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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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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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Red Raven Co., Harmerville, PA

Although the Red Raven Splits bottle is similar in size and shape to beer or soda, Marianne Dow, states “Not an alcoholic beverage, it was sold as a hang-over cure, so it was sold in bars as well as restaurants, … Continue reading

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Joseph Burnett Company, Boston, MA

The Joseph Burnett Company’s claim to fame was a useful innovation in the production of vanilla extract. Unlike most of his competitors, having graduated from the Worcester College of Pharmacy, Burnett stands out as one of the few fully qualified … Continue reading

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Colgate & Co. Perfumers New York

According to the Notable Names Database “William Colgate came to America with his family when he was a teenager, and settled in Baltimore, where he worked as an apprentice to a soap-boiler. Eventually relocating to New York City, he worked … Continue reading

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Croft & Reed Delicious Flavoring Extract, Chicago U.S.A.

According to Steve Reed, one of the founder’s decedents, Crofts & Reed was a Chicago company, established in 1888, that rivaled Sears (also a Chicago company) as a mail order catalog company in the late 1800s to early 1900s. “It … Continue reading

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