“Shakers’ Blood Syrup”, George E. Desbarats & Co., Lithographers; Montreal, Canada. Mount Lebanon, NY, 1884: Paper, ink. This poster was created to advertise a product made by Charles and William Smith of Montreal. Knowing that the name Shaker gave people confidence in the quality of a product, they obtained a trademark to use the Shaker name to sell their medicine. They did so without the Shakers’ permission. Shakers went to court to have the trademark canceled in 1885.
The Shaker Museum