Blichfeldt's Pharmacy Label Collection

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Historic Overview

This collection of six drugstore labels is for Blichfeldt’s Pharmacy of Albany, New York. The labels are for Sedatole, Cheracol, Spirit of Camphor, Castor Oil, Essence Wintergreen, and Essence of Peppermint. The Sedatole and Cheracol labels measure 2.5” Wide x 2.25” Tall and both contained Codeine, so there is a warning that it might be habit forming. Castor Oil measures 2.5” Wide x 2” Tall and the other labels measure 2.5” Wide x 1.5 – 2” Tall and they date to the late 1920s or 1930s.


All of the labels place the pharmacy at the corner of Madison Avenue and Dove Street in Albany, New York, but there is one difference. The Essence Wintergreen label has the proprietor as A.G. Blichfeldt, the other five have the proprietor as W.A. Spateolts. This small mystery can be answered by an ad we found in the State College News on April 20, 1928. The ad was for A.G. Blichfeldt, Ph.G., Cut-Priced Druggist, located at 373 Madison Avenue at the corner of Dove. It indicated “Prescriptions A Specialty” and had the main telephone number as 1279. Obviously, Blichfeldt started the pharmacy and then sold to Spateolts



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