• The Watkins Company Administration building in Winona, Minnesota. Courtesy of the Winona County Historical Society via Minnesota Digital Library.  

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    Watkins Company Administration Building, Winona, Minnesota
    • Description
    • Exterior view of the Watkins Administration Building. This building was designed by George W. Maher.
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    • Minnesota Digital Library
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    • Winona County Historical Society

  • “Fluid-d'Or Reduso, The Slim Figure Bath, Fluid-d'Or Company, Hibbing, Minnesota.” Courtesy of the University of Minnesota Libraries, Wangensteen Historical Library via Minnesota Digital Library.

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    Fluid-d'Or Reduso, The Slim Figure Bath, Fluid-d'Or Company, Hibbing, Minnesota
    • Description
    • Cardboard box for the bath supplement, "Flouid-d'Or, The Slim Figure Bath" produced in Hibbing, Minnesota.
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    • No known U.S. copyright restrictions.
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    • Minnesota Digital Library
    • Contributing Institution
    • University of Minnesota Libraries, Wangensteen Historical Library

  • “Glycerine label used by druggist E. H. Cormontan, Fosston, Minnesota.” Courtesy of the East Polk Heritage Center via Minnesota Digital Library.

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    Glycerine label used by druggist E. H. Cormontan, Fosston, Minnesota
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    • Cormontan, Evan H., 1881-1970
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    • Evan H. Cormontan owned and ran Cormontan's Drug Store in Fosston, Minnesota from 1911 until his retirement in 1946.
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    • Minnesota Digital Library
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    • East Polk Heritage Center

  • Mark's Drug Store in Fosston, Minnesota. Courtesy of the East Polk Heritage Center via Minnesota Digital Library.

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    Mark's Drug Store, automobiles and a number of people, Fosston, Minnesota
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    • Mark's Drug Store served residents of Fosston, Minnesota from 1892 to 1968.
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    • Minnesota Digital Library
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    • East Polk Heritage Center

Many states became regional hubs for patent medicine production. A number of companies were based in Ohio, including Samuel Hartman’s Peruna Drug Manufacturing Company. Massachusetts was the home base for both Dr. Ayer and the Lydia Pinkham Medical Company.

Minnesota was also part of this phenomenon. Home to the nationally-known J. R. Watkins Company, Minnesota also boasted a number of other producers, including Mark's Medical Company located in Fosston and the smaller Fluid-d’Or Company of Hibbing, Minnesota. Together these and other start-up companies helped to put Minnesota on the patent medicine map and contributed to the young state's growing economy.