LOUIS GAIRAUD: DR. BOHLIN'S NORMAN BITTERS
Luois Gairaud a native from France would end up in Santa Clara, California. Here he would start a vineyard and a winery in the 1860s.
Louis and his sons were also involved with a bitters manufacturing company. The company was called the Norman Bitters Company, Proprietors and Manufactures of the Dr. Bohlins Norman Bitters. This firm would also be located in Santa Clara, Ca.. Louis would first start selling his bitters in 1870.
Louis Gairaud is Listed in the May 9, 1870 Sacramento Daily Union News Paper for filling a trade mark For Dr. Bohlin's Norman Bitters. Louis Gairaud is also listed in the 1870 San Francisco Importers and dealer in Wines and Liquors Directory.
The first of his bottles were a cylinder style with a label only. In 1889 is when he started using a clear in color square style bottle embossed Dr. Bohlin's // Norman Bitters. The company used this bottle till 1890 when the company went out of business. These bottles are listed as rare.
This bitters was a wine based with herbs and advertised as being an invigorating tonic.
Below are photos of this bottle. It is embossed DR. BOHLIN'S // NORMAN BITTERS.
Wine & Vines 1889 by Mrs. Frona Euaice Waits Smith Colburn.
Bitters Bottles by Carlyn & W. C. Ham.
Frank & Frank Jr. (Wicker) Bottle Collection.