Printing a woodcut of a very detailed bottle of witch hazel for National Witch Hazel Day (Oct. 21)

In some cases despite one of the most obscure “legal holidays,” we can discover connections to our collections in our printing shop exhibition. October 21st is National Witch Hazel Day! Today is supposed to commemorate the witch hazel plant and its cleansing homes.

Given that extracts of witch hazel were frequently promoted in local papers, like the Sacramento Daily Union, by the 1890s, it can explain why a woodcut of a container of witch hazel would certainly be in the Lewis Winter Collection. This hand carved woodcut was made about 130 years earlier. Nonetheless, we have no record of its use in any type of magazine.

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