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About Jessica

I am the supervisor of the analysis of the archaeological collection recovered from the Old Main excavation.

Husband’s Calcined Magnesia, Philadelphia, PA

Unlike many patent medicine creators of the 19th century, Thomas J. Husband, creator of Husband’s Calcined Magnesia, seems to have been well liked and highly respected by all, with a product that seemed both effective and free of controversy.

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Hay’s Hair Health, New York City, New York

Hay’s Hair Health was a hair product sold from the late 1880’s through the early 1940’s. Advertisements during this period indicated that it was manufactured in the late 1800’s by the London Supply Company of New York and later by … Continue reading

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Dr Pierce’s Favorite Prescription, Buffalo, New York

In the latter 19th and early 20th centuries, alleged cures for “female weakness” were among the nostrums marketed by quacks. Among the most successful of such marketers was a Buffalo physician named Ray Vaughn Pierce, who became known as “The Prince … Continue reading

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The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, New York

The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, also known as the Great American Tea Company, has a fascinating history, starting as a humble New York tea shop and growing to become the largest retailer in the world, followed by its … Continue reading

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Dr. M. M. Fenner’s Peoples Remedies Fredonia, N.Y.

Dr. Milton Marion Fenner made his name and his fortune manufacturing and selling proprietary medicines of his own formulation, including “Dr. Fenner’s People’s Remedies”, “Dr. Fenner’s Specific Lung and Throat Remedy”, “Dr. Fenner’s Specific for the Itch”, “Dr. Fenner’s Capitol Bitters”, … Continue reading

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NPR: Digging Up The Roots Of Modern Waste In Victorian-Era Rubbish

I wanted to share this great article from NPR that covers many of the same topics of interest as this blog. “In the landfill, the food waste has long disintegrated. What’s left is Victorian-era packaging. “What we find in … Continue reading

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Humphreys Homeopathic Medicine Company, New York City, NY

Frederick K. Humphreys (1816 – 1900) was a physician and the founder of Humphreys Homeopathic Medicine Company in New York City in 1853.  While homeopathic treatments have been scientifically proven to offer no curative benefit to sick humans or animals, … Continue reading

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