Category Archives: Tonics

Congress Bitters – The Great American Tonic!

Congress Bitters – The Great American Tonic! Dundas Dick & Co. – New York 15 January 2019 I have an amber rectangular embossed Congress Bitters bottle in my collection (pictured at the top of post) that I know nothing about. … Continue reading

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Use Dr. Henley’s Celebrated California IXL Bitters

Use Dr. Henley’s Celebrated California IXL Bitters 21 December 2018 Dr. William Henley is associated with a wide variety of products ranging from bitters to various types of patent medicines. His bitters bottles, typically round cylinders, are highly prized collectibles … Continue reading

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Dr. Smith’s Magic Bitters – Council Bluffs, Iowa

Dr. Smith’s Magic Bitters John Brown Adkins – Council Bluffs, Iowa 09 December 2018 I recently received an email and newspaper clipping from Mark Wiseman about an unlisted Dr. Smith’s Magic Bitters. He found the ad below in The Council Bluffs … Continue reading

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Pond’s Bitters “Makes You Go Some”

Pond’s Bitters “Makes You Go Some” 28 November 2018 (R•120418) The story here is about three related Chicago-sold bitters. The first is Lash’s Bitters from California which inspired Rex Bitters and Pond’s Bitters, the subject of this post. Pond’s Bitters was … Continue reading

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If you can’t do business, drink Rex Bitters

If you can’t do business, drink Rex Bitters Chicago 23 November 2018 Here is what I call a telephone bitters. A bitters product so late that you could call your favorite saloon, liquor or drug store and order a case … Continue reading

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Buck’s Aromatic Bitters – a First Rate Tonic & Remedy

Buck’s Aromatic Bitters – a First Rate Tonic & Remedy 14 November 2018 I came across some newspaper advertising for Buck’s Aromatic Bitters and was curious about the brand. It looks like the proprietors were Captain John Thomas Buck and Dr. Pinckney T. … Continue reading

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Dr. Wright’s Tonic Bitters and Invigorating Cordial

Dr. Wright’s Tonic Bitters and Invigorating Cordial 05 November 2018 Norman C. Heckler & Company has an exciting Dr. Wright’s Tonic Bitters and Invigorating Cordial that I have never seen before in their current Auction #170. Their write-up is as follows … Continue reading

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Jacob & David Hostetter – Dr. J. Hostetter’s Celebrated Stomach Bitters

Jacob & David Hostetter Dr. J. Hostetter’s Celebrated Stomach Bitters 30 October 2018 David Hostetter was a millionaire manufacturer of one of the most, if not the most famous and successful bitters ever produced, the Dr. J. Hostetter’s Celebrated Stomach … Continue reading

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Dr. Perley’s Leptandrin Tonic Bitters – Lebanon, New Hampshire

Dr. Perley’s Leptandrin Tonic Bitters – Lebanon, New Hampshire 22 October 2018 I found a tall advertisement (below) for Perley’s Leptandrin Tonic Bitters and was able to match it up with an example that John Pastor sold in his American Glass … Continue reading

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TO-NI-TA – Dr. Lorentz’s Mucous Membrane Bitters

TO-NI-TA – Dr. Lorentz’s Mucous Membrane Bitters 07 October 2018 I found some neat newspaper advertising for TO-NI-TA, Dr. Lorentz’s Mucous Membrane Bitters that made me pause and want to know what To-Ni-Ta means. Best I can figure is a play … Continue reading

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