Tuesday, April 7, 2015

page 129 -- Button's Raven Gloss, Brown's Iron Bitters, Burrow -Giles v. Sarony, Horsford's Acid Phosphate, Celluloid Eyeglasses

updated 30 September 2017
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A portion of the back of one of the Raven Gloss trade cards.



As with many merchants, Button & Ottley advertised on fans and other paper products in addition to advertising trade cards:

Advertising Fan for Button's Raven Gloss Shoe Dressing, Button & Ottley, circa 1885
THF214012 Creative Commons License BY-NC-ND, http://www.thehenryford.org/copyright.aspx
Also from the Henry Ford Collections, we have the back of the fan:

From Google Street View, here is 56 Warren St. in NY as of Aug 2013:



From East Carolina University's digital collections comes another advertising card that clearly states what these bitters are designed to cure:

What was in this "certain cure for diseases requiring a complete tonic" that would "remove all symptoms of decay in liver, kidneys and bowels" while enriching the blood, strengthening the muscles and "giving new life to the nerves?" Alcohol. About 20% according to a 1917 American Medical Association publication. Peachridge Glass notes, "The formula was targeted for female infirmities. The main ingredients were Iron Phosphate, Calisaya Bark, Phosphorus, Vibernum Prowifolium and Coca." If a preparation with both alcohol and cocaine in it didn't cure you, there wasn't much hope for recovery.

The Brown's cards were printed by

Burrow-Giles vs. Sarony was a landmark copyright case decided by the Supreme Court. A summary of the case prepared by The Invisible College Press appears below.

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Wikipedia also gives a summary of the case. The full text of the Supreme Court's unanimous decision in 1884 is available on FindLaw.

See page 194 of the Earl J. Arnold Advertising Card Collection
for information on Horsford
Rumford Chemical Company, manufacturer of Horsford brand products, made use of all potential advertising space on their cards. Note that the necklace spells out another product line, "Rumford Yeast Powder."



Manufactured by J.C. Boyd, 1673 Broadway, NYC.
Patented in March 1877, but I was unable to find the patent.
According to one of its ads, J.C Boyd would fit your eyeglasses by mail!

For more on the celluloid manufacturing process, see "When Newark was America's Celluloid Capitol," published on the web by Montclair State University.



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