ANOTHER "PATENT MEDICINE ARTICLE" FROM THE PAGES OF
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King's SarsaparillaCelery and Compound (left) and Kennedy's Sarsaparilla and CeleryCompound (right)
John DeGrafft in American SarsaparillaBottles includes six brands that also have Celery embossed:
PainesCelery Compound in aqua and amber.
Recently, I acquired the amber, square bottleembossed King's // // Sarsaparilla / Celery and Compound // // ,10 1/4 inches tall, bimal, and considered to be extremely rare byDeGrafft. Tom Eccles of California has this bottle with completelabels, which helps us to know more about this gem of the past.It was put out by the King's Medicine Co. of London, England,U.S. Branch, Pittsburgh, PA. A large B dominates the front labeland located within the B are the words Celery, Sarsaparilla, andBrain Food plus drawings of a celery plant and a sarsaparillaplant. The label reads For the Brain, Blood, Stomach,Nerves and Kidneys. Cures Scrofia, Rheumatism, Constipation,Boils, Pimples and Humors on the Face, Catarrh, Headache,Dizziness and Female Weakness, Loss of Appetite and All Kidneyand Liver Diseases. The directions on the back label are inboth English and German.
My amber, square bottle embossed Kennedy's //// , 9 7/8 inches tall, bimal, and given as rare by DeGrafft, isthe subject of another article. I do not know which
Bromo Celery The ArnoldChemical Co. Chicago.
Most of us have an amber, square bottle about 93/4 inches tall, embossed Paine's // // Celery Compound // // . Ialso have one 9 5/8 inches tall and aqua; clear variants exist aswell. The earliest bottle is amber, square, 9 3/4 inches tall,and embossed Celery Compound // // Compound at an angle within anembossed celery plant. Milton K. Paine, a pharmacist as early asthe 1840's in Windsor, Vermont, began bottling his CeleryCompound in 1882. It contained celery seed, red cinchona,orange peel, coriander seed lemon peel, hydrochloric acid,glycerine, simple syrup, water and alcohol. There is one ad withtestimonials from six members of the clergy, perhaps to assurethe public that it had not been overly steeped in alcohol.Another ad states that Celery Compound Cures Disease of theNerves, Kidneys, Liver, Stomach, and Bowels, and acts as a BloodPurifier and Tonic to the Central System. This verysuccessful medicine was soon marketed by the Wells, Richardsonand Company of Burlington, Vermont, and they became the soleproprietors in the late 1880's. Don Fritschel, now of Georgetown,Texas has an excellent review of Wells, Richardson, and Co. inthe September, 1974 issue of Old Bottle Magazine.
There's little in the materials available to meabout my 4 inch tall, amber, bimal, round bottle embossed BomoCelery / The Arnold / Chemical Co. / Chicago. It's shaped likethe 4-inch size of Bromo Seltzer, and was likely a competitor.The product was for headaches, rheumatism, etc., and wasadvertised in the Weekly People & Patriot of Concord, NH., onNovember 8, 1895, according to Baldwin. It probably is not one ofSeth Arnold's products.
Baldwin includes another catchy one: PineapplePepsin and Celery, The best stomach medicine in the world,manufactured by Standard Pharmacal Co., Binghamton, New York, BinghamtonPast and Present, 1894. Maybe in order to compete with Dr.Kilmer, they even threw in a trip to Hawaii.
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