Retro Images of the Week: Bromo Seltzer

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Bromo-Seltzer Bottle and Glass

Bromo-Seltzer Bottle Bromo Glass

Here at we are surrounded by all things retro. Not only the things we sell but original items and collections that decorate our offices. We thought it might be interesting each week to bring you a photo and information of an interesting, and maybe unusual, retro item we have kicking around. Please note these items are not for sale.

Bromo-Seltzer was a very popular effervescent headache remedy and was known to be a great cure for hangovers. Isaac Emerson of Baltimore, Maryland was attempting to concoct a cure for headaches when he invented it in 1888. It was a combination of acetaminophen, sodium bicarbonate and citric acid that had to be dissolved in water before being drunk.

The drinking glass is the same distinctive blue as the Bromo bottle and has a measuring line on the back indicating the amount of water to be added for the 1 to 2 recommended capfuls of granules. These glasses were given out as premiums at drugstores to those purchasing Bromo-Seltzer and to visitors touring the factory of the Bromo-Seltzer glassmaker, The Maryland Glass Corporation.

This screw-top bottle was made some time between 1956 and 1986. Prior to 1928 the bottles were sealed with a cork. Beginning in 1928 and extending through 1954 the bottles were sealed with a metal cap. From 1955 through to 1986 the cap was a metal screw cap and in 1986 they went to a plastic bottle. The Warner-Lambert Pharmaceutical Co. acquired the Emerson Drug Company in 1956, and this bottle indicates they were the manufacturer, so the window in dating this bottle falls in the 1956-1986 range.

Last updated: Apr 03, 2009
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