Performing a Rapid and Certain Cure: A Patent Medicine Bottle from the American Cotton Frontier
Author(s): Carl Drexler
Recent excavations at Dooley’s Ferry (3HE12), on the Red River in Hempstead County, Arkansas, recovered fragments of a bottle of Edward Wilder’s ‘Mother’s Worm Syrup,’ a patent medicine advertised as an effective vermifuge. In context, this bottle and other patent medicines may have served other roles, which may have helped the residents of the area cope with the American Civil War and its aftermath.
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Performing a Rapid and Certain Cure: A Patent Medicine Bottle from the American Cotton Frontier. Carl Drexler. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 436711)