MEDICINE BOTTLE DESIGNS

DIGGER ODELL PUBLICATIONS

As the 20th century drew closer, companies  redesigned the containers for their products. Proprietors and bottle manufacturers continued to create variations on classic designs.  Form became the clue to function as embossing became less common.  Medicine bottle manufacturers of  earlier eras left a legacy of designs and forms of great beauty and variety.  Like their later counterparts, these early containers mirrored the society that created them.  Each was unique - an individual creation.  These early bottles were appropriate for a pioneer society.  Their crudity beckoned to the days of the log cabin when everything was hand-made. The "modern" bottle was far less exciting, less individual and reflected the changes in American society.  The industrial age was in full swing.  Production and uniformity became the goals.  The bottles below fall at the very end of the hand-tooled era.  Glass blowers began forming unions in response to the threat of mechanization.  While medicine, food and beverage manufacturers demanded not only greater numbers and better quality containers but demanded them in clear glass which would display their products better. The common "green glass" so long the medium of choice had within the span of a few short years nearly disappeared.  Things were changing.

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1908 Prescription

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1908 Dental Bottle

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1908 Prescription

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1907 Prescription

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1906 Inhaler

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1903 Prescription

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1903 Wheaton Prescription

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1901 Medicine

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1900 medicine

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1900 Prescription

 

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1900 Prescription

 

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1899 Medicine

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1899 Medicine

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1898 Munyon's Inhaler

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1898 Whitall-Tatum Prescription

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1898 Vinol

 

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1897 Whitall -Tatum

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1896 Prescription

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1896 Medicine

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1896 Prescription

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1895 Druggist

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1895 Druggist

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1894 Laxol

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1894 Whitall -Tatum

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1893 Citrate Magnesia

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1893 Dr. Fahrney

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1893 Whitall -Tatum

 

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1892 Whitall - Tatum

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1892 Medicine

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