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Puretest Boric Acid B. P.

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Dates
1920
1930
circa 1920 - 1930
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
016023006
Description
Cylindrical metal Puretest Boric Acid, B. P. Powdered Boracic Acid container; full with white powder; printed cream and blue paper label with product information completely covers sides; top and bottom ends are uncovered and have rolled edges; top has rotating disc that opens and closes container o…
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Accession Number
016023006
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Pharmacy
Drugs -- Non-Prescription
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
MM= Drugs -- container -- bottle
Antisepsis
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- tin
MM= Drugs -- container -- tin
Powders
Description
Cylindrical metal Puretest Boric Acid, B. P. Powdered Boracic Acid container; full with white powder; printed cream and blue paper label with product information completely covers sides; top and bottom ends are uncovered and have rolled edges; top has rotating disc that opens and closes container openings.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Belonged to the donor.
Maker
United Drug Co. Limited
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1920
1930
circa 1920 - 1930
Date Remarks
Puretest trademarked in 1920
Material
metal: grey, rust
paper: cream
ink: blue
paint: cream
Inscriptions
Printed on front of label: “Puretest // Boric Acid B. P. // Powdered Boracic Acid // We guarantee // the purity of this product to be of // government standard as required by the British Pharmacopoeia. // The Rexall Drug Stores // United Drug Co. Limited // Toronto, Canada”; printed on back of label: “2 OZ. // Puretest Boric Acid // As a safe antiseptic wash, gargle, spray // or douche, dissolve one tablespoonful in a // pint of warm water. This solution may be // freely used for Cuts, Sores, Burns, and in // inflammatory conditions of the Eye, Ear, // Nose or Throat // United Drug Co. Limited // Toronto, Canada”; stamped on back of label: “16734 126”
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A1-6 Row B
Length
7.6 cm
Diameter
5.0 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Minor soiling all over label; small amount of cream paint on front along top edge; minor rust on bottom edge; major rust all over top; minor discolouration all over label
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Website
Reference Comments
“Boric Acid.” The Free Dictionary, 2019. Accessed 30 May 2019.
“PURETEST Trademark Information.” Trademarkia, 2019. Accessed 30 May 2019.
Research Facts
Boric acid was used as an antiseptic for minor injuries.
The United Drug Co. Limited and Rexall Drug were dominant in the retail pharmaceutical industry for much of the twentieth century in Canada; the Puretest trademark was registered in 1920 and appeared on many of their products.
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Dates
1930
1940
circa 1930-1940
Collection
Bonita Erwin Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Other
Accession Number
009042001
Description
Rectangular cobalt blue semi-transparent glass bottle with black rubber eyedropper inset into black plastic screw cap closure; less than a quarter full of liquid; red paper label wraps around three panels of the bottle; printed on front panel of label with poison icon of skull and crossbones.
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Accession Number
009042001
Collection
Bonita Erwin Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Other
MeSH Heading
Wounds and Injuries
Phenol
Disinfection
Antisepsis
Description
Rectangular cobalt blue semi-transparent glass bottle with black rubber eyedropper inset into black plastic screw cap closure; less than a quarter full of liquid; red paper label wraps around three panels of the bottle; printed on front panel of label with poison icon of skull and crossbones.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Donated by Bonita Erwin, University of Toronto Faculty of Nursing. Owned by druggist Darcy Munroe, one of the three founders of the Drug Trading Company.
Maker
Drug Trading Company Limited
Site Made (City)
Toronto
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1930
1940
circa 1930-1940
Date Remarks
Donor information
Material
glass: blue
plastic: black
rubber: black
paper: red, tan
ink: white, black
Inscriptions
Printed on label: "Certified // LIQUEFIED // CARBOLIC // ACID B.P. // (POISON) // ONE FLUID OUNCE // LOT 11810 // DRUG TRADING COMPANY // LIMITED // TORONTO CANADA"; on side panel label: "FOR EXTERNAL USE. On Sores, Scratches, // Cuts and Severe Bruises where the skin // is broken, add four drops to a pint of // water. // ANTIDOTE. Give Alcoholic Liquors, // Vinegar or the Whites of Eggs, Epsom // Salts well diluted, or Olive Oil. Keep // body warm and send for doctor at once."; manufacturer's marks are also printed in French on opposite label panel with an "85" handwritten on top
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A4-8 Box 5 Row B
Dimension Notes
Length 10.3 cm x Width 2.9 cm x Depth 2.9 cm
Condition Remarks
Bottle in good conition; rubber stopper is hardened and is flattened shape; labels are discoloured and show wear; front label is worn around edges and loss on left
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Internet
Reference Comments
"Phenol," Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry. March 3 2011. July 8 2014
Research Facts
Liquefied carbolic acid is also called phenol; the commercial product is liquid but in pure form it is a clear to white solid; distinct sweet odour; used as disinfectant or in medicinal preparations such as mouthwash and throat lozenges.
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