Mysterious illness flows from Prohibition-era medicine bottles

Mysterious illness flows from Prohibition-era medicine bottles

Sold as a popular patent medicine throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries, Jamaica Ginger, commonly known as “jake,” was once touted as a safe remedy for a variety of common ailments including colds, menstrual cramps and digestive issues. Nominated as this week’s Pennsylvania Treasure by CAP Curator Jennifer Gleim, this Jamaica Ginger bottle came …

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Museum mystery: Did this artifact cut skin or cloth?

Museum mystery: Did this artifact cut skin or cloth?

The Collections Advancement Project is helping to share with the public many previously unknown and forgotten Pennsylvania treasures. And one of those rarely exhibited artifacts still remains a mystery. This device resembles a modern day Swiss Army knife, complete with three retractable spade-shaped arms that fit into a brass sheath. The initials “F.S.” are etched …

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