Colonel George Gil Green (January 16, 1842 – February 26, 1925) and his father, Lewis M. Green, a butcher (1818-1894) both became wildly wealthy in the creation and sales of L.M. Green’s August Flower and Dr. Boschee’s German Syrup.
Dr. Boschee? Dr. Boschee? Come in Dr. Boschee…
The elixirs contained mostly LAUDANUM (opium alkaloids: morphine and codeine).
Unfortunate yet charming advertising (pictured above) ruined the business. Green’s August Flower and German Syrup should have been marketed clearly to adults, as a cocktail mixer or something. Or, if the strategy was to circumvent alcohol prohibition then as that kind of medicine… a mommy’s little helper, so to speak.
***Special thanks to Paul Ayers for unearthing from the historic archives the “photo of a young woman lying in bed at the Green Hotel in Pasadena.” Circa 1900 and for the photo below taken where Stats building now stands looking west at the Castle Green. The photo reveals part of the original Olmsted designed gardens remained shortly after that building was sadly razed in 1934.
HAPPY HALLOWEEN from the Green
Western Annex, Green Hotel, Pasadena, CA, ca. 1940, photo by Herman Schultheis.
This vintage family photo was shared recently by the granddaughter of those pictured. Her grandfather was employed at a fine local hotel as a butler and grandmother, great aunts as maids, cooks, caretakers, etc.
A family album that provides fine examples of having pride in a job well done, an exemplary work ethic, a work force with integrity. Although it may seem outdated, Happy Labor Day to all who are generously endowed with labors of love. May your principles that rise above self-interest be rewarded by expansion across the Universe.
August Flower was the name of the elixir that was was so popular in the late 1800s. Col. GG Green’s enormous wealth was derived from its massive sales. He had a mind for advertising. When he found himself in the hotel business in Pasadena, like any smart businessman, he considered good will hunting. One good platform for spreading the warm and fuzzy is his entry in the Tournament of Roses 1905.
Okay, maybe not warm and fuzzy in August. Think New Year’s morning, when the parade happens. However, recently uncovered accounts of the affects of the August Flower elixir actually do suggest “warm and fuzzy feeling” even in the depth of summer swelter. Oh, never mind!
Thanks be to our friends in Woodbury, New Jersey, Village Preservation Society for providing the photos (above and below).
PS. The float is photographed here in front of the Hotel Green building on Raymond Ave. that was abandoned and razed in the mid 1930s.
1st floor Green complex floor plan includes Original Hotel Green (lost 1934), Central Annex (Castle Green), Wooster Block (Green Hotel Apartments)