Tag Archives: Ben Swanson

Cannon’s Bitters Study & Timeline – Washington, D.C.

Cannon’s Bitters Study & Timeline Washington D.C. 17 May 2019  With new material and research on Cannon’s Bitters, it seems like high time to re-look at this incredible brand. I thought I would lay out what I have discovered and see … Continue reading

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Bissell’s Tonic Bitters – O. P. Bissell, Peoria, Illinois

Bissell’s Tonic Bitters Orrin Porter Bissell – Peoria, Illinois 12 May 2019 I thought I would post today on Bissell’s Tonic Bitters, a pretty cool bitters square from Peoria, Illinois. This brand should not get confused with Bissell’s Dandelion Bitters … Continue reading

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Looking at Bitters in the Rheinstrom, Bettman, Johnson & Co. Presentation Book

Looking at Bitters in the Rheinstrom, Bettman, Johnson & Co. Presentation Book Cincinnati, Ohio 08 May 2019 As some of you may know, I been working with Bill Ham in getting the Bitters Bottles Supplement 2 book ready for publication. … Continue reading

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Roger’s Specific Bitters – Moundsville, West Virginia

Roger’s Specific Bitters – Moundsville, West Virginia 20 February 2018 It’s alway nice to hear from bitters trade card, advertising and ephemera collector Joe Gourd up Chi-town way. Quite often he includes some rare paper items that I have not … Continue reading

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Mishler’s Herb Bitters and The Mishler Family

Mishler’s Herb Bitters and the Mishler Family 14 October 2015 (R•031319) (R8042919 – information Dale P. Mishler). (R•051119 – Swanson covers) If you are a bitters collector, you probably possess a bottle or two of the celebrated Mishler’s Herb Bitters … Continue reading

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Looking Closely at an Electric Bitters Label

Looking Closely at an Electric Bitters Label 02 July 2014 (R•051119-cover) Looking back, I can see that I have posted about the lowly Electric Bitters at least three times before. Did I say lowly and three times? How can that … Continue reading

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Dr. S.O. Richardson’s Jaundice Bitters – South Reading

So…Who is S. O. Richardson? Dr. S. O. Richardson’s Jaundice Bitters – South Reading, Mass. 21 March 2013 (R•013115) (R•050719) (R•082519) So who is S. O. Richardson? I have been wondering all these years. As it turns out, Solon Osmond Richardson was … Continue reading

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Oxygenated Bitters – A Sovereign Remedy

Oxygenated Bitters A Sovereign Remedy 13 October 2012 (R•102313) (R•102115) (R•032118) (R•101618) (R•082619) My friend, collector and Civil War author Jim Schmidt (pictured signing his latest book above) sent me the full text and images of an 1845, 8-page pamphlet … Continue reading

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Prickly Ash Bitters – Meyer Brothers Drug Company

Prickly Ash Bitters Meyer Brothers Drug Company 13 April 2012 (R•112713 – Western photograph of sign) (R•111215) (R•032819) (R•051119-TC Swanson) Dana Charlton-Zarro asked the following question over on one of the bottle collecting pages on Facebook. This gave me a chance … Continue reading

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American Pot Lid Pictures in from Greg Dean

An incoming email popped up on my radar yesterday regarding the Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors web site. An FOHBC member and collector named Greg Dean from Queensland, Australia, suggested “It would be good to have a category on the new … Continue reading

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