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Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Home Health Care
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Pharmacy, Gastrointestinal
Treatment
Treatment, General
Home Health
Accession Number
996001261
Description
Cylindrical wooden container (sealed) containing Radio Pills; the container is sealed with a single sheet of printed paper which keeps the removable top sealed to the container; there are 25 pills in the container.
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Accession Number
996001261
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Home Health Care
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Pharmacy, Gastrointestinal
Treatment
Treatment, General
Home Health
MeSH Heading
Pharmaceutical Preparations
Pharmaceuticals
Pharmacy
Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Drugs
Cathartics
Constipation -- drug therapy
Drugs, Non-Prescription
MM= Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter -- container
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- vial
Description
Cylindrical wooden container (sealed) containing Radio Pills; the container is sealed with a single sheet of printed paper which keeps the removable top sealed to the container; there are 25 pills in the container.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. M. Chiong for his patent medicine collection; purchased from Goodrich, USA, in Oct. 1993.
Maker
Radio-Medical Laboratories
Site Made (City)
Asbury Park
Site Made (State)
New Jersey
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Material
wood: beige
paper: off-white
Inscriptions
Label reads, "Radio-Pills // TRADE MARK // The Latest // Scientific Laxative // The improved, safe, harmless little pill // Recommended in the treatment of con- // stipation, Headache, Colds, Biliousness, // Torpid Liver, Intestinal and Gastric In- // digestion, Dyspepsia, also Neuritis. // We guarantee the purity of every in- // gredient. They do not contain calomel, // narcotics or other harmful, injurious drugs. // Dose: One or two pills taken at // night. Children over 8 years, 1 pill // For Sale at all Druggists // PRICE 25 CENTS // RADIO-MEDICAL LABORATORIES // Asbury Park, N.J."
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A2-3 Row D
Dimension Notes
Length: 7.7 cm. x Diam. : 2.0 cm.
Condition Remarks
The wooden container is unopened and undamaged; the paper seal shows very minor wear and staining; there are no rips, tears or missing sections and all of the writing is legible.
Copy Type
Original
Research Facts
Used as a laxative
Exhibit History
On exhibit, Billings Estate, 15 Jan 2009 - 31 Dec. 2009
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Blacking & Mercantile Co., Ltd. [business envelope]

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact2840
Dates
1910
circa 1910
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Ephemera
Classification
Ephemera
Accession Number
996001803
Description
Paper envelope from Blacking & Mercantile Co., Ltd. to Messrs. J. & W. Jean; front: handwritten address; facsimile on the left of Mathieu's Syrup of Tar; red two cent Canadian stamp; back: red lithograph of their building; opened at top.
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Accession Number
996001803
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Ephemera
Classification
Ephemera
MeSH Heading
Drugs, Non-Prescription, advertisements
Correspondence, ephemera
Cod Liver Oil -- advertisements
MM= Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter -- advertisements
Description
Paper envelope from Blacking & Mercantile Co., Ltd. to Messrs. J. & W. Jean; front: handwritten address; facsimile on the left of Mathieu's Syrup of Tar; red two cent Canadian stamp; back: red lithograph of their building; opened at top.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. Chiong for his patent medicine collection, before July 15, 1995.
Maker
Blacking & Mercantile Co., Ltd.
Site Made (City)
Amherst
Site Made (State)
Nova Scotia
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1910
circa 1910
Date Remarks
Postmarked Nov. 2, 1910
Material
paper: black; red; blue
Inscriptions
"Messrs. J. & W. Jean, // Arichat, // C.B. [ie, Cape Breton] // BLACKING & MERCANTILE CO., Ltd. // Canadian Proprietors: U.N.O Blacking and E. & B. Non-Corrosive Inks // Maritime Agents: MATHIEU'S SYRUP OF TAR and COD LIVER [OIL] // Selling Agents: Maritime Handling Co. // SUCCESSORS TO // FILLMORE ..."; etc.
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-5-6 Binder E
Dimension Notes
Length: 16.5 cm. x Width: 9.3 cm.
Condition Remarks
Some age/sun discolouration; a lot of mathematical doodling, especially on the back
Copy Type
Original
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Mrs. Winslow's Soothing Syrup

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact8579
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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Mrs. Winslow's Soothing Syrup

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact14675
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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