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Dates
1943
1980
circa 1944-1980
Category
Surgery, Instrumentation
Hygiene
Classification
General Surgery
Hygiene
Patient Care
Surgery, instrumentation
Accession Number
000018028
Description
Rectangular bar of antiseptic surgical soap, wrapped in cream paper with green text and stripe running vertically along the right and left sides; lists active ingredients, manufacturing information, and instructions for use on the front, back, top, and bottom.sides.
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Accession Number
000018028
Category
Surgery, Instrumentation
Hygiene
Classification
General Surgery
Hygiene
Patient Care
Surgery, instrumentation
MeSH Heading
Hygiene
Surgery
Soaps
Antisepsis
Patient Care -- instrumentation
Description
Rectangular bar of antiseptic surgical soap, wrapped in cream paper with green text and stripe running vertically along the right and left sides; lists active ingredients, manufacturing information, and instructions for use on the front, back, top, and bottom.sides.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Originally owned by the Brockville Psychiatric Hospital.
Maker
Jules R. Gilbert Ltd.
Site Made (City)
Toronto
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1943
1980
circa 1944-1980
Date Remarks
Based on patent date, dihydroxyhexachlorodiphenyl was created and the existence of Jules R. Gilbert Ltd.
Material
paper: tan
ink: green
soap
Inscriptions
Printed on top: "Surgene // (HEXACHLOROPHENE) // SURGICAL SOAP // ANTISEPTIC"; printed on front side: "ESPECIALLY RECOMMENDED // TO REDUCE BACTERIA // CONTAMINATION OF ALL // BODY SURFACES"; printed on bottom: "ACTIVE INGREDIENTS: // DIHYDROXYHEXACHLORODIPHENYL // METHANE (HEXACHLOROPHENE) // 2% ANHYDROUS SOAP // WEIGHT 4 OUNCES // JULES R. GILBERT LTD. // TORONTO, CANADA // MADE IN CANADA // PAT. 1943 // 1-1082 // (L)-9-u"; printed on back: "DAILY USE REGULARLY // PROVIDES MAXIMUM // ANTIBACTERIAL EFFECT"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A2-6 Row E
Length
8.0 cm
Width
5.5 cm
Depth
2.8 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Some minor discoloured spots on paper
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Catalogue
"The Medical Tour" website
Google Books
Reference Comments
"American Hospital Supply Catalogue (C30)," AHSC (Canada) Ltd., 1964 (item #13600)
https://www.nytimes.com/1972/09/24/archives/germicide-limit-stirs-confusion-store-managers-unsure-on.html
https://www.nytimes.com/1971/12/07/archives/fda-warns-on-hexachlorophene-bath-fda-warns-on-daily-baths-in.html
https://books.google.ca/books?id=kgcEAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA21&lpg=PA21&dq=%22DIHYDROXYHEXACHLORODIPHENYL%22&source=bl&ots=excY1AomtG&sig=ACfU3U3o5xTrBmiBZGHT0HPOVQ-a-8QIjA&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwitho_J-9fiAhVomK0KHV-KDO4Q6AEwAXoECAcQAQ#v=onepage&q=%22DIHYDROXYHEXACHLORODIPHENYL%22&f=false
Research Facts
Dihydroxyhexachlorodiphenyl is a chemical compound created during the Second World War as an antiseptic. It was made to kill bacteria and smell nice. Because its name was so long, it was often shortened to hexachlorophene.
In 1971, the American Food and Drug Administration warned against using products with more than 3% hexachlorophene, as it was shown to have been susceptible to being absorbed through the skin into the bloodstream and causing damage to the white matter of the brain. In 1972, the American FDA halted the production of products containing more than one percent hexachlorophene. Canada did not issue the same precautions.
Formerly known as the Eastern Hospital for the Insane, the Brockville Psychiatric Hospital opened in 1894; in 1903 the School of Nursing opened with one student who was given a two year course in nursing the mentally ill, this was one of Ontario's first nursing programs to specialize in psychiatric care; early in the 20th Century, the population expanded to 800 patients with as many as 100 patients at work on the grounds daily, the facility had a bakery, farm, garden, and a variety of shops including a butcher, tailor and carpenter (none of which are operational today); systems of treatment used throughout the years consisted of hydrotherapy, electroconvulsive therapy and vocational therapy; in 2000 the hospital was officially transferred from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group.
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disposable surgical gloves

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact8532
Dates
1985
1989
circa 1985-1989
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Hygiene
Surgery, Instrumentation
Archival Items
Classification
Patient Care
Archival, Items
General Surgery
Hygiene
Surgery, instrumentation
Accession Number
1989.13.1 a-e
Description
Two pairs of yellowed latex pre-powdered non-sterile disposable surgeon's gloves (c, d) wrapped in wax paper (b) and tucked inside a paper envelope (a); each latex glove is folded into itself in half, with a "7" stamped on one side in black ink; the paper is folded in half and each side is folded i…
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Accession Number
1989.13.1 a-e
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Hygiene
Surgery, Instrumentation
Archival Items
Classification
Patient Care
Archival, Items
General Surgery
Hygiene
Surgery, instrumentation
MeSH Heading
Gloves, Surgical
Hygiene
Product Packaging
Disinfection
Sterilization
Description
Two pairs of yellowed latex pre-powdered non-sterile disposable surgeon's gloves (c, d) wrapped in wax paper (b) and tucked inside a paper envelope (a); each latex glove is folded into itself in half, with a "7" stamped on one side in black ink; the paper is folded in half and each side is folded in about 4 and a half centimeters in order to keep the gloves separated inside; when unfolded part way, the paper that covers each glove has a dashed line illustration of a right or left glove; the outside of the wax paper has the company logo and name on both sides printed in black at the top, with a large "7" in the middle, and a warning below; the outer paper package / envelope (a) has blue print on one side with opening instructions printed near the top, the company logo and name below that, followed by the product name and some details about the product, with the manufacturing information printed near the bottom; stamped in black in the spaces are updates on the sterile status of the gloves, as well as some extra information about this particular pair; there is an information sheet printed in colour with photographs of the product and its use (e).
Number Of Parts
5
Part Names
a - outer package: Length 32.0 cm X Width 15.2 cm
b - package (opened flat): Length 51.0 cm X Width 32.0 cm
c-d - gloves (folded): Length 17.7 cm X Width 9.3 cm
e - information sheet: Length 27.9 cm X Width 21.6 cm
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine; source: Sterling Rubber Inc. representative.
Maker
Sterling Rubber (1985) Inc.
Site Made (City)
Fergus
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1985
1989
circa 1985-1989
Date Remarks
Date printed on package
Material
paper: white, grey
ink: grey, blue, black, purple
latex: tan
Inscriptions
Printed on wax paper (b): "STERLING // 7 // WARNING: // SURFACE POWDER SHOULD BE // REMOVED PRIOR TO UNDERTAKING // OPERATIVE PROCEDURES IN ORDER // TO MINIMIZE THE RISK OF ADVERSE // TISSUE REACTION"; printed on outer package (a): "PEEL BACK TO OPEN // DÉCOLLEZ POUR OUVRIR // S // STERLING // SURGEONS' GLOVES // DISPOSABLE // GANTS DE CHIRURGIE // STERILE // NON STERILE // PRE-POWDERED // PRÉ-POUDRÉS // Gloves in unopened // and undamaged // package are sterile // Les gants dans cette // enveloppe sont stériles à // condition que l'empaquetage // soit intact // 0425109 // SMOOTH WHITE // BLANC LISSE // B // 7 // EXTRA PROTECTION // Manufactured by / Fabriqué par // STERLING RUBBER (1985) INC. // 675 Woodside Street, Fergus, Ontario Canada N1M 2M4 (519) 843-4032 // Printed in U.S.A. Imprimé au U.S.A."; printed on information sheet front side (e): "SURGICAL // GLOVES // At Sterling, we view surgical // gloves as a fine surgical instru- // ment. They must be complemen- // tary of every move the surgeon // performs. Gloves must work with // the surgeon's fingers - promoting // sensory perception and motor // function. // When developing Sterling // surgical gloves, surgeons told us // that the ideal glove is strong; tear // resistant; yet it may be worn as a // second skin - virtually unnoticed. // We at Sterling believe that // we have achieved the surgical glove // that comes closer than any other // in meeting the surgeon's require- // ments of comfort; sensitivity; // strength and convenience of use. // S // STERLING"; printed on back of information sheet (e): Comfort & Sensitivity // Comfort and sensitivity are // derived from product design // and process formulation. // Sterling surgical gloves // feature a curved finger design // following the natural contours // Curved finger design for comfort // of the hand. The glove supports // each move of the surgeon's // fingers, returning to a natural, // comfortable rest position when // relaxed. // Sterling's unique, latex // formulation offers the surgeon // a glove of incredible softness. // Surgeons have long recognized // Hand inspection ensures quality // that as softness increases, so // does comfort. // Strength // Advanced production techno- // logy enables Sterling to pre- // cisely control the latex thickness // throughout the various areas of // the glove. Since fingertips are // the area of greatest sensitivity, // we maintain latex thinness // there and throughout the rest of // the glove. // A secondary benefit of // Sterling's product formulation // stems from the high purity of // the latex compound. This not // only increases glove strength but // minimizes opportunity for aller- // gic reactions. // To further cuff end strength // and eliminate roll down, Sterling // beads all surgical glove cuffs. // Product Preference // In consideration of surgeons' // expressed product preferences, // Sterling offers surgical gloves // with both smooth and textured // surfaces. // Smooth surgical gloves are // offered in white while textured // surface is offered in both brown // and white colors. All are pro- // duced through the same precise // process to the most exacting // standards. // Convenience // A special powdering process // using bio-absorbable glove // powder dusts each glove thor- // oughly on the inside ... while // leaving the outside virtually // powder free. Surgeons do not // Smooth or deeply textured finish // need to wash gloves after donning. // The donning procedure is // further aided through a gener- // ous size, memory-free, moisture // resistant paper inner wallet // which assists aseptic technique. // Wallets are clearly marked with // size and cuff end identification. // Outer packages are fully // labelled and easy to peel open // with no fibre tear. // Sterling surgical gloves are // packaged 50 pair per box for // easy transportation and storage. // S // STERLING // STERLING RUBBER (1985) INC. // 675 Woodside Street, // Fergus, Ontario, Canada // N1M 2M4 (519) 843-4032".
Permanent Location
(a,b,e): Storage Room 2005
2005-2-3 Box 15
(c,d): Storage Room 0010
0010-D6-6
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Gloves severely yellowed, colour leaking onto the wax paper; should not unfold gloves in case of brittleness and the plastic separates
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Websites
Reference Comments
Companylisting.ca, "Sterling Rubber Co. Div. 925285 Ont. Inc.":http://www.companylisting.ca/Sterling_Rubber_Co_Div_925285_Ont_Inc/default.aspx
Past Medical History, "THE HISTORY OF SURGICAL GLOVES", Sep 19, 2018: https://www.pastmedicalhistory.co.uk/the-history-of-surgical-gloves/
Research Facts
Sterling Rubber Company was establised in 1917 and (as of 2016) is Canada's only manufacturer of Latex surgeon's gloves. They also produce sterile procedure gloves, post mortem gloves, and laboratory gloves for sale in Canada and the United States.
In 1889-1890, at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Nurse Caroline Hampton and Dr. William Stewart Halsted were working with a combination of carbolic acid and mercuric chloride as a disinfectant for surgeries. This produced a dermatitis of Hampton's arms and hands, and so Dr. Halsted, whom she would later marry, had the Goodyear Rubber Company fashion a pair of thin rubber gloves to protect her hands. They worked so well that they soon became used by others in the hospital and outside of it.
In 1964, the first disposable latex medical gloves were created by the Ansell Rubber Company in Australia. Gloves were formerly powdered for ease of use, but powdered gloves were banned in 2016 because their use was linked to post-operative scars and inflammation.
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Lysol Brand Disinfectant

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact15220
Dates
1967
1985
circa 1960-1985
Collection
Tumak Collection
Category
Home Health Care
Hygiene
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Hygiene
Pharmacy, General
Home Health
Treatment, General
Accession Number
015011004 a-b
Description
Rectangular box (a) for Lysol Brand Disinfectant; the two largest sides of the box are printed to look like the brown bottle with a yellow cap and inverted triangle label which sits inside the box; the smaller sides of the box are yellow, and the directions for use are printed on them in French on …
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Accession Number
015011004 a-b
Collection
Tumak Collection
Category
Home Health Care
Hygiene
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Hygiene
Pharmacy, General
Home Health
Treatment, General
MeSH Heading
Disinfectant
Disinfection
First Aid
Home Health
Hygiene
Description
Rectangular box (a) for Lysol Brand Disinfectant; the two largest sides of the box are printed to look like the brown bottle with a yellow cap and inverted triangle label which sits inside the box; the smaller sides of the box are yellow, and the directions for use are printed on them in French on one side and English on the other; the top and bottom of the box are red, and the top contains the product name printed in white, as well as residue from a sticker and the number 89; the bottle (b) is nearly full of a liquid and is brown glass with a yellow metal screw cap; the glass is almost flat on the two largest sides, and contains small decorative ridges in the glass; the smaller sides of the bottle are more rounded and the bottle tapers inward so that it is thinner in the middle than at the top and bottom; the bottom of the bottle contains three raised symbols; the bottle's label is an inverted triangle, printed in French on one side of the bottle and in English on the other; the label contains the product name, its purpose, usage directions, amount, warnings, and manufacturing information.
Number Of Parts
2
Part Names
a - box - Length 5.4 cm X Width 2.9 cm X Height 11.4 cm
b - bottle - Length 4.9 cm X Width 2.5 cm X Height 11.2 cm
Provenance
Belonged to donor.
Maker
Sterling Drug Ltd.
Site Made (City)
Aurora
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1967
1985
circa 1960-1985
Date Remarks
Date based on advertisement on December 17, 1975 in The Chilliwack Progress from Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada, Page 32, and when Sterling Drugs acquired Lysol.
Material
paper: tan
glass: brown
ink: red, white, black, yellow
metal: yellow
Inscriptions
Printed on front of box (a): "Lysol* // BRAND // DISINFECTANT // KILLS GERMS // DEODORIZES // PREVENTS MOULD & MILDEW // DEEP CLEANS // Walls · Floors · Kitchens // · Sickrooms · Baby's room // · Porcelain · Linoleum // · Bathrooms · Woodwork // · Floor tiles · Refuse // pails · Diaper pails // 2 OUNCES // CONCENTRATED // MAKES // MORE THAN // 1 // GALLON // OF CLEANING // SOLUTION // *TRADE MARK REG."; printed on side of box: "Lysol // TRADE MARK REG. // BRAND // DISINFECTANT // DESTROYS DISEASE // GERMS AND ODOUR- // CAUSING BACTERIA // DIRECTIONS // HOME DISINFECTION — Toi- // lets, Floors, Walls, etc. Add // 3 tablespoonfuls to each // gallon of water. // DIAPERS — Soak diapers in // solution of 3 tablespoonfuls // to each gallon of water. // FIRST AID — Cuts, scratches // — Add 1 teaspoonful to 1 // cup of water and apply. // PHENOL COEFFICIENT 5 // CONTAINS PHENOL .015% // Distributed by // Sterling Products // Division of Sterling Drug Ltd., Aurora, Ont. // C82B"; printed on label of bottle: "L46B // Lysol* // BRAND // DISINFECTANT // KILLS GERMS // DEODORIZES // PREVENTS MOULD & MILDEW // *Trade Mark Reg. // DIRECTIONS // HOME DISINFECTION- Toilets, Floors, Walls, etc. // Add 3 tablespoonfuls to each gallon of water. // DIAPERS- Soak diapers in solution of 3 table- // spoonfuls to each gallon of water. // FIRST AID- Cuts, scratches- Add 1 teaspoonful // to 1 cup of water and apply. // PHENOL COEFFIECIENT 5 // CONTAINS PHENOL .015% // Distributed by // Sterling Products // Division of Sterling Drug Ltd. // Aurora, Ont. // 2 FLUID OUNCES // NEVER USE UNDILUTED // CONCENTRATED // MAKES MORE THAN // 1 GALLON // OF CLEANING // SOLUTION"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A5-6 Box 3 Row D
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Minor sticker residue and scratching on top of box; minor scratching and liquid damage on bottom of box.
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Websites, newspapers
Reference Comments
Advertisement on December 17, 1975 in The Chilliwack Progress from Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada, Page 32: https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/77091686/.
https://timeline.com/sexist-history-douching-bcc39f3d216c
https://www.motherjones.com/media/2012/03/when-women-used-lysol-birth-control/
http://www.gutenberg.org/files/21724/21724-h/21724-h.htm
https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/11644980
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lysols-vintage-ads-subtly-pushed-women-to-use-its-disinfectant-as-birth-control-218734/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/mrbill/albums/834100/with/37387729/
http://magic.msu.edu/search~S39?/cHQ766%20.S32%201917%20Online/chq%20%20766%20s32%201917%20online/-3,-1,0,B/frameset&FF=chq%20%20766%20s32%201917%20online&1,1,
https://inews.co.uk/opinion/comment/a-brief-history-of-vaginal-douching-and-women-cleaning-themselves-with-disinfectants/
https://www.encyclopedia.com/books/politics-and-business-magazines/sterling-drug-inc
"Fight Spanish Influenza With Daily Disinfection" (advertisement). The New York Times. 30 October 1918, p. 9. (Accessed via ProQuest, New York Times (1857–Current file), Document ID 97039401)
Research Facts
Beginning in the early 20th century, women would often use Lysol, a household disinfectant, as a douche. Lysol advertised this purpose, claiming that it would guard against odors (believed to be a euphemism for birth control).
Before 1911, there were a reported 193 poisonings and five deaths from Lysol douching, and women often complained of burning and blisters. In 1952, Lysol's formula was changed from cresol to become a quarter as toxic as before. The Lysol used in homes today is not the same as the one historically used for douching, and is no longer owned by the same company.
Advertisements for Lysol as a feminine hygiene product often targeted women's insecurities about their bodies and caused them to feel badly about them and feel the need to use a douche to remain clean and fresh. Lines used in different 20th century Lysol advertisements include: "Often a wife fails to realize that doubts due to one intimate neglect shut her out from happy married love", "Day after heartbreaking day I was held in [...] a web spun by my husband's indifference. [...] Was the fault mine?", "No woman who has a normal foundation of good health can be forgiven for failing to "stay young with her husband.""
Lysol was advertised in 1918 as a way to fight the Spanish Flu Pandemic; it was recommended that everything in contact with flu patients, including their rooms, be cleaned with Lysol to prevent the spread of the disease.
Lysol contains phenol, another term for carbolic acid, an early disinfectant employed by Joseph Lister.
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Mixed Isomeric Menthols B. P.

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact15333
Dates
1942
circa 1942
Category
Hygiene
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Hygiene
Pharmacy, General
Pharmacy, Other
Accession Number
006033047
Description
Green glass bottle containing mixed isomeric menthols with a paper label on the front reaching halfway around, and a smaller paper label at the back reaching the rest of the way; bottle is two thirds full of liquid, some of which has crystallized in the interior; bottle is sealed with a brown cork,…
Accession Number
006033047
Category
Hygiene
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Hygiene
Pharmacy, General
Pharmacy, Other
MeSH Heading
Perfume
Hygiene
Pharmacy
Description
Green glass bottle containing mixed isomeric menthols with a paper label on the front reaching halfway around, and a smaller paper label at the back reaching the rest of the way; bottle is two thirds full of liquid, some of which has crystallized in the interior; bottle is sealed with a brown cork, and there is a brown string tied around the neck; the front label contains a decorative illustrated border, and an illustration in black ink in the middle of a man seated at a desk, surrounded by apothecary paraphernalia.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Received from anonymous donor via Kingston General Hospital Public Affairs.
Maker
Givaudan Delawanna Inc.
Site Made (City)
New York
Site Made (State)
New York
Site Made (Country)
U. S. A.
Dates
1942
circa 1942
Date Remarks
Based on the date code on the bottom of the bottle for the Owens-Illinois Glass Company.
Material
glass: green
paper: tan
ink: sepia, black
string: brown
cork: tan
Inscriptions
Printed on front label: "1 023552D753MDC // GIVAUDAN DELAWANNA INC. // NEW YORK // REG. U. S. PAT. OFF. // De la Galerie de S.A.S. Monseigneur le Duc d'Orleans // MIXED ISOMERIC // MENTHOLS B.P. NOT // U.S.P. // NET 1 OZ. // PRINTED IN U.S.A. // FOR MANUFACTURING USE ONLY"; printed on back label: "NON-WARRANTY // The supplier makes no warranty of any // kind, expressed or implied, concerning the // use of this product. The user assumes // all risk of use or handling, whether or not // in accordance with any directions or sug - // gestions of the supplier."; raised on glass: "Duraglas // Duraglas // 3 // 2 // 1"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A
Height
9.0 cm
Diameter
3.7 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Websites
Reference Comments
"Givaudan SA - Company Profile, Information, Business Description, History, Background Information on Givaudan SA", Reference for Business: https://www.referenceforbusiness.com/history2/8/Givaudan-SA.html
"Molecule of the Week Archive (–)-Menthol", December 26, 2016, ACS Chemistry for Life: https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/molecule-of-the-week/archive/m/menthol.html
SA Bottle Glossary, "Duraglass", Society for Historical Archaeology Inc.: https://sha.org/bottle/glossary.htm
"Bottle Dating: Machine-made bottles portion of the Dating Key", Society for Historical Archaeology Inc., "Question 11": https://sha.org/bottle/machinemadedating.htm#Question%2011
Research Facts
Givaudan Delawanna is a former name of the perfume company Givaudan SA based in Switzerland. It was founded in 1895 in Zurich, but changed locations to be near Switzerland after a nearby bakery complained that their bread smelled of violets.The company was a pioneer in the introduction of synthetic fragrances, and often mixed synthetics with natural fragrances. In 1946, Givaudan opened a perfume school in Grasse in southern France in order to train future employees and perfume creators. They estimated in 2001 that one in three of the world's fragrances had been developed by perfumers trained by Givaudan.
Menthol is the main constituent of mint, making it a familiar scent and flavour to many. Mixed Isomeric Menthols, the contents of this bottle, are most likely a combination of the isomers (the same compound of atoms with a different molecular structure) isomenthol, neomenthol, and isoneomenthol.
The logo on the bottom of this bottle is from the Owens-Illinois Glass Company, and the numbers around it represent its date and factory code. The embossed "Duraglass" at the heel of the bottle occurred from 1940 until the mid 1950s, and the "2" to the right of the logo indicates that it was produced in 1942.
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Rexall Hygienic Powder

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact15224
Dates
1935
1955
circa 1935-1955
Collection
Tumak Collection
Category
Home Health Care
Hygiene
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Hygiene
Home Health
Pharmacy, General
Gynaecology
Accession Number
015011006 a-b
Description
Rectangular cardboard box (a) with light blue background and dark blue print, containing a sealed jar (b) of Rexall's Hygienic Powder; the box has a flap at the top with two smaller flaps underneath, and the name of the product is printed on the top flap; on the front of the box is the name of the …
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Accession Number
015011006 a-b
Collection
Tumak Collection
Category
Home Health Care
Hygiene
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Hygiene
Home Health
Pharmacy, General
Gynaecology
MeSH Heading
Wound Healing
Gynecology
Hygiene
Powders
Pharmaceutical Preparations
Pharmacy
Home Health
Description
Rectangular cardboard box (a) with light blue background and dark blue print, containing a sealed jar (b) of Rexall's Hygienic Powder; the box has a flap at the top with two smaller flaps underneath, and the name of the product is printed on the top flap; on the front of the box is the name of the product inside a decorative printed dark blue border on a dark blue background; below this on a light blue background is a short description of the product's qualities and ingredients, and below this is the manufacturing information on a dark blue border; the side of the box contains directions on the use of the product and its quantity; the other two sides of the box contain the same information in French; the jar is of clear glass, nearly full of white powder; there is a cream coloured paper label which goes around the whole jar; the label's print is all in dark blue, and is of the same design and contains the same information in both English and French (except the front panel with the product name, which is only listed in English) as the box.; the jar has a metal screw cap painted white, and the bottom of the jar contains raised symbols in the glass.
Number Of Parts
2
Part Names
a- box: Length 6.5 cm X Width 6.5 cm X Height 12.7 cm
b- jar: Height 11.6 cm X Diameter 5.2 cm
Provenance
Belonged to donor.
Maker
Rexall Drug Co. Limited
Site Made (City)
Toronto
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1935
1955
circa 1935-1955
Date Remarks
Based on design and Rexall history
Material
paper: tan, cream
ink: light blue, dark blue, white
metal: yellow
glass: clear
powder: white
Inscriptions
Printed on top of box: "Rexall // Hygienic // Powder // D 432"; printed on front of box: "Rexall // Hygienic // Powder // Non-irritating // Cleansing // and // Soothing // Contains selected qualities of // Boric Acid, Borax, Bicarbon- // ate of Soda, Thymol, Menthol, // Methyl Salicylate and Eucal- // yptol in well balanced pro- // portions. // REXALL DRUG CO. // LIMITED. // TORONTO, // CANADA."; printed on side of box: "DIRECTIONS // As a Gargle, or as a // cleansing dressing for // minor skin injuries: // Dissolve one heaping tea- // spoonful in a glass of // water. // As a Spray for use in an // Atomizer: Dissolve one - // half teaspoonful in a glass // of water. // As a douche for fountain // syringe: Dissolve one // heaping tablepoonful in // two quarts of warm water. // Use at a comfortable tem - // perature. // Repeat as necessary. // 5 Ounces D 432".
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A3-9 Row B
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Websites
Reference Comments
http://capnrexall.blogspot.com/2011/06/rexall-history-short-version.html
https://newscenter.dollargeneral.com/news/dollar-general-to-be-exclusive-retailer-of-rexall-brand-products.htm
LIFE magazine, 5 May, 1952, page 157: https://books.google.ca/books?id=HVYEAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA157&lpg=PA157&dq=%22rexall+hygienic+powder%22&source=bl&ots=h5UvB6SRUY&sig=ACfU3U3x_jY6yeg-_uHeMScmzNGHUefZ7A&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiCzZzg4ozjAhWXXc0KHVtICOEQ6AEwDXoECAUQAQ#v=onepage&q=%22rexall%20hygienic%20powder%22&f=false
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In 1952, Rexall Hygienic Powder sold for 65 cents,
Rexall began in the United States in 1902 in Boston, and expanded throughout the country during the early 20th century. Rexall went under in 1986 in the United States, but remains a brand name there and a chain of Drug Stores in Canada.
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