Old Quack/ Snake Oil Medicines

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Would like to see some of these bottles that others have collected. What are the weirdest sayings or claims that make you laugh or at least smile?
Mine is the Pre-Digested Food Co. bottle. I don't know what this bottle actually contained. Pine Apples were not well know in the US when these
bottles were made, so hopefully they did not contain what they claimed to contain.
 

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Would like to see some of these bottles that others have collected. What are the weirdest sayings or claims that make you laugh or at least smile?
Mine is the Pre-Digested Food Co. bottle. I don't know what this bottle actually contained. Pine Apples were not well know in the US when these
bottles were made, so hopefully they did not contain what they claimed to contain.
These liquid food products were quite common around the turn of the 20th century. Fluid beef (another revolting-sounding product) was one of the more common ones to see. I think they were basically nutritional supplements similar to something like Boost today. I wouldn't typically consider them snake oil bottles because I think they did contain an actual beneficial product. Never seen one with the particular claim of being pre-digested before though! I imagine it was was probably intended for sick people who had difficulty eating solid food, and was probably just pureed.


I've always liked the name Hamlin's Wizard Oil, it's not a name that exactly instills confidence in its efficacy! These bottles are apparently American in origin but they seem to have been a particular favourite of Canadians because they show up in massive numbers in practically every late 19th century dump up here. Probably our best dollar-box bottle in my opinion.
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These liquid food products were quite common around the turn of the 20th century. Fluid beef (another revolting-sounding product) was one of the more common ones to see. I think they were basically nutritional supplements similar to something like Boost today. I wouldn't typically consider them snake oil bottles because I think they did contain an actual beneficial product. Never seen one with the particular claim of being pre-digested before though! I imagine it was was probably intended for sick people who had difficulty eating solid food, and was probably just pureed.


I've always liked the name Hamlin's Wizard Oil, it's not a name that exactly instills confidence in its efficacy! These bottles are apparently American in origin but they seem to have been a particular favourite of Canadians because they show up in massive numbers in practically every late 19th century dump up here. Probably our best dollar-box bottle in my opinion.
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Thank you for the answer and photo. I am starting to see some bottles I've not seen before!!!
 

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