View Full Version : Universal Pain Killer, Pictorial Label, Pontil Bottle

Robby Raccoon
11-14-2017, 06:50 PM
Well, my laptop died (thus losing the upload-able images), so let's hope these links work:
Physician's Sure Relief, or Universal Pain Killer, prepared by one A.B. Hart, M.D. C. 1853-1854.
A nice pictorial label. Blown into snap-case; held with punty. Unembossed.
Original newsprint ad.
It's a very small bottle. At top you see it as compared to a modern Bic pen cap.

11-16-2017, 10:13 AM
it does look really old and paper label appears really fragile , its surprising the labels manage to survive this long ,
I don't really collect a lot of paper label bottles although did pick up a little druggist bottle I have been meaning to post to site

Robby Raccoon
11-17-2017, 06:15 PM
On the contrary, most diggers I know have dug up partially intact labels. Some even seem to fossilise to the glass. The less fortunate ones deteriorate almost as soon as they hit the air and dry, as they had been in a formerly anaerobic burial that preserved them. But in the case of this one, it was likely found in a wall, attic, or crawl-space.
What I don't understand is why certain parts vanish forever, and others remain unless heavily disturbed. Was it missing glue, broken off before being forgotten, chewed up by some organism...? The world may never know.
My main interest is paper-label stuff.

andy volkerts
11-23-2017, 05:10 PM
Hi Bear, nice bottles!! I really love the old ones like these. I have figured that most label missing parts, especially the ones not buried, have to have been without sufficient glue on the label backing, and in some cases just fell off because of no glue, and a disturbance of somekind, maybe earthquake like here in the west. anyways there is nothing to compare with what was written on those old long forgotten labels. the bullsh-- claims on them make it real fun collecting them!!

Robby Raccoon
11-24-2017, 08:26 PM
Andy, thank you. Similar had been my thought, but it cannot be proven, I'm afraid, so I hesitated to put it forward. My thought was that there was little adhesive used, so that when the bottle was handled certain portions were damaged and at some point detached due to lack of adhesive. The bottles were not intended to be disposed of, and became forgotten about, but the labels were unimportant and deteriorated and not entirely preserved.