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Vintage Dr. H.L. Bowker & Co., Boston, Mass. (ca. 1892): A vintage Dr. H.L. Bowker Birch Beer Ad from The Druggists Circular and Chemical Gazette


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...Of any drink ever sold in the United States. Can be drawn at any soda fountain for 1 1/2 cents per glass.

One Hundred other drinks drawn in the same way. All the new drinks for 1892. The largest and oldest house in America for soda water supplies.

Dr. H.L. Bowker & Co., Boston, Mass. ...

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Promotional trading cards of all types were popular during the Victorian era (soap, tonics, sewing machines, shirts, hats, etc.), and patent medicines were no exception. People would collect and trade these trading cards. Manufactures of patent medicines would design and print these cards, then provide them as promotional giveaways to the drug stores that carried their patent medicines. Many cards have survived and the artwork in many cases is magnificent. 

As a complimentary service, RXinsider provides FREE, high-resolution downloads of many vintage pharmacy ads and imagery. Simply complete the form on the following webpage, and you will be presented with a download button to download the files for printing and framing in a .zip file.