(a) Oval clear glass bottle with cylindrical neck and screw top; the bottle front and back curve slightly outwards; there is a printed paper label attached to the front which lists product information; full of brown ligquid; the back has embossed lettering; (b) metal screw top lid made to fit (a); …
(a) Oval clear glass bottle with cylindrical neck and screw top; the bottle front and back curve slightly outwards; there is a printed paper label attached to the front which lists product information; full of brown ligquid; the back has embossed lettering; (b) metal screw top lid made to fit (a); (c) one piece printed rectangular cardboard box made to house (a); the box has flaps at the top and bottom to open and close it and lists product information.
Number Of Parts
a - medicine bottle - Size: Length 20.5 cm. x Width 8.0 cm. x Depth 4.5 cm.
b - lid - Size: x Width 1.0 cm. x Diameter2.6 cm.
c - cardboard box - Size: Length 21.5 cm. x Width 9.2 cm. x Depth 5.7 cm.
Purchased by Dr. M.Chiong for his patent medicine collection
Bottle label reads, "LYDIA E. // PINKHAM // VEGETABLE // COMPOUND // No. 22105 // The Proprietary or Patent Medicine Act // Uses listed // Directions listed // cautions listed -- in English and French // LYDIA E. PINKHAM MEDICINE CO. // COBURG, ONTARIO, CANADA // CONTENTS: 14 1/2 FLUID OUNCES (428 cc) // LOT NO. 25"; bottle back embossed, "14 1/2 OZS // LYDIA E. PINKHAM // MEDICINE"; bottle bottom embossed " [square with a cross inside]
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On exhibit “Quack: The Exhibit that cures all” at Museum of Health Care, 29 June 2017.
Unit Of Measure
Bottle: Length 20.5 cm; Width 8 cm; Depth 4.5 cm. Box: Length 21.5 cm; Width 9.1 cm; Depth 5.6 cm.
(a) Bottle has no chips, cracks or wear; the front label shows minor water staining, but is complete and and fully legible; (b) the lid shows some corrosion on the outside edges; (c) the box shows some wear and the top flap back and one side have torn; the back has been taped on with Magic tape; all printing is legible
"Bottles" by Michael Polak, p. 19; "The Great American Medicine Show" by David Armstrong & Elizabeth Metzger Armstrong, pp. 163-166; "Bottles and Bottlers, Canadian" by O. Urquhart, p. 46; "The Golden Age of Quackery" (hardcover ed., 1959) by Stewart H. Holbrook, pp. 32, 58-66, 98; see label from Dr. Chiong's exhibit, formerly at the Bracken Library
Lydia E. Pinkham's Vegetable Compound was first marketed out of Lynn, Massachusetts in the mid-1870's and remained a family-run operation until sold to a pharmaceutical firm in 1968; medicine used to relieve symptoms of stress caused by menstruation and menopause and as a uterine sedative
Colourized postcard of medium-weight card of Hotel Dieu Hospital with spires of St. Mary's Roman Catholic church in background; shows the bask view of the "operating room", Sydenham Wing, the Brock Wing, the St. Joseph Wing and the Chapel; and another building later torn down for the Centenary Wing…
Colourized postcard of medium-weight card of Hotel Dieu Hospital with spires of St. Mary's Roman Catholic church in background; shows the bask view of the "operating room", Sydenham Wing, the Brock Wing, the St. Joseph Wing and the Chapel; and another building later torn down for the Centenary Wing; card is unused.
Number Of Parts
Purchased by Dr. M. Chiong for his patent medicine collection, before July 15, 1995
Front reads: "Hotel Dieu Hospital, Kingston, Ontario. - 40"; back reads: "Post card // Photogelatine Engraving Co. Ltd. Ottawa // PECo. Ottawa // Made in Canada"
Storage Room 2005
2005-5-6 Binder A
Length: 8.8 cm. x Width: 13.5 cm.
Small bend, upper left corner; bend marks middle of right side; bend mark lower left quadrant
Building plan of Hotel Dieu (1996) and a plaque erected in front of the old main entrance; "The Way We Care", Dept. of Public Relations, Hotel Dieu Hospital; "From Words to loving action ..." by Sister Loretta Gaffney, p. 26
Located at 166 Brock St., Hotel Dieu Hospital now takes up an entire block framed by Johnson, Bagot, Brock, and Sydenham Streets; initially was the Regiopolis College, incorporated March 4, 1837; cornerstone of the central portion of the building was laid by school's founder, Bishop Alexander Macdonell, June 11, 1839 (what is now Sydenham Wing); 1866 College given full degree-granting powers (rarely used) and closed in 1869 because of money problems; in 1892 it was acquired by the Religious Hospitallers of St. Joseph and they opened Hotel Dieu Hospital; the college reopened and continued elsewhere; the first Hotel Dieu Hospital set up by Amable Bournonniere in 1845 where the Sydenham and Brock Street Apartments were; 1899 - modern operating room built on the corner of Johnson and Sydenham; 1909 - Brock Wing added; 1930 - St. Joseph's Wong; 1947 - New Jeanne Mance Residence; 1950 - Centenary Wing opened (has a rounded end)
Paper booklet Almanac from the Hostetter Co.; covers are green; front: "framed" page with facsimile of St. George riding down and spearing "The Dragon" (symbolizes medicine slaying the disease); back: full year calendar and the name of the New York. dealer; inside: monthly calendars and testimonial…
Paper booklet Almanac from the Hostetter Co.; covers are green; front: "framed" page with facsimile of St. George riding down and spearing "The Dragon" (symbolizes medicine slaying the disease); back: full year calendar and the name of the New York. dealer; inside: monthly calendars and testimonials for Hostetter's Stomach Bitters; 20 double-sided pages.
Number Of Parts
Purchased by Dr. M. Chiong for his patent medicine collection, before July 15, 1995.
Front: "HOSTETTER'S // ILLUSTRATED // UNITED STATES // ALMANAC // 1898 // FOR MERCHANTS, MECHANICS, MINERS, // FARMERS, PLANTERS, // AND // GENERAL FAMILY USE. // Carefully calculated for such Meridians and Latitudes..." and so on
Storage Room 2005
2005-5-6 Binder C
Unit Of Measure
Quite age / sun discoloured; stain along right edge goes through several pages; hunk of paper taken out of the left bottom corner, and other pieces of front cover also missing; right bottom corners are bent throughout the entire book
"Secret Nostrums & Systems" by Chas. W. Oleson, p. 95; "The Toadstool Millionaires" by James Harvey
Young, p. 44; "The Golden Age of Quackery" by Stewart H. Holbrook, pp. 93, 98, 157-166, 248;
"The Natural History of Quackery" by Eric Jameson, p. 193; "Nostrums & Quackery", Vol.II, pp.
740-743; "The Toadstool Millionaires" (see index for pages); "The Great American Fraud", p. 20;
"One For A Man, Two For A Horse" by Gerald Carson, pp. 42, 49, 73; "The Snake-Oil Syndrome" by
A Walker Bingham, pp. 25, 28, 32, 49-50, 96, 103, 126, 138, insert #2
Contained sugar, calamus root, orange peel, Peruvian bark, gentian root, columbo root, rhubarb, cinnamon, cloves, and alcohol; to avoid being taxed as many proprietors were c. 1906 for having mainly alcoholic "medicines", they reduced alcohol from 39% to 25% and increased amount of cinchona and sepentaria.
An experiment by Dr. A. J. Read showed that using various patent medicines as "fuel", Hostetter's Bitters kept the lamp burning for 4 minutes, while the second closest was Peruna at 2 min. 40 sec., and the ration of normal beer only burned for 20 seconds; basically a compound of cheap whiskey, obviously with more than the advertised 25% alcohol by volume (used only a tablespoonful); formula was originally a prescription of Dr. Jacob Hostetter used for colic, constipation and "the Intermittents" - a fever during that time.
When he retured in 1853, consented to allow his son, David, to manufacture and market it; marketing very important, so well known that when war started in 1861, War Department bought the bitters by cartload for the Union Army.
In 1862 published first Almanac; for many years it contained 47% alcohol by volume probably helped the army's courage, if not their medicinal needs.
Partner Smith died in 1874 and the firm's name then became "The Hostetter Co."; in 1958, the company was dead; preferred testimonials from actual physicians; actually sold in saloons in Alaska; daily dose equivalent to 1 1/2 ounces of whiskey; later upped % alcohol from 25% to 37%, claiming this amount of alcohol was needed to hold the ingredients in solution; in 1906, chemists reported analysis showed 43% alcohol by volume.