“CLEANSE THE SYSTEM; PURIFY THE BLOOD:” DR. LANGLEY’S ROOT AND HERB BITTERS

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This is a nice example in aqua of a Langley’s bitters bottle with applied mouth about 8.5 inches tall and 3 inches wide at the base, with raised lettering: DR. LANGLEY’S / ROOT & HERB / BITTERS / 99 UNION ST. / BOSTON. J. O. Langley was born in New Hampshire in 1804. By 1852 he was a peddler and medicine dealer in Cambridge when he teamed up with George C. Goodwin, a Boston manufacturer of drugs, medicines, and compounds to market “Dr. Langley’s Root & Herb Bitters.” The company changed address by 1863. Goodwin died in 1869 and Langlely in 1872, but there may have been some split before then: a “J.H. Langley and Co.” begins advertising bitters around 1869. George C. Goodwin & Co. continued for many years, becoming the Eastern Drug Co. in 1900.

We don’t know where “Dr.” Langley got his training, but his bitters promised to cure everything from jaundice to flatulence, and used the slogan, “Buy me and I’ll do you good,” which about sums it up. We suspect his advertising background may have been stronger than his medical background.   [sr] [ph:m]

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