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Dates
1885
1915
circa 1885-1915
Collection
Parks Canada Agency Pharmacy Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Dermatology
Accession Number
014002091
Description
Transparent rectangular glass bottle of carbolic oil with sloped shoulders tapered at neck with red-wax sealed cork stuck in neck; full of transparent pale yellow liquid; cream paper label has the product's name, directions for use, and the manufacturer's name and address.
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Accession Number
014002091
Collection
Parks Canada Agency Pharmacy Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Dermatology
MeSH Heading
Wounds and Injuries
Disinfection
Antisepsis
Drugs, Non-Prescription
Phenol
Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter multi-purpose cures -- container
MM= Drugs -- topical balms, lotions
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Description
Transparent rectangular glass bottle of carbolic oil with sloped shoulders tapered at neck with red-wax sealed cork stuck in neck; full of transparent pale yellow liquid; cream paper label has the product's name, directions for use, and the manufacturer's name and address.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Transferred from the Parks Canada Agency, via Gail Cariou of the Curatorial and Collections Branch.
Maker
N. C. Polson & Company
Site Made (City)
Kingston
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1885
1915
circa 1885-1915
Date Remarks
Provided by donor
Material
glass: clear
paper: cream
ink: black
cork: tan
wax: red
Inscriptions
Printed on label: "Carbolic // Oil // HEALS: WOUNDS, // CUTS, ABRASIONS, // OLD SORES, INSECT // BITES ETC. // DRESS ONCE OR TWICE // DAILY, APPLYING TO // AFFECTED PARTS WITH // FEATHER OR BY SATUR- // ATING CLEAN, WELL // WORN COTTON // OR LINEN. // PREPARED BY // N. C. POLSON & CO. // ESTABLISHED 1877. // WHOLESALE DRUGGISTS. // KINGSTON, ONT."
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A4-8 Box 5 Row D
Dimension Notes
Length 13.5 cm x Width 4.8 cm x Depth 2.1 cm
Condition Remarks
Paper is yellowed, brittle, with a minor tear along the label's bottom edge; quarter of wax seal is missing
Copy Type
Original
Research Facts
After having studied at Queen’s University, Neil C. Polson established a drug business in Kingston in 1877. N.C. Polson & Co. became widely known across North America as a druggist and chemical manufacturer. One of their products, Catarrhozone, was widely advertised as an inhaled germ-killer and remedy for all respiratory ailments. The Vapor treatment was meant to be dropped onto a small piece of wool held inside the portable wood inhaler, then inhaled periodically through the mouth.
Their trade covered Canada, the U.S. and the West Indies.
The firm was established by Neil Polson Sr. in 1877, owned a wholesale drug and manufacturing chemist house in Kingston, Ontario. 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. Polson went on to become mayor of Kingston in 1893.
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