I am always fascinated by the old things I find. These were found wrapped in newspaper next to a fireplace and I was permitted to photograph them. Not everyone walks up to sale with a camera, yet I was allowed to not have to buy them even after expressing great interest in their history.
I wanted to know how old they were, but unless I bought them I wasn't going to be able to take a long close look. Can you guess their age? This tincture says it is to be used "locally as a styptic and as an application to chapped or shredded surfaces, sore nipples, etc."
I was never able to make out the name of the product because the string is stuck like glue to the label.
I was hoping the name of the drug store would be a giveaway as to the date, but in my research I can find pictures of Alderman Drugs Store from 1940. When did pharmacies stop dispensing medicine in cork stopped bottles? What was Oil of Citronella used for? Today it is a bug repellant, maybe a treatment for lice?
This is my favorite of the group, mainly for its great typography and the condition of the label over all. Especially the directions:
I like the numerous references to "Kid" and the line to: "Keep Well Corked" good advice where ever you go. Any idea of the age of these beauties? If I had to guess, I would say late 1920's to the early 30's. Despite the cork, which would make me subtract a few years or decades, the machine neck and opening gives it a modern (so to speak) look. What do you think?