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jb498.jpg (135735 bytes)1871 MEDICAL JOURNALS. Conjoined Twins .Philadelphia University Journal of Medicine and Surgery. Two issues October, November, 1871. Vol. XIV, No. 10 and 11. App 48pp ea.., From bound volume, String tied binding, 9" x 5 1/2". . Interesting reading, includes a lengthy reports on conjoined twins along with a report of the delivery of such, under the title " Monstrosities" . Includes several other articles and illustrated advertisements. Fair - Good condition, from bound volume, no wraps as bounds, has expected light age toning and wear, back page of Nov damaged with holes and tears. (Jb.498); $85.

jb702.jpg (113119 bytes)JOHN WYETH SIGNED LETTER. John Wyeth & Brother imprinted business letterhead. 1885, 19 1/2" x 8" typed letter to the president of the Sterling Iron Railway Co regarding payment of bonds. Signed in ink by John Wyeth. Overall good condition, four spindle binding holes left side, a few numerical notations below signature, and original fold line. (Jb. 702); $75.
The Wyeth legacy began in the early 1860s when John and his brother, Frank, opened a small drugstore under the name John Wyeth & Brother at 1410 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Their firm transformed the way drugstores operated. Later known as Wyeth Laboratories, it became the first to "advance manufacture" frequently prescribed medicines in bulk. Also, in 1864 the John Wyeth & Brother catalog of elixirs and tonics was published, the first catalog of its kind. From these beginnings came a succession of pharmaceutical innovations, including the development of the “compressed pill,” or tablet, and the first rotary tablet press, invented by Wyeth in 1872.



jb707.jpg (142014 bytes)THE PHRENOLOGICAL JOURNAL DEC. 1866. 12" x 9 1/2", wraps, 36pp complete.  Illustrated front cover showing the inside of the brain with a key below giving names to the parts., the brain has small illustrations as well. Around the journal are portraits of The  Savage, The Fool, The Bully, Florence Nightengale, Princess of Wales, and others . Numerous articles including the Philosophy of shaking hands, on walking, article and illustrations of the King and Queen of Prussia, on death and of sleep. Overall Vg+ cond. with no torn pages. Scarce quack medical journal of this famous science that was acceptable for a while in the 19th Century. (Jb.707); $75.

jb708.jpg (239611 bytes)1881 THE PHRENOLOGY JOURNAL AND SCIENCE HEALTH. August 1881, 6 ½“ x 9 ¾“, 34 pp., published by Fowler & Wells. This important Phrenology monthly was first published in 1845  and grew from a magazine dedicated solely to the pseudo-science of the study of the shape of the head and how it determines behavior and mental capacity. It later became a repository of information of not only Phrenology but also a wide range of both pseudo-scientific and true medical and sociological content. This issue has wonderful articles on The Puritan Child, The Cause of Somnambulism, The Injurious Effect of Tobacco, Inebriety in Offspring, A New bathing Machine, and of course Phrenology. Nice advertisement on back cover for the phrenological bust.  Overall G- VG condition - clean and complete, with light cover wear, some edge chipping, age toning and a few light spots. The spine is also chipping, and the front cover is coming loose. (Jb.708); $75.

la041.jpg (110501 bytes)ORSON FOWLER - PHRENOLOGIST LEADER. CDV 4" x 2 1/2" E.& H.T. Anthony from Brady negative backmark.. Fine cond. (La.41); $85.

Orson Squire Fowler (October 11, 1809 – August 18, 1887) was a phrenologist and lecturer. He also popularized the octagon house in the middle of the nineteenth century. With his brother Lorenzo Niles Fowler, he opened a phrenological office in New York City. Orson wrote and lectured on phrenology, preservation of health, popular education and social reform from 1834 to 1887. Lorenzo and his wife  lectured frequently with Orson on the subject of phrenology.  The three were "in large measure" responsible for the mid-19th century popularity of phrenology. Orson edited and published the American Phrenological Journal,  He is also  remembered as a man of universal reform who preached for education, temperance, and equality. Orson, like his sister-in-law Lydia Fowler, held forth for the equality for women at a time when women had virtually no legal rights in the United States. Orson stood for children's rights when child labor was quite acceptable in the burgeoning industrial factories of his country. 



Patent medicine were not patented medicines, but rather medicines with trademarks, sold under a variety of names and labels. Their advertising more often than not highlighted exotic ingredients, as some level of exoticism and mystery in the contents of the preparation was deemed desirable by their promoters. Native American themes were often used. Patent medicines were supposedly able to cure just about everything. Most every manufacturer published long lists of testimonials in which all sorts of human ailments were cured by the compounds.


jb709.jpg (140506 bytes)FAIRFIELD'S APOTHECARY LIST OF PATENT MEDICINES. 10 3/4" x 6" one sided  broadside of various patent medicine. Not dated ca. 1880. Gray paper, exhibits some wear, overall VG. (Jb.709); $75.  pending

jb123.jpg (67337 bytes)KICKAPOO INDIAN MEDICINE COMPANY. Original Albumen image, 5” x 7”; Previous owner had image removed from album, reaffixed to rag paper. The album apparently had serious condition issues, and the images were removed to aid in their preservation. The period inscription on the original album page was “ Kickapoo Indian Med. Co. No.27, Lincoln, Ill Aug 20, 1892”.  Some minor rippling , small scrape b/l edge, overall VG. Very scarce subject matter. (Jb. 123); $275.
Another method of publicity undertaken by patent medicine firms was the  medicine show“, a small traveling circus which offered entertainments on a small scale, and which ended in a pitch for the cure all being sold. The Kickapoo Indian Medicine Company became one of the largest and most successful medicine show operators; their shows had an American Indian or Wild West theme, and employed many Native Americans in their acts.

jb737.jpg (304573 bytes)RED BLOOD AND NERVE PILLS BROADSIDE.17" x 6 1/4" Broadside for Dr. Garnett's Red Blood  and Nerve Pills for " Pale People . Not dated, ca. 1880-90 . . Published by the wholesale agents of Stewart and Holmes, who operated their apothecary shop in Seattle, Washington. (Jb.737); $145.

AD301.jpg (1638209 bytes)QUABAUG PURE SPRING WATER CARTE LABEL – 19th c. - UNUSED .Original vintage QUABAUG PURE SPRING WATER  box or crate label circa late 1800s. 9 ½” x 12 3/8.   "Quabaug Pure Spring Water" "Highly Recommended for Indigestion, Dyspepsia, La Grippe, Rheumatism, Insomnia, Malaria, Gravel, and all troubles of the kidneys and bladder" "Endorsed and prescribed by the leading physicians" "$1000 reward for the conviction of any person refilling bottles bearing our trade-mark, or for selling as Quabaug Spring Water and water not from the Quabaug Spring". Has a picture of Indian Chief "King Philip" who adopted that as his English name. Unused condition, (Ad.301); $45. 

jb715.jpg (137223 bytes)MEDICAL- KATHAIRON PRIVATE NOTE . Private note (advertising coupon) for Lyons Celebrated Kathairon . Printed on tissue-paper thin rag paper this note was issued by Lyons Kathairon Bank of New York City  to be redeemed for 25cents "at the counter of any druggist in the United States or Canadas" on one bottle of LYONS CELEBRATED KATHAIRON for Preserving, Restoring, and Beautifying the HAIR. Graphic of Native American Princess applying the Kathairon as well as alchemist at work. Ca. 1855, facsimile signature of Thomas Lyon and D.S. Barnes, with 161 Bway address.  Discoloration along left top edge, non distracting repaired tear b/ r (through L).   (Jb.715); $100.

Lyons Kathairon was the product of Emanuel Thomas Lyon starting around 1850, an ad in 1853 indicated that his business was at 161 Broadway, New York City. The original proprietor was Demas Barnes & Co., and in 1859 Heath, Wyncoop & Co. took over proprietorship . 



Four page advertising circular, or perhaps used as a broadside. 15 ½ x 9 ¼ . Each page is printed in a different languages: English, German, Fench and  Spanish. Attests to the cure for any ailment… a remedy for dyspepsia, indigestion, rheumatism, diarrhea, consumption, catarrh, bronchitis, neuralgia, headache, boils and ulcers, sore eyes, dropsy, scald head, paralysis, erysipelas, scrofula, tetter, skin diseases, bilious, remittent and intermittent fevers. Pains in the back, shoulders, heart and chest, liver and kidney complaints, stomach ache, jaundice, gout and fits, dizziness, colds and coughs, croup, palpitations of the heart, lead colic, nausea, biliousness, dysentary, piles, etc. pin tape and other worms. Not dated , ca. 1870s. Rag stock, exhibits some light use and wear, no tears or cut pieces, overall VG- Fine cond. Md 001






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