Bottles… Medicines & Booze
Medicinal products prior to the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906 often contained potent herbs and drugs including morphine, opium, and cannabis. They also were also typically so high in alcohol content — especial when it came to medicinal bitters — that there was little difference between a whiskey and a remedy!
Buying & Baking to Set the Table
Pre-Cooked Meat in Tins, Condensed Milk in Jars, Crackers in Boxes, and Spices in Bottles… 19th century consumers could suddenly buy all of these and more from their local grocery store. Innovations in processing and packaging food revolutionized the practices of the Victorian kitchen and dining room table.