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Late 18th century/early 19th century patent medicines, particularly the old English remedies, owed their popularity to the following fact.  The multitude of ingredients inside might have varied (unbeknownst to the customer), but the bottle shape did not.  A patent medicine’s proprietor believed this distinctiveness leant genuineness to their remedy. 

Victorian trade card, bottle of Ayers Cherry Pectoral

Victorian trade card, bottle of Ayers Cherry Pectoral

Distinctive packaging may have made patent medicines easily recognizable to even the most illiterate, but it also made them vulnerable to counterfeiters.  Naïve proprietors eventually got smart and began to vary their packaging using differing bottle heights, mouth widths, and bottle inscriptions in order to deter counterfeiters.  This may also explain why many of today’s products, not just over the counter medicines, change their packaging from time to time.  Why chance loosing sales to an unscrupulous competitor?

Victorian Trade Card Ayers Ague Cure

close up of bottle on back of Victorian trade card advertising Ayers Ague Cure (notice the similarity in bottle shapes)

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I just had to laugh recently as I took a trip down memory lane.  I ran across a MSN Money article, http://tinyurl.com/3jhwauv , about a man who got cited for disorderly conduct after paying a $25 medical bill with pennies.  I once did the same thing when paying a $20 spa bill just out of high school.  The spa said I owed, I said I didn’t (I’d canceled my membership the previous month.).  The bank almost didn’t give me the pennies as it would severely deplete their supply (or so they said).  I dumped a coffee can of unrolled pennies on the receptionist’s desk.  Hah. 

The article goes on to list several examples of the same type of protest.  I’m surprised in today’s economy that more people don’t protest in this manner.  At the end of the article, it explained US law states a merchant does not have to accept over 100 pennies as payment.  I didn’t know that.  Good thing the spa didn’t know either, wink wink.

New Year Postcard, Dressed Pig Chariot

Gold trimmed German New Year postcard, dressed pig rides chariot pulled by pigs

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I ran across this beautiful poem on the back of an embroidered silk vintage birthday postcard in a lot I recently bought.  Enjoy!

1915 Embroidered Silk Birthday Postcard, made in Germany.

“…Your Birthday is never forgotten, neither are you.
       And this little card brings with it a greeting true.
       God Bless you tis a simple word 
       But simple prayers in heaven are heard
       So mine shall surely bring to thee
       A Birthday blessing rich and free…”

For those of you who celebrate your birthday this month, Happy Birthday!

** This and other vintage birthday postcards can be found in my store, Remember When Vintage Postcards.  Also, we post a picture of an antique or vintage postcard’s back when listing it for sale.  If curious, stop by for a visit and browse our postcards to see what was written on their backs.

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