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Smith Brothers

For the New York photographers, see Morgan and Marvin Smith.

The Smith Brothers were makers of the first cough drops produced and advertised in the United States, becoming one of the most famous brands in the country in its day.

Smith Brothers
Smith Brothers menthol introduced in 1922

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William Wallace Smith I (1830–1913) and Andrew Smith (1836–1895) were the sons of James Smith (c1800-1866) of Poughkeepsie, New York. James' family had emigrated from Fife, Scotland, to Canada in 1831, and James from St. Armand, Quebec, to the U.S. in 1847.

In New York, James opened an ice cream shop called "James Smith and Son." James Smith bought a cough drop recipe from a journeyman peddler named Sly Hawkins and in 1852 made his first batch of "Smith Brothers Cough Drops". The September 24, 1954 issue of Time Magazine featured the story on the rise of the Smith Brothers.

William and Andrew took over the business after their father died in 1866.

Originally the drops were sold from glass jars on countertops. To prevent drug stores from selling generic versions the company began packaging drops in branded boxes in 1872. To distinguish their drops from imitators, the bearded brothers created a logo featuring their portraits and stamped it on their boxes. When the logo was trademarked in 1877 the word "Trade" appeared under the picture of William and the word "Mark" under Andrew's. It followed the brothers became known as Trade and Mark, nicknames that stick to this day.

Of the brothers, William Smith was the dominant, community-minded and a prohibitionist. He was known for such quirks as keeping financial records on the backs of used envelopes. He ran for public office several times and was a generous local philanthropist who assessed his brother Andrew for half of all charitable donations whether he knew of them or not.

Andrew, on the other hand, was known as the more amiable brother and not a tee-totaller.

The company's staunch defense of its trademark made the Smiths' faces among the most famous in America, the subject of editorials, comics, and cultural references.

Andrew Smith died in 1895, and William continued as company president until he died in 1913. William was succeeded by his son, Arthur G. Smith (c1875-1936), who expanded the company by adding menthol drops in 1922, cough syrup in 1926, and wild cherry drops in 1948[dubiousdiscuss]. Arthur G. Smith had two sons: William Wallace Smith II (1888–1955) and Robert Lansing Smith (1891–1962). William Wallace Smith II was born in Poughkeepsie N.Y.

In 1963, the Smith family sold the company to Warner-Lambert.

F & F Foods of Chicago, purchased it in 1972 and production left Poughkeepsie. The iconic Smith Brothers logo was diminished in favor of the F&F Foods logo and the brothers' name recognition declined.

Though the product became scarce, it continued to make appearances in pop culture references such as the season 1, 1986 of The Golden Girls episode, "The Flu”. Rose politely declines a Sucrets cough drop from her date, and tells him that she’s “sucking on a Smith Brothers”. Later in the 2009 Simpsons episode, "O Brother, Where Bart Thou?". The expression, "When the Smith Brothers shave..." was used in popular culture to mean something that was never expected to happen. In Victor Herbert's 1906 operetta The Red Mill, two heavily bearded men appear on stage, while one of the Vaudevillians yells, "Pipe the Smith Brothers!" Smith Brothers cough drops also get a prominent reference in Laurel and Hardy's 1932 comedy, Pack Up Your Troubles, when Stan makes a trip to Poughkeepsie to see if one of the Smith Brothers is the father of their deceased friend Eddie Smith, whose orphaned daughter was left in their care and until the pair could return her to relatives. In the 1963 film Beach Party, the character Deadhead suggests that if the bearded Professor Sutwell had a twin he’d make a good cough drop.

In 2011, F & F sold the brand to GemCap, a private equity fund in Santa Monica, California.

In 2014, GemCap sold the company to hedge fund York Capital Management, who once again attempted to revive the brand which had largely disappeared from store shelves. However, in 2016, the Smith brothers cough drop brand folded due to declining sales. Smith Brothers Cough Drops remained available on some retail shelves and online sources, due to previously purchased unexpired back stock.

In May 2016, Lanes Brands of Bedford, New Hampshire, acquired the Smith Brothers brand. Lanes is the United States subsidiary of Lanes Health based in Gloucester, United Kingdom. According to the Lane Brands website, the Smith Brothers brand of cough drops returned to the American and worldwide markets later in 2017. According to the homepage of the company website, the cough drop flavors Honey Lemon, Wild Cherry and Warm Apple Pie cough drop flavors are currently being offered again in the form of packets filled with sealed drops, with the flavors Black Licorice, Menthol Eucalyptus, and small boxes of cough drops not yet available.

  • 1830 Birth of William Wallace Smith I
  • 1831 Emigration of Smith family from Scotland to Canada
  • 1836 Birth of Andrew Smith
  • 1847 Emigration from Canada to Poughkeepsie, New York
  • 1852 Cough drops advertised in newspapers
  • 1866 Death of James Smith
  • 1870 Trademark bill defeated
  • 1872 Prepackaged cough drops introduced
  • 1876 Trademarks recognized
  • 1877 Smith Brothers trademark registered
  • 1888 William Wallace Smith II born
  • 1891 Birth of Robert Lansing Smith
  • 1894 Death of Andrew Smith
  • 1913 Death of William Wallace Smith I
  • 1922 Menthol drops introduced
  • 1926 Cough syrup introduced
  • 1936 Death of Arthur G. Smith
  • 1948 Wild cherry drops introduced
  • 1955 Death of William Wallace Smith II
  • 1962 Death of Robert Lansing Smith
  • 1964 Brand is sold to Warner-Lambert
  • 1977 Manufacturing moved to Chicago, Illinois
  • 2016 The Smith Brothers brand is acquired by Lanes Brands, the United States subsidiary of Lanes Health in Gloucester, United Kingdom
  • 2017 Lane Brands, New Hampshire subsidiary, brings the Smith Brothers Cough Drops line back to retail shelves
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Smith Brothers Language Watch Edit For the New York photographers see Morgan and Marvin Smith The Smith Brothers were makers of the first cough drops produced and advertised in the United States becoming one of the most famous brands in the country in its day Smith Brothers Smith Brothers menthol introduced in 1922 Contents 1 History 2 Sales 3 Comeback 4 Timeline 5 References 6 External linksHistory EditWilliam Wallace Smith I 1830 1913 and Andrew Smith 1836 1895 were the sons of James Smith c1800 1866 of Poughkeepsie New York James family had emigrated from Fife Scotland to Canada in 1831 and James from St Armand Quebec to the U S in 1847 In New York James opened an ice cream shop called James Smith and Son James Smith bought a cough drop recipe from a journeyman peddler named Sly Hawkins and in 1852 made his first batch of Smith Brothers Cough Drops The September 24 1954 issue of Time Magazine featured the story on the rise of the Smith Brothers 1 William and Andrew took over the business after their father died in 1866 Originally the drops were sold from glass jars on countertops To prevent drug stores from selling generic versions the company began packaging drops in branded boxes in 1872 To distinguish their drops from imitators the bearded brothers created a logo featuring their portraits and stamped it on their boxes When the logo was trademarked in 1877 the word Trade appeared under the picture of William and the word Mark under Andrew s 2 It followed the brothers became known as Trade and Mark nicknames that stick to this day Of the brothers William Smith was the dominant community minded and a prohibitionist He was known for such quirks as keeping financial records on the backs of used envelopes He ran for public office several times and was a generous local philanthropist who assessed his brother Andrew for half of all charitable donations whether he knew of them or not Andrew on the other hand was known as the more amiable brother and not a tee totaller The company s staunch defense of its trademark made the Smiths faces among the most famous in America the subject of editorials comics and cultural references 3 Andrew Smith died in 1895 and William continued as company president until he died in 1913 William was succeeded by his son Arthur G Smith c1875 1936 who expanded the company by adding menthol drops in 1922 cough syrup in 1926 and wild cherry drops in 1948 dubious discuss Arthur G Smith had two sons William Wallace Smith II 1888 1955 and Robert Lansing Smith 1891 1962 William Wallace Smith II was born in Poughkeepsie N Y 4 5 Sales EditIn 1963 the Smith family sold the company to Warner Lambert 6 F amp F Foods of Chicago purchased it in 1972 and production left Poughkeepsie 7 The iconic Smith Brothers logo was diminished in favor of the F amp F Foods logo and the brothers name recognition declined 8 Though the product became scarce it continued to make appearances in pop culture references such as the season 1 1986 of The Golden Girls episode The Flu Rose politely declines a Sucrets cough drop from her date and tells him that she s sucking on a Smith Brothers Later in the 2009 Simpsons episode O Brother Where Bart Thou The expression When the Smith Brothers shave was used in popular culture to mean something that was never expected to happen In Victor Herbert s 1906 operetta The Red Mill two heavily bearded men appear on stage while one of the Vaudevillians yells Pipe the Smith Brothers Smith Brothers cough drops also get a prominent reference in Laurel and Hardy s 1932 comedy Pack Up Your Troubles when Stan makes a trip to Poughkeepsie to see if one of the Smith Brothers is the father of their deceased friend Eddie Smith whose orphaned daughter was left in their care and until the pair could return her to relatives In the 1963 film Beach Party the character Deadhead suggests that if the bearded Professor Sutwell had a twin he d make a good cough drop In 2011 F amp F sold the brand to GemCap a private equity fund in Santa Monica California 9 In 2014 GemCap sold the company to hedge fund York Capital Management who once again attempted to revive the brand which had largely disappeared from store shelves 10 However in 2016 the Smith brothers cough drop brand folded due to declining sales Smith Brothers Cough Drops remained available on some retail shelves and online sources due to previously purchased unexpired back stock 11 Comeback EditIn May 2016 Lanes Brands of Bedford New Hampshire acquired the Smith Brothers brand Lanes is the United States subsidiary of Lanes Health based in Gloucester United Kingdom 12 According to the Lane Brands website the Smith Brothers brand of cough drops returned to the American and worldwide markets later in 2017 13 According to the homepage of the company website the cough drop flavors Honey Lemon Wild Cherry and Warm Apple Pie cough drop flavors are currently being offered again in the form of packets filled with sealed drops with the flavors Black Licorice Menthol Eucalyptus and small boxes of cough drops not yet available Timeline Edit1830 Birth of William Wallace Smith I 1831 Emigration of Smith family from Scotland to Canada 1836 Birth of Andrew Smith 1847 Emigration from Canada to Poughkeepsie New York 1852 Cough drops advertised in newspapers 1866 Death of James Smith 1870 Trademark bill defeated 1872 Prepackaged cough drops introduced 1876 Trademarks recognized 1877 Smith Brothers trademark registered 1888 William Wallace Smith II born 1891 Birth of Robert Lansing Smith 1894 Death of Andrew Smith 1913 Death of William Wallace Smith I 1922 Menthol drops introduced 1926 Cough syrup introduced 1936 Death of Arthur G Smith 1948 Wild cherry drops introduced 1955 Death of William Wallace Smith II 1962 Death of Robert Lansing Smith 1964 Brand is sold to Warner Lambert 1977 Manufacturing moved to Chicago Illinois 2016 The Smith Brothers brand is acquired by Lanes Brands the United States subsidiary of Lanes Health in Gloucester United Kingdom 2017 Lane Brands New Hampshire subsidiary brings the Smith Brothers Cough Drops line back to retail shelves 14 15 References Edit Smith Brothers ChemEurope Retrieved January 19 2021 Cross Mary 2002 A Century of American Icons 100 Products and Slogans from the 20th Century Consumer Culture Greenwood Press pp 37 39 ISBN 978 0313314810 Retrieved 4 September 2020 Carson Gerald December 1972 The Beards That Made Rough keepsie Famous American Heritage 24 1 Retrieved January 19 2021 Died Time March 14 1955 Archived from the original on December 15 2008 Retrieved 2011 11 15 Smith William Wallace 2nd The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography 44 New York James T White 1962 p 561 Retrieved January 19 2021 The Brothers Move On Time February 21 1964 Archived from the original on February 20 2008 Retrieved November 15 2011 Morris Fox Pharmacist 102 The New York Times Associated Press October 1 1989 Retrieved November 16 2011 Wilson Geoffrey February 14 2015 Smith Bros Cough Drops Poughkeepsie s heritage reborn Poughkeepsie Journal Retrieved January 19 2021 History F amp F Foods Archived from the original on February 21 2010 Retrieved January 19 2021 Elliott Stuart November 24 2014 Hey Brothers can you spare a cough drop The New York Times Retrieved May 7 2016 Channick Robert October 7 2015 Smith Bros cough drops say goodbye after failed comeback bid Chicago Tribune Retrieved January 19 2021 Jakeman s Inc Changes Name to Lanes Brands Acquires Smith Bros Press release Lanes Brands June 24 2016 Retrieved January 18 2021 via PR Newswire Where to Find Smith Brothers Retrieved January 19 2021 About Smith Brothers Home Page Lanes Brands External links EditSmith Brothers official site Audio Story on Smith Brothers Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Smith Brothers amp oldid 1052673491, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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