Antique Bottle Foley's Honey & Tar Chicago, Ill. Aqua Apothecary Cough Medicine For Sale
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Antique Bottle Foley's Honey & Tar Chicago, Ill. Aqua Apothecary Cough Medicine:
This is a lot of Foley's Honey & Tar Chicago, Ill. aqua and clear Apothecary Cough Medicine Bottles.
They range in size from 5-1/2 to 8-1/2 inches tall.
Additional cleaning suggested. See pics.
The largest us a light green and the next two sizes are clear. There is a tiny lip chip on the 2nd largest.
They are all embossed on the sides with the following:
FOLEY & CO.
The two smaller ones are clear and aqua. There are no chips or cracks. They are both embossed on the front with the following:
FOLEY'S HONEY AND TAR
FOLEY & CO.
A LITTLE COMPANY HISTORY:
Foley & Co. of Chicago made a range of medicinal products starting in the 1870s, the most well known of which was Foley’s Honey and Tar Compound. This bottle was from a less well known but still successful pain relief product.
According to the Pocono Record,
“The use of Foley’s cough syrup was long-lived — it was retailed during the late 1800s until the mid-1960s. In the early days, Foley’s concoction was 7 percent alcohol mixed with a special solution of pine tar and honey, terpin hydrate, sodium benzyl succinate and gum arabic. The recommended dosage for adults was one teaspoon; for children, a half teaspoon; for infants, five to 10 drops, according to the directions on the label of another undated bottle. Foley’s mixture cleared the throat of phlegm and mucus, stopped the tickling, opened the air passages for easier breathing and coated inflamed surfaces with a soothing medicine, according to an advertisement published in The Evening Independent of St. Petersburg, Fla., in 1919.
Another ad in the Evening Independent boasted that Foley’s Honey and Tar was “sold everywhere,” which may be true since ads for the product can be easily found in old newspapers throughout the country. Even the Stroudsburg Daily Times carried an ad in 1889, promoting the “wonderful value” of the compound. Although newspaper ads for Foley’s Honey and Tar were common, the number grew during the flu epidemic of 1918, touting the mixture as the answer to those who were suffering.”
There isn’t much written history about the founder of Foley & Co or the inventor of Foley’s Honey and Tar but records do show that two men, John B. Foley and Harry B. Foley, were associated with the business.
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