A while back, RL messaged me asking if I was interested in a Clough medicine band corkscrew, with an advertisement for Synvita. I responded in the affirmative, but then we moved on to other subjects; wine, corkscrews, auctions, travel, etc…
The other day, he mentioned the Synvita again, and again I responded in the affirmative, but this time remembered to send a little PayPal funds his way.
Thanks for the deal RL!
So, what is Synvita? And, why are their products “the Best.” Synvita was a producer of medicines and food products back in the day. And, from what I we can ascertain from the advertisements of the time, their Blackberry Blocks were a staple of their company.
The latest and cheapest the most pleasant convenient and reliable care for Diarrhea, Dysentery, Flux, Cholera, Cholera Morous and Cholera Infantum or Summer Complaint ever discovered. No teaspoon. No sticky bottle. Always ready and handy. 25 doses 25 cents. A guarantee on each package by which we will refund the price paid if Blackberry Blocks fail to cure all diseases for which they are recommended. As your druggist for them, and take no substitute. If you fail to ge them upon receipt of 25 cts., we will send a package by return mail or 5 for a Dollar. A handsome advertising chess and checker-board free with each order. Address, SYNVITA CO., DELPHOS, OHIO.
But, Synvita also made other “blocks.” Bitter Blocks for Cough, Kidney, Blood and Liver, and Worm. In later advertisements there are ads for Cool-Aid (a drink) and Cook-Aid (some sort of egg substitute). And, they were awarded several patents for medicines.
At some point, Synvita themselves must have made something within the “sticky bottle” the blocks were supposed to help their customers avoid, as their name and slogan appear on the aforementioned corkscrew that RL is sending our way.
An nice addition to the growing Clough flat band corkscrew collection.
On another corkscrew note, the next rounds of collector corkscrews.com auction end today and tomorrow. I have several on my watch list, and it will be fun to see where some of the rarities end up. Bidding wars? Hopefully not on the pieces I am going after.