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Dr. Bell's Veterinary Medical Wonder [advertising ink blotter]

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Dates
1930
1950
circa 1930-1950
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Advertisements
Accession Number
996001871
Description
Thick paper blotter; front: right has ad for Dr. Bell's Veterinary Medical Wonder; left has facsimile of a painting of two men camping our and a bear approaching them; back: pink blotting paper with ink marks and stamp outlines.
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Accession Number
996001871
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Advertisements
MeSH Heading
Commerce
Advertising
Veterinary Drugs
Drugs, Non-Prescription, advertisements
Description
Thick paper blotter; front: right has ad for Dr. Bell's Veterinary Medical Wonder; left has facsimile of a painting of two men camping our and a bear approaching them; back: pink blotting paper with ink marks and stamp outlines.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. Chiong for his patent medicine collection, before July 15, 1995.
Maker
The Bell Wonder Medicine Co.
Site Made (City)
Alexandria Bay
Site Made (State)
New York
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1930
1950
circa 1930-1950
Material
paper: black; pink; yellow; orange; blue
Inscriptions
"NEW GRAIN CAUSES // COLIC AND INDIGESTION // GIVE // DR. BELL'S // VETERINARY // MEDICAL WONDER // Two to four doses are generally sufficient. // "YOUR DRUGGIST HAS IT" THE BELL WONDER MEDICINE CO. // INCORPORATED // ALEXANDRIA BAY, N.Y. // 197 A WELCOME GUEST // MADE IN U.S.A."
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-5-6 Binder E
Dimension Notes
Length: 16.0 cm. x Width: 8.4 cm.
Condition Remarks
Some age/sun discolouration; left edge back is stained
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Document
Research Facts
Veterinarian Dr. George W. Bell (1858-1927), graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College 1880; practised veterinary medicine in the U.S. for 13 years. Returning to Kingston he established a veterinarian clinic on Brock Street, and continued to produce his patent medicines for use in farm livestock and pet animals under the business name of ‘Dr. Bell’s Wonder Medicine Company’. Dr. Bell made both veterinary and human remedies.
Dr. Bell’s Wonder Medicine was used as a sort of "cure all" but especially in the treatment of colic and inflammation and for cough and chills. The ingredients were aconite, belladonna, digitalis and nux vomica (strychnine).
He was principal (1895-1897) for the new Kingston Veterinary College at Queen’s University. By 1919 he was the milk inspector.
The operation of Dr. Bell’s Wonder Medicine Company was headed by his son. In 1936 when the United States Food and Drug Administration accused Dr. Bell’s Wonder Medicine Company of “misbranding.” Bottles were seized and analyzed under the Food and Drug Act. Labelled at 40 per cent alcohol, the tests concluded the mixture contained between 63 per cent and 65 per cent per bottle. Legal action ensued. In later years, the once-respected and prosperous company was labelled as quackery.
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