A while back I posted on an unexpected find that connected an embossed bottle with a company that made safes. These sorts of odd linkages are all around us. Consider how, on a recent visit to a pharmacy that was closing down shop, I saw this:
It is of course a safe, and a massive one at that. The legend at the top indicates that the first owner was a Herman Detloff. Hermann was a pharmacist from about 1870 until his death in the 1890s. The store continued under other management after his death. Indeed, it will be ongoing at a new, modern location inside the major grocery store in town.
Like all pharmacists, Detloff doubtless sold the "Safe Cure" products put out by a certain H.H. Warner. As it happens I have an embossed bottle from Detloff too.
The asking price on day one of the sale was $500. I am pretty sure it will go way down on day two. Being of the sort that just has to explore I went down into the basement. Directly underneath the safe there was an upright steel I-beam put into place to keep the darned thing from bending the floorboards and eventually falling through. I am willing to bet the sellers would throw the girder in for no extra charge, but when I ponder the logistics of hoisting this monster into my modest abode I sadly conclude that cool though it is, this would not be a bargain at any price.....