Drug store or pharmacy advertising container, Penicks Elm Bark powdered botanical one pound size, 4" square, 6" tall, printed cardboard sides, metal top and bottom, lift off lid. Apothecary box of Elm Bark Powder was used to make a tea to soothe sore mouth and other internal ailments. Sides have information about Penick's quality control and general information about plants harvested in North Carolina, New Jersey and Illinois. Backside has scripted in pencil “Heaping tbsp per pint of boiling water". Founded in North Carolina in 1914, by Sydnor Barksdale Penick, the company started as merchants and millers of drugs of vegetable origin. A small business, owner run, it was known as a crude drug producer. Herbs, leaves, roots and barks were primarily used to make medicine; such as burdock, jimson, cherry bark, and slippery elm. Although Penick opened offices in New York and had a huge manufacturing facility in New Jersey, the heart of the company’s business remained in Western North Carolina, where 85 percent of the plants gathered for its pharmaceuticals were found. To keep the raw materials coming, Penick advertised for picker-gatherers locally. An ad in 1918 read “Just Like Finding Money! Penick pays high prices for roots and herbs!" See photos. We have two different herb containers listed for sale.
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