely rare
N. Kieffer, New Orleans City Directory, 1868
References also to San Antonio, Texas
Found in New Orleans
Stock Offering Notice
U 11.3 UNIVERSAL BITTERS, Investors: Rare Opportunity to share in The Large Profits of one of the Most Promising Manufacturing Enterprises of the Twentieth Century. The Universal Bitters Company, A New York Corporation. 90 West Broadway, N. Y. Albert Goldman, Originator of Universal Butters, General Manager, New York Tribune, January 26, 1908.
U 11.35 UNIVERSAL BITTERS CHEMICAL WORKS, Mr. Henry Scheriff, of St. Louis, sole proprietor of the Universal Bitters Chemical Works. Alton Evening Telegraph (Alton, Illinois) December 19, 1890
14 September 2019 | Saturday
Working to straighten out the listing’s for Uncle Sam’s Bitters. I’ve actually come across four brands that will be listed in Bitters Bottles Supplement 2. Many bitters collectors are familiar with U 4, Uncle Sam’s Wild Cherry Bitters. We’ll update that one. The trade card was submitted by Joe Gourd from the Kit Barry collection.
U 3.7 UNCLE SAM’S BITTERS, Color tinted photograph of woman with rose. For Your Health Drink Uncle Sam’s Bitters. Reverse blank. Probably Uncle Sam’s Wild Cherry Bitters, See s2U 4
U 3.8 UNCLE SAM’S BITTERS, If your stomach is weak take “Uncle Sam’s” bitters. Jones Bros, proprietors. The Topeka Daily Capital (Topeka, Kansas), February 23, 1881
Jones Brothers Drug Store, 149 Kansas Avenue, Topeka, The Topeka State Journal (Topeka, Kansas), 01 March 1879
U 3.9 UNCLE SAM’S STOMACH BITTERS, Manufacturer: S. W. Selwa & Co., Detroit, Mich. Name of Medicine: Uncle Sam’s Stomach Bitters, Alcohol by Volume: 17.15 Per cent., Hearings Before the Committee on the Judiciary, House of Representatives, Sixty-sixth Congress, 1919
European Wine & Liquor Co. (Stanley W. Selwa and Michl Selwa) 580 Warren Avenue East, Detroit, Michigan City Directory 1915
U 4 UNCLE SAM’S WILD CHERRY BITTERS, Uncle Sam’s Wild Cherry Bitters Co., 1954 N. Broadway, St. Louis, Mo., Westliche Post (St. Louis, Missouri), November 29, 1900. See s2U 3.7
C 120.3 CHAMOMILE BITTERS, Alterative Tonic and Diuretic. Promotes Health & Longevity. Jones Bros, Sole Proprietors, Topeka, Kansas., Weekly Kansas State Journal, March 9, 1882. See s2U 3.8, Uncle Sam’s Bitters
13 September 2019 | Friday
More listings for BBs2. This first billhead is from Joe Gourd.
U 2.5 UNCLE JOHN’S HOMESTEAD BITTERS, To C.N. Prior, Dr. Manufacturer and Dealer in Drugs, Patent Medicines, Segars, &c. Proprietor of Dr. Prior’s Cough Balsam, Magical Pain Relief, Dysentery Syrup, Healing Salve, and Uncle John’s Homestead Bitters. 33 East 9th St. N.Y. crossed out and Paterson, N J overwritten. Feby 18th 1874.
E 24.7 EDWARD’S STOMACH, LIVER AND KIDNEY BITTERS, Trymore The Edward’s Latest Stomach, Liver and Kidney Bitters, The World Known Greatest Blood Purifier, Scientifically prepared…, Dose instructions…, Guaranteed under the Food and Drugs Act, Edward’s Chemical Works, 1082 Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, Ill.
Here is a label Joe Gourd submitted for BBs2. The spelled Bitters incorrectly along with a few other words!
10.3 UNION BITERS (Sic), All Should use the Root and Herbe (sic) Bitters. This compound contains no poisnous (sic) drugs and is put up in the best of Bourbon Whiskey. Prepared by J. A. Moore, Monroe, N. H. Price 25 cts.
Here is an unlisted piece submitted by Joe Gourd.
U 15.5 DR. URBAN’S HOP BITTERS, An Excellent Recuperant and Appetizer After Prolonged Sickness. It Relieves Nervousness and Hastens Digestion. One Wineglassful taken three times a day before Meals, will be a good Tonic for ordinary Family purposes. Milwaukee, Wis.
12 September 2019 | Thursday
More updates for Bitters Bottles Supplement 2. These are Joe Gourd pieces unless otherwise noted.
T 62.5 TULARE LIVER BITTERS, Compliments of John J. Lasch, The Peoples’ Druggist. Tulare, Cal. If you want to be healthy and happy, take Tulare Liver Bitters, Tulare Lung and Throat Balsam, Contains No Morphine. Reverse blank.
The San Francisco and Pacific Druggist, Volume 10, 1904: Dr. John J. Lasch passed away at his home in Tulare, Cal., March 29, 1905. He was a native of Cork, Ireland, aged sixty-five years. Both parents were German, his father being the German consul at Cork at the time of his birth; therefore he always considered himself a native German instead of an Irishman. He had passed the last twenty years in California, the first four years of which were spent in San Francisco, and then he removed to Tulare, where he opened a drug-store and conducted a prosperous business up to within a short time of his death. He was a good chemist and had a good education; his parents being wealthy people, he availed himself of the advantages that were offered him. He was a master of five different languages. Besides many true friends, he leaves a wife and three children by a former wife, two of whom are married. His second marriage proved very happy, and he was a devoted husband.
T 57.3 TROMER’S PRIVATE BITTERS, Stock winter scene painting. Reverse: Tromer’s Private Bitters. A High Class Bitter. Properties: Flavor, Tonic and Stomachic. Dose: 15 to 30 drops. Full Size Bottle, (9 ounces) $1.00, Half Size Bottle, 50 Cents. Can only be obtained from Wm. S. Tromer, M.D, Office and Laboratory, Canarsie, Kings County, N.Y.
Canarsie is a working- and middle-class residential and commercial neighborhood in the southeastern portion of the borough of Brooklyn, in New York City.
This next card was originally filed under ‘T’ to Tittle’s Bitters. I see no evidence that it was marketed this way. Now using a B heading.
B 113.3 BITTERS FOR NERVOUS AND WEAKENED SYSTEMS, Small illustrations of hunting scenes, J. J. Tittle, Manufacturer of Liniments and Pills, 319 Reily St., Harrisburg, Pa.
Jacob J. Tittle, Huckster, Medicine – Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, City Directory, 1882 – 1892
Change and additions for Triner’s American Elixir of Bitter Wine in BBs2. The letterhead is from joe Gourd along with the framed picture image. I added other support material.
T 53.9 JOSEPH TRINER’S AMERICAN ELIXIR OF BITTER WINE, Monogram TK with cluster of grapes, Established 1890, Joseph Triner, Manufacturing Chemist, 799 South Ashland Avenue, Chicago, Ill. Triner’s Angelica Bitter Tonic, Medicinal Stomach Bitters, Jan. 4, 1907. See page 539 in Bitters Bottles. See Triner’s Angelica Bitter Tonic.
T 53.9 TRAINER’S (Sic) AMERICAN ELIXIR OF BITTER WINE, Hurrah, the War Is Over! Illustration of labeled bottle and Gold Medals, San Francisco, 1915 and Grand Prix Panama, 1916, Joseph Triner Co., 1333-1343 Ashland Ave. Chicago, Ill, San Antonio Evening News (San Antonio, Texas), May 26, 1919.
See page 539 in Bitters Bottles. See Triner’s Angelica Bitter Tonic.
T 53.9 L … Triner’s American Elixir of Bitter Wine Tonic
// c // JOS. TRINER / CHICAGO
10 x 3 (6 ¾)
Round, Amber, ABM
BAR p 113
Label: Monogram TK with cluster of grapes, Illustration gold medals. Trinerovo Horke Vino. Label on reverse.
Drug Catalog: 1901-2 JP&K Co.
See page 539 in Bitters Bottles. See Triner’s Angelica Bitter Tonic
From the same letterhead above. Triner’s Angelica Bitter Tonic. The image on the label face ‘stumped’ me until Marianne Dow asserted that it was Angelica root.
T 54.1 TRINER’S ANGELICA BITTER TONIC, Established 1890, Joseph Triner, Manufacturing Chemist, 799 South Ashland Avenue, Chicago, Ill. Joseph Triner’s American Elixir of Bitter Tonic, Jan. 4, 1907. See pages 65 and 539 in Bitters Bottles. See Triner’s American Elixir of Bitter Tonic.
T 54.1 ANGELICA ( au ) / BITTER TONIC // JOS. TRINER ( au ) / CHICAGO, ILL. //
9 1/8 x 4 ¼ x 2 ½
Rectangular, Amber, ABM
Label: Contents 1 Pint and 7 Fluid Ounces, A.Y.P. Exposition (Alaska-Yukon-Pacific) Seattle, Wash. 1909. None Genuine Without This Mark (angelica root illustration with JT monogram, medals) No. 37750 registered February 4, 1902, U. S. Patent Office. Contains 16% Alcohol By Volume. Prepared By Joseph Triner Company 1333-1343 So. Ashland Ave. Chicago. Reverse illustration medals and Joseph Triner. Merits and dose information. See pages 65 and 539 in Bitters Bottles. See Triner’s American Elixir of Bitter Tonic.
11 September 2019 | Wednesday
Some updates for Bitters Bottles Supplement 2. Thomson’s Spring Bitters card and Tonical Herb Bitters letterhead from Joe Gourd.
T 21.5 THOMSON’S SPRING BITTERS, Illustration boy and girl with jump rope, Reverse: Try Thomson’s Spring Bitters, E. Thomson & Son, Pharmacists, Bank Block, Millbury, Mass.
From The Druggists’ Circular and Chemical Gazette, 1896
H. C. Thomson has sold his business at Millbury, which has for many years been conducted under the firm name of E. Thomson & Son, to G. Everett Palmer, of Auburndale. Mr. Palmer is a young man, a graduate of the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, and has had about 15 years of practical experience as a druggist. The business will be continued at the present stand in the Bank block in Elm street, the store being one of the most finely appointed to be found anywhere outside of a large city. The business was established by Elijah Thomson, who was the pioneer druggist of Millbury. He began in a small way at his home in Grove street, and later became associated in business with N. H. Sears in a Small building in Main street. Mr. Thomson retired after some years, and the business has been continued upon the same site from that time to this by N. H. Sears. Mr. Thomson reentered the drug business in 1874, being associated with H. A. Aiken, under the firm name of Thomson & Aiken, the store being located in the Cunningham block, which was destroyed by fire in May, 1894. Mr. Aiken soon retired, and H. E. Thomson became associated with his father, and the present firm name of E. Thomson & Son was established. H. C. Thomson has been in charge of the store since the death of his father, but the condition of his health is such that he cannot give the business the attention required, and negotiations for the sale of the place have been in progress for some time.
T 43.7 TONICAL HERB BITTERS, Jacob Dudenhoefer Co., Importer of and Jobber in Wines and Liquors, Distiller of the Elmbrook Sour Mash & Rye. Hunting & Fishing Club Rye. Sole Manufacturer Tonical Herb Bitters, 339 – 341 First Avenue, Milwaukee, Jan. 27th 1914
T 43.7 TONICAL HERB BITTERS // c //
6 1/2 inch
Pinched sided clear decanter with etched embossing
10 September 2019 | Tuesday
Pretty excited here. This extremely vertical label from Joe Gourd for Tokay Cordial Bitters has some very small print on the border. When enlarged, I read Strang Murray & Co., New York and see two bottles with the label. This looks to be the label for this super rare, pontiled Strang Murray Co. New York bottle. Updated Bitters Bottles Supplement 2. Lithography from Sarony, Major & Knapp, New York.
T 34.3 TOKAY CORDIAL BITTERS, Elongated vertical diamond shape, Hungarian man toasting. Entered According to Act of Congress A.D. 1859 by Strang Murray & Co. in the Clerk’s Office in the City and State of New York. Lith. of Sarony, Major & Knapp, 449 Broadway N York.
Copartnership – The undersigned having formed a Copartnership Strang, Murray & Co. Samuel A. Strang, Jacob B. Murray, Russell L. Wheeler, New York, Feb 1, 1854, New York Daily Times, 02 February 1854
1860 and 1861 Mississippi newspaper advertisements. Tokay is a sweet wine produced in the Tokaj wine region of Hungary and Slovakia.
08 September 2019 | Sunday
Catching up on some loose ends today. Knee deep in posting Augusta National Antique Bottle Show web and Facebook posts. This all is a lead-in for a 30-page feature article in the November December 2019 issue of Bottles and Extras.
Here are a few BBs2 listings I’ve squeezed in. The first was a bit of mystery. In Bitters Bottles Supplement, there is a listing for a Dr. Anker (spelled incorrectly) billhead on page 193. The billhead is surprinted A 55.7. There is no A 55.7. As it turns out, it was just missing. Here is the new listing.
A 55.7 THE DR ANCKER BITTER CO., Illustration of anchor. Manufacturers and Bottlers of Fine Cordials, Bitters Blended, Whiskies, Gins & Brandies. 230 – 232 E. Kinzie St. Chicago, Sept 25th, 1896. See supplement p193.
Here are a couple of new listings based on material from Joe Gourd. The Mayapple Bitters card is from the Kit Barry collection.
T 20.3 DR. THOMAS’ MAYAPPLE BITTERS, illustration fancy lady holding framed Dr. Thomas’ Mayapple Bitters sign. Guaranteed to cure Dyspepsia and Regulate the Liver. Printed in Frederick, Maryland.
Manufactured by Dr. S. F. Thomas & Co., Frederick, Md. – Public Weekly Opinion (Chambersburg, Pennsylvania), September 16, 1882
T 20.5 THOMAS’ TONIC BITTERS, Illustration child in bed with kitten and bowl of milk. Reverse: Thomas’ Tonic Bitters, A Great Tonic and Appetizer. For the Digestive Organs, Stomach and Bowels. 75 Cents a Bottle. Manufactured only by T. H. Thomas, Druggist, Rock Island.
Thomas’ Tonic Bitters, T. H. Thomas, Proprietor, Rock Island, Ill., The Rock Island Argus (Rock Island, Illinois) August 7, 1888
This next image was submitted by Sam Fuller over on PRG Facebook.
M 51.35 DR. MAYNARD’S CELEBRATED RESTORATIVE BITTERS, West End Apothecary Store, N. G. Nichols, Apothecary, and Dealers in Toilet and Fancy Articles. Also only Manufacturer of Dr. Maynard’s Celebrated Restorative Bitters, Prepared from the original recipe of Dr. J. G. Maynard, of Edinburgh, Scotland. Cor. Congress & Grove Sts., (Chase’s New Brick Block.) Portland, Me.
B 113.5 BLACK-DRAUGHT BITTERS, Lookout Mountain No. One Songster (illustration Lookout Mountain captioned Gathering Roots and Herbs at Lookout Mountain Tenn. For (logo) M.A. Thedford’s & Co. Original and Genuine Liver Medicine or Black-Drought. Established 1840, Price 24c, Manufactured by The Chattanooga Medicine Co., Chattanooga, Tenn. Inside: Black-Drought Bitters. Buy a quart of the best whisky you can get. Put in to it 25 cents worth of Black-Drought powders…
Established 1840. – The A. Q. Simmons Liver Medicine. M. A. Thedford & Co., Sole Proprietors, Chattanooga, Tennessee, Austin American Statesman (Austin, Texas), February 24, 1877
Thedford M A & Co. (Miles A. Thedford, Dr. Chas McKight & Wm G. Smith) manufacturers Simmons Liver Medicine opp Stanton House, Chattanooga, Tennessee City Directory, 1876
T 17.5 THEDFORD’S BLACK DRAUGHT BITTERS, Chattanooga Medicine Co., Mfg., Successors to: M.A. Thedford & Co., Chattanooga, Tenn. See s2B 113.5
07 September 2029 | Saturday
Working on 2019 Augusta posts. Three up so far at FOHBC.org. Here are a few listings for Bitters Bottles Supplement 2.
T 3.7 TARRANT’S BITTERS, Tarrant’s Seltzer – Aperient Bitters & Burdock Tonic.
Tarrant’s Effervescent Seltzer Aperient, Manufactured only by Tarrant & Co., 278 Greenwich Street, New York, Buffalo Morning Express and Illustrated Buffalo Express (Buffalo, New York), August 5, 1862. Variations of the product sold nationally through the 1930s.
06 September 2019 | Friday
Jim Hagenbuch currently has an unlisted miniature Dr. Forest’s Tonic Bitters in his End of Summer Potpourri Auction #133. Here is a new number for Bitters Bottles Supplement 2. Read: Dr. Forest’s Tonic Bitters – Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
F 68.5 DR. FOREST’S / TONIC BITTERS // f // BACON AND MILLER / HARRISBURG, PENNA. // f //
4 1/2 x 1 1/4
Square, Amber, LTCR, Tooled lip, 3 sp, Extremely rare
Harrisburg Directory (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) George and Harry Bacon listed as proprietors.
See sF 68.
Glass Works Auctions also has this unlisted Dr. George’s Restorative Bitters. Nice looking example.
G 17.3 L … Dr. George’s Restorative Bitters, For Dyspepsia, Loss of Appetite, Faintness and Sickness of the Stomach, Heart-burn… Prepared by W. C. George, M. D., Eclectic Physician, Milltown, Me. Price 62 ½ cents per bottle.
Round, Blue-green, LTC, Open pontil
C 197.5 L . . . Coltons Stomach Bitters, engraved in script on mounted lead plate set in embossed raised decorative oval.
Round, Dark olive-amber (black), ARM, Smooth base
05 September 2019 | Thursday
Here is a Swiss Bitters (Wing & Joel) folder submitted by a prominent collector. The bottles is listed as S 240 in Bitters Bottles.
S 240 SWISS BITTERS, Folding promotional piece. Wing & Joel, Family Druggists, Household Specialties Needed in Every Family, 207 Main St. Fitchburg, Mass. Inside: Swiss Bitters. An appetizer and tonic of the first quality. Price 50 Cts. a Bottle.
Wing & Joel (William C. Wing & D. Henry Joel) druggists, 207 Main, Fitchburg, Massachusetts, City Directory, 1886
This brand is slightly misrepresented and minimally listed in Bitters Bottles. “Stoughton’s” should be part of the name. Joe Gourd submitted this example from the Ron Schieber collection.
S 208.7 STOUGHTON’S SPHINX BITTERS, Trade mark Sphinx image. Reverse: Stoughton’s Sphinx Bitters. A Cure For Dyspepsia, Indigestion, Diarrhea… Price 50 cts. and $1.00 per Bottle. Prepared by D. G. Stoughton & Co. Druggists and Seedsmen, 204 State Street, Cor. Front, Hartford, Conn. For Sale by all Druggists.
Here is a new Schoening’s Swedish Bitters broadside addition submitted by an ephemera collector. We have updated the newspaper advertisement and variant bottle too. The broadside is given S 57.2 as this is earlier and does not include “Peruvian Bark.”
S 57 EUGENE SCHOENING’S CELEBRATED SWEDISH BITTERS OF PERUVIAN BARK, The Recipe for this Bitters was found among the papers of a Swedish physician, a single man, who lost his life, when 104 years old, by a fall from his horse. Eugene Schoening was a U.S. Army Surgeon. E. Schoening burnt into the glass of each bottle and marked with Deniel & Co., No. 465 North Third Street, Philadelphia. Sold 75 cents per bottle.
Juniata Sentinel (Mifflintown, Pennsylvania), August 27, 1873. See S 57 in Bitters Bottles.
S 57.1 EUGENE SCHOENINGS // sp // SWEDISH BITTERS / OF / PERUVIAN BARK // sp //
6 ¾ x 2 ½ x 1 3/8 (4 ¼) 3/16
Rectangular, Aqua, LTC, Applied mouth, 4 sp, Rough pontil mark, Extremely rare
Embossing same as S 57 except does not have PHILADA embossed. See S 57 in Bitters Bottles.
S 57.2 EUGENE SCHOENING’S CELEBRATED SWEDISH BITTERS, Prepared by Himself, at his Laboratory of German and American Pharmacy, North East Corner of Fourth and Wharton Streets, Philadelphia. Directions… Price Per Bottle, 50 Cents. Six Bottles for $2.50. See S 57 in Bitters Bottles.
Here is an unlisted Schloer’s German Tonic Bitters (labeled bitters only) submitted by a collector. Looks to be from a past GWA auction. We are looking for bottle dimensions.
S 53.5 L … Schloer’s German Tonic Bitters
// ( au ) CHAS. A. SCHLOER / MANUFACTURING CHEMIST / ( ad ) WASHINGTON D. C. // //
Schloer’s (spread-wing eagle on globe set on garland) German Tonic Bitters, A Sure Remedy for Dyspepsia and Indigestion, Manufactured Only By Chas. A. Schloer, Ph. G., Manufacturing Chemist, 6th and N. Streets, N.W. Washington, D.C.
Rectangular, Clear, Tooled lip
Here is an unlisted Stephanbitter cinderella stamp from Joe Gourd. I added the advertisement for support.
S 190.5 STEPHANBITTER, Illustration labeled lady’s leg bottle with red seal. Label reads, Stephanbitter, Von J. Bansi, Bielefeld, I. Bansi, Bielefeld. The liqueur factory of J. Bansi (1823 – 1960) was located in Bielefeld, a city in the Ostwestfalen-Lippe Region in the north-east of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.
More new listings for Bitters Bottles Supplement 2. Here first is an unlisted Stonsdorfer Bitter cinderella stamp grouping from Joe Gourd. I added a few other pieces found on the Internet. This require a few listings. They all get the same number.
S 206.3 STONSDORFER BITTER, vorzüglicher Gebirgskräuter- Liqueur. Einzige Fabrik des echten Stonsdorfer Bitter. Illustrations Stonsdorf and Cunnersdorf manufacturing concerns. W. Koerner & Co. Cunnersdorf Hirscgberg. früher in Stonsdorf.
In 1810, Christian Gottlieb Koerner came in the possession of a liqueur recipe and used it for the production of a herbal liqueur. The area around Stonsdorf was known for the production of herbal extracts. Koerner combined local traditions with his knowledge of liquor distillation, which he had previously acquired in Paris. Under Koerner’s son Wilhelm, a great business success set in. He moved the company in 1868 to neighboring Cunnersdorf, Germany and called the factory Stonsdorferei.
S 206.5 ECHT STONSDORFER BITTER, weltberühmter Gebirgskräuter- Likör, ausgezeichnet dursh Staats-Medaillen. Illustration Alleinige Factory des echten Stonsdorfer Bitter. W. Koerner & Co. Cunnersdorf i. Riesengebirge. früher in Stonsdorf. Gegründet 1810.
S 206.5 ECHT STONSDORFER BITTER, Nature series. Yodeler with life-size labeled bitters bottle. W. Koerner & Co. Cunnersdorf i/Rsgb.
Here is a new addition for BBs2 regarding Sturgess’ Bitters. The trade card is from Joe Gourd. I added the directory reference.
S 216.7 STURGESS’ BITTERS, Illustration of young boy and girl strolling, J. Higson, Grocer, No. 1 Benefit St., Providence, R. I. Agent for Sturgess’ Bitters and Sturgess’ Cough Syrup. Reverse: Sturgess’ Bitters. The Great Blood Purifier, Unsurpassed as a Spring Medicine. Price $1.00 per bottle.
Sturgess’ Alterative and Tonic Bitters, Price $1.00 per Bottle. W. S. Sturgess, Central Falls, R. I., The Providence Directory (Providence, Rhode Island), 1889
An unlisted Straussburgers Stomach and Anheuser Bitters. Billhead is from Joe Gourd. I see no other references for Straussburger Stomach Bitters or Anheuser Bitters so we will list together, for now.
S 211.2 STRAUSSBURGERS STOMACH AND ANHEUSER BITTERS, Bought of Fred C. Hinman, Baking Powder, Cream Carter, Extracts, Etc. and Jobber in Coffees and Spices. Sole Agent for Straussburgers Stomach and Anheuser Bitters, 198 Seymour Avenue. Utica, N. Y., May 20, 1910
Here is a great currency piece from Ben Swanson for Sugar Bitters. Guyandotte is a historic neighborhood in the city of Huntington, West Virginia, that previously existed as a separate town before annexation was completed by the latter.
S 217.5 SUGAR BITTERS, 5 Dollar note, Ward’s Magic Relief, Is the most General Remedy in the World. Price 50 cts. Always to be had by ordering from F. Ward, Proprietor, Guyandotte, W. Va. Reverse: Sugar Bitters Is a Pure Vegetable Fluid Cathartic Which Renovates the Liver, Purifies the Circulation and cures Dyspepsia. Price 35 Cents.
03 September 2019 | Tuesday
Eight-week follow-up appointment today with my surgeon team at UT Physicians. March 13th was the accident. Walking pretty good now but it ain’t pretty. PT three times a week helps. I walk a mile and work out in the pool every day too. The dogs are happy to take walks again. So am I.
Updated the Dr. Stoever’s Bitters – Lancaster & Philadelphia post with this letterhead from Joe Gourd. This allows a new listing for Huey & Christ and another bitters they advertised.
S 199.1 DR. STOEVER’S TONIC HERB BITTERS, Huey & Christ, Wm. M. Huey, Amos H. Christ, Importers. Sole Proprietors of Bailey’s Pure Rye Whiskey and Dr. Stoever’s Tonic-Herb, German and Cocktail Bitters, 1207 Market St., Philadelphia, July 26, 1886. See S 198.5 and S 199 in Bitters Bottles Supplement. See s2S 199.2
S 199.2 DR. STOEVER’S GERMAN AND COCK-TAIL BITTERS, Huey & Christ, Wm. M. Huey, Amos H. Christ, Importers. Sole Proprietors of Bailey’s Pure Rye Whiskey and Dr. Stoever’s Tonic-Herb, German and Cocktail Bitters, 1207 Market St., Philadelphia, July 26, 1886. See S 198.5 and S 199 in Bitters Bottles Supplement. See s2S 199.1
S 11.5 ST. GEORGE SHERRY BITTERS, St. George Vineyard, Maltermoro., Fresno County. Office, 123 Market Street, San Francisco, Cal. St. George Sherry Bitters, $6 per doz. bottles., Pacific Medical Journal, 1897
S 166.5 SPORT-BITTER, Illustration rearing horse, red banner graphics and lion-crown crest, Distillerie Du Sport, Marque Déposée, Jean Letesson, Place Simon Gathoye et Rue Clément XIV 14-16-18, Andrimont-Verviers. A Belgian brand.
I’ve written before about Snyder’s Celebrated Bitter Cordial. In Bitters Bittles, Bill Ham and Carlyn Ring did not give a number to this bottle and the listing rests on page 508. In BBS2, we’ll give it a number and add a cool broadside from Joe Gourd.
S 136.5 SNYDER’S // CELEBRATED / BITTER CORDIAL // H. G. LEISENRING & CO / PHILAD. PA // f //
9 5/8 x 2 3/4 (6 5/8) 1/4
Square, Amber, LTCR, Applied mouth, With and without metallic pontil mark, 3 sp
FRE 593, TMS 387
Public Ledger (Philadelphia) June 12, 1869, Cures everything. See page 508 in Bitters Bottles and s2S 136.5
S136.5 SNYDER’S CELEBRATED BITTER CORDIAL, No. 927 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, Pa. Illustration Main Exhibition Building, 1776 International Exhibition, Philadelphia U. S. America, April 19th to October 19th 1776. Reverse primarily testimonials. Snyder’s Bitter Cordial is only $1.00 per bottle. For Sale by Druggists and at the Laboratory 927 Sansom St. Philadelphia. See page 508 in Bitters Bottles and s2S 136.5
02 September 2019 | Monday [Labor Day]
Hoping to complete “S” material today from Joe Gourd. The Shoe String Bitters really surprised me as it is from Texas. Read: Texas Bitters List
S 100.7 SHOE STRING BITTERS, Illustration of children and seesaw. Use S.S.B. Reverse: Ten reasons why Shoe String Bitters is the best medicine in the world. Prepared by A. J. Long, M.D., Ferris, Texas
S 129.5 SMITH’S TONIC BITTERS, Illustration of druggists mortar and pestles, tools and glass containers. J. Godfrey Smith, Dispensing Chemists, No. 147 Hollis Street, Halifax, N. S. Reverse: For Strengthening and Invigorating the System, use Smith’s Tonic Bitters.
S 119.5 SMITHNIGHT’S STOMACH BITTERS, Louis Smithnight, Druggist & Apothecary. Dealer in Wines and Liquors for Medicinal Purposes. Sole Proprietor of Smithnight’s Stomach Bitters or Krambambul, the great Tonic of the age and Smithnight’s Asthma Remedy, 135 Woodland Avenue. Cleveland, O. Dec 14, 1881
01 September 2019 | Sunday
OK, let’s pick up where we left off last month, or yesterday, with more new listings in Bitters Bottles Supplement 2. Working closely daily with Bill Ham in California to get these listings correct and ready, goal being to have the book ready by Reno 2020.
Here is a bitters listing for Rosenheim’s Bitters. Some initially thought this bottle was from West Virginia. It was actually made in Baltimore. The letterhead is from Joe Gourd. I found the sign image online.
R 96 CELEBRATED ROSENHEIM STOMACH BITTERS, THE GREAT WESTERN REMEDY. Office of H. Rosenheim, Wholesale Dealer in Foreign and Domestic Liquors, Bourbon and Rye Whiskies, 375 W. Baltimore Street, Baltimore, Proprietor of the Celebrated Rosenheim Stomach Bitters The Great Western Remedy. January 10, 1880. See sR 96
Henry Rosenheim, liquors, 375 W. Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland, City Directory, 1875
R 96 ROSENHEIM’S CELEBRATED STOMACH BITTERS, THE GREAT WESTERN REMEDY! For Sale Here. Illustration depicting Indians harvesting between two bottles of Rosenheim’s Bitters.
The card below for Dr. Sharp’s Bitters is from A. M. Dinsmore & Co. Andy Rapoza, one of our FOHBC board member wrote about hime befog in Bottles and Extras. Read: The Man Behind The Woman’s Face The story of a medicine peddler who traveled many roads except the one that lead to fame and fortune.
S 94.5 DR. SHARP’S ENGLISH TONIC BITTERS, Illustration of Dr. Sharp. Sharps Balsam Cures Croup in One Minute, Cough in One Day. Reverse: Dr. Sharp’s English Tonic Bitters. Small Bottles 50 cts. Large Bottles One Dollar. A. M. Dinsmore & Co., Proprietors, Calais, Me.
Being a designer, I really enjoy looking at the time period typography and graphics on these old pieces. This next business card submitted by Joe Gourd is strong.
S 91.5 SHAKER BLOOD BITTERS, J. F. Smith & Co., J. F. Smith, W. E. Smith, Proprietors of the Shaker Blood Bitters, Pascoag, R. I., Purely Vegetable, Will cure or help all Complaints arising from Impure Blood, giving Tone and Strength to the system debilitated by disease.
I have a bottle example for these next pieces from Joe Gourd (label) and Ben Swanson (cover).