John L. Thompson
Dr. Isaac Thompson's Celebrated Eye Water can trace it's origin back to 1795. Dr. Thompson's daughter Mary married an unrelated John L. Thompson, who acquired the medicine from his father-in-law (who later married his older sister - the reader can figure out the various relationships) and formed a company with several of his sons, John L. Thompson, Sons & Company, which lasted well into the Twentieth Century.
The Thompson proprietary stamp was first issued in January of 1863 and last delivered January 15, 1883. 1,207,500 were printed on old paper, 757,931 on silk paper and 937,692 on watermarked paper. The copy shown is on silk paper.
An 1868 receipt from John L. Thompson, Wholesale Druggists.Return