1. G.G. Green’s August Flower and German Syrup Almanac. 1911.

    August Flower and German Syrup were both patent medicines. Image of Uncle Sam reading the almanac while some men from other countries look on. The back shows children climbing a “greasy pole” to get to the medicines with the comment “A prize worth any effort.”

    The great popularity of almanacs made them an attractive advertising medium and manufacturers of drugs and other health-enhancing substances were among the first to take advantage of this.

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