Dr. Clark Johnson’s Indian Blood Syrup: The Best Remedy Known to Man!

I’m sorry. What the hell are you selling? Indian Blood Syrup?

Dr. Clark Johnson's Indian Blood Syrup advertisement in the Washington Post - February 3rd, 1881
Dr. Clark Johnson's Indian Blood Syrup advertisement in the Washington Post - February 3rd, 1881

Wow, this appears to cure everything.

Dr. Clark Johnson was a complete charlatan and that doesn’t even do him justice. He was a phony and snake-oil salesman. He certainly wasn’t unsuccessful hawking his wares, being quite the creative entrepreneur when it came to bilking people of their hard-earned dollars. Johnson even had a book published, detailing his years spent living among the Comanche and Apache tribes. It was a complete fabrication, meant to drum up business and give an air of authenticity, but sadly, promoted as fact and taken as fact.

I found some photos of an old bottle online at antique-bottles.net of course!

Dr. Johnson's Indian Blood Syrup
Dr. Johnson's Indian Blood Syrup
Dr. Johnson's Indian Blood Syrup
Dr. Johnson's Indian Blood Syrup

The instructions are the best.

Should this move the bowels too freely, reduce the dose. If not enough increase it.

Lovely.

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Tom founded Ghosts of DC on January 4th, 2012 as a blog to uncover the lost and untold history of Washington, D.C. He has lived in the city for over a decade and loves exploring every corner of the District.

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