Vinol Bottles

Digger Odell Publications 2007

Vinol Bottles are common in turn of the century dumps. The shape of the bottle is reminiscent of early chestnut bottles. The container was designed in 1898 by Edward Modes. The Chester Kent Company of Jersey City and also of New York City registered the name "Vinol" with the Patent Office as a protected trademark in 1897.  It is likely that the company was actually

located in Minnesota and had depots in the East. Vinol was still for sale as late as 1948.

A turn of the century ad indicates it was a cod liver oil preparation for coughs and colds throat and lung troubles. The boxed example shown indicates Vinol was a tonic for the elderly and for children, presumable based on the fact that it contained cod liver oil. However, it also, as indicated on the box and label contained 14 percent alcohol, which if taken in by children would not have been safe. The taste must have prevented wide-spread abuse.

Vinol bottles without the box and label are so common that they sell for very little if they sell at all but their unusual shape often peaks people's curiosity.