“William and Andrew were sons of James Smith who moved to Poughkeepsie from St. Armand, Quebec in 1847 to establish a restaurant. Though James was a fine carpenter by trade, he was an even better candy maker and a businessman. The story of the birth of the first cough drop is a good example. As that story goes, a journeyman stopped at the Smith restaurant and gave James the formula for a delicious and effective cough candy. James saw a need for such a product in the cold, windswept Hudson Valley and immediately mixed up a batch on his kitchen stove.
The Demand for “Cough Candy”
The Drops were a quick success and demand for the “cough candy” grew fast up and down the river. Only a few years later, in 1852, the firm’s first advertisement appeared in the Poughkeepsie paper, inviting all “afflicted with hoarseness, cough or colds” to test it. Young William and Andrew were active in the new business from the start. They helped mix the family secret formula in their father’s kitchen and busily sold the product in the streets of Poughkeepsie.
The Fast Growing Business
The two boys inherited the fast growing business on the father’s death in 1866, and the company officially became known as Smith Brothers®. As sales grew throughout the Hudson Valley, this success was met with a whole flurry of imitators- “Schmitt Brothers”, “Smythe Sisters” and even other “Smith Brothers” appeared with imitative product. The real Smith Brothers, by this time having long, flowing beards, decided to place their own pictures on their product packaging, which consisted of glass bowls for a counter display and small envelopes into which the shopkeeper counted the Smith Brothers® Cough Drops for each sale.
By chance, the word “Trade” appeared under the picture of William and the word “Mark” under that of Andrew. Thus, it happened by a mere coincidence that the famous Smith Brothers’ trademark was born and the Smith Brothers became known to generations of Americans as Trade and Mark.
The glass bowls and enveloped then in use had definite limitations. For one thing, the Smith brothers could not be sure that only genuine Smith Brothers® Cough Drops would be sold in envelopes which bore their pictures.
The Iconic Packaging
So in 1872 the brothers developed a package bearing their likenesses, which was filled under their own personal supervision. This package was one of the first “factory filled” packages ever developed. Andrew (Mark) died in 1895 but William (Trade) continued as President of Smith Brothers almost up to his death in 1913.
The Rest is History
He was succeeded by his son, Arthur G. Smith, under whose direction the company continued to prosper. Menthol Cough Drops were added in 1922, a cough syrup in 1926 and the famous Smith Brothers® Wild Cherry Flavor in 1948. Arthur had two sons, William W. II and Robert, who carried on the fourth generations of Smiths in the company. The family continued as sole owners of the Company until 1964. Smith Brothers was acquired in 1977 from Warner Lambert. All manufacturing and shipping are handled from our Chicago office.”
I grew up using Smith Brothers Throat Drops, so for me it is a very trusted reliable brand that I have come to rely for fast symptom relief, especially during the cold and flu season! I was given the chance to review several of their products I hadn’t yet tried and the Smith Bros brand did not let me down! Each of the products that I have tried has lived up to it’s promises and then some! I will definitely be stocking these new found products in my medicine cabinet for my husband and I to use through this icky cold weather, sickly season! I have photographed the two products Smith Bros offers for Immune support, though I have used two other products since this photograph session, and want to add that the Non-Drowsy Daytime Cold & Flu In Mixed Berry and the Non-Drowsy Multi-Symptom Cold & Flu in Honey Lemon work like a dream! I recently suffered through a very unbearable Flu, which led to horrible body aches as well fever and a ton of sinus pressure! Both flavors were decent ( I am not going to say yummy, but decent ) and immediately got to work, especially in relief of my extreme body pains! It made my day so much better and helped with my fever as well! I am very thankful I had these products on hand to help me through it!
The Immune Support Effervescent Tablets ( 20 count ) Help fight occasional fatigue and boosts energy–contains: B6, B12, C & Zinc Supplement. You are instructed to add tablet to 6-8 oz of water and allow to fully dissolve and are allowed two tablets /day! I do think I used a little too much water 😉 however, I had what I believe is a successful experience and felt quite chipper and not quite as blah after drinking the Orange Zest flavored drink! This one happens to be sugar free and is perfect for me being diabetic!
This is the effervescent tablet, you simply drop it into your cup of water…
it takes a little bit to dissolve…
and I used my spoon to give it a little bit of help!
I was pleasantly surprised at how decent it tasted! I was a little nervous to be honest!
Next I tried the Immune Support 20 Count Stick Packs, it contains : B6, B12, C & Zinc Supplement. This was in Citrus Blast and is not sugar free, however, the sugar isn’t enough to be too much of an issue for me. I found it to be just as effective as the effervescent tablets, though I think I would choose the effervescent due to it being completely sugar free.
Simply pour in the contents of your packet into 6-8 oz of water…
Allow to fully dissolve…
And again I gave it a little help with a stir from my spoon! 🙂 The flavor was not too bad and I enjoyed drinking it in my very favorite mug ( isn’t it too cute?! ) and it gave me that extra zip I needed to make it through one of my sloth days…which are quite frequent lately and I really like that it is helping support my very weak immune system! ( Both of these products support the immune system and I really like that! )