Monday, October 19, 2015

Part 1: Baltimore's Bromo-Seltzer Tower: What was the Product?

Richard, Rob, Jim and Tom in the tower

Recently, we toured the famous "Bromo Seltzer" clock tower in Baltimore with our friends Jim and Richard. This is part one of that visit, and this focuses on what Bromo-Seltzer was- we'll go inside the tower on tomorrow's blog.

Display case of the Bromo Seltzer blue bottles
OUR MEMORIES -  As a kid, I (Rob) remember my grandparents having a big blue bottle of Bromo Seltzer in Massachusetts. I didn't know it was made in Baltimore. Bromo-Seltzer was the precursor to Alka Seltzer, but it had some other ingredients in it that really needed to come out (as you'll learn here). The owner knew how to market, and he specifically had the blue bottles created to market his product. That's how we both remembered it. - Rob and Tom

Jim and Richard near an old marketing stand

WHAT IS BROMO SELTZER?  - Bromo-Seltzer (acetaminophen, sodium bicarbonate, and citric acid), was a brand of antacid used to relieve pain occurring together with heartburn, upset stomach, or acid indigestion. First produced by inventor Isaac E. Emerson's drug company of Baltimore, Maryland, in 1888, Bromo-Seltzer was sold in the United States in the form of effervescent granules which must be mixed with water before ingestion.

HAPPENED TO THE PRODUCT? - The product took its name from a component of the original formula, sodium bromide. Each dose contained 3.2 mEq/teaspoon of this active ingredient. Bromides are a class of tranquilizers that were withdrawn from the U.S. market in 1975 due to their toxicity. Their sedative effect probably accounted for Bromo-Seltzer's popularity as a remedy for hangovers. Early formulas also used, as the analgesic ingredient, acetanilide, now known as a poisonous substance.
Tom and Rob in the presentation room

Rob and Tom Touring the Art rooms

Bromo-Seltzer's main offices and main factory were located in downtown Baltimore, Maryland. The factory's most notable feature was the clock tower, built in 1911, which featured "BROMO SELTZER" in place of the numbers on all four clock faces.

HISTORY AND TOURS TODAY- When the product disappeared, the factory where Bromo Seltzer was made and bottled shuttered. The factory was torn down, but the tower that was a small part of it remains. The tower was recently opened to the public for tours and is the home of many artists who sell their artwork on the premises.  The tower is also open for public tours.
Jim and Richard
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 NEXT: A Tour of the Bromo Seltzer Clock Tower!

Jim and Richard being goofy

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next