Thursday, August 29, 2019

J. R. Spencer Druggist, Newport, ME

J R Spencer Druggist Newport ME Prescription Bottle
J.R. Spencer bottle, Newport Druggist
Check out this rare old embossed pharmacy bottle. Dating to the period from ca 1890 to1903, this fancy custom bottle was from druggist J. R. Spencer of Newport, ME. (See the listing here.)

This antique embossed cork-top bottle is faintly marked on the bottom “S B W CO” (from the Saltsburg Bottle Works Company of Pa).

J R Spencer was a leading druggist in Newport, Maine at the beginning of the 1900's. (There was at least one other pharmacist in Newport at that time. More information is here.)

J.R. Spencer's Druggist was a prolific user of advertising. His claims in 1901:

J R Spencer Druggist Newport ME Embossed Prescription
1901 advertisement for J R Spencer Druggist of Newport, ME

By 1902, his claims were more outrageous:

Druggist Bottle from J R Spencer of Newport ME Embossed Glass
Partial label
"Spencer’s Headache Powders.The only one that cures with no bad effects which contains no opiates. J. R. Spencer, Prescription Druggist, 14 Mill St. Newport, Me."

"TAKE Spencer’s Vegetable Blood Purifier for that Tired Feeling Rheumatism, Kidney Diseases, and all diseases arising from an imperfect state of the blood."
In 1902, the business traded places with the barber shop and moved across the street. By 1904, a stationer's business was added.

After that, the online curtain draws closed on Mr. Spencer.

Antique Bottle J R Spencer Druggist Newport ME
Salzberg Bottle Works mark circa 1900

1 comment:

  1. Old bottles tell such a great story...thanks Joanne for another interesting and educational blog!