Dalton, Ga. Printed by the A.J. Showalter Co., nd [ca.1890s]. Broadside, printed on green paper. A bold title, double-rule, text in four columns, the whole enclosed in a key meander border. 36 cm. Old fold lines, with a bit of wear along one vertical fold, with loss of a few letters; some fading along folds but overall a nice copy. Accompanied by an envelope (moderately soiled and spotted), printed with the image of Dr. Joe, and "Compliments of Dr. Blue Mountain Joe," 9 x 15 cm., torn open at the left margin. Formulas for the treatment of various illnesses, as well as poisons to eliminate bed bugs, cockroaches and flies, powders to treat horses and cattle, and several "Indian" cures for hydrophobia, asthma, and charms to keep away disease.
Dr. Blue Mountain Joe was considered an illegal "itinerant vendor" of medicines and nostrums by an Illinois Supreme Court ruling in 1889. The good "doctor" apparently had a traveling variety show with entertainers, including musicians, strongmen, Native Americans ("real or pretend"), etc. He would give free evening shows "consisting of music, singing, jokes, wire-walking and other performances," then use the venue to peddle his patent medicines to the gathered crowds. [see: Twentieth Annual Report of the Illinois State Board of Health, (Springfield, IL: 1898), Court Decisions, pp. xcix-ci]. The publisher of this broadside, A.J. Showalter, set up his printing business in Dalton, Georgia in 1890, helping date the piece. Item #64731
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