Paper booklet Almanac from the Hostetter Co.; covers are green; front: "framed" page with facsimile of St. George riding down and spearing "The Dragon" (symbolizes medicine slaying the disease); back: full year calendar and the name of the New York. dealer; inside: monthly calendars and testimonial…
Paper booklet Almanac from the Hostetter Co.; covers are green; front: "framed" page with facsimile of St. George riding down and spearing "The Dragon" (symbolizes medicine slaying the disease); back: full year calendar and the name of the New York. dealer; inside: monthly calendars and testimonials for Hostetter's Stomach Bitters; 20 double-sided pages.
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Purchased by Dr. M. Chiong for his patent medicine collection, before July 15, 1995.
Front: "HOSTETTER'S // ILLUSTRATED // UNITED STATES // ALMANAC // 1898 // FOR MERCHANTS, MECHANICS, MINERS, // FARMERS, PLANTERS, // AND // GENERAL FAMILY USE. // Carefully calculated for such Meridians and Latitudes..." and so on
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2005-5-6 Binder C
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Quite age / sun discoloured; stain along right edge goes through several pages; hunk of paper taken out of the left bottom corner, and other pieces of front cover also missing; right bottom corners are bent throughout the entire book
"Secret Nostrums & Systems" by Chas. W. Oleson, p. 95; "The Toadstool Millionaires" by James Harvey
Young, p. 44; "The Golden Age of Quackery" by Stewart H. Holbrook, pp. 93, 98, 157-166, 248;
"The Natural History of Quackery" by Eric Jameson, p. 193; "Nostrums & Quackery", Vol.II, pp.
740-743; "The Toadstool Millionaires" (see index for pages); "The Great American Fraud", p. 20;
"One For A Man, Two For A Horse" by Gerald Carson, pp. 42, 49, 73; "The Snake-Oil Syndrome" by
A Walker Bingham, pp. 25, 28, 32, 49-50, 96, 103, 126, 138, insert #2
Contained sugar, calamus root, orange peel, Peruvian bark, gentian root, columbo root, rhubarb, cinnamon, cloves, and alcohol; to avoid being taxed as many proprietors were c. 1906 for having mainly alcoholic "medicines", they reduced alcohol from 39% to 25% and increased amount of cinchona and sepentaria.
An experiment by Dr. A. J. Read showed that using various patent medicines as "fuel", Hostetter's Bitters kept the lamp burning for 4 minutes, while the second closest was Peruna at 2 min. 40 sec., and the ration of normal beer only burned for 20 seconds; basically a compound of cheap whiskey, obviously with more than the advertised 25% alcohol by volume (used only a tablespoonful); formula was originally a prescription of Dr. Jacob Hostetter used for colic, constipation and "the Intermittents" - a fever during that time.
When he retured in 1853, consented to allow his son, David, to manufacture and market it; marketing very important, so well known that when war started in 1861, War Department bought the bitters by cartload for the Union Army.
In 1862 published first Almanac; for many years it contained 47% alcohol by volume probably helped the army's courage, if not their medicinal needs.
Partner Smith died in 1874 and the firm's name then became "The Hostetter Co."; in 1958, the company was dead; preferred testimonials from actual physicians; actually sold in saloons in Alaska; daily dose equivalent to 1 1/2 ounces of whiskey; later upped % alcohol from 25% to 37%, claiming this amount of alcohol was needed to hold the ingredients in solution; in 1906, chemists reported analysis showed 43% alcohol by volume.
An advertising almanac for Zam-Buk and Zam-Buk Soap; gives advertisements, testimonials, and cooking tips; stapled twice down the spine; 15 pages total, pages 5-20 present.
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Acquired from the Academy of Medicine.
Printed on first page: "3 WORLD - // FAMOUS // SCIENTISTS", "Cured after 15 Years' Suffering // HAVE YOU A BAD COLD? SEE PAGE 24"
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Paper has severely yellowed and embrittled; much staining on interior; many areas of loss around edges; pages 1-4, 21-24 are missing; metal has corrosion present
Zam-Buk was a patent medicine produced by the Zam-Buk Company of Leeds, England, founded by Charles Edward Fulford. It was first sold by his Bile Beans company in 1902, as a herbal balm and antiseptic ointment; the use of a complementary Zam-Buk soap was recommended to augment the treatment. The ointment was advertised as being effective against a wide range of conditions, including cuts, bruises, sprains, ulcers, bleeding piles and even colds and toothache. It could also be used as an embrocation by rubbing it into the muscles of the back, legs or feet.
The source of the name is uncertain, but a link to South Africa has been suggested. The brand name was at one time used to refer to ambulance-men and first aiders at rugby league matches in Australia and New Zealand.
The product is still manufactured today, often by Bayer, who now owns the trade mark in some, but not all, countries. It is available in Southern Africa.
In the early 20th century it was reported that the formulation comprised 66% paraffin wax, 20% pale resin (colophony), and 14% eucalyptus oil, with small amounts of other ingredients. More recently, the composition was given as 5% eucalyptus oil, 1.8% camphor, 0.5% thyme oil, and 0.65% sassafras oil. The English and Thai varieties do not contain Sassafras Oil. A 1908 report published in The British Medical Journal estimated that the cost of ingredients for a standard 0.6-ounce (17 g) box was one farthing, yet its retail price was 1s 1½ d, a markup of 5,200%, equivalent to a gross margin of more than 98%.