The texture of the ware was coarse to moderately coarse.
The ware was characterized by a buff-colored fabric and a clear, glossy glaze.
All four medicines were prepared at the New England Botanic Depot, 106 Hanover Street, Boston, Mass., under the supervision of Geo. It is worth noting that "The Illuminated White Pine Alphabet" doesn't mention root beer. Swett may have been selling such a drink at that time, and perhaps calling it something other than root beer. At that time, Charles Elmer Hires (1851-1937) was a young pharmacist in Philadelphia. During this campaign, women church members went into saloons, sang hymns, prayed, and asked the saloonkeepers to stop selling liquor.
This drawing is from a black-and-white edition of "The Illuminated White Pine Alphabet" published about 1870. There are several legends about when and how he discovered or invented his formula for "Hires Herb Tea" as early as 1866 (when he was 15 years old). The Temperance Crusade swept over 23 states, and resulted in the closing of thousands of places that sold liquor throughout the nation.
The claim: "On the market sixty years" is part of the legend that Dr.
Swett created his root beer in 1845 when he was 11 years old.
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Swett's Root Beer was sold in earthenware bottles with bottle caps. Swett, physician, widower, born October 1834 in Canada, age 65, living in the home of his widowed sister Emma A. [The Museum of Beverage Containers and Advertising, Soda Bottle History] 1906. Swett was 72 years old at that time and had sold patent medicines since 1860, so some response from him to the passage of these laws might be expected.
Because company advertising said it was established in 1845, the statement "Over fifty years on the market" indicates that these bottles with bottle caps should be dated after 1895. Congress passed the first Pure Food and Drug Act in 1906, including provisions that were intended to stop the fraudulent advertising of patent medicines and require open disclosure of their ingredients, because so many patent medicines included drugs such as opium, cocaine, and arsenic. The following four-page brochure can be dated about 1906 because it includes the statement: "This [Root Beer] will stand the test of all the pure food laws in existence." This is the earliest example I have seen of the motto "From Childhood to Old Age" and the logo of a shadowy old man in the background drinking from a glass, with a young boy in the foreground holding a glass and looking at you.
Made from the juices of such beneficial berries, barks, roots and herbs as Checkerberry, Sweet Birch, Sassafras, Sarsaparilla, Spikenard, Juniper, Wintergreen, Ginger and Hops. Amelia Maria Swett born 1836 married Edgar Mc Alister 4.
Beer made from this extract is in every respect the most refreshing and beneficial drink of its kind manufactured. Stephen Rural Cemetery, Charlotte, New Brunswick, Canada. Sullivan Clarke Swett born 26 April 1831 married Margaret Frances Haycock 2. Velona Amanda Swett born February 1839 died 23 July 1840 5.
The business directory includes a large ad for the New England Botanic Depot at the same address. I have omitted the testimonials by satisfied customers and endorsements by physicians. They do not act as a purgative or emetic, will not debilitate, and are so simple an infant may devour a whole box without harm, and will at the same time expel the worms in an extraordinary manner. All cases of debility peculiar to females will find a sovereign remedy in this compound. SWETT'S "ROOT BEER" Packages contain Sarsaparilla, Life of Man, Wintergreen, Juniper, &c. It acts mildly and beneficially on the Stomach, Liver, and Kidneys. The business dates its inception from 1836 and controls a trade which, already large, is constantly increasing. Special attention is given to the selection of medicinal roots, herbs, barks, leaves and flowers, and physicians' prescriptions are accurately compounded of the best materials. Swett and Mitchell are both active business men and their success is but the outgrowth of untiring energy, perseverance and strict integrity. Exchange and commercial review, embracing also historical and descriptive sketch of the city, its leading merchants and manufacturers. Use of the word "temperance" dates this trading card no earlier than 1873 and no later than 1919.