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Ayer's Cherry Pectoral

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Dates
1936
1946
circa 1936 - 1946
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Respiratory
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
018009001 a-b
Description
Transparent rounded rectangle based glass Ayer’s Cherry Pectoral bottle (a) with non-removable cylindrical black metal screw cap, and yellow and red rectangular cardboard box (b); bottle half full with brown liquid; flat rectangular front and back walls with top arch; flat rectangular side walls; r…
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Accession Number
018009001 a-b
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Respiratory
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Expectorants
Bronchitis -- drug therapy
Bronchodilator Agents -- therapeutic use
Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Drug Packaging -- container -- box and packet
Drugs -- Non-Prescription
Drugs, Non-Prescription
Cough -- drug therapy
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- box
MM= Drugs -- container -- bottle
MM= Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter -- cough, cold remedies, respiratory
MM= Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter -- cough, cold remedies, respiratory -- bottle
Description
Transparent rounded rectangle based glass Ayer’s Cherry Pectoral bottle (a) with non-removable cylindrical black metal screw cap, and yellow and red rectangular cardboard box (b); bottle half full with brown liquid; flat rectangular front and back walls with top arch; flat rectangular side walls; round shoulders taper to short cylindrical neck, round neck ring, and cylindrical finish with external continuous thread; cream and black rectangular paper label with product information and directions in English on front and smaller label in French on back; embossed manufacturer information on textured bottom; mold lines on sides from base to top and around neck; cap has rolled bottom edge, vertical ridges in sides, and round top; box has product information in English on exterior front, proper right side, and top flap and in French on exterior back, proper left side, and bottom.
Number Of Parts
2
Part Names
a – bottle – Length 17.7 cm Width 5.7 cm Depth 3.1 cm
b – box – Length 18.2 cm Width 7.0 cm Depth 4.0 cm
Provenance
Belonged to donor.
Maker
Sterling Products, Ltd.
Site Made (City)
Windsor
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1936
1946
circa 1936 - 1946
Date Remarks
Owens-Illinois Glass Company “diamond O and I logo” on bottom of bottle used 1929 – 1954; date mark “6” is last number of year manufactured
Material
glass: clear
paper: light brown, cream
ink: yellow, red, black
metal: black
Inscriptions
Printed on front bottle label: “CONTAINS 5 FLUID OZS. // AYER’S // Cherry Pectoral // TRADE MARK REG. IN CANADA // Contains No Opiates // SHAKE WELL // TAKE WITHOUT WATER // SWALLOW SLOWLY // ADULTS: For Bronchial irritations // and coughs due to colds – tea - // spoonful every half hour for three // hours, then every hour as need - // ed. In severe cases two tea - // spoonfuls. // Children: 10 to 15 years, one – half // adult dose; 5 to 10 years, one - // fourth to one – third adult dose; // 2 to 5 years, 8 to 15 drops. // Small doses taken frequently are // more effective // than large doses // taken less often. // Sterling Products, Ltd. // Windsor, Ontario // Successor to // THE AYER CO. INC. // No. 11824 Proprietary or // Patent Medicine Act”; stamped on front bottle label: “41907”; printed on front of box: “AYER’S // for Colds // CHERRY // PECTORAL // TRADE MARK REG IN CANADA // for Coughs // STERLING DRUG MFG LTD. // WINDSOR – ONTARIO”; printed on proper left side of box: “75 c // Equally Safe and Effective for Adults and Children. // Contains No Opiates. Valuable for preventing coughs // and colds from going down into the bronchial tubes. // Quick and lasting relief for coughs. Loosens phlegm. // Stimulates necessary expectoration. Sooths dry irri- // tated throats. For deep-seated coughs and bronchitis. // ESTABLISHED 1841 BY J. C. AYER, M. D. // CONTENTS 5 FL. OZ.”; stamped on bottom left side of box in black ink: “41907”; printed on top flap of box: “AN EFFECTIVE COUGH // MEDICINE // GOOD FOR ALL THE FAMILY”; hand written on top flap of box: “75”
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A3-9 Row C
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Minor discolouration all over front and back bottle labels; top box flaps torn, distorted, and unstable; major staining on top of box, especially on proper left side and back of box; minor soiling all over box, especially on top flap; minor tears and abrasion to edges of box
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Website
Document (online)
Document
Reference Comments
“Ayer's Cherry Pectoral Bottle.” Odyssey’s Virtual Museum, Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc., 2019. Accessed 5 June 2019.
Griffenhagen, George and Mary Bogard. "History of Drug Containers and Their Labels." American Institute of the History of Pharmacy, 1999. Accessed 5 June 2019.
Lockhart, Bill and Russ Hoenig. “The Bewildering Array of Owens-Illinois Glass Co. Logos and Codes.” Society for Historical Archaeology, 2015.
Research Facts
James Cook Ayer was a medical doctor who created a popular line of proprietary medicines; Ayer’s first product, his Cherry Pectoral, was first marketed in 1841 as a cure for various conditions, including coughs, influenza, and consumption; it originally contained opiates, but these were eventually removed from the formula; the packaging of this bottle focuses on the application of the remedy for bronchial conditions and coughs.
The Ayer Company was acquired by Sterling Products in 1938.
Owens-Illinois Glass Company merged in 1929 and used the famous “diamond, O and I" logo until around 1954.
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Dreco Stomach Tonic and Alternative

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Dates
1928
1940
circa 1928 - 1094
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Pharmacy, Gastrointestinal
Accession Number
018009002 a-c
Description
Transparent rounded rectangular based glass Dreco Stomach Tonic and Alternative bottle (a) with non-removable cylindrical grey metal screw cap, beige and navy rectangular cardboard box (b) with removable brown rectangular corrugated cardboard box liner (c); bottle three quarters full with brown liq…
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Accession Number
018009002 a-c
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Pharmacy, Gastrointestinal
MeSH Heading
Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Drug Packaging -- container -- box and packet
Drugs -- Non-Prescription
Drugs, Non-Prescription
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- box
MM= Drugs -- container -- bottle
Constipation -- drug therapy
Jaundice
Headache -- drug therapy
Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter multi-purpose cures -- container
MM= Digestive Disorders -- container
MM= Drugs -- digestive disorders
MM= Drugs -- digestive disorders -- container -- bottle
MM= Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter -- container -- bottle
MM= Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter -- digestive disorders -- container
MM= Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter -- headache remedies
MM= Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter -- multi-purpose cures
MM= Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter -- multi-purpose cures -- container
MM= Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter -- headache remedies -- container
Description
Transparent rounded rectangular based glass Dreco Stomach Tonic and Alternative bottle (a) with non-removable cylindrical grey metal screw cap, beige and navy rectangular cardboard box (b) with removable brown rectangular corrugated cardboard box liner (c); bottle three quarters full with brown liquid; flat rectangular front and back walls with top arch; back wall recessed; flat rectangular side walls with product name embossed; round shoulders taper to short cylindrical neck, round neck ring, and cylindrical finish with external lug type thread; rectangular push-up, circular mold mark, and manufacturer information embossed on bottom; mold lines on sides from base to top and around neck; rectangular white and navy paper label with product information and directions in English on front and smaller label with information and directions in French on back; cap has vertical indents on sides and flat top; box has product information and directions in English on front and proper left side and in French on back and proper right sides bordered in decorative geometric patterns; corrugated liner folded into rectangular box shape with open top and bottom ends.
Number Of Parts
3
Part Names
a – bottle – Length 21.1 cm Width 6.9 cm Depth 3.7 cm
b – box – Length 25.1 cm Width 8.0 cm Depth 4.5 cm
c – box liner – Length 16.5 cm Width 7.7 cm Depth 4.3 cm
Provenance
Belonged to donor.
Maker
The Dreco Co. of Canada Limited
Dates
1928
1940
circa 1928 - 1094
Date Remarks
Dominion Glass Company trademarked D-in-diamond logo on the bottom of the bottle in 1928; no date marks present, were first introduced by Dominion in 1940
Material
glass: clear
paper: light brown, white
ink: navy
metal: grey
Inscriptions
Printed on front bottle label: “DRECO // AN EFFECTIVE TONIC // AND ALTERNATIVE // A splendid Remedy for disorders arising from slug- // gish action or functional in- // activity of the liver, kidneys // and bowels. // DIRECTIONS // Take one tablespoonful three time a // day, best taken before meals. If it // acts too freely on the bowels, lessen // the dose: if it does not act free enough, // increase the dose. For children about // 12 years old, a tablespoonful three times // a day. // No. 9280. PROPRIETARY AND PATENT MEDICINE ACT // Distributed by // The DRECO CO. of CANADA // LIMITED. // BALTIMORE, U. S. A. and // MONTREAL, Canada.”; embossed on right and left sides of bottle: “DRECO”; embossed on bottom of bottle: “D”; printed on front of box: “DRECO // No. 9280 The Proprietary and Patent Medicine Act. // A // STOMACH TONIC // and ALTERNATIVE // A splendid remedy // for disorders arising // from sluggish action // or functional inac- // tivity of the liver, // kidneys and bowels. // PRICE $1.25 // DISTRIBUTED BY // Dreco Co. of Canada // LIMITED // MONTREAL, CANADA // also at // BALTIMORE U. S. A.”; printed on proper left side of box: “DRECO – For chronic constipation, biliousness, jaundice, sick headache lassitude and other disorders arising from chronic // inactivity of the stomach, liver and bowels. // In therapeutic activity it covers a wider range than that of simple cathartics since its tendency is to restore the organs con- // cerned in elimination of waste products to a state of normal healthy activity. // It is not intended as a purgative and for some persons it is not sufficiently laxative at the beginning. In such cases where // additional laxative action is necessary, we strongly recommend HI – SPEED LAXATIVE TABLETS to be taken in connection // with DRECO. The formula for these tablets was selected with great care in order that the best results possible would be // obtained from Dreco by their supplemental action.”
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Minor corrosion all over cap; minor tears in edges and areas of discolouration on bottom of back bottle label; minor discolouration all over front bottle label; front bottle label separated and creased at bottom; top of box missing; minor discolouration on front of box; major tears in top of box resulting in 6 separate pieces
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Website
Document
Reference Comments
“Tonic.” Cambridge Dictionary. Cambridge University Press, 2019. Accessed 5 June 2019.
Lockhart, Bill et al. “The Dominion Glass Companies of Montreal, Canada.” Society for Historical Archaeology, 2015.
Research Facts
Tonics were used to improve ones general well being and were said to improve many different medical conditions; Dreco was marketed as a treatment for several ailments, including constipation, biliousness, jaundice, and headaches.
The D-in-diamond logo indicates the bottle itself was made by Canadian glass manufacturer Dominion Glass Company; the logo was introduced in 1928 and markings for dates were introduce in 1940; the lack of date marks suggests the bottle was manufactured between 1928 and 1940.
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Anti-Mosquito cream

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Dates
1939
1943
circa 1939-1943
Collection
Lt. N/S Nursing Sister Miriam Hartrick Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
002001007
Description
Mosquito repellent in a round, steel tin plated with a brassy yellow metal; the tin is in two halves that fit together; the lower half has a rounded base with a flange or bulge halfway up to stop the lid from sliding too far down.
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Accession Number
002001007
Collection
Lt. N/S Nursing Sister Miriam Hartrick Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Insect Repellents
Description
Mosquito repellent in a round, steel tin plated with a brassy yellow metal; the tin is in two halves that fit together; the lower half has a rounded base with a flange or bulge halfway up to stop the lid from sliding too far down.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Owned and used by Miriam Hartrick during W W II.
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1939
1943
circa 1939-1943
Date Remarks
Provenance of artifact (CF issue)
Material
metal: silver; brown; yellow
Inscriptions
Printed or stamped on lid: "ANTI-MOSQUITO // TO BE // SMEARED ON // EXPOSED PARTS // AS REQUIRED // CREAM"; "Anti-Mosquito" is at the top and "Cream" is at the bottom, both in larger letters than the rest.
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A2-8 Row C
Temporary Location
Storage Room 2006
Dimension Notes
Depth 1.8 cm x Diam. 6.5 cm
Condition Remarks
The tin shows extensive use-related wear, mostly on the sides and bottom of the container, approximately over 30% of its surface; the brass plating in these areas has worn away to reveal the steel underneath; there is a very small area of active corrosion on the upper rim near the "E" in "CREAM"; there is also slight denting and malformation from use.
Copy Type
Original
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Dates
1890
1959
circa 1890-1959
Collection
Dennis and Brenda Marsden Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
003050022 a-b
Description
A white glass pharmacy bottle (a); has a plastic screw on cap (b) and a paper label.
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Accession Number
003050022 a-b
Collection
Dennis and Brenda Marsden Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Drug Packaging
Description
A white glass pharmacy bottle (a); has a plastic screw on cap (b) and a paper label.
Number Of Parts
2
Part Names
a - bottle - Size: Length 7.0 cm x Diam. 4.2 cm
b - stopper - Size: Length 1.8 cm x Diam. 4.7 cm
Provenance
Found in a cabinet in the donors' basement after they bought the house from John Briscoe of Briscoe's pharmacy which was located at 229 Princess Street in Kingston from 1954 to 1966; it is likely that Briscoe acquired the collection during his career as a pharmacists; was used to store Protargol.
Dates
1890
1959
circa 1890-1959
Date Remarks
Internet
Material
glass: white
plastic: white
paper: white; blue
Inscriptions
"Protargol" is printed on the label
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A
Condition Remarks
Fine
Reference Types
Internet
Book
JPG
Reference Comments
Kingston City Directories; Internet: "U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management"; CD #9.
Research Facts
John Briscoe took over Bishop's Drugs Ltd in 1954; Bishop owned another store at 528 Princess Street from 1946 to 1954 and it had been a drug store under other ownership from 1923 until 1946; this is a possible origin of some of the collection.
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Dates
1890
1959
circa 1890-1959
Collection
Dennis and Brenda Marsden Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
003050023 a-b
Description
A white glass pharmacy bottle (a); has a plastic screw on cap (b) and a paper label.
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Accession Number
003050023 a-b
Collection
Dennis and Brenda Marsden Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Drug Packaging
Description
A white glass pharmacy bottle (a); has a plastic screw on cap (b) and a paper label.
Number Of Parts
2
Part Names
a - bottle - Size: Length 7.0 cm x Diam. 4.2 cm
b - stopper - Size: Length 1.8 cm x Diam. 4.7 cm
Provenance
Found in a cabinet in the donors' basement after they bought the house from John Briscoe of Briscoe's pharmacy which was located at 229 Princess Street in Kingston from 1954 to 1966; it is likely that Briscoe acquired the collection during his career as a pharmacists; was used to store acriflavina.
Dates
1890
1959
circa 1890-1959
Date Remarks
Internet
Material
glass: white
plastic: white
paper: white; blue
Inscriptions
"Acriflavina" is printed on the label
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A
Condition Remarks
Fine
Reference Types
Internet
Book
JPG
Reference Comments
Kingston City Directories; Internet: "U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management"; CD #9.
Research Facts
John Briscoe took over Bishop's Drugs Ltd in 1954; Bishop owned another store at 528 Princess Street from 1946 to 1954 and it had been a drug store under other ownership from 1923 until 1946; this is a possible origin of some of the collection.
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pocket medicine case

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Dates
1940
1950
circa 1940-1950
Collection
Museum of Health Care at Kingston Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
004024001 a-ae
Description
A pocket vial case consisting of a leather case (a) which unfolds to reveal two compartments each holding 10 vials of pills; many of the vials are labelled; (k, t and u) are empty; the vials are cylindrical and made from clear plastic with metal lids and contain different coloured pills or white …
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Accession Number
004024001 a-ae
Collection
Museum of Health Care at Kingston Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Drug Therapy
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- vial
Description
A pocket vial case consisting of a leather case (a) which unfolds to reveal two compartments each holding 10 vials of pills; many of the vials are labelled; (k, t and u) are empty; the vials are cylindrical and made from clear plastic with metal lids and contain different coloured pills or white powder; there are also 10 small paper envelopes (v-ae) tucked into a pocket behind the upper compartment.
Number Of Parts
31
Part Names
a - case - Size (folded): Length 22.0 cm x Width 10.5 cm x Depth 5.1 cm
b-u - vials - Size: Length 8.5 cm x Diam. 1.8 cm
v-ae - envelopes - Size: Length 10.8 cm x Width 6.3 cm
Dates
1940
1950
circa 1940-1950
Material
leather: black
plastic: clear
metal: silver
paper: brown
Inscriptions
The vials in the top compartment are labelled "PHENALONE" (b,c), "A.P.C. PINK" (d,e,), "A.P.C." (f,g), "A.P.C. // children" (h), "DOVERS AND // ASPIRIN" (i), "CASCARA" (j), and "DIGITALIS" (k); the vials in the bottom compartment are labelled "BISMUTH" (l,m), "Na ChO3" (n,o), "CALOMEL" (p), "LUMINAL" (q), "EPILOL" (r), "CODEINE" (s), "MORPHINE" and "STRYCH. // 1/40"(t).
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A6-6
Condition Remarks
The case has some damage; the snaps which would seal the case shut are gone; the envelopes are faded (probably acidic)
Research Facts
A.P.C. is aspirin, phenacetin and caffeine; phenalone is a mixture of phenolphthalein, aloin, strychnine and belladonna drug extract; dovers is ipecacuanha and opium; luminal is a phenobarbital; calomel is a mercurous chloride based laxative.
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Dates
1940
1960
circa 1940-1960
Collection
Joanne Hawley Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
004040003 a-b
Description
Blue glass general antiseptic bottle of mercurochrome consists of an empty (a) glass bottle and a screw style (b) cap with attached glass rod to apply solution; paper label has bilingual information.
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Accession Number
004040003 a-b
Collection
Joanne Hawley Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Disinfection
Anti-Infective Agents, Local
Description
Blue glass general antiseptic bottle of mercurochrome consists of an empty (a) glass bottle and a screw style (b) cap with attached glass rod to apply solution; paper label has bilingual information.
Number Of Parts
2
Part Names
a - bottle
b - cap
Provenance
Used in Joanne Hawley's family.
Maker
Northrop & Lyman Company
Site Made (City)
Toronto
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1940
1960
circa 1940-1960
Date Remarks
Based on donor's remarks
Material
glass: blue, transparent
plastic: black
paper: off white
ink: blue
Inscriptions
Printed on the label affixed to bottle: "MERCURO // CHROME // REQ. U.S. PAT OFF. // 2% SOLUTION // Dibrom Oxymercuri // fluorescein // A General Antiseptic // For First Aid // In Place of Lodine. // Northrop & Lyman Co. // Limited // Toronto Canada"; " Prepared from // Genuine Mercurochrome H. W. & D // Mercurochrome is preferred to lodine // as it does not burn irritate or injure // the tissues. // Apply the solution with the glass rod // attached to the cork // 1/2 FLUID OUNCE"; embossed on bottom of bottle: "6 // 7011-A"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A5-4 Box 2 Row E
Length
a - 2.5 cm
Width
a - 2.5 cm
Depth
a - 6.5 cm b - 5.5 cm
Diameter
b - 2.0 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Label is worn and edges torn in a few places; some residue on glass rod and cap.
Copy Type
Original
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Nerviline Liniment

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Dates
1920
1940
circa 1920-1940
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
996001269 a-c
Description
(a) Rectangular, square clear glass bottle with long cylindrical neck and a screw-top lip with (b) a plastic lid; the bottle is sealed and contains liniment; the bottle's front and side panels are recessed; there are paper product information labels (in English and French) on bottle front and back;…
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Accession Number
996001269 a-c
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Drugs, Non-Prescription
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Description
(a) Rectangular, square clear glass bottle with long cylindrical neck and a screw-top lip with (b) a plastic lid; the bottle is sealed and contains liniment; the bottle's front and side panels are recessed; there are paper product information labels (in English and French) on bottle front and back; (c) one-piece cardboard box with flaps at the top and bottom to open and close it; product information is printed on all four sides of the box (in English and French).
Number Of Parts
3
Part Names
a - medicine bottle - Size: Length 16.5 cm. x Width 5.3 cm. x Depth 2.4 cm.
b - lid - Size: x Width 1.2 cm. x Diameter1.7 cm.
c - cardboard box - Size: Length 17.0 cm. x Width 5.6 cm. x Depth 2.7 cm.
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. M. Chiong for his patent medicine collection; purchased in Kingston in July 1995
Maker
The Catarrhozone Co.
Site Made (City)
Toronto
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1920
1940
circa 1920-1940
Material
glass: clear
plastic: black
cardboard: beige
Inscriptions
Box front reads, "NERVILINE // A FAMILY LINIMENT // TRADE MARK // USED TO ASSIST IN // DISCOMFORTS ARISING FROM // NEURALGIA // TOOTHACHE // RHEUMATIC // PAINS, // COLDS, // SIMPLE SORE THROAT // LUMBAGO // SORE, ACHING JOINTS // MUSCULAR STRAINS // SPRAINS, // CHEST SORENESS // FROM COLDS // CHILBLAINS // HOARSENESS // INSECT BITES // THE CATARRHOZONE CO., // ESTABLISHED 1877 // TORONTO // ONTARIO" (front); "NERVILINE // FOR INTERNAL USE // Nerviline may be employed for Gas in the Stomach, common // colds, cramps, Flatulence // Dose: 30 drops in sweetened water; if not relieved in 20 // minutes, repeat the dose once"; in English & French
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A1-2 Row C
Condition Remarks
(a) Bottle is sealed and undamaged; (b) the plastic cap has a crack and should be watched to make sure no leakage will take place; (c) box is missing the top flap and shows several stains; all writing is legible
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Document
Reference Comments
"Bottles" by Michael Polak, p. 19; there are three binders of information on the Polson Co.
(Catarrhozone Co.) with Dr. Chiong's written records
Research Facts
Made after the business was sold to the Comstock family; used to treat neuralgia, toothache, rheumatic pains, sore throat, lumbago, sore aching joints, muscular strains, sprains, chest soreness from colds, chilblains, hoarseness and insect bites (for internal use). Neil Currie Polson owned wholesale drug and manufacturing chemist house; the trade covered Canada, the U.S. and the West Indies; the firm was established by Neil Polson Sr. in 1877, and was taken over by his two sons, Neil Jr. and Henry; they made medicines under the name of Polson Co., the Catarrhozone and Nerviline.
Exhibit History
To display in Museum: Potions, Pills and Prescriptions; May 1, 2000 - 28 Jan 2017.
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Dr. Chase's Antiseptic Ointment

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Dates
1920
1940
circa 1920-1940
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
996001301 a-b
Description
Round yellow metal container (a) with removable lid (b) contains half full of white ointment; interior metal is silver; product information printed on the container bottom and lid plus a line drawing of Dr. Chase; colours of yellow are different for both parts.
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Accession Number
996001301 a-b
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Ointments
Drugs, Non-Prescription
MM= Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter -- container
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- tin
Description
Round yellow metal container (a) with removable lid (b) contains half full of white ointment; interior metal is silver; product information printed on the container bottom and lid plus a line drawing of Dr. Chase; colours of yellow are different for both parts.
Number Of Parts
2
Part Names
a - container
b - lid
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. M Chiong for his patent medicine collection.
Maker
Edmanson Bates & Co., Ltd.
Site Made (City)
Toronto
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1920
1940
circa 1920-1940
Material
metal: yellow, silver
ink: black
Inscriptions
Printed on lid: "DR A. W. CHASE'S // ANTISEPTIC // Respectfully // A. W. Chase M.D. // SOOTHING - HEALING // OINTMENT // No 4973 THE PROPRIETARY OR PATENT MEDICINE ACT. 3/4 OF 1% CARBOLIC ACID"; printed on bottom: "DR. CHASE'S // OINTMENT // For Eczema, Hemmoids or Piles and // other irritations of the skin. Poisoned // Skin, Insect Stings, Inflamed Eyelids, Bar- // ber's Itch, Sore Feet and Toes, etc. // Manufactured by // EDMANSUN BATES & CO. LIMITED // Sole Distributors // The DR. A. W. CHASE MEDICINE CO., LTD. // TORONTO, CANADA // Indications completes en francais dans // la circulaire au tour de la boite"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A2-6 Row E
Temporary Location
On exhibit “Quack: The Exhibit that cures all” at Museum of Health Care, 29 June 2017.
Length
a - 1.0 cm.
b - 1.1 cm.
Diameter
a - 4.9 cm.
b - 5.0 cm.
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Shows minor wear on surfaces
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Internet
Reference Comments
"Dr. Chase's Recipes or Information for Everybody" (1862 edition), by A. W. Chase, M.D.
Dr. A. W. Chase's Ointment. National Museum of American History. Why the appeal? A study of almanacs advertising Dr. Chase's patent medicines, 1904–1959. Denise Maines.
Research Facts
The indications or uses for this product as provided by the manufacturer are: Is an antiseptic, soothing and healing treatment for every form of itching skin diesease, eczema, salt rheum, itching, bleeding and protruding piles, pimples, black-heads, old sores, poisoned skin, hives, insect bites, inflamed eyelids, itch, barber's itch, sore feet and toes, chilblains and frostbites. Patent medicines were advertised, and presumably consumed, with much vigour in the late-19th and early-20th centuries. In 1904, the original product line included Dr. Chase's Nerve Food, Liver Cure, Backache Plasters, Ointment, Catarrh Cure, Syrup of Linseed and Turpentine and Kidney-Liver Pills. Somewhere between 1924 and 1927, Dr. Chase's Liniment was added to this list, and Mouthwash was sold between 1927 and 1938. Paradol, a painkiller, was introduced in the 1950s and D.M.H Cough Syrups, Cold Tablets and Enerjets emerged in 1959. Though Backache Plasters were not advertised in the 1930s, they were included in the 1950s, so that the list of medicines sold by Dr. Chase's Medicine Company in 1959 contains all of the original product line with only minor modifications to a few of these products, as well as the new arrivals.
Exhibit History
To display in Museum: Potions, Pills and Prescriptions; May 1, 2000 - 28 Jan 2017
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Lydia E. Pinkham's Vegetable Compound

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Dates
1930
1950
circa 1930-1950
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
996001329 a-c
Description
(a) Oval clear glass bottle with cylindrical neck and screw top; the bottle front and back curve slightly outwards; there is a printed paper label attached to the front which lists product information; full of brown ligquid; the back has embossed lettering; (b) metal screw top lid made to fit (a); …
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Accession Number
996001329 a-c
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Drugs, Non-Prescription
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Description
(a) Oval clear glass bottle with cylindrical neck and screw top; the bottle front and back curve slightly outwards; there is a printed paper label attached to the front which lists product information; full of brown ligquid; the back has embossed lettering; (b) metal screw top lid made to fit (a); (c) one piece printed rectangular cardboard box made to house (a); the box has flaps at the top and bottom to open and close it and lists product information.
Number Of Parts
3
Part Names
a - medicine bottle - Size: Length 20.5 cm. x Width 8.0 cm. x Depth 4.5 cm.
b - lid - Size: x Width 1.0 cm. x Diameter2.6 cm.
c - cardboard box - Size: Length 21.5 cm. x Width 9.2 cm. x Depth 5.7 cm.
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. M.Chiong for his patent medicine collection
Maker
Lydia E. Pinkham Medicine Company
Site Made (City)
Cobourg
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1930
1950
circa 1930-1950
Material
glass: transparent
paper: pink
metal: pink; white
cardboard: pink; off-white
Inscriptions
Bottle label reads, "LYDIA E. // PINKHAM // VEGETABLE // COMPOUND // No. 22105 // The Proprietary or Patent Medicine Act // Uses listed // Directions listed // cautions listed -- in English and French // LYDIA E. PINKHAM MEDICINE CO. // COBURG, ONTARIO, CANADA // CONTENTS: 14 1/2 FLUID OUNCES (428 cc) // LOT NO. 25"; bottle back embossed, "14 1/2 OZS // LYDIA E. PINKHAM // MEDICINE"; bottle bottom embossed " [square with a cross inside]
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A2-1 Row C
Temporary Location
On exhibit “Quack: The Exhibit that cures all” at Museum of Health Care, 29 June 2017.
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Dimension Notes
Bottle: Length 20.5 cm; Width 8 cm; Depth 4.5 cm. Box: Length 21.5 cm; Width 9.1 cm; Depth 5.6 cm.
Condition Remarks
(a) Bottle has no chips, cracks or wear; the front label shows minor water staining, but is complete and and fully legible; (b) the lid shows some corrosion on the outside edges; (c) the box shows some wear and the top flap back and one side have torn; the back has been taped on with Magic tape; all printing is legible
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Document
Reference Comments
"Bottles" by Michael Polak, p. 19; "The Great American Medicine Show" by David Armstrong & Elizabeth Metzger Armstrong, pp. 163-166; "Bottles and Bottlers, Canadian" by O. Urquhart, p. 46; "The Golden Age of Quackery" (hardcover ed., 1959) by Stewart H. Holbrook, pp. 32, 58-66, 98; see label from Dr. Chiong's exhibit, formerly at the Bracken Library
Research Facts
Lydia E. Pinkham's Vegetable Compound was first marketed out of Lynn, Massachusetts in the mid-1870's and remained a family-run operation until sold to a pharmaceutical firm in 1968; medicine used to relieve symptoms of stress caused by menstruation and menopause and as a uterine sedative
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