- Sep 1, 2018
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- Carter County Kentucky
I got these four bottles the other day because I wanted to branch out into the world of druggist bottles. Besides, they're cool.
The R.R. Harting bottles are both BIM, and date to around 1895-1910. I found R.R. Harting mentioned in pharmaceutical publications in 1890, 1899, and 1900.
C.J. Peters of Sacramento was a bit harder to find. I only found mention of his business in 1905 and 1922, when he argued against prohibition in a druggist publication. This bottle is BIM as well.
The Cassells Drug Store bottle had me scratching my head for a bit. The lip seems crude, almost wavy and misshapen. I thought it was older, but research pointed out that Cassells Drug Store opened in Lexington Kentucky in 1904. The family had a druggist business before this, so it might be from an earlier business than the one listed. The Cassells were a unique family, having fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War, and getting involved in escapades after the war.
This is a local bottle for me, only a few miles away in fact. The address on the bottle lists 9th and Chillicothe St. as the place of business. I cannot find anything about Service Drug Co. but there is a pharmacy on the site of the address listed today called Stakers Service Drugs. Stakers was founded in the 1940s, and the date on this bottle is 1925. I believe Staker bought the original business back then and added his name to the front. Its a pretty cool bottle, and I like the slogan: "Fast and Furious Delivery". Excuse me? What was fast in 1925!?