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H. H. Holmes bottle

Wheelah23

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I'm looking for a Chicago druggist bottle embossed "H.H. Holmes". I don't know if one exists, but I figure it has to. He was famous for being America's first serial killer. The reason I'm interested is that we had to read a book about it in history class over the summer, and in it, it mentioned he had a rather large drugstore in Chicago in the late 1880's. It'd certainly be a very cool thing to have.
 

Wheelah23

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I think Holmes was the name he used to the public... He was certainly an interesting man, although deranged. He got the drugstore because he killed the previous owners, whose business was failing!
 

Kraftypantz

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Jan 27, 2020
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I found a piece of a medicine bottle near the ghost town of Gilt Edge, Montana with "H.H. Ho" on it (it's only a fragment). I think it is likely from his shop as that town was active throughout the 1890s and somebody likely went to Chicago for the world's fair. I'll post a picture of it when I get a chance.
 

CanadianBottles

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There are all sorts of things that one could be with such a small fragment of writing. I'd be curious to see a picture, but one possible bottle it could be from is H.H.H. Horse Medicine.

I'm really doubting that there's an embossed H.H. Holmes bottle out there at this point. I feel like it would have come to light as a macabre souvenir since he's so infamous. I was curious to find out whether the drug store operated under another name so I had a look at the 1892 Chicago directory, but there aren't any druggists named Holmes listed. There also isn't anyone named Holton, the original owner of his store, listed either. Holton doesn't show up in 1886 either. I'm not sure how comprehensive those directories were, but it does seem odd that neither of these people are listed. It's really hard to find any sort of reputable source on Holmes.
 

Kraftypantz

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Jan 27, 2020
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There are all sorts of things that one could be with such a small fragment of writing. I'd be curious to see a picture, but one possible bottle it could be from is H.H.H. Horse Medicine.

I'm really doubting that there's an embossed H.H. Holmes bottle out there at this point. I feel like it would have come to light as a macabre souvenir since he's so infamous. I was curious to find out whether the drug store operated under another name so I had a look at the 1892 Chicago directory, but there aren't any druggists named Holmes listed. There also isn't anyone named Holton, the original owner of his store, listed either. Holton doesn't show up in 1886 either. I'm not sure how comprehensive those directories were, but it does seem odd that neither of these people are listed. It's really hard to find any sort of reputable source on Holmes.
 

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Kraftypantz

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Jan 27, 2020
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There are all sorts of things that one could be with such a small fragment of writing. I'd be curious to see a picture, but one possible bottle it could be from is H.H.H. Horse Medicine.

I'm really doubting that there's an embossed H.H. Holmes bottle out there at this point. I feel like it would have come to light as a macabre souvenir since he's so infamous. I was curious to find out whether the drug store operated under another name so I had a look at the 1892 Chicago directory, but there aren't any druggists named Holmes listed. There also isn't anyone named Holton, the original owner of his store, listed either. Holton doesn't show up in 1886 either. I'm not sure how comprehensive those directories were, but it does seem odd that neither of these people are listed. It's really hard to find any sort of reputable source on Holmes.
 

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