|Newspaper advertisement |
April 21, 1869
A medicine so potent, palatable and pure that wherever known it becomes at once the Favorite of the people. In all cases of Dyspepsia, Liver Complaint, Headache, Loss of Appetite, Humors in the Blood, Blotches and Pimples on the Face, Weakness of the Kidneys, General Debility, Nervous Complaints, Impurities of the Blood, Chills, Fevers, and Diarrhea, The Peoples Favorite Bitters should be used.
By Tony Shank
A number of years ago I acquired a Peoples FavoriteBitters, a very rare bitters barrel. With the exception of being1 1/4" taller and having a patent date of July 28, 1868 onthe shoulder, this barrel has the same design as the FavoriteBitters. The Favorite Bitters has "pat. applied for" onits shoulder.
I was always curious about the patent date on the PeoplesFavorite and often wondered what information, if any, wasavailable on this bottle. Then, Zane and Barbara Shaffer enteredthe search. While talking with Zane at a bottle show I happenedto ask if he knew anyone in the club who could obtain informationfrom the patent office. "Sure," said Zane, speakingfreely of Barbaras time, "my wife works at the patentoffice."
So, after much hard work on Barbaras part, she found thepatent date, July 28, 1868, listed on the Peoples FavoriteBitters to be the date that the patent was approved for theFavorite Bitters.
After the design of the Favorite Bitters was patented, the sizeand appearance of the bottle changed a little and the name becamePeoples Favorite Bitters.
From this we can surmise that the Favorite Bitters was bottled ayear or two before 1868 and the Peoples Bitters was bottledafter July 28, 1868.....
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