If you are ever in Burlington Vermont, drive over to the nearby town of Shelburne where you will find the Shelburne Museum. It’s not your typical museum. Located on 45 acres of land there are 39 exhibition buildings consisting of a wide variety of art, prints, folk art, and plenty of Americana.
The General Store dates back to 1840 and was a fascinating look back.
Haugee’s Cod Liver Oil, Renne’s Oil Compound, and Hanford’s Balsam of Myrrth were some of the health aids available back in the 1800’s, but the best or at least all-purpose was DeWitt’s Stomach Bitters, an all-everything concoction for improving your appetite, invigorating the system, regulating the bowels, Liver and Kidneys, curing Dyspepsia, heartburn and a sour stomach.
The label goes on to say, it’s an invaluable aid to persons in delicate and feeble health. Restoring strenght (that’s the way it is spelled on the label) and vigor to wornout constitutions.
Directions: a wineglass full before or after each meal.
A wineglass is most appropriate because most of these types of “medications” contained quite a bit of alcohol.
One of the brands on the above shelf are still in business..Durkee’s.
I have no idea what or how these pills were meant to help. The web revealed nothing when I typed in the name other than lot’s of hits on Harvey Weinstein and pills that will enhance your sex life. I doubt this Harvey had much to do with either.
Men and Women’s hats of the day.
Some of the products sold in these bottles include Citric Acid, Gylcerin, Sodium Bicarbonate, and Antimuniun Crud. The last word most likely should be read as Crudum. The bottle’s label is worn after the “Crud” so likely it was spelled correctly as Crudum.