Smoke Signals

Nov/Dec 2011



Staff Writer




















Your probably thinking what is he talking about, I use or have used these breath mints, period, I don't think so. Guess again period history buff, read on .......


The Original Celebrated Curiously Strong Mints, were first produced in England at the turn of the 19th century during the reign of King George III.

Smith & Co. (est. 1780), the small London firm which developed the original "curiously strong" recipe, later became a part of Callard & Browser, a prestigious English confectioner founded in 1837. Coming to the New World the following year and appearing on the tables of the finer homes and eating establishments throughout Saint Louis and surrounding settlements on the Mississippi and Missouri rivers in 1838. New business whether in Europe, the far East, or in America was not letting a chance go by to move merchandise to the new frontier.

Still made to the same exacting standards as the original peppermint ALTOIDS developed almost 200 years ago. A favorite of ladies, gentlemen, and business people throughout the world, and found in Phila. to St. Louis and points west by the late 1830's. A specially formulated mint lozenger pleasing to the taste, used to sweeten ones breathe or settle an uneasy stomach.

It was reported in their later years Miller and Catlin would take these mints by the handfuls when addressing groups engaged in looking at their work of the western frontier.

For the reenactors doing late Fur Trade or Indian Wars, this is what the trader/factor or traveling gentlemen would have used as an after dinner mint in the presence of ladies, offering them to his guests as they sat in camp, at a fort, or at a factors house discussing the events of the day or made plans for a new day.



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* If you find a spelling error, just think of a few of Mark Twain’s statements on this subject;  

  • its a damn poor mind that can think of only one way to spell a word.” 

  • never tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.

 Thanks for your time. Buck Conner  



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