Cannabis Americana Apothecaries

In the late nineteenth century, Cannabis indica, imported primarily from India, was considered a superior product for medicinal purposes. Domestically raised Cannabis sativa was often found lacking in quality, or so importing herb companies claimed. Medical companies could not depend on unreliable foreign sources, so efforts continued to raise quality Cannabis in the U.S. Despite the frequent introduction of heirloom varieties, the imported cultivars were quickly lost to crossbreeding with local varieties. In the late 1890s, drug companies Eli Lilly & Co. and Parke-Davis & Co., in a rare cooperative venture, combined forces to breed Cannabis at Lilly’s Greenfield, Indiana farm. The companies touted their results as a new species, Cannabis americana, a "new and potent strain of domestic Cannabis." Actually, the term Cannabis americana had been in use for many years, previously to describe plants of mixed genetics. Parke-Davis advertised this as a U.S. grown strain of Cannabis sativa that could rival the best Cannabis indica. Although their testing methods, which included dosing dogs, remain suspect, the Americana variety maintained popularity until Congress enacted Cannabis prohibition in 1937. Left to Right: CANNABIS AMERICANA, mold-made clear, flint glass, square-sided bottle that has side seam marks and rounded edges. Measuring 12" tall, this heavy bottle was designed for frequent use. The bottle was manufactured by the Whitall Tatum Company of Millville, NJ between 1890 and 1903. It was probably in regular use until the 1930s. Wm. N. Walton of New York City patented the recessed glass label in 1862. This rapidly became the industry’s favorite style until the 1940s. The hand painted bent glass label was reverse painted and affixed into the recessed panel with a warm mixture of yellow wax and rosin. The recess in the bottle helps protect the label from abrasive damage and dripping liquids. Shielded, recessed glass labels are still subject to abuse. This one is cracked and the letter C repaired, a common trait in stocking re-used commercial bottles. The red label was a precursor of the safety bottles that appear in the early twentieth century. CANNABIS AMERICANA, 11" tall green tinted bottle was mouth blown with the assistance of a one-piece body mold, probably made of wood. The shoulder, neck and lip are hand finished. The surface is slightly rough, with some embedded grit and seed marks, which is consistent with bottles of this age. The even pontil scar is 1" in diameter. This bottle dates to the early nineteenth century. This is probably not the original use of this jar. It may have been used for other Cannabis products or related crude drugs. For many centuries, corks were used as an effective seal.

Image at left is available in any one of the product types listed below. Images are faithfully reproduced at high resolution without watermarks.


12 x 18 Chroma print

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The smooth satin finish recalls the porcelain signs of the early twentieth century. Light and durable, the fade resistant images should last for generations. They are an excellent choice for high traffic, public areas. Easy to maintain, they can be wiped clean with a damp cloth and a hidden back support and attached wire, make hanging simple. With no need for mats or glazing, the sturdy metal seems to float an inch off the wall. These aluminum prints are available in 12” x 18” and 20” x 30” inch formats.

Unit Price: $137.50

20 x 30 Chroma print

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The smooth satin finish recalls the porcelain signs of the early twentieth century. Light and durable, the fade resistant images should last for generations. They are an excellent choice for high traffic, public areas. Easy to maintain, they can be wiped clean with a damp cloth and a hidden back support and attached wire, make hanging simple. With no need for mats or glazing, the sturdy metal seems to float an inch off the wall. These aluminum prints are available in 12” x 18” and 20” x 30” inch formats.

Unit Price: $279.50

12 x 18 Fine Art Print Only

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Our fine art digital prints are produced to museum quality specifications. All printing is done on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag cotton fiber paper.

Unit Price: $49.50

Framed Print - 12 x 18 image in a 16 x 22 maple finish frame

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Our hand finished picture frames are available in two natural hardwoods, ½” wide and 1 ⅜” tall. The frames are certified as sustainable by the Forest Stewardship Council. FSC certification ensures that wood products come from well managed and harvested forests that provide lasting environmental, social and economic benefits. The American natural maple contemporary profile has minimal but durable finish that allows the wood's natural beauty to show through.

Unit Price: $219.50

Framed Print - 12 x 18 image in a 16 x 22 dark brown finish frame

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Our hand finished picture frames are available in two natural hardwoods, ½” wide and 1 ⅜” tall. The frames are certified as sustainable by the Forest Stewardship Council. FSC certification ensures that wood products come from well managed and harvested forests that provide lasting environmental, social and economic benefits. A richly finished burnt brown hardwood moulding that marries old world charm with modern elegance. The moulding finish is inspired by the medieval town of Cognac in France and is the definition of refinement and design complementing any environment.

Unit Price: $219.50

12 x 18 Art Block - Natural

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Art Blocks are produced from the same high resolution image as our other prints, but mounted to a durable substrate. The optically clear surface lamination means no glass or acrylic to be concerned with. The FSC oak picture frame holds the image two inches off the wall for a dramatic presentation. The small (8” x 12”) or large (12” x 18”) images are excellent for group assemblies, and are favorites for museum visitors. The Art Block offers an affordable modern look with a choice of two sizes.

Unit Price: $105.50

8 x 12 Art Block - Natural

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Art Blocks are produced from the same high resolution image as our other prints, but mounted to a durable substrate. The optically clear surface lamination means no glass or acrylic to be concerned with. The FSC oak picture frame holds the image two inches off the wall for a dramatic presentation. The small (8” x 12”) or large (12”x16”) images are excellent for group assemblies, and are favorites for museum visitors. The Art Block offers an affordable modern look with a choice of two sizes.

Unit Price: $85.50