[Peoria, Illinois: 185-?]. Broadside, 6-5/8" x 5", illustrated in the center with a sketch of an Arabian oasis, with trees, angels, a horse, and a loving couple. Light edge wear and toning. Else Very Good. Signed at the end in typescript by Farrell. A rare Peoria item. We have recited its contents in full.
[offered with] H.G. FARRELL'S CELEBRATED ARABIAN LINIMENT. MANUFACTURED ONLY BY H.G. FARRELL, SOLE INVENTOR AND PROPRIETOR, AND WHOLESALE DRUGGIST, NO. 17, MAIN STREET, PEORIA, ILL. Broadside accounting sheet for Farrell's distributors. 7-3/4" x 9-3/4", with the usual illustration. Light wear, printed on pale blue paper. Very Good.
The second item warns of spurious imitations: "Do not touch any other, or you will get a spurious article! Look WELL, OR YOU WILL BE DECEIVED! BEWARE PARTICULARLY OF A NEW COUNTERFEIT which has just made its appearance, called W.B. FARRELL'S Arabian Liniment, and is called by this impostor the 'Original.' Remember that the ONLY GENUINE always has the letters H.G. before Farrell's."
Hiram G. Farrell began his career in 1836 as a clerk in his brother's Peoria drugstore; he was fourteen years old. The two would have a falling-out, as is evident here. Each advertised the Arabian Liniment, and claimed the other's was inferior. H.G. retired in 1903 at the age of 80, "a shrewd and industrious druggist" who "made a fortune from Farrell's Arabian Liniment" [Bogard, 'Peoria's Pioneer Druggists, the Farrells, and Farrell's Arabian Liniment', in 24 Pharmacy in History 99-105 (1982)]. Item #35138