For sale is an original 1930s era BELL-ANS INK BLOTTER Advertisement. This advertising item was distributed by the Famous “ Wood Hotel, Inlet, N.Y.” This bright color blotter features a bottle of BELL – ANS Tablets being poured in a Glass of Water. The text on blotter states: “6 Bell-Ans Hot Water Sure Relief”. Blotter measures about 6” by 3 1/4”. An awesome apothecary or advertising collectible.
In the late 1800’s, John Lanphere Dodge, the son of a Civil War Union Army Surgeon, took his first job sweeping floors and stocking shelves at a New York City pharmacy. It wasn’t long until the young entrepreneur, fascinated with chemistry and pharmaceuticals, approached a chemist named Bell with the idea of creating a remedy for indigestion. Together they developed Bell-ans tablets—naming it after the chemist and the main ingredient, ‘pa-pay-ans,’ which means relief for indigestion.