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In the 1850’s a man named Abraham Hillard Flanders practiced medicine in Lowell, Mass. By 1866 Dr. A. H. Flanders would relocate to Boston, Mass. Here he would start bottling a line of medical formulas thought to be handed down from Benjamin Rush . Dr. Rush who was born in 1745 and died in 1813 was a famous early physician and one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence 1776. By 1872 Dr. Flanders would move his operation to No. 3 Rutherford Place, Stuyvesant Square, New York. The Bitters and Medicines that he produced would bare the name Rush’s embossed on the bottles, capitalizing from Dr. Rush’s fame. There were others who would use the name Rush but Dr. A. H. Flanders was the most successful. Dr. Flanders would publish Rush’s Almanac and Guides to Health. He was listed in drug catalogs up to 1894 and advertisements till 1907. Below is a photos of his Bitters bottle.


The bottle is square and amber in color. He also had a hard to find square shape, aqua in color. RUSH’S // BITTERS // A. H. FLANDERS M. D. / NEW YORK. There was also a RUSH’S SARSAPARILLA AND IRON NEW YORK also one from Boston, RUSH'S VEGETABLE PAIN CURE NEW YORK, RUSH’S BACHU AND IRON, RUSH’S LUNG BALM, RUSH’S PILLS, RUSH’S RESTORER, RUSH’S FEMALE REMEDY, RUSH’S CATRRH, RUSH’S FEVER AND AQUE COMPOUND.


Above is a A.F. Flanders revenue stamp and a almanac.

Below is a trade card.

rush trade card


Frank & Frank Jr. (Wicker) Bottle Collection.

rush a..rush b

rush c

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