Blog Archives for June 2017

Barker’s Nerve and Bone Liniment

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
June 19, 2017

Barker’s Nerve and Bone Liniment was a proprietary medicine introduced by Thomas Barker in Philadelphia in 1859. It was intended for both man and beast.

Multipurpose “Florida Water”

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
June 01, 2017

“Florida Water”—popular through most of the nineteenth century and into the twentieth—was neither water nor a product of Florida. It had a surprising number of uses, medicinal and otherwise.