The swine flu has gotten a lot of air time in the last few days and it got me wondering about flu and cold remedies which led me to old medicine bottles.
I came upon this group of New Jersey medicine bottles on a site called Cape May County Bottle Collectors. The site does not go into a great deal of detail on their history, but I would guess they were produced in the second half of the 19th century. Doctors and pharmacists would fill them with their proprietary products.
They are refreshingly simple in appearance, mostly clear glass with black typography in a variety of letter forms. They almost seem to be folk art meeting medical commerce in their naive simplicity. I guess that is what efficaciousness looked like 120 years ago.