Advertising trade card for Brown’s Iron Bitters (late 1800s) #2

$15.00 CAD

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Advertisement for Brown's Iron Bitters depicting a young woman sitting while holding a wooden bucket. Identified as ‘Mrs. Lantry The Jersey Lily'. She was a famous socialite of the day.

In LL corner, on side of wooden wagon, it states that this tonic “Is a certain cure for…dyspepsia, intermittent fevers, want of appetite, lack of energy, malaria, enriches the blood…”.

On back, long description of what Brown’s Iron Bitters is, and what it ‘cures…and “contains no whiskey or other injurious ingredients”. Price is $1.00 a bottle.

Also on back is stamp of retailer that handed out this card: ‘From DUNBAR Druggist and Apothecary GLOBE DRUG STORE Corner Main & Lee St. ___ Mass.

Printed by ‘Burrow-Giles Lith. Co., 20 & 22 Gold St. N.Y.’

Manufactured by Brown Chemical Co. Baltimore MD.

At one time it contained cocaine!

Dates from 1870-1890.

4¾" x 3"


Emilie Charlotte Langtry (1853 –1929), known as Lillie (or Lily) Langtry and nicknamed "The Jersey Lily", was a British-American socialite, actress and producer.

Born on the island of Jersey, upon marrying she moved to London in 1876. Her looks and personality attracted interest, commentary, and invitations from artists and society hostesses, and she was celebrated as a young woman of great beauty and charm.

By 1881, she had become an actress and starred in many plays in the UK and the United States, including She Stoops to Conquer, The Lady of Lyons, and As You Like It, eventually running her own stage production company. In later life she performed "dramatic sketches" in vaudeville. She was also known for her relationships with noblemen, including the Prince of Wales, the Earl of Shrewsbury, and Prince Louis of Battenberg. She was the subject of widespread public and media interest.