OLD RURAL PHARMACY LEDGER (RVB-152)


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Washington County, NY/Vermont border, 19th century

12” x 7.5”

Marbleized paper over boards

Leather binding

Approximately 228 pages of which slightly over 100 are clean and legible original entries – the rest have clippings, cards, photographs, etc. pasted over the entry pages.

Worn but still sound

 

This old ledger appears to be originally from a country pharmacy. Later (1943-44) someone – probably a Mrs. Ripley of Poultney, VT – used it as a scrapbook.

The items sold in this store included fabric dyes: “Cochinial”; “Indigo”; “China Vermillion”; “Antimonia Black”; “Prussian Blue”; “Paris Green”, etc.

There are many different medicinal herbs: “Ginsing”; “Blood Root”; “Mandrake Root”; “Tanzy”; “Comfry”; “Powdered Digitalis”, etc. And items such as “Spanish Fly”; “Opium”; “Chloroform”; “Bed Bug Powder”, etc.

This is a fascinating glimpse into the 19th century remedies and household items used in American rural households.

If you are interested in this ledger please contact Susan Meller.

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Price: $85.00
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