This is a new projext where I have begun to compile info I gather about companies that produced antique bottles. Please feel free to contribute additional info by sending me an Email.
Shortcuts to companies listed on this page or elsewhere:
|Ayers||Casper's Whiskey||Dr. DeWitt's Remedies||S.B. Goff||Helmbold||Hire's|
|Dr Jayne's||Kickapoo Indian Medicine||Dr Kilmer||Larkin Soap||Dr Miles||Nu-Grape||Oregon Indian Medicine|
|Owl Drug||Lydia Pinkham||Dr Townsend|
Although Ayer claimed to be a graduate of Pennsylvania State University there is no record of him ever having received a degree from that institution. He was, in later years, able to edge in as a member of The Society Of Arts And Sciences, Chemical Institute, College of Pharmacology, The U.S. Medical Association and The College Of Physicians And Surgeons. Such was his claim in the 1860's. By that time he had become a very wealthy man and even helped finance a railroad from Boston to Lowell, Mass. He retired a multi-millionaire in the early 1870's and gave over the management of his patent medicine empire to a very worthy man, Mr. A. G. Cook, who continued to build the fortune for many years to come. After Ayer died, in 1878 at the age of 60, his brother Frederick assumed control. His widow became very prominent in society and later spent vast sums of the Ayer fortune in Europe.
This info was taken from page 18 of Bill & Betty Wilson's "19th Century Medicine in Glass" book. Info supplied by John Heaphy firstname.lastname@example.org.
See Oct 1999 photo of the old Ayer's Building and Lab in Lowell, Mass, provided courtesy of Jimmy Greene who visited the locations. The building is being converted into lofts & the Laboratory is up for sale.
Can see some Ayer's bottles under Cure, Medicine, and Hair. Also see some Ayer's trade cards.
Dr. Kilmer's Swamp Root is a very informative subject on the man and his products by Digger Odell.
See Dr Kilmer's section of
Tino's Bottle page
See some Dr Kilmer bottles under Medicines and Cures.
See some Dr. Kilmer trade cards.
There's a baby in every bottleInfo adopted from the October 1998 newsletter of the SC Bottle Club.
So the question ran
But the Federal Trade Commission
Still insists you'll need a man.
Dr. Townsend's Sarsaparilla was for the removal and permanent cure of all diseases arising from an impure state of the blood or habit of the system, vix; scrofula or Kings' evil, rheumatism, obstinate cutaneous eruptions, pimples or pustules on the face, blotches, biles, chronic sore eyes, ring worm, tetter scald head, enlargement and pin of the bones and joints, stubborn ulcers, syphilitic disorders, lumbago, spinal complaints and all disease arising from an injudicious use of mercury, ascites or dropsy, exposure or imprudence in life. It invariably cures indigestion or dyspepsia, neuralgia, general and nervous debility, palpitation of the heart, liver complaint and inflammation in the kidneys, ladies of pale complexion and consumptive habits and such as are debilitated by those obstructions which females are liable to.At the bottom of the wrapper, Townsend mentions that his competitors such as Sand's, Bristols, and Bull's, made inferior products.
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