Ordering Bromo-Seltzer – Baltimore, Maryland (1912)

In an earlier postcard story, we looked at the marvelous headquarters of the Bromo-Seltzer company in Baltimore, Maryland.

In May of 1912, a wholesale druggist in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania sent an postcard order for a large quantity of Bromo-Seltzer.

The “George A. Kelly Company, Wholesale Druggists”, sought various sizes of Bromo-Seltzer containers which they ordered by the gross.

Interestingly, there is no street address for the Kelly Company – they must have been well-recognized by the Post Office.

The postcard order specifies that the shipment is to be made by the Pennsylvania Railroad., which was the largest rail network in the United States.

We don’t know how many drugstores were supplied by the Kelly Company, but the wholesaler ordered over 1400 of the 10-cent doses for distribution.

The order would be delivered with an invoice, so the Kelly Company must have had a good business reputation or had made previous purchases of Bromo-Seltzer.

One assumes that the delivery was made as requested and that the citizens of Pittsburgh obtained relief for their bouts of indigestion or over-indulgence.


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