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1. J.W. Bowles and Company Advertisement J.W. Bowles and Company Advertisement Normal, Illinois; McLean County, Illinois; Patent medicines; Advertisements J.with Bowles and Company manufactured the National Kidney and Liver Cure, a popular patent medicine, in Normal, Illinois.

2. Dr. Howe's Medicines Advertisement Dr. Howe's Medicines Advertisement McLean County, Illinois; Bloomington, Illinois; Advertisements; Patent medicines; Balsam Dr. Howe and his partner, Dr. Woodard, produced a variety of patent medicines in Bloomington. Their medicines were later produced by Dr. Z. Waters who gave his name to the line.

3. Everybody should use Dr. Howe's Medicines Advertisement Everybody should use Dr. Howe's Medicines Advertisement McLean County, Illinois; Bloomington, Illinois; Advertisements; Patent medicines; Balsam Honey Balsam and Blackberry Balsam were two of the popular medicines of Dr. Howe. Dr. Howe and his partner, Dr. Woodard, produced a variety of patent medicines in Bloomington. Their medicines were later...

4. Beebee's Patent Cure for Balkiness in Horses Advertisement Beebee's Patent Cure for Balkiness in Horses Advertisement McLean County, Illinois; Horses; Mules; Patents; Advertisements This is an ad for a patent to prevent balkiness in horses and mules. Balkiness is an unwillingness of the horse to move forward. Horses sometimes become balky due to physical ailments such as sharp teeth,...

5. Corn Sheller Advertisement Corn Sheller Advertisement McLean County, Illinois; Corn husking; Corn; Advertisements This is an ad for a corn sheller, which would provide feed by removing kernels from the cob.

6. Griesheim's Advertisement for Cornfest Griesheim's Advertisement for Cornfest McLean County, Illinois; Corn; Festivals; Celebrations; Advertisements; Stores & shops Griesheim's clothing store runs an ad for the Bloomington Cornfest.

7. Faloon and Geltmacher Advertisement Faloon and Geltmacher Advertisement Bloomington, Illinois; McLean County, Illinois; Trusses; Medicines; Factories; Industry; Advertisements Faloon and Geltmacher was a small company on Washington St. in Bloomington that produced medical devices and patent medicines.

8. C.H. Freeman Advertisement C.H. Freeman Advertisement Bloomington, Illinois; McLean County, Illinois; Clock & watch making; Engraving; Advertisements C.H. Freeman was a watchmaker and engraver on North Main St. in Bloomington.

9. Haldeman Marble Work Advertisement Haldeman Marble Work Advertisement Bloomington, Illinois; McLean County, Illinois; Marble; Advertisements; Tombs & sepulchral monuments The Haldeman Marble Work shop, established in 1851, was located at 223 E. Front Street in Bloomington.

10. Meyer Brewing Company Advertisement Meyer Brewing Company Advertisement McLean County, Illinois; Bloomington, Illinois; Beer; Brewing industry; Buildings; Advertisements Meyer Brewing Company, located where Highland Golf Course is today, brewed beer from 1862 until Prohibition closed the business. This advertisement proclaims, "Not the largest brewery in the world, but...

11. The 'Y' Brick Yard Advertisement The 'Y' Brick Yard Advertisement McLean County, Illinois; Bloomington, Illinois; Advertisements; Brick industry; Factories S.B. Rankin was the proprietor of The 'Y' Brick Yard on Bunn St.

12. Melcher and Jefferis Stair Building Advertisement Melcher and Jefferis Stair Building Advertisement McLean County, Illinois; Bloomington, Illinois; Stairways; Advertisements Melcher and Jefferis were local artisans who built custom staircases, like the spiral one in this ad, in the late 19th century.

13. Bloomington Book Bindery Advertisement Bloomington Book Bindery Advertisement McLean County, Illinois; Bloomington, Illinois; Book binding; Advertisements The Bloomington Book Bindery started business in 1854. Books of all kinds were bound in Russia, Calf, Morocco, or Sheep. Russia was a trade name which applied to a shaved cowhide or calfskin which was...

14. Bloomington Hoop Skirt Manufactory Advertisement Bloomington Hoop Skirt Manufactory Advertisement McLean County, Illinois; Bloomington, Illinois; Skirts; Merchants; Hoops; Hoop skirts; Business people; Industry; Textiles; Corsets; Winter; Advertisements The Bloomington Hoop Skirt Manufactory was a manufacturer and wholesale and retail dealer in hoop skirts, corsets, hosiery, zephyrs (light shawls), and underwear. It was run by D. Winter.

15. Bloomington Trunk Factory Advertisement Bloomington Trunk Factory Advertisement McLean County, Illinois; Bloomington, Illinois; Luggage; Merchants; Factories; Business people; Industry; Luggage; Advertisements The Bloomington Trunk Factory manufactured trunks, satchels, valises, and traveling bags in Bloomington in the late 1800s.

16. Sona-Mag Advertisement Sona-Mag Advertisement McLean County, Illinois; Bloomington, Illinois; Tape; Electronic apparatus & appliances; Advertisements; Equipment; Airports Sona-Mag continues to produce tape units such as this one. They also produced electronic equipment for airports.

17. Automatic Vacuum Cleaners Advertisement Automatic Vacuum Cleaners Advertisement McLean County, Illinois; Bloomington, Illinois; Vacuum cleaners; Advertisements The Automatic Vacuum Cleaner Company's failure in the early 1910s was a result of competition from nationally marketed brands.

18. Arctic Ice Company Advertisement Arctic Ice Company Advertisement McLean County, Illinois; Bloomington, Illinois; Advertisements; Business people; Industry The Arctic Ice Company was one of several local manufacturing companies in Bloomington, Illinois, which ultimately failed.

19. Justrite Vacuum Cleaners Advertisement Justrite Vacuum Cleaners Advertisement McLean County, Illinois; Bloomington, Illinois; Vacuum cleaners; Advertisements The Justrite Vacuum Cleaner Company unsuccessfully tried to launch a vacuum cleaner line in the early 20th century.

20. Osborn Bakery Advertisement Osborn Bakery Advertisement McLean County, Illinois; Bloomington, Illinois; Bakeries; Confectioneries; Oysters; Advertisements; Bars; Salons (Social spaces); Cakes S.G. Osborn owned a bakery, confectionery, restaurant and oyster saloon at the southwest corner of Center and Grove.
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