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    "POOR MAN COUGH SYRUP" Mystery

    Fellow Bottle Collectors,

    I recently began collecting Medicine Bottle with interesting embossing. I enjoy doing a little research on each bottle but have come across one that impossible (for me) to locate anything ~ 3 pictures attached.

    POOR MAN'S COUGH SYRUP ~ BIM ~ light clear/purple color ~ 5 3/4" tall by 2 1/4 wide.

    The base has a raised design, possible an acorn, but cannot be sure

    I have found a "Poor Man's Bitters" Bottle and "Anderson's Poor Man Cough", but NOTHING for this bottle. I have checked many on-line sources and checked the "Bottle Book: A Comprehensive Guide to Historic Embossed Medicine Bottles" by Fike, and NOTHING.

    Does anyone have any information? I'm not sure if the wording POOR MAN's is the name of a Company or perhaps means something else entirely.

    Thank you,
    John
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    Advertised by E. Chamberlain of Cambridgeport (Cambridge) Massachusetts in the late 1870's. Cool bottle. Looks like your example is a bit newer...perhaps mid-1880's.

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    Thank you. The information is helpful. Do you know if the "POOR MAN'S" is the name of the company, or does it have another significance?

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    It just means it's a bargain price.


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