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Caswell & Masse Chemists
Address: 1117 Broadway
The company opened in 1752 in Newport R.I. by Dr. William Hunter, providing the nearby community with colognes, perfumes, and bath products. By 1855 Dr. Hunter gave classes on anatomy and surgery and invented orange soda to give to his patients while they were taking his medicines at the shop. In 1780 George Washington selected his favorite fragrance, Number 6, from the line of colognes made by the company, immediately making his business more popular. Soap made by Caswell & Masse was take by Lewis and Clark on their journey across the wilderness which is today the western U.S.
The first New York City store opened in 1833. In 1887 the company made front page in the New York Times. In 1926 the company opened its flagship store in Lexington and 48th street in Manhattan.
The company still operates today.
Gardner, R. W.
Address: 185 Williams st.
This bottle would have been syrup of hydroidic acid, had the label survived. R. W. Gardner opened in 1895. The company published a book in 1926 describing the uses of their medications, the title was "Gardner's Syrup of Hydroidic Acid / Therapeutical Indications with Clinical Data by R. W. Gardner, Pharmaceutical Chemist"
Riker's Drug Store
Address: 373 6th ave. / 771 Broadway / 586 Washington st. / Other locations in Brooklyn and throughout the state are also listed but not specified
It is tough to get exact dates but by the 1920s the company had grown to over 105 stores stretching throughout the five boroughs, and nearby states.
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Robinson, R. W., & Son
Address: 182, 184, & 186 Greenwich st.
No info on this bottle except a single flyer for one of their products. Here are some quotes from the ad:
"The Old Squaw's Cure for Fever and Ague"
"A simple, cheap, and effectual remedy for the distressing and obstinate complaints: Fever and Ague, Dumb Ague, Intermittent Fever & C."
"It contains no Quinine or Mineral Poisons"
"It is entirely vegetable, and what it purports to be - An Indian Remedy"
Department of Health City of New York (Cobalt)
The cobalt bottle was a test jar for the department of health in the City of New York, not to be confused with the clear shot glass on the right which was used for the rest of the state.
(See Dairy page for other Department of Health, City of New York Bottles.)
Radway, R. R. R. & Co
This was probably one of if not the most successful medicinal agent in the U.S. The company also shipped alot of bottles to Canada and Great Britain. Some of the products would have included, Cures for: "rheumatism, neuralgia, gout, sciatica, nervousness, fever and ague, indigestion, small pox, measles, cramps, spasms, lumbago, headache, and heart disease.
Tarrant Co. Chemists, The / Tarrant & Co. Druggists
Address: Somewhere on Greenwich st.
The company's slogans included “Importers and Jobbers of Drugs and Druggists’ Sundries” and “Manufacturers of Fine pharmaceuticals.” Some of their medicines included:
“Tarrant’s Effervescent Seltzer Apperient” and “Tarrant’s Cordial Elixir of Turkey Rhubarb.”