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Dates
1885
1915
circa 1885-1915
Collection
Parks Canada Agency Pharmacy Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Dermatology
Accession Number
014002091
Description
Transparent rectangular glass bottle of carbolic oil with sloped shoulders tapered at neck with red-wax sealed cork stuck in neck; full of transparent pale yellow liquid; cream paper label has the product's name, directions for use, and the manufacturer's name and address.
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Accession Number
014002091
Collection
Parks Canada Agency Pharmacy Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Dermatology
MeSH Heading
Wounds and Injuries
Disinfection
Antisepsis
Drugs, Non-Prescription
Phenol
Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter multi-purpose cures -- container
MM= Drugs -- topical balms, lotions
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Description
Transparent rectangular glass bottle of carbolic oil with sloped shoulders tapered at neck with red-wax sealed cork stuck in neck; full of transparent pale yellow liquid; cream paper label has the product's name, directions for use, and the manufacturer's name and address.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Transferred from the Parks Canada Agency, via Gail Cariou of the Curatorial and Collections Branch.
Maker
N. C. Polson & Company
Site Made (City)
Kingston
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1885
1915
circa 1885-1915
Date Remarks
Provided by donor
Material
glass: clear
paper: cream
ink: black
cork: tan
wax: red
Inscriptions
Printed on label: "Carbolic // Oil // HEALS: WOUNDS, // CUTS, ABRASIONS, // OLD SORES, INSECT // BITES ETC. // DRESS ONCE OR TWICE // DAILY, APPLYING TO // AFFECTED PARTS WITH // FEATHER OR BY SATUR- // ATING CLEAN, WELL // WORN COTTON // OR LINEN. // PREPARED BY // N. C. POLSON & CO. // ESTABLISHED 1877. // WHOLESALE DRUGGISTS. // KINGSTON, ONT."
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A4-8 Box 5 Row D
Dimension Notes
Length 13.5 cm x Width 4.8 cm x Depth 2.1 cm
Condition Remarks
Paper is yellowed, brittle, with a minor tear along the label's bottom edge; quarter of wax seal is missing
Copy Type
Original
Research Facts
After having studied at Queen’s University, Neil C. Polson established a drug business in Kingston in 1877. N.C. Polson & Co. became widely known across North America as a druggist and chemical manufacturer. One of their products, Catarrhozone, was widely advertised as an inhaled germ-killer and remedy for all respiratory ailments. The Vapor treatment was meant to be dropped onto a small piece of wool held inside the portable wood inhaler, then inhaled periodically through the mouth.
Their trade covered Canada, the U.S. and the West Indies.
The firm was established by Neil Polson Sr. in 1877, owned a wholesale drug and manufacturing chemist house in Kingston, Ontario. and was taken over by his two sons, Neil Jr. and Henry. They made medicines under the name of Polson Co., the Catarrhozone and Nerviline. Polson went on to become mayor of Kingston in 1893.
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Catarrhozone Co.

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Dates
1890
1910
circa 1880 - 1910
Collection
Vechter Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
014005007
Description
Green rectangular transparent glass bottle; manufacturing information embossed on bottle; without cork; mould lines visible.
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Accession Number
014005007
Collection
Vechter Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Drugs, Non-Prescription
MM= Drug Packing -- container -- bottle
Description
Green rectangular transparent glass bottle; manufacturing information embossed on bottle; without cork; mould lines visible.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Items belonged to donor, a physician from Ottawa.
Maker
Catarrhozone Co.
Site Made (City)
Kingston
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1890
1910
circa 1880 - 1910
Material
glass: clear
Inscriptions
Embossed on one face: "CATARRHOZONE // CATARRHOZONE CO. // KINGSTON, ONT."
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A4-8 Box 1 Row C
Length
10.5
Width
3.3
Depth
1.2
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Minor chip on bottom; minor chip on inside neck
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Internet
Reference Comments
Bottles. Michael Polak
Research Facts
After having studied at Queen’s University, Neil C. Polson established a drug business in Kingston in 1877. N.C. Polson & Co. became widely known across North America as a druggist and chemical manufacturer. One of their products, Catarrhozone, was widely advertised as an inhaled germ-killer and remedy for all respiratory ailments. The Vapor treatment was meant to be dropped onto a small piece of wool held inside the portable wood inhaler, then inhaled periodically through the mouth.
Their trade covered Canada, the U.S. and the West Indies.
The firm was established by Neil Polson Sr. in 1877, owned a wholesale drug and manufacturing chemist house in Kingston, Ontario. and was taken over by his two sons, Neil Jr. and Henry. They made medicines under the name of Polson Co., the Catarrhozone and Nerviline. Polson went on to become mayor of Kingston in 1893.
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Dates
1880
1910
circa 1880 - 1910
Collection
Vechter Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
014005021
Description
Rectangular transparent green glass bottle; manufacturing information embossed on bottle; without cork; mould lines visible.
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Accession Number
014005021
Collection
Vechter Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Drugs, Non-Prescription
MM= Drug Packing -- container -- bottle
Description
Rectangular transparent green glass bottle; manufacturing information embossed on bottle; without cork; mould lines visible.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Items belonged to donor, a physician from Ottawa.
Maker
N. C. Polson & Co.
Site Made (City)
Kingston
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1880
1910
circa 1880 - 1910
Material
glass: green
Inscriptions
Embossed on one face: "NERVILINE // PREPARED BY // NC POLSON & CO // KINGSTON" on bottom: "384"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A4-8 Box 1 Row A
Length
13.4
Width
4.7
Depth
2.3
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Moderate chip missing from bottom front edge; minor residue inside bottle
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Internet
Reference Comments
Bottles. Michael Polak
Research Facts
Nerviline was used to treat neuralgia, toothache, rheumatic pains, sore throat, lumbago, sore aching joints, muscular strains, sprains, chest soreness from colds, chilblains, hoarseness and insect bites (for internal use).
After having studied at Queen’s University, Neil C. Polson established a drug business in Kingston in 1877. N.C. Polson & Co. became widely known across North America as a druggist and chemical manufacturer. One of their products, Catarrhozone, was widely advertised as an inhaled germ-killer and remedy for all respiratory ailments. The Vapor treatment was meant to be dropped onto a small piece of wool held inside the portable wood inhaler, then inhaled periodically through the mouth.
Their trade covered Canada, the U.S. and the West Indies.
The firm was established by Neil Polson Sr. in 1877, owned a wholesale drug and manufacturing chemist house in Kingston, Ontario. and was taken over by his two sons, Neil Jr. and Henry. They made medicines under the name of Polson Co., the Catarrhozone and Nerviline. Polson went on to become mayor of Kingston in 1893.
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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
1980.18.322 a-b
Description
Rectangular box containing a tin.
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Accession Number
1980.18.322 a-b
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 -- tin
Description
Rectangular box containing a tin.
Number Of Parts
2
Part Names
tin - Size: Length 5.6 cm x Diam. 2.1 cm
box - Size: Length 6.7 cm x Width 6.7 cm x Depth 3.3 cm
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine; source: Mr. Dean Charters.
Maker
The Catarrhozone Co.
Site Made (City)
Kingston
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1800
1899
1800-1899
Date Remarks
Original record had "19c."
Material
cardboard: yellow; black
metal: pink; yellow; green
Inscriptions
Printed on box: "FERROZONE // A BLOOD BUILDER // NERVE TONIC BRAIN BUILDER // AA50 FOR // ALL DISORDERS OF THE BLOOD, BRAIN AND NER- // VES, ANAEMIA, CHLOROSIS, POOR APPETITE, // INSOMNIA, RHEUMATISM, HEART DISEASE // FEMALE COMPLAINTS, LOSS OF VIGOR, NER- // VOUS PROSTRATION, BRIGHT'S DISEASE // KIDNEY, LIVER AND CATARRHAL TROUBLES // AND ALL WEAKNESS // PRICE 50 CENTS"; from the attached circular: "A tonic for the blood, brain and nerves"; "Ferrozone works through the blood"; "Ferrozone acts upon the entire system, so as to obtain the fullest benefit, its use should be continued until strength has been fully restored."
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A2-5 Row C
Condition Remarks
Parts of the enclosed circular are glued to the top of the tin
Copy Type
Original
Research Facts
From Mr. Dean Charters' thirty-year-old pharmacy collection.
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Balsam of Aniseeds

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Dates
1892
1900
circa 1892-1900
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Respiratory
Accession Number
996001131
Description
Rectangular clear blue glass bottle; four recessed panels; paper label adhered to one panel; label has blue text.
Accession Number
996001131
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Respiratory
MeSH Heading
Common Cold -- drug therapy
Cough -- drug therapy
Asthma, drug therapy
Drugs, Non-Prescription
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Description
Rectangular clear blue glass bottle; four recessed panels; paper label adhered to one panel; label has blue text.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. M. Chiong for his patent medicine collection; purchased from Kim Snyder (Toronto) on July 9, 1994.
Maker
Henry Skinner
Site Made (City)
Kingston
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1892
1900
circa 1892-1900
Material
glass: blue
paper: cream
Inscriptions
Balsam of Aniseeds // Particular recommended for // Coughs, Colds, Asthmas // ... // Prepared and sold by // Henry Skinner, // Pharmaceutical Chemist and Druggist // Kingston
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A4-8 Box 1 Row C
Dimension Notes
Length: 12.8 cm. x Width: 4.5 cm. x Depth: 3.2 cm.
Condition Remarks
Paper label discoloured and stained in places
Copy Type
Original
Exhibit History
To display in Museum: Potions, Pills and Prescriptions; May 1, 2000 - 28 Jan 2017.
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List of Post Mortems at Kingston General Hospital Commencing Dec. 1 1894 - 1904; Catalogue Museum of Pathology Medical Department Queen's University [book]

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Dates
1894
1904
1894-1904
Collection
Queen's University Faculty of Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Publications
Accession Number
997002449
Description
Hardcover book bound in burgundy cloth with gold letters embossed on front and back covers; double sided book with a list of post mortems at Kingston General Hospital on one side and a catalogue of specimens from the Museum of Pathology at Queen's University; white pages with black ink; second page…
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Accession Number
997002449
Author
W.T. Connell
Collection
Queen's University Faculty of Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Publications
MeSH Heading
Pathology -- catalogs
Description
Hardcover book bound in burgundy cloth with gold letters embossed on front and back covers; double sided book with a list of post mortems at Kingston General Hospital on one side and a catalogue of specimens from the Museum of Pathology at Queen's University; white pages with black ink; second page on both sides are brown
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Donated by Dean Barry Smith, Faculty of Medicine, Queen's University
Site Made (City)
Kingston
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1894
1904
1894-1904
Date Remarks
Printed on cover
Material
fabric: burgundy
paper: white, brown
ink: black, yellow
Inscriptions
Embossed on front cover: "LIST OF POST MORTEMS // AT KINGSTON // GENERAL HOSPITAL // COMMENCING // DEC. 1 1894 - 1904"; embossed on back cover: "CATALOGUE // MUSEUM OF PATHOLOGY // MEDICAL DEPARTMENT // QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY // W.T. CONNELL"; handwritten in ink on second page: "List of Post Mortems // at // General Hospital Kingston // Commencing // December 1st 1894 - // 1904"; handwritten in pencil in top right corner of second page "[illeg] // 40"; handwritten in ink on second last page "Catalogue - Museum of Pathology // Medical Department // Queen's University // Compiled by W.T. Connell. // Basis is a regional rather than a pathology regional one - a far better basis but one // which would consume more time than at my disposal. Considering that the duty // of cataloguing labelling preparing and in // most cases abstaining of the specimens // must + has been done by myself. // W.T. Connell"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-3
Dimension Notes
Length 23.8 cm x Width 19 cm x Depth 2.6 cm
Condition Remarks
Some pages are beginning to discolour and deteriorate slightly but overall condition is good
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Document
JPG
Reference Comments
"The Early History of Pathology at Queen's University and Her Teaching Hospitals (until 1966)", M. Daria Haust, Howard D. Steele and Paul W. Manley, n.d.; CD #2
Research Facts
Dr. W.T. Connell was a long time faculty member at Queen's University; he specialized in pathology and bacteriology; co-founded the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 1931; died April 1964
Exhibit History
On exhibit in the Friend-Vandewater Gallery in Botterell Hall, Queen's University; removed January 27, 2010
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Kingston Psychiatric Hospital School of Nursing 1886-1971 [graduation pin set]

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Dates
1886
1975
circa 1886-1975
Collection
Rockwood / Kingston Psychiatric Hospital / Providence Continuing Care Centre Collection
Category
Commemorative and Communication Artifacts
Nursing
Mental Health
Classification
Commemorative
Nursing
Mental Health
Mental Health, Hospital
Accession Number
003044001 a-h
Description
A brass plaque displaying seven graduation pins; the pins (b-h) are arranged in an arc pattern and begin with the oldest on the left and progressing to the newest on the right; the pins are mounted on circular cloth discs and are attached to string which is strung through buttons on the back of th…
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Accession Number
003044001 a-h
Collection
Rockwood / Kingston Psychiatric Hospital / Providence Continuing Care Centre Collection
Category
Commemorative and Communication Artifacts
Nursing
Mental Health
Classification
Commemorative
Nursing
Mental Health
Mental Health, Hospital
MeSH Heading
Schools, Nursing
Anniversaries and Special Events
MM= Clothing -- accessory -- nursing
MM= Commemorative and Association Items
Mental Health
Mental Health -- hospital
Mental Health -- hospital -- school
Mental Health -- professional -- nurse
Description
A brass plaque displaying seven graduation pins; the pins (b-h) are arranged in an arc pattern and begin with the oldest on the left and progressing to the newest on the right; the pins are mounted on circular cloth discs and are attached to string which is strung through buttons on the back of the plaque.
Number Of Parts
8
Part Names
a - plaque - Length 30.9 cm x Width 8.4 cm x Depth 1.2 cm
b - 1st pin - Depth 0.6 cm x Diameter 2.2 cm
c - 2nd pin - Depth 0.6 cm x Diameter 2.2 cm
d - 3rd pin - Depth 0.5 cm x Diameter 2.1 cm
e - 4th pin - Depth 0.5 cm x Diameter 2.1 cm
f - 5th pin - Depth 0.5 cm x Diameter 2.1 cm
g - 6th pin - Depth 0.5 cm x Diameter 2.8 cm
h - 7th pin - Depth 0.5 cm x Diameter 2.5 cm
Provenance
Displayed in a gallery at Providence Continuing Care Centre Mental Health Services; owned by the School of Nursing Alumnae of the Kingston Psychiatric Hospital.
Maker
F. T. Moon
Site Made (City)
Kingston
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1886
1975
circa 1886-1975
Date Remarks
The date is engraved on the plaque
Material
metal: yellow
enamel: white, red, green, blue, silver
Inscriptions
"1886 GRADUATION PINS 1971" engraved in the centre of the plaque and on the back; "MADE BY F. T. MOON 1975" engraved on the lower left corner "R H K" printed on the front of the first pin and "A. Porter // 1908" engraved on the back "PROVINCIAL - HOSPITALS - ONTARIO -" printed on the front of the second pin and "STERLING" embossed on the back "PROVINCIAL // HOSPITALS // TRAINING // SCHOOL" printed on the front of the third pin with "STERLING" printed on the back "ONTARIO // HOSPITALS // TRAINING // SCHOOL" printed on the front of the fourth pin with "STERLING" printed on the back "ONTARIO // HOSPITALS // TRAINING // SCHOOL" printed on the front of the fifth pin with "EDWARDS // IOM L" printed on the back "ONTARIO // HOSPITAL // SCHOOL // OF NURSING" printed on the front of the sixth pin with "M. P. DEYO // 1968 // ALLISON IDK" engraved on the back "ONTARIO PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL // SCHOOL OF NURSING" printed on the front of the seventh pin with "STERLING" printed on the back
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-C5-1
Condition Remarks
Plaque has some damage and scuff marks, particularly around the edges and corners; the pins are in very good condition
Copy Type
Original
Research Facts
The pins represent the range of styles given out to School of Nursing graduates from Provincial hospitals (like Ontario Hospital Kingston) between 1886 and 1971 although the earliest pin is actually only from 1908; the owner of the sixth pin was killed and her mother gave the pin to the alumnae.
Exhibit History
On exhibit, (b): Providence Continuing Care Centre: "Rockwood Asylum: Refuge and Renewal 1878–1905" from Feb. 13, 2007 to 24 Nov 2016.
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Paine's Celery Compound

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Dates
1872
1900
circa 1872-1900
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
996001310
Description
Empty tall square amber glass bottle with long cylindrical neck with cork closure style, missing cork; tan paper label on the front and back which list product information as well as a drawing of celery bunch with a child peering out; sides are embossed with text for product name; back label lists …
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Accession Number
996001310
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Drugs, Non-Prescription
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Description
Empty tall square amber glass bottle with long cylindrical neck with cork closure style, missing cork; tan paper label on the front and back which list product information as well as a drawing of celery bunch with a child peering out; sides are embossed with text for product name; back label lists usage directions in English and German.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. M Chiong for his patent medicine collection, from Goodrich, USA, in Oct. 1993.
Maker
Wells, Richardson & Co.
Site Made (City)
Burlington
Site Made (State)
Vermont
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1872
1900
circa 1872-1900
Material
glass: brown
paper: tan
ink: black
Inscriptions
Embossed: "CELERY COMPOUND // PAINE'S"; printed on label: "CELERY // Compound // TRADE MARK REGISTERED // PAINE'S // CELERY // COMPOUND // A TRUE NERVE TONIC, // AN ACTIVE ALTERNATIVE, // A RELIABLE LAXATIVE, // AND DIURETIC // IT RESTORES STRENGTH, // RENEWS VITALITY, // PURIFIES THE BLOOD, // REGULATES THE KIDNEYS, // LIVER AND BOWELS // PRICE $1.00 // PREPARED BY // WELLS, RICHARDSON & CO. // SOLE PROPRIETORS. // BURLINGTON, VT."; back label lists directions in English and German: "DIRECTIONS FOR USING PAINE'S CELERY COMPOUND. // [illeg] Should be graduated to suit the patient, enough being taken to act upon the bowels and keep // [illeg], but lessening the dose if it acts too strongly: for adults, from a teaspoonful to a tablespoonful // [illeg] water four times a day, before eating and at bed time; lessen the dose for children according to age. // [illeg] of Neuralgia and Rheumatism double the above dose for the first two days, and in severe and // obstinate cases, or in any disease complicated with Scrofula, add one-eighth ounce of Iodine of Potassium to // each bottle, then use the medicine faithfully."; repeats in German
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A2-1 Row D
Temporary Location
On exhibit “Quack: The Exhibit that cures all” at Museum of Health Care, 29 June 2017.
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Dimension Notes
Length: 24.8 cm. x Width: 6.6 cm. x Depth: 6.6 cm.
Condition Remarks
Paper yellowed and minor stains overall; front label is in good condition, except for small loss at top left corner; back label is missing small sections from the upper left and lower right corners, with staining; most printing is legible; bottle without chips, cracks, or wear; missing cork
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Reference Comments
"The Great American Medicine Show" by Armstrong & Armstrong, p. 166; "Bottles" by Michael Polak, pp. 19 & 21; "The Snake-Oil Syndrome" by A. Walker Bingham, pp. 32 & 50; "The Golden Age of Quackery" by Stewart H. Holbrook, pp. 52-57; "The Great American Fraud" by Samuel Hopkins Adams, pp. 16 & 17, Hudson's Bay Fall and Winter Catalogue, 1910-1911
Research Facts
Paine's Celery Compound first made in 1872; very popular in the 1890's; bottle likely made between 1860 and 1880.
Contained 21% alcohol, also found in the U.S. (bottle Burlington, VT.), Wells & Richardson bought formula from Mrs. Paine, a Burlington, VT. widow; with natural ingredients of "celery extract, hops and coca" -- combination of cocaine and alcohol; Samuel Hopkins Adams put Paine's in the category of The Bracers (alcoholic stimulants)
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Skinner's Balsam of Aniseed

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Dates
1882
1900
circa 1882-1900
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Respiratory
Accession Number
996001337
Description
Rectangular light aqua glass bottle with long cylindrical neck and a tooled, flanged lip with a flat top and squared edges; there is a ring lower on the neck near the shoulders; all four panels are recessed; the front is flat and undecorated (likely originally had a label); the sides are both flat …
Accession Number
996001337
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Respiratory
MeSH Heading
Antitussive Agents
Cough -- drug therapy
Common Cold -- drug therapy
Asthma, drug therapy
Drugs, Non-Prescription
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Description
Rectangular light aqua glass bottle with long cylindrical neck and a tooled, flanged lip with a flat top and squared edges; there is a ring lower on the neck near the shoulders; all four panels are recessed; the front is flat and undecorated (likely originally had a label); the sides are both flat and undecorated; the back has embossed lettering, as well as the bottom; the bottle is empty.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. M.Chiong for his patent medicine collection, from Kim Snyder (Toronto) on July 9 1994.
Maker
Henry Skinner
Site Made (City)
Kingston
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1882
1900
circa 1882-1900
Material
glass: light aqua
Inscriptions
Bottle back embossed, "SKINNER'S // BALSAM OF ANISEED // KINGSTON ONT."; bottle bottom has an embossed "4" in the middle
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A4-7 Box 2 Row A
Dimension Notes
Length: 15.7 cm. x Width: 5.1 cm. x Depth: 3.0 cm.
Condition Remarks
Bottle has no chips, cracks or wear; bottle is clean on the inside and outside
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Reference Comments
"Bottles" by Michael Polak, pp. 19 & 21; "Bottlers and Bottles, Canadian" by O. Urquhart, p. 207
Research Facts
Skinner, H. & Co. drug listed in 1867 / 82 / 95 dir./ad.
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N. C. Polson bottle

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Dates
1880
1900
circa 1880-1900
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
996001344
Description
Empty oval aqua glass bottle with long cylindrical neck and a tooled, flanged lip with a flat top and squared edges; the front panel of the bottle is flat and has embossed lettering; the sides and back are rounded outwards; there is a small printed paper label attached to the back which lists produ…
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Accession Number
996001344
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Drugs, Non-Prescription
MM= Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter -- container
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Description
Empty oval aqua glass bottle with long cylindrical neck and a tooled, flanged lip with a flat top and squared edges; the front panel of the bottle is flat and has embossed lettering; the sides and back are rounded outwards; there is a small printed paper label attached to the back which lists product information.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. M. Chiong for his patent medicine collection, from Kim Snyder (Toronto) on July 9, 1994.
Maker
N. C. Polson & Co.
Site Made (City)
Kingston
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1880
1900
circa 1880-1900
Material
glass: aqua
paper: beige
Inscriptions
Bottle front embossed, "N. C. POLSON & CO. // DRUGGISTS // KINGSTON ONT."; small label on back reads, "G. S. HOBART, WHOLESALE DRUGGIST // PRINCESS STREET, KINGSTON, ONT."
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A3-9 Row B
Dimension Notes
Length: 17.1 cm. x Width: 6.5 cm. x Depth: 4.0 cm.
Condition Remarks
The bottle has no chips, cracks or wear; the paper label shows small missing sections at the top, but the printing is legible; the bottle shows only minor traces of residue inside and is clean outside
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Document
Photo
Reference Comments
"Bottles" by Michael Polak, pp. 19 & 21; "Canadian Bottle and Stoneware Collector" (magazine) issue No. 16, April/May/June 1996, p. 26; there are three binders of information on the Polson Company with Dr. Chiong's written records; a photograph (b & w) of this bottle has been taken;
Research Facts
After having studied at Queen’s University, Neil C. Polson established a drug business in Kingston in 1877. N.C. Polson & Co. became widely known across North America as a druggist and chemical manufacturer. One of their products, Catarrhozone, was widely advertised as an inhaled germ-killer and remedy for all respiratory ailments. The Vapor treatment was meant to be dropped onto a small piece of wool held inside the portable wood inhaler, then inhaled periodically through the mouth. Polson went on to become mayor of Kingston in 1893.
Their trade covered Canada, the U.S. and the West Indies.
The firm was established by Neil Polson Sr. in 1877, owned a wholesale drug and manufacturing chemist house in Kingston, Ontario. and was taken over by his two sons, Neil Jr. and Henry. They made medicines under the name of Polson Co., the Catarrhozone and Nerviline.
Polson was mayor of Kingston in 1893.
Exhibit History
To display in Museum: Potions, Pills and Prescriptions; May 1, 2000 - 28 Jan 2017.
Images
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19 records – page 1 of 2.