Posted 5 years ago
While helping a friend clean up around an old farmhouse I came across this little bottle. While most of it was down in the dirt the sun shining on the smooth glass caught my eye. After a little rinsing off the name DR. KING'S NEW LIFE PILLS was visible on one side and H.E. BUCKLEN & CO, on another and finally CHICAGO, USA.
I Googled Dr. King and found some very interesting history on him, his NEW LIFE PILLS.
This neat little find has created an interest in bottles and there history. Since then i have unearthed an old blue glass vicks bottle and a J Watkins. Happy digging everyone.
H.E. Bucklen & Company of Chicago were highly successful sellers of a number of well-known brands. Herbert E. Bucklen had purchased the rights to his medicines from one Dr. Z.L. King of Elkhart, Indiana, about 1878 and moved the business from Elkhart to Chicago about 1878-1879. Bucklen spent lavish sums on advertising in all types of media, and created the brand name of “New Discovery”, which had national recognition by 1885. He also had several other top selling medicines including the Electric Bitters, mentioned above, and The New Life Pills, introduced in 1880 as a cure for stomach ailments.