ANOTHER "GREAT FEATURE ARTICLE" FROM THE PAGES OF
ANTIQUE BOTTLE AND GLASS COLLECTOR MAGAZINE
THE MAGAZINE OF THE ANTIQUE BOTTLE COLLECTING HOBBY
WM.RADAM S MICROBE KILLER
by Joe Widman
Kilmer, Radam,Swaim, Warner, Townsend - common names and common bottlesif you are a collector. But, we probably owe our fascination forthe hobby to these men. They sort of wrote the history of patentmedicines. Swaim was the first entrepreneur to be so hugelysuccessful that he was widely copied. TownsendsSarsaparilla made him one of the first really rich Americans.Warner and Kilmer were the 19th century equivalents totodays Merck and Glaxo. Radam built on the marketinglessons he took from others, then added his own exaggerations, sowild that they helped bring the downfall of an era..CURESALL DISEASES
These are probably the first medicines that new collectors covet.These guys had some of the most interesting and appealing bottlesthat you could want; colored, pontiled medicines, bitters, cures,sarsaparilla, picture bottles, wild claims. They run in pricefrom very affordable to mega bucks. Collections can, and havebeen, built around one of these men.
This article is about William Radams American Products. Iguess we all know about the Fungus and Lungus variants, the crossedlegged version, the No. 2 jug, but do you know ofothers?
I have pictured seventeen distinct variants of bottles and jugs.I have to thank Dann Louis for including his very rare andexpensive miniature and my mother for her extensive potterycollection......
The BOTTLES, of special note, have this embossing:
1. On each of four sides near shoulder RADAMS MICROBE KILLER DRINK
2. On one side near shoulder WR monogram
3. One base in shield RADAMS WATER OF LIFE
1. Stenciled Wm Radams Microbe Killer (no number)
2. same No. 1
3. same No. 2
4. same No. 3
5. Incised Wm Radams Mircrobe Killer Chicago 1
6. Incised with cobalt Wm. Radams Microbe Killer Co
7. Embossed Wm. Radams Microbe Killer
8. Incised with cobalt Wm Radams Microbe Killer
9. Deep brown incised Wm Radams Microbe Killer
10. Light brown shoulder area and neck, beige body, stenciled Wm. Radams Microbe Killer.
You know from the jugs that there are different strengths of the Microbe Killer. Here are the uses:
No. 1. For Headaches, Neuralgia, Croup, Mumps, Measles, Whooping Cough, Tonsillitis, Throat Complaints, Dyspepsia, Indigestion, Gastritis and other Stomach Complaints. Also for Asthma, Bronchitis, and Consumption.
No. 2. For Colds, Coughs, Malaria, Grippe, Catarrh, Rheumatism, Tumors, Cancer, and other blood and chronic diseases.
No. 3. Being very strong should be used only for very stubborn cases where No. 2 after a fair trial fails to bring improvement. Use for ten days only, then resume with No. 2.
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