Ephemera Collection:

Frog in Your Throat Merchandise

Welcome to my Frog in Your Throat collection page.  I have always loved amphibians.  When I discovered there was a company called "Frog in Your Throat" that got its start in the late 1800's, of course I began collecting everything I could find.  While they are known for their cough drops (throat lozenges), the items created to advertise their product are also quite interesting, consisting of medicine cards, postcards, match safes, fishing lures, buttons and more.  I have even found two photos of very unusual drugstore displays that used real dried frogs to create a scene.

Click on each thumbnail for an enlarged view of each item.

 

10 of a set of 20 Medicine Cards
(one duplicate)
 
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Frog in Your Throat Medicine Cards
(9 of a set of 20 with duplicate of "Don't-Spank-Em")
2 9/16 X 1 9/32"
1900's
 
 
 
2 unusually-sized postcards

   

Frog in Your Throat Postcards
5 1/16 X 3"
1900's

 

 

10 of a set of 12 postcards
 
missing are "The Singer" and "A Universal Favorite"
 
1.   
Frog in Your Throat Postcard, "Fore - Everybody"
5 3/4 X 4"
copyright 1905, never mailed
 
 
 
Frog in Your Throat Postcard, "Fore - Everybody"
5 3/4 X 4"
copyright 1905, mailed
 
 
   
Frog in Your Throat Postcard "Fore - Everybody"
5 9/16 X 3 5/8"
(trimmed to fit in standard postcard album)
copyright 1905, mailed March 12, 1907.
 
 
2.   
Frog in Your Throat Postcard, "Needs no introduction"
5 3/4 X 4"
copyright 1905
 
 
Frog in Your Throat Postcard, "Needs no introduction"
5 1/2 X 3 3/4"
(trimmed to fit in standard postcard album)
copyright 1905
 
 
3.   
Frog in Your Throat Postcard, "Pleasant to take"
5 3/4 X 4"
copyright 1905, not sure of year mailed
 
 
Frog in Your Throat Postcard, "Pleasant to take"
5 1/2 X 3 3/4"
(trimmed to fit in standard postcard album)
copyright 1905
 
 
4.   
Frog in Your Throat Postcard, "A Social Success"
5 3/4 X 4"
copyright 1905, mailed June 30, 1906
 
 
Frog in Your Throat Postcard, "A Social Success"
5 3/4 X 4"
copyright 1905, mailed October 3, 1907.
 
 
5.   
Frog in Your Throat Postcard, "Innocent and Instantaneous"
5 1/2 X 3 1/2"
(trimmed to fit in standard postcard album)
copyright 1905
 
 
6.   
Frog in Your Throat Postcard, "Nothing Better"
5 5/8 X 3 1/2"
(trimmed to fit in standard postcard album)
copyright 1905, mailed May 25, 1906.
 
 
7.   
Frog in Your Throat Postcard, "A Favorite at all Times"
5 3/8 X 3 3/4"
(trimmed to fit in standard postcard album)
copyright 1905, mailed March 17, 1908
 
 
8. 
Frog in Your Throat Postcard, "My Old Friend Da Frog"
5 7/16 X 3 9/16"
(trimmed to fit in standard postcard album)
copyright 1905, unused
 
 
9. 
Frog in Your Throat Postcard, "Don't be without it"
5 1/2 X 3 7/16"
(trimmed to fit in standard postcard album)
copyright 1905, unused
 
 
10. 
Frog in Your Throat Postcard, "Popular Everywhere"
5 1/2 X 3 3/8"
(trimmed to fit in standard postcard album)
copyright 1905, unused
 
 
 
 
Sales Envelope
 
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Frog in Your Throat Sales Department Envelope with 2 cent stamp
1932 or before (judging by postal rates)
 
 
 
 
Lozenge Boxes
 

     

Frog in Your Throat Lozenges
2 3/4 X 1 1/2"
Empty box with October 3, 1898 tax stamp
 
 

   

 
Frog in Your Throat Lozenges
2 3/4 X 1 1/2"
Two empty boxes
1900 (notice the tax stamp dates)

 

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Frog in Your Throat Lozenges
2 3/4 X 1 1/2"
Two empty boxes
Date Unknown
 
 
Frog in Your Throat Lozenges
2 3/4 X 1 1/2"
Box with two lozenges (other sides look the same as above box, but this box is laminated)
Date Unknown
 
 
   
Frog in Your Throat Lozenges
2 3/4 X 1 1/2"
Empty Box
The interesting thing about this box is that the frog is different than any others.  There are hardly any black lines near the bottom to depict the frog's feet.  He is more like a big blob.  Also, the ingredients are right on the front of the box and the "Public Warning" is on both sides of the box (which is why I only pictured one side).

 

 
 
Frog in Your Throat Lozenges
2 3/4 X 1 1/2"
Nearly full box (only missing 2 cough drops)
Date Unknown (notice the change in packaging---looks more like the future 15-cent box)

 

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Frog in Your Throat Lozenges
2 7/8 X 1 5/16"
Contains four whole cough drops and fragments of others
1960's or 1970's
 
 
 
Advertisements from lozenge boxes
 
 
Frog in Your Throat Paper Advertisement
2 3/8 X 2 1/4" unfolded
This was probably something they put inside the box of cough drops.

 

 
Frog in Your Throat Calendar and Puzzle Card
2 3/4 X 4 3/16"
Calendar is for the year 1896.
 
 
 
 
Magazine Advertisements
 
Frog in Your Throat Ad from the December 1902 trade journal,
"The Spatula:  An Illustrated Magazine for Pharmacists"
6 7/16 X 8 3/4"
The page is shown that the ad appeared on as well as the page behind it.
 
 
 
 
 
Photographs of Store Displays
 

   
Photograph of a Frog in Your Throat Display at A.E. Schmidt Chemical Company
4 9/16 X 6 1/16" photograph with close-ups shown below
Date unknown
One interesting thing is the flying apparatus with real dried frogs.  There are also dried frogs forming a chain on each side and others on display in the front.

 

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Photograph of a Frog in Your Throat Display
5 X 8" photograph with close-ups shown below
Date unknown
This display also utilizes dried frogs to create the storefront scene.
 
 
 
 
Other Miscellaneous Frog In Your Throat Ephemera
 
 
 
Frog in Your Throat Match Safe
2 5/16" tall X 1 3/8" wide
Date unknown
 
 
Frog in Your Throat Fishing Lure
8 3/4 X 3 3/4"
Compliments of Kerr Sport and Novelty Co., 312 West Market, Lima, Ohio.
Date unknown
 
 
   
Frog in Your Throat Stud Buttons
(notice that one does not have the words "for coughs and colds" at the bottom and the frog design is slightly different---look at the frog's mouth)
3/4" diameter

 

 
Frog in Your Throat Tin
2 5/8" X 2 1/4" X 5/8"
Date unknown
(not sure if authentic merchandise, but did appear old)
 

 

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