Not all medicine products came in glass bottles, of course. The small (1 3/8" tall), ceramic, English ointment pot or jar pictured above contained an ointment which claimed to be good for the "...cure of gout and rheumatism, inveterate ulcers, sore breasts, sore heads, bad legs..."
Dr Williams’ ‘Pink Pills’, London, England, 1850-1920: Dr William’s ‘Pink Pills’ were advertised as an iron rich tonic for the blood and nerves to treat anaemia, clinical depression, poor appetite and lack of energy. The tablets were originally advertised as “Pink Pills for Pale People”. Users of the product claimed the pills could even cure paralysis.
Rexall Americanitis Elixir guaranteed by United Drug Company. Contains 15% Alcohol and Chloroform.
Gin Pills (Hamilton Spectator 1926) by Lidian62, via Flickr.