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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. http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2016/06/01/480268469/digging-up-the-roots-of-modern-waste-in-victorian-era-rubbish “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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Sloan’s Liniment, Boston, MA

Sloan’s Liniment, much like S. B. Kitchel’s Liniment, was initially made for use on horses to ease their sore muscles after a long day. And, just as Kitchel learned, liniment can be used and sold to people for much the same … Continue reading

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Pond’s Extract Company, New York City, NY

Endorsed by queens and celebrities, Pond’s Cold Cream and Vanishing Cream were  revolutionary products that were aggressively marketed, which contributed to the foundation of the modern cosmetics industry, making proper skin care a vital priority for women of all ages … Continue reading

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Carter’s Ink Company, Boston, MA

According to Ed & Lucy Faulkner, the Carter’s Ink Company was a manufacturer of ink and related products, in Boston and later Cambridge, Massachusetts. It was once the largest ink manufacturer in the world.

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Rubifoam for the Teeth, E. W. Hoyt & Co., Lowell, MA

According to Cliff & Linda Hoyt “Rubifoam for the Teeth was sold by E. W. Hoyt & Co. (The name is pronounced like Ruby Foam due to the brilliant red color of the product.) It was introduced in 1887, the … Continue reading

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Warner’s Safe Cure, Rochester, NY

Warner’s Safe Cure was a very successful patent medicine, aggressively marketed by Hulbert Harrington Warner. According to Joe Nickell “Warner (1842–1923) was a Rochester, New York, patent-medicine mogul. Having become wealthy in a previous business specializing in fire- and burglar-proof … Continue reading

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Chapman & Smith Co. Chicago, IL

Founded in 1878 by John Henry Chapman, Chapman & Smith Co. were wholesale dealers of supplies for bakers, confectioners and ice cream makers, according to The Book of Chicagoans: A Biographical Dictionary of Leading Living Men of the City of … Continue reading

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