Tuesday, July 12, 2011

A Forgotten Ypsilanti Product

This is a photocopy of a bottle of a onetime Ypsi product: horseradish.

"D. Ballinger" probably refers to the man listed in the 1910 directory as David Ballinger, Ypsi gardener married to one Eva and living at 614 Congress. If so, David apparently grew, ground, and bottled his own horseradish!

Sadly "Ballinger's Horseradish" never became a household phrase.

Brought to Dusty D's attention by the bottle's owner, E.


Russ said...

Wonder if there was a "Back" label that listed the ingredients? Today's blend is Horseradish, Distilled Vinegar and Salt.

Dusty D said...

Shoot, I don't know; my friend E. brought this into the Archives when I wasn't there, so I didn't have the chance to scan the opposite side. I was charmed by this tiny, slightly wacky entrepreneurial effort though...so typical of historical Ypsi.