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"Doctor" Dyott Bottles

"Doctor" Dyott, an early dispenser of patent medicines in Philadelphia, made use of bottle molds to advertise himself and his products. By the time of the Civil War, patent medicines, tonics, or nostrums were very popular and bitters bottles (as the containers are called), became a staple product in many glass factories. Unknown to many users, the cure-alls contained alcohol, which greatly stimulated the sale of the products. Later, many bitters were sold in odd-shaped bottles. Bitters bottles were made in greaier numbers than commemorative flasks, but the latter are more popular with collectors and often bring very high prices.

By the beginning of the nineteenth century almost everybody drank something alcoholic. Not only did all travelers carry flasks, but bottles of liquor could be found in every home. As fruit trees and grape vines became established in the new country, hard cider, brandies, and wines were made. When the rich lands of the Midwest were put into cultivation, the large grain harvests were used to produce whisky and beer. Bottle factories naturally followed distilleries and breweries. Bottles and flasks became staple products and often helped glasshouses to weather depressions. They were exported in large quantities and rum was imported.

Today it is very hard to find the Doc Dyott bottles, there are many reproductions of the old medicine bottles. So beware.

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