The bottle shown above was found hidden in the wall of the old house on the Michael Korns, Sr. homestead, behind some plaster lath. It was discovered by a son of Lester Korns (Lester used to own the farm). I believe that the lettering on the bottle reads "Dr. D. Jayne's Expectorant" on one side, and "PHILAD.A" on the other, but the photos are not too clear. Click here for an article on another website about Dr. David Jayne and his popular patent medicines. According to that article, Dr. Jayne moved to Philadelphia in 1836. According to pae 81 of the book "History of drug containers and their labels", the expectorant was first sold in 1858, but an advertisement in pages 6 to 8 of the 1862 Presbyterian Historical Almanac suggests that it had been on the market already for 25 to 30 years. An advertisement in the September 3, 1863 New York times also indicates that the expectorant had already been on the market for 30 years. I believe that in the earlier years it had been called "Indian Expectorant", but at some point, the word "Indian" was dropped from the name.
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