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Dates
1930
1950
circa 1930-1950
Collection
Dr. Charles H. Bird / Dr. Godfrey Bird Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
997037034 a-b
Description
A cylindrical glass bottle with manufacture seams on both sides and a flat bottom; the thin glass body flares slightly before tapering dramatically to a short neck that has a pronounced lip that flares out around the bottle opening; a red and white label is attached to the front of the bottle; the …
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Accession Number
997037034 a-b
Collection
Dr. Charles H. Bird / Dr. Godfrey Bird Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Equipment and Supplies
MM= Physician and Hospital Supply -- storage container
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Description
A cylindrical glass bottle with manufacture seams on both sides and a flat bottom; the thin glass body flares slightly before tapering dramatically to a short neck that has a pronounced lip that flares out around the bottle opening; a red and white label is attached to the front of the bottle; the glass stopper (b) is mushroom-shaped with a stem that flares before tapering to a flat end; the stem is coated with leak-proof grindings that seal the bottle
Number Of Parts
2
Part Names
a - bottle - Size: Length 12.0 cm x Diam. 5.0 cm
b - stopper - Size: Length 4.5 x Diam. 4.0 cm
Provenance
Used by either Dr. C.H. Bird or Dr. Godfrey Bird, of Gananoque, Ont.
Dates
1930
1950
circa 1930-1950
Material
glass: clear
paper: red; discoloured white
Inscriptions
The red and white handwritten label (torn) on front reads, "Acid Carbo"; embossed on top of glass stopper: "8"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A
Condition Remarks
Bottle shows significant cracking around lip of neck; glass is cloudy from years of chemical storage
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Reference Comments
"Catalog of Laboratory Apparatus and Scientific Instruments (JC-141)," by CENCO (Central Scientific Company of Canada), copyright 1942, p. 62 (similar to item 10430)
Images
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Dates
1930
1950
circa 1930-1950
Collection
Dr. Charles H. Bird / Dr. Godfrey Bird Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
997037042 a-b
Description
A hand-made glass bottle with a manufacturer's pontil mark on the bottom; the cylindrical body of thick glass flares slightly before tapering to a medium-length neck that has a pronounced lip that turns outwards; the body of the bottle has a red and white label on both front and back; the glass st…
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Accession Number
997037042 a-b
Collection
Dr. Charles H. Bird / Dr. Godfrey Bird Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Equipment and Supplies
MM= Physician and Hospital Supply -- storage container
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Description
A hand-made glass bottle with a manufacturer's pontil mark on the bottom; the cylindrical body of thick glass flares slightly before tapering to a medium-length neck that has a pronounced lip that turns outwards; the body of the bottle has a red and white label on both front and back; the glass stopper (b) is mushroom-shaped with a flat top and a stem that tapers to a flattened end; the stem has leak-proof grindings that seal the bottle
Number Of Parts
2
Part Names
a - bottle - Size: Length 15.0 cm x Diam. 6.0 cm
b - stopper - Size: Length 4.5 x Diam. 3.0 cm
Provenance
Used by either Dr. C.H. Bird or Dr. Godfrey Bird, of Gananoque, Ont.
Dates
1930
1950
circa 1930-1950
Material
glass: clear
paper: red; discoloured white
Inscriptions
Handwritten label on front of bottle reads, "Acid Muir Del"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A4-2
Condition Remarks
Bottle shows minor staining and clouding on interior walls
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Reference Comments
"Catalog of Laboratory Apparatus and Scientific Instruments (JC-141)," by CENCO (Central Scientific Company of Canada), copyright 1942, p. 62 (similar to item 10430)
Images
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Dates
1930
1950
circa 1930-1950
Collection
Dr. Charles H. Bird / Dr. Godfrey Bird Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
997037040 a-b
Description
(a) A machine-made glass bottle with manufacture seams on both sides and a flat bottom; it has a cylindrical body that tapers to a short neck that turns upwards in a pronounced lip; a paper label is attached to the body of the bottle; the glass stopper (b) is mushroom-shaped with manufacture seams …
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Accession Number
997037040 a-b
Collection
Dr. Charles H. Bird / Dr. Godfrey Bird Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Equipment and Supplies
MM= Physician and Hospital Supply -- storage container
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Description
(a) A machine-made glass bottle with manufacture seams on both sides and a flat bottom; it has a cylindrical body that tapers to a short neck that turns upwards in a pronounced lip; a paper label is attached to the body of the bottle; the glass stopper (b) is mushroom-shaped with manufacture seams on both sides; it has a tapered stem with leak-proof grindings
Number Of Parts
2
Part Names
a - bottle - Size: Length 16.3 cm x Diam. 6.1cm
b - stopper - Size: Length 4.4 x Diam. 3.2 cm
Provenance
Used by either Dr. C.H. Bird or Dr. Godfrey Bird, of Gananoque, Ont.
Dates
1930
1950
circa 1930-1950
Material
glass: clear
paper: red; discoloured white
paint: white
Inscriptions
A handwritten label on the front of the bottle reads, "Acid Phospho [illegible]"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A4-2
Condition Remarks
Small flecks of white paint on interior walls of bottle; label is partly loose; writing on label is faded
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Reference Comments
"Catalog of Laboratory Apparatus and Scientific Instruments (JC-141)," by CENCO (Central Scientific Company of Canada), copyright 1942, p. 62 (similar to item 10430)
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Acid Soda Phos.

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact3905
Dates
1930
1950
circa 1930-1950
Collection
Dr. Charles H. Bird / Dr. Godfrey Bird Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
997037434
Description
A manufactured glass bottle (a) with a slightly concave bottom; the cylindrical body of thick glass tapers to a medium-length neck and has a wide lip; the body of the bottle has manufacture seams on the sides and a black and white label; inserted in bottle neck is (b) a cork stopper; this is cylind…
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Accession Number
997037434
Collection
Dr. Charles H. Bird / Dr. Godfrey Bird Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Equipment and Supplies
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Description
A manufactured glass bottle (a) with a slightly concave bottom; the cylindrical body of thick glass tapers to a medium-length neck and has a wide lip; the body of the bottle has manufacture seams on the sides and a black and white label; inserted in bottle neck is (b) a cork stopper; this is cylindrical in shape with a flat top that tapers down to a flat bottom.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Used by either Dr. H. Godfrey Bird or Dr. C.H. Bird of Gananoque, Ontario
Maker
W. E. Saunders, Limited
Site Made (City)
London
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1930
1950
circa 1930-1950
Material
glass: brown
paper: white; black
cork: brown
Inscriptions
Label on bottle reads, "ACID SODA PHOS. // W.E. SAUNDERS, Limited // LONDON, ONT."
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A
Dimension Notes
Length 17.0 cm x Diam. 5.8 cm
Condition Remarks
Paper label is discoloured
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Reference Comments
"Bottlers and Bottles, Canadian," by S. & O. Urquhart, 1976, p. 33 (similar to item 96)
Exhibit History
On exhibit, "Potions, Pills, and Prescriptions," Museum of Health Care, May 1, 2000 - 28 Jan 2017.
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Dates
1930
1950
circa 1930-1950
Collection
Dr. Charles H. Bird / Dr. Godfrey Bird Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
997037430 a-b
Description
A hand-made glass bottle (a) with a definitive pontil on the bottom; the cylindrical body of thick glass tapers to a short neck and has a pronounced lip that extends slightly outwards; the body of the bottle has a red and white label on the front; the glass stopper (b) is mushroom-shaped with a fla…
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Accession Number
997037430 a-b
Collection
Dr. Charles H. Bird / Dr. Godfrey Bird Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Equipment and Supplies
MM= Physician and Hospital Supply -- storage container
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Description
A hand-made glass bottle (a) with a definitive pontil on the bottom; the cylindrical body of thick glass tapers to a short neck and has a pronounced lip that extends slightly outwards; the body of the bottle has a red and white label on the front; the glass stopper (b) is mushroom-shaped with a flat top and a stem that tapers to a concave end; the stem has a leak-proof ground surface that seal the bottle.
Number Of Parts
2
Part Names
a - medicine bottle - Size: Length 14.2 cm x Diam. 5.7 cm
b - stopper - Size: Depth 3.6 cm x Diam. 3.5 cm
Provenance
Used by Dr. H. Godfrey Bird or Dr. C. H. Bird of Gananoque, Ontario
Dates
1930
1950
circa 1930-1950
Material
glass: clear
paper: red; discoloured white
Inscriptions
Written on the label are the words, "Acid Tartarie"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A
Condition Remarks
Both glass stopper and medicine bottle are slightly dirty.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Reference Comments
"Bottlers and Bottles, Canadian," by S. & O. Urquhart, 1976, p. 53 (similar to item 307)
Exhibit History
On exhibit, "Potions, Pills, and Prescriptions," Museum of Health Care, May 1, 2000 - 28 Jan 2017.
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Adams Garlic Pearles

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact8838
Dates
1950
1970
circa 1950-1970
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
1999.3.3
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Accession Number
1999.3.3
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Drugs, Non-Prescription
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine.
Dates
1950
1970
circa 1950-1970
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A2-5 Row A
Temporary Location
On exhibit “Quack: The Exhibit that cures all” at Museum of Health Care, 29 June 2017.
Copy Type
Original
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All-Herbal Stedi-Nerv tablets

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact8888
Dates
1950
1970
circa 1950-1970
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
1999.3.75
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Accession Number
1999.3.75
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Drugs, Non-Prescription
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine.
Dates
1950
1970
circa 1950-1970
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A5-4 Box 3 Row C
Copy Type
Original
Images
Less detail
Dates
1930
1950
circa 1930-1950
Collection
Dr. Charles H. Bird / Dr. Godfrey Bird Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
997037036 a-b
Description
A cylindrical glass bottle with manufacture seams on both sides and a flat bottom that has a circular manufacturer's pentil mark; the thick glass body has straight sides that taper dramatically to a longer neck with a pronounced lip flaring out around the bottle opening; a red and white label is at…
  1 image  
Accession Number
997037036 a-b
Collection
Dr. Charles H. Bird / Dr. Godfrey Bird Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Equipment and Supplies
MM= Physician and Hospital Supply -- storage container
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Description
A cylindrical glass bottle with manufacture seams on both sides and a flat bottom that has a circular manufacturer's pentil mark; the thick glass body has straight sides that taper dramatically to a longer neck with a pronounced lip flaring out around the bottle opening; a red and white label is attached to the front of the bottle; the glass stopper (b) is mushroom-shaped with a flat top and a stem that flares before tapering to a flat end; the stem has been coated with leak-proof grindings that seal the bottle
Number Of Parts
2
Part Names
a - bottle - Size: Length 15.5 cm x Diam. 5.6 cm
b - stopper - Size: Length 2.5 x Diam. 2.0 cm
Provenance
Used by either Dr. C.H. Bird or Dr. Godfrey Bird, of Gananoque, Ont.
Dates
1930
1950
circa 1930-1950
Material
glass: clear
paper: red; white
Inscriptions
Handwritten label on front of bottle reads, "Ammon. Arv [illegible]"; on bottom of bottle, a flattened diamond shape with a "D" in the centre
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A4-2
Condition Remarks
Bottle is structurally sound but shows significant staining on bottom half of interior walls
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Reference Comments
"Catalog of Laboratory Apparatus and Scientific Instruments (JC-141)," by CENCO (Central Scientific Company of Canada), copyright 1942, p. 62 (similar to item 10430, except for smaller stopper)
Images
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Dates
1923
1963
circa 1923-1963
Collection
Dr. C. M. Bracken Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
993004300 a-x
Description
Black leatherette folding medicine case holding assorted glass ampoules and two blades; inside is inscribed "C.M. Bracken, M.D."; ampoules are of various ages
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Accession Number
993004300 a-x
Collection
Dr. C. M. Bracken Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Drug Packaging
MM= Drug Case -- conventional medicine
Description
Black leatherette folding medicine case holding assorted glass ampoules and two blades; inside is inscribed "C.M. Bracken, M.D."; ampoules are of various ages
Number Of Parts
24
Part Names
a - case - Size: Length 15.3 cm. x Width 7.1 cm. x Depth 3.7 cm.
b - digitaline - Size: Length 4.8 cm. x Diameter1.0 cm.
c - mersalyl B.D.H. - Size: Length 4.5 cm. x Diameter0.9 cm.
d - amyl nitrate - Size: Length 5.0 cm. x Diameter1.0 cm.
e - glycerophosphate - Size: Length 4.9 cm. x Diameter1.0 cm.
f - adrenalin chloride - Size: Length 4.9 cm. x Diameter0.9 cm.
g - camphor in oil - Size: Length 4.7 cm. x Diameter1.0 cm.
h - camphor in oil - Size: Length 5.1 cm. x Diameter1.0 cm.
i - camphor in oil - Size: Length 4.9 cm. x Diameter1.0 cm.
j - digifortis - Size: Length 4.7 cm. x Diameter0.9 cm.
k - carbachol B.D.H. - Size: Length 4.9 cm. x Diameter0.9 cm.
l - antistine - Size: Length 5.4 cm. x Diameter1.0 cm.
m - glycerophosphate - Size: Length 4.7 cm. x Diameter0.9 cm.
n - solution pentobarbital sodium - Size: Length 5.2 cm. x Diameter1.0 cm.
o - carbachol - Size: Length 4.6 cm. x Diameter0.9 cm.
p - solution pentobarbital - Size: Length 5.4 cm. x Diameter1.0 cm.
q - camphor in oil - Size: Length 5.0 cm. x Diameter0.9 cm.
r - salyrgan/theophylline solution - Size: Length 5.3 cm. x Diameter1.0 cm.
s - ethophylline - Size: Length 6.0 cm. x Diameter1.1 cm.
t - digifortis - Size: Length 4.7 cm. x Diameter1.0 cm.
u - nikethamide - Size: Length 5.9 cm. x Diameter1.1 cm.
v-w - blades - Size: Length 5.0 cm. x Width 0.6 cm. x Depth 0.1 mm.
x - paper wrapper - Size: Length 6.0 cm. x Width 2.6 cm.
Provenance
Belonged to Dr. C.M. Bracken
Dates
1923
1963
circa 1923-1963
Material
paper: cream; black
glass: clear; brown
wood: black
metal: silver
Inscriptions
"C.M. Bracken, M.D."
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A6-6
Condition Remarks
# 1: (b-u): paper labels show wear; # 2: no damage; #3: no new damage; #4: decomposing liquids
Reference Types
JPG
Reference Comments
CD #6
Exhibit History
October 5, 2001 - Sept. 2002: Bracken Library, Botterell Hall, C.M. Bracken exhibit
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Askit headache powder

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact12996
Dates
1930
1950
circa 1930-1950
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
1999.3.94 a-f
Description
Cream paper rectangular box (a) with end flaps and black text contains five separate rectangular cream paper folded packages (b-f) containing powder with black text; full box.
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Accession Number
1999.3.94 a-f
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Drugs, Non-Prescription
Description
Cream paper rectangular box (a) with end flaps and black text contains five separate rectangular cream paper folded packages (b-f) containing powder with black text; full box.
Number Of Parts
6
Part Names
a - box
b-f - powder packets
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine.
Maker
Askit Limited
Site Made (City)
Glasgow
Site Made (Country)
Scotland
Dates
1930
1950
circa 1930-1950
Material
paper: cream
ink: black
Inscriptions
On box: "Askit // A Quick Relief for Headaches and // Pains due to Neuralgia, Neuritis and // Rheumatism."; on side: "DIRECTIONS FOR USE // Mix the powder in a small glass of water and stir before taking, // or place on the tongue and swallow with a drink. Maximum // Adult daily dose two powders. Being in powder form "Askit" // 25 // is rapidly assimilated and quick results are thereby obtained."; on back panel: "Askit // is guaranteed to contain only the finest ingredients // - being in powder form it is rapidly assimilated // and quick results are thereby obtained. MADE IN SCOTLAND // ASKIT LTD., MANUFACTURING // CHEMISTS // GLASGOW"; side panel: "Each powder contains: // Acetylsalicylic Acid 750 mg. // Caffeine Citrate 100 mg. Magnesium Trisilicate 15 mg. // Caution: Keep this and all medications out of // the reach of children."; on end panels: "Distributor for Canada // Macpherson Agencies // P. O. Box 193 // Willowdale // Ont., Canada // 5 POWDERS // 25c // Lot No. 15"; on powder package: "Askit // For headaches and Pains due to // Neurlagia, Neuritis and Rheumatism. // A Word to Women: An "Askit" gives prompt relief in periodic pains."
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A2-4 Row A
Length
a - 7.5 cm
b-f - 6.5 cm
Width
a - 3.6 cm
b-f - 2.9 cm
Depth
a -1.7 cm
b-f - 0.2 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Looks new
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Internet
Reference Comments
https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/2058748/taggart-alex-norton-askit-powders-sarah-norton-addiction/
Research Facts
Askit Powders were invented in Sweden in 1903 by the physician Herman Hjorton and manufactured under licence in Glasgow from 1917. In Sweden it was sold as Hjorton’s Powders after being invented by physician Herman Hjorton. By the 1950s it was shipping worldwide to expat Scots in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
Key ingredient Phenacetin was first developed in 1887 and was discovered to ease headaches and fevers – but also cause renal failure with prolonged use.
A heavy marketing campaign targeted woman with slogans including ‘Askit fights the miseries’. They contained aspirin and caffeine along with the painkilling drug phenacetin, which was found to be highly addictive.
A link with the powder’s popularity and an increase in renal failure was made in the early 50s but phenacetin wasn’t removed from the product until 1966. Phenacetin was a great pain killer but it also gave people a buzz. The Askit Powder Company in Sweden and Glasgow also knew their products were causing deaths throughout the 1950s.
It was made in Glasgow in 1917 with the First World War coming to an end so there was a lot of walking wounded and people in pain.
With Askit there was no need to go to the doctors; you just went to your local shop to self-medicate.
The remedy was produced by Glasgow firm Askit Limited before being sold on to pharmaceutical firm Roche in the 70s. It was later taken over by German-based giants Bayer, who finally discontinued all Askit products in 2006.
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Askit headache powders

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact8817
Dates
1930
1950
circa 1930-1950
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
1999.3.10 a-f
Description
Cream paper rectangular box (a) with end flaps and black text contains five separate rectangular cream paper folded packages (b-f) containing powder with black text; full box.
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Accession Number
1999.3.10 a-f
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Drugs, Non-Prescription
Description
Cream paper rectangular box (a) with end flaps and black text contains five separate rectangular cream paper folded packages (b-f) containing powder with black text; full box.
Number Of Parts
6
Part Names
a - box
b-f - powder packets
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine.
Maker
Askit Limited
Site Made (City)
Glasgow
Site Made (Country)
Scotland
Dates
1930
1950
circa 1930-1950
Material
paper: cream
ink: black
Inscriptions
On box: "Askit // A Quick Relief for Headaches and // Pains due to Neuralgia, Neuritis and // Rheumatism."; on side: "DIRECTIONS FOR USE // Mix the powder in a small glass of water and stir before taking, // or place on the tongue and swallow with a drink. Maximum // Adult daily dose two powders. Being in powder form "Askit" // is rapidly assimilated and quick results are thereby obtained."; on back panel: "Askit // is guaranteed to contain only the finest ingredients // - being in powder form it is rapidly assimilated // and quick results are thereby obtained. MADE IN SCOTLAND // ASKIT LTD., MANUFACTURING // CHEMISTS // GLASGOW"; side panel: "Each powder contains: // Acetylsalicylic Acid 750 mg. // Caffeine Citrate 100 mg. Magnesium Trisilicate 15 mg. // Caution: Keep this and all medications out of // the reach of children."; on end panels: "Distributor for Canada // Macpherson Agencies // P. O. Box 193 // Willowdale // Ont., Canada // 5 POWDERS // 25c // Lot No. 15"; on powder package: "Askit // For headaches and Pains due to // Neurlagia, Neuritis and Rheumatism. // A Word to Women: An "Askit" gives prompt relief in periodic pains."
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A2-4 Row A
Length
a - 7.5 cm
b-f - 6.5 cm
Width
a - 3.6 cm
b-f - 2.9 cm
Depth
a -1.7 cm
b-f - 0.2 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Looks new
Copy Type
Original
Reference Comments
https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/2058748/taggart-alex-norton-askit-powders-sarah-norton-addiction/
Research Facts
Askit Powders were invented in Sweden in 1903 by the physician Herman Hjorton and manufactured under licence in Glasgow from 1917. In Sweden it was sold as Hjorton’s Powders after being invented by physician Herman Hjorton. By the 1950s it was shipping worldwide to expat Scots in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
Key ingredient Phenacetin was first developed in 1887 and was discovered to ease headaches and fevers – but also cause renal failure with prolonged use.
A heavy marketing campaign targeted woman with slogans including ‘Askit fights the miseries’. They contained aspirin and caffeine along with the painkilling drug phenacetin, which was found to be highly addictive.
A link with the powder’s popularity and an increase in renal failure was made in the early 50s but phenacetin wasn’t removed from the product until 1966. Phenacetin was a great pain killer but it also gave people a buzz. The Askit Powder Company in Sweden and Glasgow also knew their products were causing deaths throughout the 1950s.
It was made in Glasgow in 1917 with the First World War coming to an end so there was a lot of walking wounded and people in pain.
With Askit there was no need to go to the doctors; you just went to your local shop to self-medicate.
The remedy was produced by Glasgow firm Askit Limited before being sold on to pharmaceutical firm Roche in the 70s. It was later taken over by German-based giants Bayer, who finally discontinued all Askit products in 2006.
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Dates
1950
1970
circa 1950-1970
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
1999.3.14
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Accession Number
1999.3.14
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Drugs, Non-Prescription
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine.
Dates
1950
1970
circa 1950-1970
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A2-5 Row E
Copy Type
Original
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Ayer's Cathartic Pills

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact8893
Dates
1950
1970
circa 1950-1970
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
1999.3.8
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Accession Number
1999.3.8
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Drugs, Non-Prescription
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine.
Dates
1950
1970
circa 1950-1970
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A2-4 Row F
Copy Type
Original
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Ayerst Glucose-D roll

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact13008
Dates
1950
1970
circa 1950-1970
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
1999.3.106
Accession Number
1999.3.106
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Drugs, Non-Prescription
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine.
Dates
1950
1970
circa 1950-1970
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A2-5 Row C
Copy Type
Original
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Ayerst Glucose-D roll

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Dates
1950
1970
circa 1950-1970
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
1999.3.15
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Accession Number
1999.3.15
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Drugs, Non-Prescription
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine.
Dates
1950
1970
circa 1950-1970
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A2-5 Row C
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
JPG
Reference Comments
CD #UHN
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Backrite tablets

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact8897
Dates
1950
1970
circa 1950-1970
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
1999.3.83
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Accession Number
1999.3.83
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Drugs, Non-Prescription
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine.
Dates
1950
1970
circa 1950-1970
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
JPG
Reference Comments
CD #UHN
Images
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bandage compress box

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact8919
Dates
1929
1950
circa 1929-1950
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
2001.5.3 a-d
Description
One-piece cardboard box (a) containing a rectangular folded bandage compress (b) wrapped in paper and still sealed as well as two large safety pins (c-d).
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Accession Number
2001.5.3 a-d
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Drugs, Non-Prescription
Description
One-piece cardboard box (a) containing a rectangular folded bandage compress (b) wrapped in paper and still sealed as well as two large safety pins (c-d).
Number Of Parts
4
Part Names
a - box - Size: Length 10.2 cm x Width 5.8 cm x Depth 2.2 cm
b - bandage compress - Size: Length - 9.9 cm x Width 5.0 cm x Depth 1.5 cm
c-d - pins - Size: Length 4.9 cm x Width 1.0 cm x Depth 0.2 cm
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine.
Maker
Johnson & Johnson
Site Made (City)
Chicago
Site Made (State)
Illinois
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1929
1950
circa 1929-1950
Date Remarks
Original record had "mid 20th c."; patent number on bandage packet was registered in 1929
Material
paper: brown, black, cream, blue
metal: grey
Inscriptions
Front of box: "1 BANDAGE COMPRESS // 4 IN. X 4 IN. STERILIZED // MAUNFACTURED BY // JOHNSON & JOHNSON // NEW BRUNSWICK, N. J. CHICAGO, ILL. // DISTRIBUTED BY // DAVIS EMERGENCY EQUIPMENT CO., INC. // NEWARK NEW JERSEY // MADE IN U. S. A."; both ends of box: "UNIT NO. 101 // 4 IN. BANDAGE COMPRESS // 1 PER UNIT"; base of box has logo with the word "SAFETY" printed small on top of the word "DAVIS" and then "OPEN AT OPPOSITE END"; box top has the same DAVIS SAFETY logo and "UNIT NO. 101 // 4 IN. BANDAGE COMPRESS // 1 PER UNIT"; inside of box top is stamped: "88W391"; back of box contains illustrations for how to apply bandage: "TAKE HOLD OF TAILS AND PULL OUT // DO NOT TOUCH SIDE OF COMPRESS which Goes on the Wound. // Place Compress Directly Over Wound. Wrap Tails Around Arm or Leg. // Make Tails Secure by Tying Square Knot. // If Larger Compress is Necessary, Open Compress. // Spread Compress but DO NOT TOUCH SURFACE TO GO ON WOUND."; on sticker on compress: "UNIT No. 101-a // 4" x 4" Bandage Compress // Cotton Filled Pat. No. 1701207 // STERILIZED - Caution: Sterility of contents is // not guaranteed if package has been broken. // SAFETY [DAVIS SAFETY logo] SERVICE // MANUFACTURED BY // JOHNSON & JOHNSON // DISTRIBUTED ONLY BY // DAVIS EMERGENCY EQUIPMENT CO., INC. // NEWARK NEW JERSEY"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A2-6 Row B
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Internet
JPG
Reference Comments
United States Patent and Trademark Office website; CD #UHN
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Bishop's Drugs prescription

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact11342
Dates
1943
1954
circa 1943-1954
Collection
Donna (Thompson) Tweddell Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
006034002 a-b
Description
A pill box made of card board with a lid (a) and a bottom (b) which fits into the lid; the pharmacy's label is glued onto the top of the box.
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Accession Number
006034002 a-b
Collection
Donna (Thompson) Tweddell Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Drug Packaging
Description
A pill box made of card board with a lid (a) and a bottom (b) which fits into the lid; the pharmacy's label is glued onto the top of the box.
Number Of Parts
2
Part Names
a - box lid - Size: Length 4.8 cm x Width 4.8 cm x Depth 1.6 cm
b - box bottom - Size: Length 4.6 cm x Width 4.6 cm x Depth 1.6 cm
Provenance
The pill box is from a local Kingston pharmacy; who was located at 229 Princess St; from 1943-1954.
Maker
Bishop's Drugs Ltd.
Site Made (City)
Kingston
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1943
1954
circa 1943-1954
Date Remarks
This is when Bishop's Drugs was at the address printed on the box.
Material
cardboard : light brown
paper : green, off white, white, blue
Inscriptions
"Bishop's Drugs LTD // 229 PRINCESS ST. // PHONE 24300 KINGSTON" then there is information about who prescribed the medication and the instructions for its use.
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A2-4 Row F
Condition Remarks
Green colour on edges is wearing off; all corners of (a) are beginning to wear and split; (b) is like new.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Reference Comments
"Kingston City Directories"
Research Facts
Box used to hold the pills of a person's prescription; Bishop's Pharmacy was at the 229 Princess location from 1943-1954 when it became Briscoe's Pharmacy, C.L. Bishop owned the pharmacy at 229 Princess and another at 528 Princess from 1946 to 1954 until he retired in 1954.
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Bliss Native Herbs

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact8903
Dates
1950
1970
circa 1950-1970
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
1999.3.9
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Accession Number
1999.3.9
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Drugs, Non-Prescription
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine.
Dates
1950
1970
circa 1950-1970
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A2-3 Row D
Copy Type
Original
Images
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Blosser's Cigarettes

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact8824
Dates
1950
1970
circa 1950-1970
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
1999.3.17
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Accession Number
1999.3.17
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Drugs, Non-Prescription
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine.
Dates
1950
1970
circa 1950-1970
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A2-5 Row D
Copy Type
Original
Images
Less detail

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