"4-11-44" Quack Medicine Bottle Meant to Cure Various Venereal Diseases
The bottle [was] for sale on eBay (here) by a seller who did a considerable amount of research on this particular “medicine” and its brand. I included their entire report under the cut.
"My [the seller’s] research has turned up little information on the 4-11-44 brand, other than a U.S. Government court order from 1919, calling for the confiscation and destruction of a seized shipment of 4-11-44 that was being transported from Ohio to Pennsylvania. Apparently these bottles of "medicine" contained not much more than what amounted to a salt water solution, meant to be injected directly into the penis, to cure Gonorrhoea, Gleet, Leuchorrhoea, The Clap and whatever else might be ailing you. This particular brand of Snake Oil was apparently marketed primarily to poverty stricken African Americans, who would identify with the ‘4-11-44’ brand (see explanation below) and believe this was the ‘lucky’ cure for their variety of venereal diseases."
Back when Portsmouth, OH was a manufacturing center.