Recently I came across an 1864 advertisement for Hostetter’s Stomach Bitters, a very popular medicinal tonic or “cure-all,” sold in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. In this particular ad (not the one pictured above) from the National Republican (publicly accessible via the Library of Congress’s Chronicling America database), a paper published in the District of Columbia, the company includes celebrity endorsements of the product. One of these letters is written by E. D. E. N. Southworth. I quote below the letter in full: Read the rest of this entry »