In contrast, machine-made bottles have mold seams that are usually visible clear up to the top of the bottle, often extending up onto the very top rim).The product is still being sold, as an antacid, and comes in small individual packets as opposed to bottles.This concoction was heavily promoted as a remedy for “sick headache”, upset stomach, headache, hangover, and other maladies.The exact formula varied somewhat in the earlier years, with the main ingredient (originally) being sodium bromide.A number of firms in the 1898 period paid the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) to create stamps to their own specifications.Hostetter’s Celebrated Stomach Bitters, which sported one of these private die proprietary stamps in the Civil War era, requested a stamp within a few months of the passage of the 1898 act.The bottles are usually found in cobalt blue glass (they are also seen in aqua glass), in a variety of sizes.
Seek out bottles made of thick, dark green glass, also known as black glass, as many beer and ale brewers used these types of bottles in the 1800s.
The Maryland Glass Corporation was the original manufacturer of the famous blue bottles.
By 1929, they had the capacity to manufacture 72,000,000 bottles annually. The Downtown of Baltimore was for many years marked by the Bromo-Seltzer building which sported a giant, iron replica of a Bromo-Seltzer bottle on the top of the building.
For headache, disordered stomach and hang-over, to cool the blood and brain, to quiet pulsing nerves and drive the clouds of care away, not to mention nervous prostration, Bromo-Seltzer was the modern cure-all. Emerson, a Baltimore Druggist began widespread Bromo-Seltzer in November of 1890.
The company incorporated in 1891 with factories in Maryland and New Jersey.