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Mellin's Food for Infants and Invalids

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Dates
1800
1899
1800-1899
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Home Health Care
Infant Food
Infant Nutrition
Food, Fortified
Classification
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Home Health Care
Infant Food
Infant Nutrition
Food, Fortified
Accession Number
1980.18.284
Description
A sealed glass bottle with slightly rounded shoulders blending into a short neck and topped with a metal screw-on lid; paper label; 3/4 full of contents.
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Accession Number
1980.18.284
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Home Health Care
Infant Food
Infant Nutrition
Food, Fortified
Classification
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Home Health Care
Infant Food
Infant Nutrition
Food, Fortified
MeSH Heading
Food, Fortified
Infant Food
Infant Nutrition
Description
A sealed glass bottle with slightly rounded shoulders blending into a short neck and topped with a metal screw-on lid; paper label; 3/4 full of contents.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine; source: Mr. Dean Charters.
Maker
Mellin's Food Co. of North America
Site Made (City)
Boston
Site Made (State)
Massachusetts
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1800
1899
1800-1899
Date Remarks
Original record had "19c."
Material
glass: aqua
metal: yellow
paper: yellow; brown
organic matter: dark brown; speckled yellow
Inscriptions
Printed on label: "Mellin's Food for Infants and Invalids // Reg. in U.S. Pat. Off. // Originated by G. Mellin"; labelled on cap: "Mellin's Food for Infants and Adults"; embossed: "Mellin's Food"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A1-6 Row H
Dimension Notes
Length 16.0 cm x Diam. 7.0 cm
Condition Remarks
#2: Label is torn in some places with losses; slight surface corrosion of metal lid.
Copy Type
Original
Research Facts
Mellin's Food Company was a maker of Mellin's Food for Infants and Invalids in Boston, Massachusetts.
The company started when the English food chemist Gustav Mellin developed an infant formula in 1866. Mellin's formula was a simplified version of one which had been recently invented by the German chemist Justus von Liebig. It wasn't a total nutritional supplement, the powder was diluted with cow's milk and water and was called a "milk modifier". It was a "soluble, dry extract of wheat, malted barley and bicarbonate of potassium." The formula was advertised with the slogan: "Mellin's Food for Infants and Invalids: The only perfect substitute for Mother's Milk".
By the 1890's Mellin's Food was the most popular of the infant foods sold in the United States. This success was due primarily to aggressive marketing — advertisements for Mellin's often included supposed testimonials from parents that Mellin's had brought their children back from the brink of death.
Exhibit History
Canadian Museum of Civilization exhibit: "Caring Profession"; ret. Sept. 2006
On exhibit, Billings Estate, 15 Jan 2009 - 31 Dec. 2009
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Cuticura Resolvant

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Dates
1800
1899
1800-1899
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
1980.18.334
Description
A glass bottle with a long, narrow neck and a wide collar; closed with a cork; paper label.
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Accession Number
1980.18.334
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Drugs, Non-Prescription
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Description
A glass bottle with a long, narrow neck and a wide collar; closed with a cork; paper label.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine; source: Mr. Dean Charters.
Maker
Potter Drug and Chemical Corp.
Site Made (City)
Boston
Site Made (State)
Massachusetts
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1800
1899
1800-1899
Date Remarks
Original record had "19c."
Material
glass: transparent
paper:
liquid: dark brown
Inscriptions
Printed on label: "Cuticura Resolvent"; "The Cuticura System of resolving and eliminating all Constitutional Humors"; "Is Alterative Antiseptic Tonic Digestive and Aperient"; "Cuticura Resolvent to Purify the Blood"; embossed: "The Cuticura System of Curing Constitutional Humors"; embossed: "Potter Drug and Chemical Corporation Boston Mass U.S.A."
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A2-1 Row D
Dimension Notes
Length 27.0 cm x Diam. 6.3 cm
Condition Remarks
Sealed
Copy Type
Original
Images
Less detail