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Dr. David Kennedy's Favorite Medicine bottle

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Dates
1910
circa 1910
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Gastrointestinal
Accession Number
996001170
Description
Tall rectangular bottle with paper label on both front and back; screw cap; labels have extensive information on them and are printed in red text
Accession Number
996001170
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Gastrointestinal
MeSH Heading
Cathartics
Constipation -- drug therapy
Drugs, Non-Prescription
MM= Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter -- container
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Description
Tall rectangular bottle with paper label on both front and back; screw cap; labels have extensive
information on them and are printed in red text
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Acquired by Dr. M. Chiong for his patent medicine collection; purchased from Goodrich USA in
Oct. 1993
Maker
Dr. David Kennedy Inc.
Site Made (City)
Binghamton
Site Made (State)
New York
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1910
circa 1910
Material
glass: clear
paper: cream; red
metal: black
Inscriptions
Shake Well // Dr. David Kennedy's // Favorite // Medicine // ... // Dr. David Kennedy Co. Inc.
// ??? // Price $1.00
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A
Dimension Notes
Length: 21.0 cm. x Width: 7.4 cm. x Depth: 3.5 cm.
Condition Remarks
Paper labels are severely discoloured, torn and brittle
Copy Type
Original
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Dr. Kilmer's Swamp-Root

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Dates
1900
1925
circa 1900-1925
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Cardiology
Accession Number
996001309
Description
Rectangular clear glass bottle with long cylindrical neck and tooled, double rounded collar; the front, back and side panels are slightly recessed; there are printed paper labels on the front and back panels, which list product information; bottle is full of swamp-root and corked.
Accession Number
996001309
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Cardiology
MeSH Heading
Diuretics
Cathartics
Drugs, Non-Prescription
MM= Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter -- container
MM= Drugs -- diuretics -- container
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Description
Rectangular clear glass bottle with long cylindrical neck and tooled, double rounded collar; the front, back and side panels are slightly recessed; there are printed paper labels on the front and back panels, which list product information; bottle is full of swamp-root and corked.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. M Chiong for his patent medicine collection, from Goodrich, USA, in Oct.1993.
Maker
Dr. Kilmer & Co.
Site Made (City)
Binghamton
Site Made (State)
New York
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1900
1925
circa 1900-1925
Date Remarks
Early 20th century
Material
glass: clear
paper: light pink
cork: beige
Inscriptions
Front label reads, "CONTAINS 10 1/2 FLUID // OUNCES // DR. KILMER & CO., // BINGHAMTON, N.Y. // See directions for taking // on back panel"; back label reads, "DR. KILMER'S // SWAMP-ROOT // DIRECTIONS" (listed) " // Shake well before using // It is pleasant to take // Caution:" (listed); bottle embossed with, "5 // 50"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A2-1 Row B
Dimension Notes
Length: 20.8 cm. x Width: 7.3 cm. x Depth: 4.4 cm.
Condition Remarks
Bottle is unopened and has no chips or cracks; the original cork and seal are in place; the front and back labels have staining, but all printing is legible
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Document
Reference Comments
See label from Dr. Chiong's exhibit formerly at Bracken Library; "Bottles" by Michael Polak, pp. 19 & 21; "The Snake-Oil Syndrome" by A. Walker Bingham, pp. 26, 43, 87, 94; "The Golden Age of Quackery" by Stewart H. Holbrook, pp. 111-119; "Remedies and Rackets" by James Cook, pp. 19 & 91
Research Facts
Most famous product produces by the Dr. Kilmer & Co.; used as a diuretic to the kidneys; Kilmer company set up by two brothers, S. Andral and Jonas M. Kilmer; lasted more than 50 years
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Dr. Kilmer's Swamp Root bottle

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Dates
1879
circa 1879
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
996001325
Description
Rectangular light aqua glass bottle with long cylindrical neck and a tooled, double-rounded collar, upper deeper than lower, neck lightly pinched at base of collar; all four panels are recessed; the front is flat and undecorated (likely originally had a label); both sides are flat and undecorated; …
Accession Number
996001325
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
Rectangular light aqua glass bottle with long cylindrical neck and a tooled, double-rounded
collar, upper deeper than lower, neck lightly pinched at base of collar; all four panels are
recessed; the front is flat and undecorated (likely originally had a label); both sides are
flat and undecorated; the back has embossed lettering; the bottle is empty except for pieces
of a cork
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. M.Chiong for his patent medicine collection, in Louisville, Kentucky, USA in
May 1993
Maker
Dr. S.A. Kilmer
Site Made (City)
Binghamton
Site Made (State)
New York
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1879
circa 1879
Material
glass: light aqua
cork: beige
Inscriptions
Back embossed, "DR. KILMER'S // SWAMP ROOT // KIDNEY LIVER // AND BLADDER REMEDY // BINGHAMTON
// N.Y. U.S.A"; bottom embossed "18 B"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A4-7 Box 2 Row E
Dimension Notes
Length: 17.6 cm. x Width: 6.1 cm. x Depth: 3.4 cm.
Condition Remarks
Bottle has no chips or cracks and only minor wear; there is minor staining on the lip and inside
bottle; cork inside the bottle is in several pieces
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Document
Reference Comments
"Bottles" by Michael Polak, pp. 19 & 21; see label from Dr. Chiong's exhibit formerly at Bracken
Library; "Nostrums and Quackery" by Arthur J. Cramp, pp. 206-208; "The Golden Age of Quackery"
by Stewart H. Holbrook, 1959 (hardcover ed.), pp. 111-119; "The Snake-Oil Syndrome" by A. Walker
Bingham, pp. 26, 43, 87, 94, 99, 115, 128, 147-148
Research Facts
Dr. S.A. Kilmer and his brother Jonas began to produce a line of family remedies in 1879 (NYC); their most famous product was Swamp Root, which was still available in 1969; the "remedy" did not contain much more than alcohol, sugar and water
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Dr. Kilmer's Swamp-Root Kidney Cure bottle

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Dates
1885
1905
circa 1885 - 1905
Collection
Vechter Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
014005006
Description
Tinted green glass cylindrical bottle; without cork; mould lines visible; bubbles visible in glass; minor brown residue inside.
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Accession Number
014005006
Collection
Vechter Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Drugs, Non-Prescription
MM= Drug Packing -- container -- bottle
Description
Tinted green glass cylindrical bottle; without cork; mould lines visible; bubbles visible in glass; minor brown residue inside.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Items belonged to donor, a physician from Ottawa.
Maker
Dr. Kilmer
Site Made (City)
Binghamton
Site Made (State)
New York
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1885
1905
circa 1885 - 1905
Date Remarks
Online research
Material
glass: clear
Inscriptions
Embossed on bottle: "SAMPLE BOTTLE // DR. KILMER'S // SWAMP-ROOT KIDNEY CURE // BINGHAMTON, N.Y."
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A
Length
10.6
Diameter
2.8
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Minor scratches inside neck of bottle; minor brown powdery substance inside
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Internet
Reference Comments
Dr. Kilmer's Swamp Root Kidney Cure Sample Bottle. eHive
Dr. Kilmer's Swamp Root. The National Museum of American History.
Research Facts
Sylvester Andral Kilmer, MD started a prominent laboratory in the late 1870's in Binghamton, NY after fame and attention drawn from his travels and speaking throughout the US. He was later pushed out of the company by family or chose to leave.
The 1906 Pure Food and Drug Act banned the use of the word "cure" on bottles or in advertising in the U.S.
Swamp-Root cure contained: alcohol 10%, buchu leaves, scullcap leaves, golden seal root, colombo root, valerian root, cinnamon, oil of juniper, oil of birch, balsam copaiba, balsam tolu, venice turpentine, peppermint herb, rhubarb root, mandrake root, sassafras, and cape aloes.
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Life Weed Vegetable Compound

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Dates
1900
circa 1900
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
996001210
Description
Large rectangular clear glass bottle; three recessed panels; front is flat with paper label adhered to it; tall cylindrical neck with cork stopper; decorative paper or string surrounding opening at cork; liquid contents still inside bottle; bottle appears still to be sealed.
Accession Number
996001210
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Drugs, Non-Prescription
MM= Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter -- vitamins, health restorers, protectors -- container
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Description
Large rectangular clear glass bottle; three recessed panels; front is flat with paper label adhered to it; tall cylindrical neck with cork stopper; decorative paper or string surrounding opening at cork; liquid contents still inside bottle; bottle appears still to be sealed.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Acquired by Dr. M. Chiong for his patent medicine collection; purchased from Goodrich, USA in Oct. 1993.
Maker
Puritan Med. Co.
Site Made (City)
Binghamton
Site Made (State)
New York
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1900
circa 1900
Material
glass: transparent
paper: brown
cork: brown
Inscriptions
Life Weed // Vegetable Compound // Made of Roots and Herbs // The Greatest Blood Purifier // Ever discovered // ... // Puritan Med. Co. // Binghamton, N.Y. // U.S.A.
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A2-2 Row E
Dimension Notes
Length: 23.5 cm. x Width: 7.8 cm. x Depth: 4.8 cm.
Condition Remarks
Paper label very badly discoloured and brittle; something has solidified and grown on surface; material around neck opening is very brittle
Copy Type
Original
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