Lash's Bitters

The indications or uses for this product as provided by the manufacturer are: The Original Tonic Laxative Bitters. Known and used for over 40 years in constipation, biliousness, indigestion, headaches, and loss of appetite, arising from imperfect digestion or inactive liver or bowels.
Currently not on view
Object Name
otc preparation
Date made
about 1933
Lash's Products Company
Physical Description
alcohol 18% (drug active ingredients)
overall: 9 1/8 in x 2 5/8 in x 2 3/4 in; 23.1775 cm x 6.6675 cm x 6.985 cm
Place Made
United States: California, San Francisco
place made
United States: Illinois, Chicago
Place Made
United States: New Jersey, Clifton
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Health & Medicine
Indigestion & Nausea Drugs
Tonics, Minerals & Vitamins
Balm of America
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Balm of America
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Gary P. and Sandra Baden
Additional Media

Visitor Comments

10/22/2012 4:21:03 PM
Pat O'Shea
Hello - I am the grand daughter of Martin O'Shea who worked for Lash's from 1926 until his death in 1964. The Clifton NJ location was opened in 1928 and the Lash's name was changed to Lash's Products in the 1930's. My grandfather was the vice president of Lash's. My dad's entire family was involved in the product thru deliver of all the products and we kids got to play in the factory all the time. I have an extensive collection of Lash's products and would be very happy to share any knowledge on the history whenever you wish!
4/6/2013 7:18:32 AM
Suzanne Coulombe
Hello,, I have a small porcelain cup, about 1.5" tall and 1.5" diameter. On the outside of the cup is written in gold lettering "Drink Lash's Bitters" and on the bottom of the inside of the cup is a painted blue eye with eyelashes. I haven't been able to find any information about the cup doing google searches. I obtained the cup at an estate sale in San Francisco about 8 years ago. I understand that Lash's bitters was manufactured in San Francisco. Any information you could supply about this cup would be greatly appreciated. PS, I love to watch the Smithsonian channel when they go behind the scenes at the Smithsonian museums and show items and interview curators etc. Very interesting.
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