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|Hiscox & Co. 163 William St. NYC, manufacturer, 1875|
Off we go "into the weeds" (details, that is) of conducting business in the 1880's! During this era, the federal government passed excise tax laws to finance the Civil and Spanish American wars. Patent medicine manufacturers, among others, affixed stamps, some of them issued by the government, others their own private label, to their goods to indicate taxes had been paid.
From the Boston Philatelic Society and Google Books comes this description of the revenue stamp used by Hiscox & Co. for its products.
Wickipedia's extensive discussion of US revenue stamps leads us to these excellent images of the Hiscox revenue stamps which were found via rdhinstl's Page, particularly http://www.rdhinstl.com/mm/cwrslist.htm which is an excellent reference for those curious about this aspect of doing business.
The Little Rhody Bottle Club provides a start-to-finish history of the Seth Arnold Company.
Dr. Seth Arnold is not related to my grandfather, Earl J. Arnold, after whom this card collection is named. Earl J. Arnold's father was Robert Earle Arnold, who, as Commander of the 1st Connecticut Volunteers Cavalry had the honor of driving President Abraham Lincoln's carriage. It was Robert Earle Arnold's final years of suffering and eventual death (1885) that led his widow Emma Jane to give this scrapbook to her children as a solace and distraction from hardship while she did what was necessary to raise her children on her own.
|also of 826 Broadway, NYC|
|see page 128 of the Earl J. Arnold Advertising Card Collection|
for information on the Carter Medicine Company
and its founder, Dr. John Samuel Carter
|Dr. Morse's solutions to various health problems are discussed on|
page 177 of the Earl J. Arnold Advertising Card Collection
|Bovril is the brand name associated with this product in 2015.See Wikipedia for further information.|
|Nobody knows what was in this stuff!|
(well, except for the manufacturer, William E. Clarke, one would hope...)
From the Smithsonian:
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