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GuntherHess
09-19-2009, 09:45 PM
There wasnt a lot of industry in the South before the Civil War so i am always interested to see Southern made pontil meds.

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Miles
09-20-2009, 12:21 AM
A truly wonderful bottle and a good point, I haven't really seen many pontil meds from the south, it's always been more sodas and the like.

GuntherHess
09-20-2009, 01:12 AM
Most of the ones I can think of were from the big population centers like New Orleans, Richmond, Charleston, ect.

capsoda
09-20-2009, 03:26 AM
Yep they are rare. Small town docs would put a homemade remedy or cure in what ever the patient brought in with them to hold it. I also suspect that some used small clay vessels. I had an aunt who was very old in the early 1960s who made some home cures and kept them in what looked like clay ink bottles because she said that was what all doctors did. She put tape on them and labeled them. I guess she concidered herself a doctor???

I remember them because she gave me something that made a belly ache go away after I ate to many mulberries and sweet carrots. They didn't mix and she saved me with something that was terribly sweet but it worked and as far as I was concerned she saved my life.

There are also records of a Dr. Bosso in Pensacola, FL who put his yellow fever cure in a wooden barrel in front of his store so anyone who needed it could have it for free and put it in what ever vessel they had. It cost him his life but the murderer was never captured, the recipe disappeared and from what I understand from talking to his relatives no one tried very hard to find the killer because a judge and several prominent Drs and pharmacists didn't want the killer or the recipe found. I guess it really worked.

There are very few embossed meds form the area much less pontiled meds.

glass man
09-20-2009, 06:52 AM
ORIGINAL: GuntherHess

Most of the ones I can think of were from the big population centers like New Orleans, Richmond, Charleston, ect.

MOBILE,SAVANNAH,AND SEEMS LIKE I REMEMBER ONE OR SO FROM MACON ,GA. THAKS FOR SHOWING US THAT BOTTLE AS LIKE YOU SAID NOT MANY IN THE SOUTH!

pyshodoodle
09-20-2009, 10:50 AM
ORIGINAL: capsoda

There are also records of a Dr. Bosso in Pensacola, FL who put his yellow fever cure in a wooden barrel in front of his store so anyone who needed it could have it for free and put it in what ever vessel they had. It cost him his life but the murderer was never captured, the recipe disappeared and from what I understand from talking to his relatives no one tried very hard to find the killer because a judge and several prominent Drs and pharmacists didn't want the killer or the recipe found. I guess it really worked.


That's a great story.
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