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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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tincture of iodine

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Dates
1930
1940
circa 1930-1940
Collection
Dr. Hugh Pross Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Other
Accession Number
012020001 a-b
Description
Empty rectangular brown glass bottle (a) of tincture iodine with embossed poison symbol and words with removable vulcanized rubber stopper (b); cream paper label with blue ink indicates usage and contents in English and French; minor dark liquid residue inside.
Accession Number
012020001 a-b
Collection
Dr. Hugh Pross Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Other
MeSH Heading
Iodine
Anti-Infective Agents, Local
Poisons
Drugs
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Description
Empty rectangular brown glass bottle (a) of tincture iodine with embossed poison symbol and words with removable vulcanized rubber stopper (b); cream paper label with blue ink indicates usage and contents in English and French; minor dark liquid residue inside.
Number Of Parts
2
Part Names
a – bottle – Size: Length 8.2 cm x Width 2.7 cm x Depth 2.7 cm
b – stopper – Size: Length 1.6 cm x Diam. 1.9 cm
Provenance
Donated by Dr. Hugh Pross
Maker
Diamond Products
Site Made (City)
Montreal
Site Made (State)
Quebec
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1930
1940
circa 1930-1940
Date Remarks
Date based on: similar item in collection
Material
glass: brown
paper: cream
ink: blue
rubber: red
Inscriptions
Printed on label: "DIAMOND PRODUCTS // PRODUITS DIAMANTS // TINCTURE // IODINE // 5% // For Sprains, Swellings, // Enlarged Glands, etc. // paint part affected 2 or 3 // times daily // Pour Glandes Dilatées, // Entorses, Enflures, etc. // appliquez sur partie af- // fligée 2 ou 3 fois par jour // POISON // Contents 1 ounce // DIAMOND PRODUCTS // REGD // MONTREAL - CANADA"; embossed on bottle: ‘poison’ icon of skull and crossed bones, "POISON // LIQ. // IODINE"; manufacturer's marks embossed on bottom of bottle: diamond shape with letter "D" and two number "2"'s
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A4-6 Box 4 Row A
Condition Remarks
Label is worn, discoloured, rubber stopper is slightly worn; minor residue inside bottle
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Internet
Reference Comments
Iodine Resource Website; The History of Iodine in Medicine Part 1-Optimox, website
Research Facts
Iodine was discovered in 1811 and now has widespread use in medical field; used to destory virus and fungus on contact, as antiseptic for prevention of post-surgery infections, thyroid protection, water sanitation; compounds made with ethyl alcohol are required to display the skull and crossbones on the label.
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Dates
1900
1940
circa 1900-1940
Collection
Parks Canada Agency Pharmacy Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Other
Accession Number
014002031
Description
Empty amber transparent cylindrical glass bottle for iodine with wide lip and without stopper; cream paper label has the manufacturer's trade mark logo, address and the product's name; cream string is wrapped twice around bottle's neck and knotted.
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Accession Number
014002031
Collection
Parks Canada Agency Pharmacy Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Other
MeSH Heading
Iodine
Anti-Infective Agents, Local
Poisons
Drugs
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Description
Empty amber transparent cylindrical glass bottle for iodine with wide lip and without stopper; cream paper label has the manufacturer's trade mark logo, address and the product's name; cream string is wrapped twice around bottle's neck and knotted.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Transferred from the Parks Canada Agency, via Gail Cariou of the Curatorial and Collections Branch.
Maker
National Drug and Chemical Company of Canada, Limited
Site Made (City)
Montreal
Site Made (State)
Quebec
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1900
1940
circa 1900-1940
Date Remarks
Provided by donor
Material
glass: amber
paper: cream
ink: black, red
fabric: cream
Inscriptions
Printed on label: "4 OUNCES // IODINE // RESUBLIMED // "NATIONAL // NATIONAL DRUG AND CHEMICAL // COMPANY OF CANADA, LIMITED // MANUFACTURING CHEMISTS // LABORATORIES MONTREAL"; Embossed on base: "60"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A4-8 Box 5 Row C
Dimension Notes
Length 8.5 cm x Diam. 1.5 cm
Condition Remarks
Paper has yellowed with minor wear and surface grime
Copy Type
Original
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Dates
1906
1936
circa 1906-1936
Collection
Parks Canada Agency Pharmacy Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Other
Accession Number
014002040
Description
Empty transparent cylindrical 6 ounce glass bottle with thick neck without stopper; cream identification paper label; knotted cream string looped twice around bottle's neck; minor bubbles in glass.
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Accession Number
014002040
Collection
Parks Canada Agency Pharmacy Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Other
MeSH Heading
Iodine
Anti-Infective Agents, Local
Poisons
Drugs
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Description
Empty transparent cylindrical 6 ounce glass bottle with thick neck without stopper; cream identification paper label; knotted cream string looped twice around bottle's neck; minor bubbles in glass.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Transferred from the Parks Canada Agency, via Gail Cariou of the Curatorial and Collections Branch.
Maker
National Drug & Chemical Company
Site Made (City)
Montreal
Site Made (State)
Quebec
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1906
1936
circa 1906-1936
Date Remarks
Provided by donor
Material
glass: transparent
paper: cream
ink: black, red
fabric: cream white
graphite: grey
Inscriptions
On label: "NA-DRU-CO // IODINE // RESBLIMED // "NATIONAL" // NATIONAL DRUG AND CHEMICAL // COMPANY OF CANADA // LIMITED // MONTREAL"; handwritten on label's upper right corner in pencil: "KMY"; Embossed on base: "6. oz // I"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A4-8 Box 5 Row B
Dimension Notes
Length 12.5 cm x Diam. 5.5 cm
Condition Remarks
Label is yellowed and missing several small areas along its edges and center; brown discoloration in upper left corner and in centre; string dirty
Copy Type
Original
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Dates
1900
1930
circa 1900-1930
Collection
Parks Canada Agency Pharmacy Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Other
Accession Number
014002059
Description
Empty rectangular cod liver oil glass bottle with sloped shoulders tapered at long neck without cork stopper; several minor bubbles in blown glass; cream paper manufacturer's label on bottle's front face with logo, directions for use and an assertion of the product's effectiveness; product used to …
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Accession Number
014002059
Collection
Parks Canada Agency Pharmacy Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Other
MeSH Heading
Cod Liver Oil
Drugs, Non-Prescription
MM= Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter -- vitamins, health restorers, protectors -- container
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Description
Empty rectangular cod liver oil glass bottle with sloped shoulders tapered at long neck without cork stopper; several minor bubbles in blown glass; cream paper manufacturer's label on bottle's front face with logo, directions for use and an assertion of the product's effectiveness; product used to treat colds and pulmonary illnesses.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Transferred from the Parks Canada Agency, via Gail Cariou of the Curatorial and Collections Branch.
Maker
T. Eaton Drug Co. Limited
Site Made (City)
Toronto
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1900
1930
circa 1900-1930
Date Remarks
Original documents
Material
glass: transparent
paper: cream
ink: black
Inscriptions
Embossed on bottle's base: "176"; printed on label: "SPECIAL // EMULSION // OF PURE // COD LIVER // OIL // WITH HYPOPHOSPHITES // LIME AND SODA // A Reliable Remedy for // Pulmonary Diseases, Coughs, // Colds and General Debility // The T. EATON DRUG CO. LIMITED // TORONTO // CANADA"; stamped on label in blue ink: "1947"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A5-2 Row A
Dimension Notes
Length 24.3 cm x Width 7.6 cm x Depth 4.9 cm
Condition Remarks
Minor discoloration of paper
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
JPG
Reference Comments
CD #6
Research Facts
Domestic drugs were found in many department store catalogues such as Eatons and Sears and could be delivered through the mail..
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bottle of neo-silvol

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Dates
1923
1933
circa 1923-1933
Collection
Bonita Erwin Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Other
Accession Number
009042005
Description
Circular opaque amber glass one ounce bottle of neo-silvol, a mild type of silver antiseptic, with cork stopper and cream paper label on front and back with brown ink; about three quarters full of neo-silvol liquid; includes instructions to create various solutions.
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Accession Number
009042005
Collection
Bonita Erwin Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Other
MeSH Heading
Disinfection
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Description
Circular opaque amber glass one ounce bottle of neo-silvol, a mild type of silver antiseptic, with cork stopper and cream paper label on front and back with brown ink; about three quarters full of neo-silvol liquid; includes instructions to create various solutions.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Donated to the museum by Bonita Erwin, University of Toronto School of Nursing Grad; item owned by donor's grandfather Dr. Harold Barker with a general practioner's office in Sharbot Lake, Ontario.
Maker
Parke, Davis & Co.
Site Made (City)
Walkerville
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1923
1933
circa 1923-1933
Date Remarks
Patent date is January 9, 1923 meaning this is the earliest possible date
Material
glass: amber
cork: brown
paper: cream
ink: brown
ink: cream, brown
Inscriptions
Printed on front: "ONE OUNCE // NEO-SILVOL // Patented Canada Jan. 9, 1923. No. 227848 // (Colloidal Silver Iodide Compund) // Contains about 20% of Silver // Iodide in Colloidal form. // A MILD TYPE OF SILVER ANTISEPTIC // Apply in 5% to 40% solution water. // Neo-Silvol designates the Colloidal // Silver Iodide Compound manu- // factured by P. D. & Co. // PROTECT FROM MOISTURE // C698732 // PARKE, DAVIS & CO. // WALKERVILLE, ONT., CANADA"; printed on back: "NEO-SILVOL // TO MAKE A SOLUTION QUICKLY - ADD // THE NEO-SILVOL TO THE WATER AND // SHAKE IMMEDIATELY AND VIGOR- // OUSLY FOR ONE MINUTE. // To make percentage solution // as indicated: // 5% - 12 grs. dissolved in water // to make 1/2 fluid ounce ... "; manufacturer's marks embossed on bottom of bottle: "8 75" and "D" in diamond shape
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A
Dimension Notes
Size: Length 9.5 cm x Diam. 3.3 cm
Condition Remarks
Cork stopper has three dark incised stripes on top; minor discolouration of paper labels
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Internet
JPG
Reference Comments
"Colloidal Silver," Wikipedia. September 8 2008. July 14 2014; "Parke-Davis," Wikipedia. October 31 2013. July 11 2014; CD #6.
Research Facts
Product used to kill infectious bacteria; prior to 1938 it was used as mainstream antibiotic; generally used as disinfectant; Parke-Davis & Co. was once America's oldest and largest drug maker; founded in Detroit; Parke, Davis & Co. name adopted in 1871.
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Unguentum Methyl Salicylate

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Dates
1900
1980
1900-1980
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Other
Accession Number
1979.21.61
Description
A glass jar with a metal screw-on lid and a paper label affixed; nearly full of an oily substance.
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Accession Number
1979.21.61
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Other
MeSH Heading
Drugs, Non-Prescription
Antirheumatic Agents
Rheumatic Diseases -- drug therapy
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- jar
Description
A glass jar with a metal screw-on lid and a paper label affixed; nearly full of an oily substance.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine; source: Mrs. J.A. McArthur, Blackstock Dispensary, Blackstock, Ont.
Maker
Ingram & Bell, Limited
Site Made (City)
Toronto
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1900
1980
1900-1980
Date Remarks
Original record had "20c."
Material
glass: clear
metal: yellow
paper: brown, black
unguent: brown
Inscriptions
Printed on paper label is a circle with "INGRAM & BELL LIMITED" around the inside edge, with a caduceus inside the circle; printed under that is "Unguentum of // Methyl Salicylate // COMPOUND"; "Contains: Methyl Salicylate, Camphor, Chloral-Hydrate Menthol and Oil Mustard"; "Apply by massage, or by simple application and cover with cloth."
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A2-8 Row H
Dimension Notes
Length 11.5 cm x Diam. 6.0 cm
Condition Remarks
Some worn areas on lid.
Copy Type
Original
Research Facts
From the Blackstock Dispensary, built in 1876; practising physicians in the dispensary: Dr. John Montgomery 1876-1882; Dr. Auron J. Campbell 1882-1888; Dr. Wm. A Fish 1888-1901; Dr. John McCullough 1901-1906; Dr. Robert B. Harris 1906-1908; Dr. Archibald McArthur 1908-1925; Dr. John A. McArthur 1919-1966.
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