[Druggist – Manuscript] Worden, William E.

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(1852-1934) Albion, Indiana druggist formulary book. 175 pages. 19 x 12.5 cm. An inside look into daily life during the late 1800’s through the lens of a druggist in the small Indiana town of Albion. This manuscript illustrates the close relationship between man and beast, recording remedies that shift back and forth between antidotes for farm animals and humans with remedies such as Cough Powders for Horse, Face Powder Lotion, Blood Purifier, and ointments for Sheep ticks. Close to 200 remedies including: St. Jacobs Oil, Wizard Lineament, Pimple Ointment, CocoNut Oil Hair Dressing, Indelible Ink, For Cholic or Cramps in Horses, Japanese Cream Wash, Florida Water, Dr. Jackson’s Cough Syrup, and many, many more. Signed “W.E. Worden, Albion, Indiana,” stamped twice on first blank leaf: “Stone & Worden Druggists, Albion, Indiana.” Handwriting consistent throughout with related ephemera and small broadsides tipped and laid in. Handwritten tab index, page numbers stamped with blue ink at top corners. Worden was born in New York in 1852 and died in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1934. In 1876, at the age of six, Worden moved with his family to the northeast Indiana town of Albion, population 403. Albion is where Worden became a druggist, and for at least 21 years he served as Noble County treasurer. Well rubbed marble boards, recently rebacked, obviously well used, but still very good. Orig. marble boards, modern leather spine. Very good. Hardcover.