“SARATOGA SPRING WATERS . . . THESE WATERS ARE BOTTLED FRESH FROM EACH OF THE SPRINGS IN SO CAREFUL AND SECURE A MANNER THAT THEY PRESERVE ALL THEIR MEDICINAL VALUE FOR YEARS” – Advertising circular for bottle spring water sent by the inventor of time zones to the most important professor at Hamilton College. the Reverend Charles F. Dowd to Professor Edward North.
“SARATOGA SPRING WATERS . . . THESE WATERS ARE BOTTLED FRESH FROM EACH OF THE SPRINGS IN SO CAREFUL AND SECURE A MANNER THAT THEY PRESERVE ALL THEIR MEDICINAL VALUE FOR YEARS” – Advertising circular for bottle spring water sent by the inventor of time zones to the most important professor at Hamilton College
“SARATOGA SPRING WATERS . . . THESE WATERS ARE BOTTLED FRESH FROM EACH OF THE SPRINGS IN SO CAREFUL AND SECURE A MANNER THAT THEY PRESERVE ALL THEIR MEDICINAL VALUE FOR YEARS” – Advertising circular for bottle spring water sent by the inventor of time zones to the most important professor at Hamilton College

“SARATOGA SPRING WATERS . . . THESE WATERS ARE BOTTLED FRESH FROM EACH OF THE SPRINGS IN SO CAREFUL AND SECURE A MANNER THAT THEY PRESERVE ALL THEIR MEDICINAL VALUE FOR YEARS” – Advertising circular for bottle spring water sent by the inventor of time zones to the most important professor at Hamilton College

Saratoga Springs to Clinton, New York: March 1868. Envelope or Cover. This two-page handbill measures 6” x 9.75” and is illustrated with an image of the Congress and Columbian Springs in Saratoga Springs, New York. An addendum identifying the “Discounts for 1869” is attached to the reverse. The handbill is enclosed in its original envelope sent by the Reverend Charles F. Dowd from Saratoga Springs to Professor Edward North of Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. The envelope is franked with a black two-cent Jackson stamp (Scott #73) that has been canceled with a fancy “P” carved cork handstamp. Both the handbill and envelope are in nice shape. Very good. Item #009701

The alleged benefits of Saratoga Springs naturally-carbonated mineral water can be traced by to the Mohawk and Iroquois tribes that are said to have drank and bathed in the waters for its supposed healing and curative powers. Early settlers were convinced, and, over time, incredible claims about their power exploded in early America. They were said to cure kidney and liver disease, rheumatism, diabetes, scrofula, cancer, malaria, and “weakness of women” in addition to numerous other conditions and diseases. By the mid-1850s, Saratoga was the pre-eminent vacation destination for the uber-wealthy including the Vanderbilts, Whitneys, J.P. Morgan, Diamond Jim Brady, and Lillian Russell. Soon thereafter, resort proprietors expanded their operations to include bottling their waters for shipment, especially within New York state.

This circular was produced in the early days of Saratoga water shipping by the suppliers, Hotchkiss Sons, who promise to deliver bottled water from the Empire, Congress, and Columbian Springs “safely and securely packed in boxes suitable for shipment to any part of the world.”

Reverend Dowd and his wife were co-principals of Temple Grove Ladies Seminary (now Skidmore College) in Saratoga Springs. Dowd, however, is most famous for inventing the system of U.S. time zones (that was eventually adopted world-wide) to improve railroad scheduling.

Professor North served as the Professor of Greek and ancient languages at Hamilton College for over 58 years. He also served as the president of the New York State Teacher’s Association and on the board of trustees for the Clinton Grammar School.

(For more information, see “Saratoga Mineral Springs Legend & History” at Saratoga.com, CDC’s “History of Drinking Water Treatment,” “The Man Who Made Time Workable” from the Jul/Aug 2017 issue of Yale Alumni Magazine, and “A Memoir of Edward North” from the 14 Oct 1905 issue of the New York Times, all available online.).

Price: $200.00