People's Favorite Bitters!
April 21, 1869
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.
Powell & Stutenroths
By Tony Shank
A number of years ago I acquired a Peoples Favorite Bitters, a very rare bitters barrel. With the exception of being 1 1/4" taller and having a patent date of July 28, 1868 on the shoulder, this barrel has the same design as the Favorite Bitters. The Favorite Bitters has "pat. applied for" on its shoulder.
I was always curious about the patent date on the Peoples Favorite and often wondered what information, if any, was available on this bottle. Then, Zane and Barbara Shaffer entered the search. While talking with Zane at a bottle show I happened to ask if he knew anyone in the club who could obtain information from the patent office. "Sure," said Zane, speaking freely of Barbaras time, "my wife works at the patent office."
So, after much hard work on Barbaras part, she found the patent date, July 28, 1868, listed on the Peoples Favorite Bitters to be the date that the patent was approved for the Favorite Bitters.
After the design of the Favorite Bitters was patented, the size and appearance of the bottle changed a little and the name became Peoples Favorite Bitters.
From this we can surmise that the Favorite Bitters was bottled a year or two before 1868 and the Peoples Bitters was bottled after July 28, 1868.....
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