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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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newspaper advertisement

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact2953
Dates
1893
circa 1893
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Advertisements
Accession Number
996001916
Description
Advertisement for Mersano non-alcoholic wine in black and white showing a man in a striped jacket and cap, holding a racket, sitting on a giant bottle of Mersano and holding a champagne glass
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Accession Number
996001916
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Advertisements
MeSH Heading
Wine -- advertisements
Description
Advertisement for Mersano non-alcoholic wine in black and white showing a man in a striped jacket
and cap, holding a racket, sitting on a giant bottle of Mersano and holding a champagne glass
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. Chiong for his patent medicine collection, July 15, 1995
Maker
Forbes, Maxwell & Co., Ltd.
Site Made (City)
Aberdeen
Site Made (Country)
Scotland
Dates
1893
circa 1893
Date Remarks
Date on price tag
Material
paper: black; ivory
Inscriptions
Front reads: ""MERSANO" // The great Restorer and Preserver of Health. // A Sparkling, // NONALCOHOLIC
WINE, // Delightfully Cooling and // Refreshing. // A PERFECT BEVERAGE FOR // THE
CRICKET TENT, // THE TENNIS COURT, // THE GOLF LINKS, // GARDEN PARTIES, // PICNICS &c, &c //
[with descriptions of its properties and where obtainable]"; back has advertisements for household
linens, etc.
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-2-2 Box #8
Dimension Notes
Length: 17.8 cm. x Width: 13.2 cm.
Condition Remarks
One small foxing mark at lower right edge
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
JPG
Reference Comments
CD #4
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Mrs. Winslow's Soothing Syrup

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Dates
1849
1865
circa 1849-1865
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
1991.17.17
Description
Transparent cylindrical green glass bottle with long straight neck; embossed product name on the side; missing cork closure; mould lines visible.
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Accession Number
1991.17.17
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Drugs, Non-Prescription
Description
Transparent cylindrical green glass bottle with long straight neck; embossed product name on the side; missing cork closure; mould lines visible.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine; source: Dr. R. Josephson of Toronto.
Maker
Curtis & Perkins
Site Made (City)
Bridge Banger
Site Made (State)
Maine
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1849
1865
circa 1849-1865
Material
glass: green
Inscriptions
Embossed on side: "MRS WINSLOW'S // SOOTHING SYRUP // CURTIS & PERKINS // PROPRIETORS // 8"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A4-7 Box 1 Row B
Length
13.0 cm
Diameter
3.0 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Overall cloudy surface; minor crack at lip goes to outside
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Internet
Reference Comments
Mrs. Winslow's Soothing Syrup; Wood Library-Museum of Anesthesiology.
Research Facts
The original formula was made by Mrs. Charlotte Winslow; the mother-in-law of Curtis; while she was a nurse caring for infants; many children died from this product from either designated or over dosage; contained morphine.
Exact card found on p. 19 of "American Health Quackery" by James Harvey Young; started in 1830's; in 1906 dropped "soothing" from the name and eliminated the morphine, and was a mixture of carminatives and laxatives, previously also had alcohol, morphin sulphate, aniseed, caraway, etc.; original "recipe" was: sassafrass, cedar, opium, guaiac, capsicum, ammonia, camphor, turpentine, chloroform, alcohol.
The dangers of unregulated patent medicines prompted the Canadian government to adopt drug control laws in the early 20th century.
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dispensing scales

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Dates
1870
1899
1870-1899
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
1972.16.5 1-54
Description
Wooden box containing dispensing scales and 50 square weights.
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Accession Number
1972.16.5 1-54
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Weights and Measures
Pharmacy -- instrumentation
MM= Drug Compounding -- scales
Description
Wooden box containing dispensing scales and 50 square weights.
Number Of Parts
54
Part Names
1 - bar for scales - Size: Length 15.1 cm x Width 9.2 cm
2 - tray - Size: Diam. 6.3 cm
3 - tray - Size: Diam. 6.3 cm
4 - box - Size: Length 17.2 cm x Width 8.6 cm x Depth 3.1 cm
5 - weight - Size: Length 1.9 cm x Width 1.9 cm x Depth 0.5 cm
6 - weight - Size: Length 1.6 cm x Width 1.6 cm x Depth 0.4 cm
7- weight - Size: Length 1.6 cm x Width 1.6 cm x Depth 0.4 cm
8 - weight - Size: Length 1.2 cm x Width 1.2 cm x Depth 0.3 cm
9 - weight - Size: Length 1.0 cm x Width 1.0 cm x Depth 0.3 cm
10 - weight - Size: Length 1.3 cm x Width 1.1 cm x Depth 0.2 cm
11 - weight - Size: Length 1.3 cm x Width 1.3 cm x Depth 0.2 cm
12 - weight - Size: Length 0.9 cm x Width 0.9 cm x Depth 0.3 cm
13 - weight - Size: Length 0.9 cm x Width 0.9 cm x Depth 0.2 cm
14 - weight - Size: Length 1.0 cm x Width 0.9 cm x Depth 0.2 cm
15 - weight - Size: Length 1.7 cm x Width 1.7 cm
16 - weight - Size: Length 1.7 cm x Width 1.7 cm
17 - weight - Size: Length 1.7 cm x Width 1.7 cm
18 - weight - Size: Length 1.6 cm x Width 1.6 cm
19 - weight - Size: Length 1.6 cm x Width 1.6 cm
20 - weight - Size: Length 1.6 cm x Width 1.6 cm
21 - weight - Size: Length 1.7 cm x Width 1.7 cm
22 - weight - Size: Length 1.6 cm x Width 1.6 cm
23 - weight - Size: Length 1.6 cm x Width 1.6 cm
24 - weight - Size: Length 1.6 cm x Width 1.6 cm
25 - weight - Size: Length 1.5 cm x Width 1.5 cm
26 - weight - Size: Length 1.6 cm x Width 1.6 cm
27 - weight - Size: Length 1.5 cm x Width 1.5 cm
28 - weight - Size: Length 1.6 cm x Width 1.6 cm
29 - weight - Size: Length 1.6 cm x Width 1.6 cm
30 - weight - Size: Length 1.7 cm x Width 1.7 cm
31 - weight - Size: Length 1.3 cm x Width 1.2 cm
32 - weight - Size: Length 1.5 cm x Width 1.5 cm
33 - weight - Size: Length 1.6 cm x Width 1.6 cm
34 - weight - Size: Length 1.3 cm x Width 1.2 cm
35 - weight - Size: Length 1.3 cm x Width 1.2 cm
36 - weight - Size: Length 1.1 cm x Width 1.0 cm
37 - weight - Size: Length 1.5 cm x Width 1.5 cm
38 - weight - Size: Length 1.5 cm x Width 1.5 cm
39 - weight - Size: Length 1.6 cm x Width 1.6 cm
40 - weight - Size: Length 1.5 cm x Width 1.5 cm
41 - weight - Size: Length 1.5 cm x Width 1.5 cm
42 - weight - Size: Length 1.7 cm x Width 1.7 cm
43 - weight - Size: Length 1.6 cm x Width 1.6 cm
44 - weight - Size: Length 1.5 cm x Width 1.5 cm
45 - weight - Size: Length 1.4 cm x Width 1.4 cm
46 - weight - Size: Length 1.4 cm x Width 1.4 cm
47 - weight - Size: Length 1.4 cm x Width 1.4 cm
48 - weight - Size: Length 1.5 cm x Width 1.5 cm
49 - weight - Size: Length 1.4 cm x Width 1.4 cm
50 - weight - Size: Length 1.3 cm x Width 1.2 cm
51 - weight - Size: Length 1.6 cm x Width 1.6 cm
52 - weight - Size: Length 1.3 cm x Width 1.2 cm
53 - weight - Size: Length 1.1 cm x Width 1.0 cm
54 - weight - Size: Length 1.1 cm x Width 1.0 cm
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine; source: Dr. Arthur Dill Kelly; belonged to Dr. John Gray of Glasgow.
Maker
Grant & Donald
Site Made (City)
Aberdeen
Site Made (Country)
Scotland
Dates
1870
1899
1870-1899
Date Remarks
Original record had "late 19c?"; date is uncertain
Material
wood: brown
metal: grey; yellow
fabric: green
Inscriptions
On inside of box: "GRANT & DONALD // Pharmarentir [sic] Chemists // ABERDEEN"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A8-6
Condition Remarks
String on scale is disconnected from tray.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
JPG
Reference Comments
CD #UHN
Research Facts
Belonged to Dr. John Gray, who qualified at the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery at Glasgow in 1828 and then practised in Aberdeen; brought to Canada by his son, John Gray, who immigrated to Canada ca. 1860 and settled in Coldwater; left to Mrs. Kelly by Miss Katherine Gray, John Gray's last surviving child and Mrs. Kelly's aunt.
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Mrs. Winslow's Soothing Syrup

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Dates
1849
1865
circa 1849 - 1865
Collection
Vechter Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
014005034
Description
Transparent cylindrical green glass bottle with long straight neck; embossed product name on the side; missing cork closure; mould lines visible.
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Accession Number
014005034
Collection
Vechter Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Drugs, Non-Prescription
MM= Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter -- container -- bottle
Description
Transparent cylindrical green glass bottle with long straight neck; embossed product name on the side; missing cork closure; mould lines visible.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Items belonged to donor, a physician from Ottawa.
Maker
Curtis & Perkins
Site Made (City)
Bridge Banger
Site Made (State)
Maine
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1849
1865
circa 1849 - 1865
Date Remarks
Online research
Material
glass: green
Inscriptions
Embossed on side: "MRS WINSLOW'S // SOOTHING SYRUP // CURTIS & PERKINS // PROPRIETORS"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A4-8 Box 1 Row D
Temporary Location
On exhibit “Quack: The Exhibit that cures all” at Museum of Health Care, 29 June 2017.
Length
12.5
Diameter
3.3
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Overall cloudy surface; minor residue inside
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Internet
Reference Comments
Mrs. Winslow's Soothing Syrup; Wood Library-Museum of Anesthesiology.
Research Facts
The original formula was made by Mrs. Charlotte Winslow; the mother-in-law of Curtis; while she was a nurse caring for infants; many children died from this product from either designated or over dosage; contained morphine.
Exact card found on p. 19 of "American Health Quackery" by James Harvey Young; started in 1830's; in 1906 dropped "soothing" from the name and eliminated the morphine, and was a mixture of carminatives and laxatives, previously also had alcohol, morphin sulphate, aniseed, caraway, etc.; original "recipe" was: sassafrass, cedar, opium, guaiac, capsicum, ammonia, camphor, turpentine, chloroform, alcohol.
The dangers of unregulated patent medicines prompted the Canadian government to adopt drug control laws in the early 20th century.
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