Offered is a nice grouping of four, early, circa 1900 to 1920s, EMPTY, pharmacy drugstore Patent Medicines from the DIRECT SALES CO. of Buffalo, NY.
First, is the amber-colored, 4.75 inch tall bottle labeled CHOLERA INFANTUM NO.176 which sports an excellent label.
Second, is a 5.25 inch high, clear, corked example, "CATHARTIC ACTIVE C.C.T.", sporting a near perfect label. The right and left side panels have the initials "D.S.Co." boldly embossed. In very good condition.
Third, is a 5.25 inch, clear, medicine bottle that has a near-perfect label marked "AMENORRHOEA C.C.T.". Condition is very good.
Fourth, is a POISON labeled "ANODYNE INFANTS NO.2 C.T." in a 4 inch bottle. It sports a tiny NARCOTIC 1 cent stamp on the back, as well as an embossing on two sides similar to the cathartic bottle. A tiny chip on the front lip and some loss to the label are noted. A nice collection from an obscure Buffalo N.Y. pharmaceutical company of the early 1900s.
A delightful quartet!
Direct Sales Company had various convictions imposed upon them during the 1940s. As their name states, they were a direct sales company of pharmaceuticals which included narcotics. The company illegally supplied many doctors from small practices the opportunity to purchase Morphine Sulfate. The physicians purchased thousands of doses with the intent to sell to both their patients and established addicts. Ultimately, the discrepancy between the high volume of pills provided to doctors in relation to the much smaller numbers of "patients" served didn't add up and prosecutions began.