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1880s Rare Litho advertising brochure. Quack Medicine. Grand Rapids, - $30 (Grass Lake)

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condition: fair
make / manufacturer: Hoptonic
size / dimensions: 6 1/2 x 5 inches
Not much is known about this quack medicine company, whether it was sold as medicine or a medicinal beverage. The company operated out of Grand Rapids, MI, but there is no record of it surviving into the early 1900s.

All we can determine is that some guy named Walter S. Hicks claimed to be the general manager of the Hoptonic Co. and promised that it would be the best tonic ever invented.

This 10 page booklet is divided into two sections. It measures 5 x 6 1/2 inches.

The first section outlines the non-proprietary ingredients of Hoptonic: hops, malt, and peptized digested beef. Sounds yummy.

The last few pages lay out some laughable and ridiculous claims of what Hoptonic would do: it will stimulate but also cure insomnia. It even promises to treat insanity. Where can I find a bottle?

Inside, on pages 3-7, there’s a chunk of text missing in the corners, but you’re not missing much—just some babble about the ingredients and a few phony testimonials.

Besides being laughable, though, what makes this booklet so neat is the beautiful lithographed artwork on the front and back cover.

On the inside back cover is Hotponic’s promise to be a reliable third opinion with the motto: “ When doctors disagree, take Hoptonic.”

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