Ads From The 1800s

Since this ad is small and hard to read, I am going to print the text below:

                                                                BUFFALO LITHIA WATER                        Spring No. 1.
                                               Nature's Antidote to the Liquor and Opium Habit.
    Dr. GEO. A. FOOTE of Warrenton N.C., ex President of Medical Society of North Carolina, Member of North Carolina State Board of Health, etc., referring to Spring No. I, writes: "Its most remarkable action is in destroying or preventing the desire or thirst for intoxicants and narcotics. During a stay at the Springs the past summer I had large opportunity of observing the action of the Water in the alcohol and opium habit. Among the sufferers from the alcohol habit many who had used the Water for some weeks assured me that they were able, without difficulty, to give up the alcoholic stimulant, and then had no thirst for it. Sufferers from the opium habit generally represented that they were enabled gradually to give up the drug; there were some very remarkable instances of relief among this class of patients."

     Dr. EBERLE O. WELCH, of Baltimore, Md., Member of the Medico-Chirurgical Faculty of Maryland, writes: "I have recently treated a case of Dipsomania which came under my care in February last. For the ten years prior to that time he had never missed a month without going on a spree. I placed him on strychnine and BUFFALO LITHIA WATER (Spring No. 2) and since then he has restrained from the use of alcoholic stimulants, a period of over five months. I have every reason to believe that a cure was effected mainly by the use of BUFFALO LITHIA WATER.

Buffalo Lithia Water is for sale by Grocers and Druggists generally. Pamphlets on application.                         PROPRIETOR, BUFFALO LITHIA SPRINGS, VA.

Who knew that a drink could cure you of your alcoholism and narcotics addictions!  A member () of has chronicled the brief history of Buffalo Lithia Water:

    "The first European-Americans to visit Buffalo Springs in Virginia and record their visit are believed to have been a survey group led by William Byrd II in 1728. In his diary, later to be published as 'The History of the Dividing Line: A Journey to Eden', Byrd poetically wrote that the waters of Buffalo Springs was 'what Adam drank in Paradise … by the help of which we perceived our appetites to mend, our slumbers to sweeten, the stream of life to run cool and peaceably in our veins, and if ever we dreamt of women, they were kind.' Byrd's survey party also sighted many signs of buffalo near the springs, hence the name 'Buffalo Springs.' The tract of land was first recorded being purchased by one Ambrose Gregory in 1798 and later selling the land to John Speed in 1817. It was John Speed who sowed the first seeds of development by building a tavern that catered to the local population and travelers by selling meals. The property changed ownership several times until by 1839 guided by various visionaries it had become a small resort. The local fame of 'medicinal benefits' derived from drinking the spring water was starting to spread to the surrounding regions. Thomas F. Goode obtained the property in 1874 and his vision of what Buffalo Springs could be; led to national prominence and the bottles we collect today. It was Goode who had a chemical ****ysis completed of Buffalo Springs No.2 which reported that the spring was unusually high in Lithia. Goode promptly changed the name and was doing business in 1900 as Virginia Buffalo Lithia Springs and selling 'Natures Great Specific for Dyspepsia and Gout' to the world in earnest. It would be advertised for, 'Uric Acid Diathesis, Gout, Nephritic Colic, Calculi, Bright’s Disease, Rheumatic Gout, Rheumatism, a valuable adjunct to the physician in the treatment of fevers, malaria, typho-malaria, and atypical typhoid' and 'recommended physicians!'
    Goode’s bottling operation at the resort is believed to have been started about 1876 for Spring Number 2 as Spring Number 1 was reported to give headaches to users. Once bottled these were packaged twelve to a wooden crate and transported by horse drawn wagon to the railroad depot in nearby Clarksville for shipping to customers for a retail of price of $5.00 per case.  As the resort business grew so did demand for the perceived and much touted medicinal benefits of the 'lithia' spring water. So much so that in 1890 a spur for the Atlantic and Danville railroad was laid to connect Buffalo Springs to the main line in town.  It has been estimated that Buffalo Springs Lithia Water was sold in an estimated 20,000 stores comprising mainly of pharmacies and grocers throughout Europe, Canada, and the United States during its heyday. Thomas F. Goode’s passing in 1905 was followed by several events which would lead to the eventual demise of the now world famous Buffalo Lithia Water. Possibly the single greatest was the application of discoveries and new medical knowledge concerning the causes and treatments of disease and illness.  Piloting the creation and passage of the Pure Food and Drug Act passed by United States Congress in 1906, changing for ever the business practices of patent medicine.  As a result of this passage a study was completed in 1907 from which the government shared tests that established the Potomac River actually had five times the concentration of lithium than did Buffalo Lithia Water. Part of the court ruling stated that '… for a person to obtain any therapeutic dose of lithium by drinking Buffalo Lithia Spring Water he would have to drink from 150,000 to 225,00 gallons per day.' It was after this ruling, in 1908 that the business altered the Buffalo Lithia Water brand name to its official name, Buffalo Lithia Springs Water trying to end run the intent of the law.
     It was a good attempt and bought more time to continue touting the lithia properties of the water. This ended in 1914 when the US Supreme Court ruled that Buffalo Lithia Springs could not use the word 'lithia' to advertise or sell their spring water. This is another significant milestone to bottle collectors as the name now embossed on bottles would become Buffalo Mineral Water. Sales plummeted for the water due to the lack of medical value for the water and the golden years had come to an end. The resort continued and water was sold for many years to come until ceasing operations in the 1940’s."

...more to come on Buffalo Lithia Water!

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