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Colgate tooth powder

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact14871
Dates
1940
1950
circa 1940-1950
Category
Home Health Care
Classification
Dental
Accession Number
017025001
Description
Narrow oval tin container with cream paint on bottom two thirds and red above with a paper cap stuck on; missing original red plastic cap.
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Accession Number
017025001
Category
Home Health Care
Classification
Dental
MeSH Heading
Dental Care
Oral Hygiene
Toothpaste
Toothbrushing
Description
Narrow oval tin container with cream paint on bottom two thirds and red above with a paper cap stuck on; missing original red plastic cap.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Friends purchased as a gift for donor.
Maker
Colgate - Palmolive - Peet Company Limited
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1940
1950
circa 1940-1950
Material
metal: silver
ink: red, cream
paper: cream
Inscriptions
Printed on front: "COLGATE // TOOTH POWDER"; on back: "Combats Bad Breath - Reveals // Natural Brilliance of your Teeth // Brush your teeth briskly two // ways: first, straight up and // down, then with circular motion. // Do this at least twice a day. // See how Colgate Tooth Powder's // safe, gentle polishing agent quickly // removes dull, dingy surface film, // reveals natural lusters of your teeth. // It also helps your tooth brush // remove decaying food particles // that cause much bad breath. // So, for cleaner, brighter teeth, // and a sweeter breath: use Colgate // Tooth Powder night and morning // and before every date. // COLGATE'S TRADE MARK REG'D. // COLGATE - PALMOLIVE - PEET // COMPANY, LIMITED // MADE IN CANADA // CONTAINER // MADE IN USA"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A3-6
Length
11.5 cm
Width
5.5 cm
Depth
2.7 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Shows wear; large area on front missing paint; metal on bottom stating to indicate corrosion; paper cap stuck on
Copy Type
original
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Dates
1940
1960
circa 1940 - 1960
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Home Health Care
Classification
Hygiene
Home Health
Patient Care
Accession Number
018003001 a-b
Description
Cylindrical roll of one ply tan toilet paper (a) with printed paper label (b) covering exterior; manufacturing information and Royal Arms of the United Kingdom printed on label in dark blue ink; paper wrapped around a thin brown nearly cylindrical cardboard tube; roll is almost square from pressure…
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Accession Number
018003001 a-b
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Home Health Care
Classification
Hygiene
Home Health
Patient Care
MeSH Heading
Sanitation
Equipment and Supplies
Hygiene
MM= Household Articles -- miscellaneous
Description
Cylindrical roll of one ply tan toilet paper (a) with printed paper label (b) covering exterior; manufacturing information and Royal Arms of the United Kingdom printed on label in dark blue ink; paper wrapped around a thin brown nearly cylindrical cardboard tube; roll is almost square from pressure of other rolls in a box.
Number Of Parts
2
Part Names
a - roll
b - label
Provenance
Belonged to Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation; deaccessioned from their collection.
Maker
J. C. Wilson Limited
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1940
1960
circa 1940 - 1960
Date Remarks
Dates provided by donor
Material
paper: tan, brown, cream
ink: navy
Inscriptions
Printed on label: “GOVERNMENT OF CANADA // TOILET PAPER // Made in Canada // J. C. WILSON LIMITED // PAPER MAKERS // MONTREAL – CANADA // 11 ounces”
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A
Length
16.4 cm
Width
14.9 cm
Depth
10.9 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Paper yellowing; object distorted but stable; brown staining at paper seam from adhesive deterioation; minor all over surface staining especially over label
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Website
Reference Comments
Laurin, Serge. “Wilson, James Crocket.” Dictionary of Canadian Biography, University of Toronto/Université Laval. 1990. Accessed 21 May 2019.
Research Facts
J. C. Wilson Limited was founded by James Crocket Wilson in 1870 as J. C. Wilson and Company. The company was one of Canada’s leading paper manufacturers and produced a variety of paper products, including bags, postcards, and toilet paper.
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Feminine Hygienic Syringe Kit 'Tinykit'

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact15193
Dates
1954
1970
circa 1954-1970
Category
Home Health Care
Hygiene
Classification
Gynaecology
Home Health
Hygiene
Accession Number
018023001 a-f
Description
Feminine syringe kit in rectangular cardboard box; the box (a) is printed in blue ink and contains an illustration of a smiling nurse's head on the two largest sides of the box and a blue cross with an "S" in the middle; there is also an illustration on the front of the box of the syringe and bag i…
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Accession Number
018023001 a-f
Category
Home Health Care
Hygiene
Classification
Gynaecology
Home Health
Hygiene
MeSH Heading
Feminine Hygiene Products
Hygiene -- instrumentation
Hygiene
Description
Feminine syringe kit in rectangular cardboard box; the box (a) is printed in blue ink and contains an illustration of a smiling nurse's head on the two largest sides of the box and a blue cross with an "S" in the middle; there is also an illustration on the front of the box of the syringe and bag inside the kit; the box contains information printed in blue, white, and red ink including the product title, the patent number, manufacturing information, ordering information, and information about the product; inside the box are a set of instructions printed in black ink on tan paper (f), a white plastic measuring spoon (e), and a tan latex case (c); inside the case are a long white plastic syringe (b), and a yellow latex bag with a white plastic nozzle (d).
Number Of Parts
6
Part Names
a) box: Length 15.4 cm X Width 6.5 cm X Height 2.0 cm
b) syringe: Length 13.6 cm X Diameter 1.9 cm
c) case: Length 14.3 cm X Width 2.0 cm X Height 6.1 cm
d) bag: Length 14.0 cm X Width 8.0 cm x Height 3.8 cm
e) measuring spoon: Length 5.9 cm X Width 2.1 cm X Height 1.1 cm
f) instructions: Length 13.9 cm X Width 5.0 cm
Provenance
Belonged to donor.
Maker
Shush, Inc.
Site Made (City)
Akron
Site Made (State)
Ohio
Site Made (Country)
U.S.A.
Dates
1954
1970
circa 1954-1970
Date Remarks
Date based on patent number as well as illustration and graphic style on box.
Material
paper: tan
ink: blue, black, red
latex: tan, yellow
plastic: white
Inscriptions
Printed on front of box (a): "Shush "tinykit®" // S // FEMININE HYGIENIC SYRINGE // BAG OF DIPPED LATEX WITH // CAPACITY FOR THOROUGH // HYGIENIC CLEANSING // SCIENTIFICALLY // DESIGNED NOZZLE // WITH A SPRAY // THAT GOES UPWARD AND OUTWARD FOR THAT CLEANSING ACTION. // RECOMMENDED BY DOCTORS FOR MAXIMUM HYGIENIC SECURITY. // U.S. PATENT 2,664,893 // Complete Feminine Syringe Kit in a water-proof case for home or travel"; printed on back of box: "Shush "tinykit®" // S // Fastidious women everywhere will welcome the new // Shush "tinykit' ... a kit for her most personal // necessities, compactly arranged in a tiny inconspicuous // travel container. She'll appreciate too, a great confidence // in Shush ... for the Shush "tinykit" is scientifically designed // for maximum efficiency. Truly, Shush is the modern answer // to M'Lady's personal daintiness - at home or away. // U.S. PATENT 2,664,893"; printed on long sides of box: "Shush "tinykit®" for personal daintiness // SHUSH INC., AKRON, OHIO, U.S.A."; printed on short sides of box: ""tinykit" for M'LADY'S // PERSONAL DAINTINESS"; printed on inside flap of box: "IF UNABLE TO BUY LOCALLY SEND ONE // DOLLAR WITH YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS TO // SHUSH INC., AKRON 8, OHIO // LITHO IN U.S.A."; embossed on case (c): "Shush "tinykit®" // AKRON, OHIO"; raised on measuring spoon (e): "Lysol® // BRAND DISINFECTANT"; printed on instructions sheet (f): "INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE // ADD ONE-HALF TEASPOONFUL (ONE SPOONFUL OF THE ENCLOSED // MEASURING DEVICE) OF LYSOL BRAND DISINFECTANT TO ONE // PINT OF WARM WATER. MIX THOROUGHLY IN SEPARATE // CONTAINER BEFORE POURING INTO BAG. RINSE THE TINYKIT // WITH WATER AFTER USING."
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-D8-10
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Minor tearing and fraying of cardboard box, paper instructions minorly crumpled.
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Websites, book
Reference Comments
https://timeline.com/sexist-history-douching-bcc39f3d216c
https://www.motherjones.com/media/2012/03/when-women-used-lysol-birth-control/
http://www.gutenberg.org/files/21724/21724-h/21724-h.htm
https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/11644980
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lysols-vintage-ads-subtly-pushed-women-to-use-its-disinfectant-as-birth-control-218734/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/mrbill/albums/834100/with/37387729/
http://magic.msu.edu/search~S39?/cHQ766%20.S32%201917%20Online/chq%20%20766%20s32%201917%20online/-3,-1,0,B/frameset&FF=chq%20%20766%20s32%201917%20online&1,1,
https://inews.co.uk/opinion/comment/a-brief-history-of-vaginal-douching-and-women-cleaning-themselves-with-disinfectants/
http://www.freepatentsonline.com/2664893.html
Research Facts
This object was used for vaginal douching, a historically common practice of women's hygiene until recently. Today, doctors do not recommend douching as the vagina is self-cleaning and attempting to clean it with soaps and chemicals could be harmful to its pH balance and cause damage.
Beginning in the early 20th century, women would often use Lysol, a household disinfectant, as a douche. Lysol advertised this purpose, claiming that it would guard against odors (believed to be a euphemism for birth control).
Before 1911, there were a reported 193 poisonings and five deaths from Lysol douching, and women often complained of burning and blisters. In 1952, Lysol's formula was changed from cresol to become a quarter as toxic as before. The Lysol used in homes today is not the same as the one historically used for douching, and is no longer owned by the same company.
Advertisements for Lysol as a feminine hygiene product often targeted women's insecurities about their bodies and caused them to feel badly about them and feel the need to use a douche to remain clean and fresh. Lines used in different 20th century Lysol advertisements include: "Often a wife fails to realize that doubts due to one intimate neglect shut her out from happy married love", "Day after heartbreaking day I was held in [...] a web spun by my husband's indifference. [...] Was the fault mine?", "No woman who has a normal foundation of good health can be forgiven for failing to "stay young with her husband.""
The douche was the most popular “contraceptive” in the USA by 1940. In 1933, nearly half of a study of 507 women who used Lysol as a contraceptive became pregnant.
This particular douche design was invented by George P. Kempel and was made to be able to be disposed after one use according to its patent.
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Sheftel urine sugar test kit

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact14439
Dates
1940
1950
circa 1940-1950
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Home Health Care
Patient Care Artifacts
Classification
Clinical Laboratory Diagnosis
Diagnosis
Urology
Accession Number
1973.2.6
Description
Sheftel urine sugar test kit consists of clear glass test tube, graduated at 1.5 cc; clear glass pipette with black rubber tip graduated at 0.25 cc and 0.13 cc; clear glass cylinder vial of (b) holds fifty (x50) blue tablets of copper sulfate compound (reagent) No. 1587 with black plastic screw cap…
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Accession Number
1973.2.6
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Home Health Care
Patient Care Artifacts
Classification
Clinical Laboratory Diagnosis
Diagnosis
Urology
MeSH Heading
Diabetes Mellitus
Diagnosis -- instrumentation
Description
Sheftel urine sugar test kit consists of clear glass test tube, graduated at 1.5 cc; clear glass pipette with black rubber tip graduated at 0.25 cc and 0.13 cc; clear glass cylinder vial of (b) holds fifty (x50) blue tablets of copper sulfate compound (reagent) No. 1587 with black plastic screw cap; clear glass cylinder vial (f) holds thirty (x30) white tablets of methenamine No. 1588 for timed burning with red plastic screw cap; clear glass rod with spoon end mounted with red rubber test tube cleaner at opposite end; khaki coloured paper sleeve holds paper colour chart with four green colour bars on both sides, one side is for chart for one tablet and the other is for two tablets; black plastic hinged case has textured top and bottom with sides cut at an angle and small silver metal push button used to open case; inside case mounted on top section a silver metal bar with custom metal grips to hold vials and other items; centre metal part includes a metal bar hanging down with open cirlce to hold test tube and bottom with a solid concave metal pan with scorch marks from previous buring of the reagents; embossed on the other lid section is the name of the product and manufacturers name; this plain section stores the instruction booklet and colour chart; instruction booklet provides photographs of each step and tips on testing the urine for sugar, how to read the colour chart and how to clean the test tube.
Number Of Parts
8
Part Names
a - case
b - copper sulphate tablets
c - pipette
d - glass vial
e - glass spoon
f - methenamine reagent tablets
g - colour chart in sleeve
h - instruction booklet
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine; source: Dr. Winston S. Mahon of Willowdale, Ont.
Maker
Eli Lilly and Company
Site Made (City)
Indianapolis
Site Made (State)
Indiana
Site Made (Country)
U.S.A.
Dates
1940
1950
circa 1940-1950
Inscriptions
Embossed on case: "Lilly"; embossed inside case bottom: "URINE SUGAR TEST CASE // SHEFTEL // ELI LILLY AND COMPANY // INDIANA, U.S.A"; printed on booklet cover: "DIRECTIONS FOR USING // URINE SUGAR TEST CASE, // SHEFTEL // BASED ON A METHOD DEVISED BY A. G. SHEFTEL, M.D. // Prepared only by // ELI LILLY AND COMPANY INDIANAPOLIS 6, INDIANA, U.S.A."; on vial b: "60 REAGENT TABLETS No.1587 // COPPER SULPHATE COMPOUND // (For Urine Sugar Test, Sheftel); on vial f: "40 REAGENT TABLETS No.1588 // METHENAMINE // FOR TIMED BURING"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-F6-12
Length
a - 12.1 cm
b - 9.9 cm
c - 9.6 cm
d - 9.6 cm
e - 10.5 cm
f - 7.5 cm
g -10.9 cm
h - 10.3 cm
Width
a - 10.8 cm
c - 1.0 cm
e - 1.5 cm
g - 2.6 cm
h - 6.4 cm
Depth
a - 3.5 cm
h - 0.2 cm
Diameter
b - 2.5 cm
c - 0.7 cm
d - 1.5 cm
e - 0.7 cm
f - 1.2 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Dimension Notes
g - colour chart in sleeve; chart is 10.0 cm x 2.2 cm h - instruction booklet closed
Condition Remarks
Paper sleeve for colour chart is missing upper corner of one side, shows liquid damage and stains; booklet shows liquid damage along bottom creating colour transfer of burgundy paper cover on white paper, shows stains and wrinkles
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Internet
Research Facts
Smithsonian's National Museum of American History: Lilly Urine Sugar Test Kit, Sheftel, Test Kit No. 6, 1940s. A diabetes manual from 1947 describes the kit as “a compact, portable set suitable for the handbag; it employs reagents in tablet form so there is no danger of spilling. It can be set up anywhere, and an accurate quantitative test for sugar can be run in five minutes.”
Exhibit History
On exhibit at L-2016-9 Ontario Science Centre 3 Oct 2016 - 31 Dec 2018.
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basal thermometer

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact14527
Dates
1950
1980
circa 1950-1980
Collection
Barber Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Home Health Care
Classification
Diagnosis, General
Accession Number
013008005
Description
Basal temperature thermometer model TB 312(a) in original box (d-e) with instruction pamphlet (f) and used chart (g) for C. Ashdown from 26 July to 6 November; thermometer in black case (b) and clear plastic cap (c).
Accession Number
013008005
Collection
Barber Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Home Health Care
Classification
Diagnosis, General
MeSH Heading
Body Temperature -- instrumentation
Thermometers
Weights and Measures
Description
Basal temperature thermometer model TB 312(a) in original box (d-e) with instruction pamphlet (f) and used chart (g) for C. Ashdown from 26 July to 6 November; thermometer in black case (b) and clear plastic cap (c).
Number Of Parts
7
Part Names
a - thermomter
b - case
c - case cap
d -box bottom
e - box lid
f - instructions
g - chart
Provenance
Items belong to donor's grandfather, Dr. Herbert L. Barber, physician, in Burkes' Falls, Ontario.
Maker
Becton Dickinson and Company
Site Made (City)
Rutherford
Site Made (State)
New Jersey
Site Made (Country)
USA
Dates
1950
1980
circa 1950-1980
Material
paper: tan, cream, green
ink: gold, black
plastic: clear, black
glass: transparent
Inscriptions
Printed on box: "A STANDARD OF THE MEDICAL PROFESSION SINCE 1897 // Basal Temperature Thermometer // FOR DETERMINING TIME OF OVULATION // WITH BASAL TEMPERATURE GRAPH // MANUFACTURED BY Becton, Dickinson and Company // TB 312"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-F4-4
Length
16.1 cm
Width
7.0 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Dimension Notes
Box measurements
Condition Remarks
Box shows wear around edges
Copy Type
original
Reference Comments
Internet
Research Facts
Basal body temperature thermometers are marketed and sold specifically for women trying to get pregnant. While charting your basal body temperature (BBT) is a good way to track ovulation, one of the biggest benefits to this method is the low expense.
To get an accurate reading, you must take your temperature when you first wake up in the morning, before you even sit up in bed. And you'll need to use a basal thermometer, which is sensitive enough to measure minute changes in body temperature. Try to wake up and take a reading at about the same time each morning.
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gauze bandage roll

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact14933
Dates
1940
1950
circa 1940-1950
Collection
Parks Canada Agency Pharmacy Collection
Category
Home Health Care
Classification
Home Health
Patient Care
Accession Number
014002213
Description
Short cylindrical paper package containing 3.0 cm wide sterilzed rolled gauze bandage; label contains product information including manufacturer' sealed top and bottom with circle of paper.
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Accession Number
014002213
Collection
Parks Canada Agency Pharmacy Collection
Category
Home Health Care
Classification
Home Health
Patient Care
MeSH Heading
First Aid
Home Health
Description
Short cylindrical paper package containing 3.0 cm wide sterilzed rolled gauze bandage; label contains product information including manufacturer' sealed top and bottom with circle of paper.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Transferred from the Parks Canada Agency, via Gail Cariou of the Curatorial and Collections Branch.
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1940
1950
circa 1940-1950
Material
paper: tan
ink: blue
Inscriptions
Printed on label: "3-300 // Gauze Bandage // (Sterlized) // 2" x 5 yds. // Texpack // Limited // Brantford, Canada"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-D4-7
Dimension Notes
Length 5.0 cm x Diam. 3.0 cm
Condition Remarks
Shows minor wear along edges
Copy Type
original
Research Facts
Part of First Aid Kit 014.002.195
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gauze bandage roll

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact14934
Dates
1940
1950
circa 1940-1950
Collection
Parks Canada Agency Pharmacy Collection
Category
Home Health Care
Classification
Home Health
Patient Care
Accession Number
014002214
Description
Narrow cylindrical paper package containing 10.0 cm wide sterilzed rolled gauze bandage; label contains product information including manufacturer' sealed top and bottom with circle of paper.
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Accession Number
014002214
Collection
Parks Canada Agency Pharmacy Collection
Category
Home Health Care
Classification
Home Health
Patient Care
MeSH Heading
First Aid
Home Health
Description
Narrow cylindrical paper package containing 10.0 cm wide sterilzed rolled gauze bandage; label contains product information including manufacturer' sealed top and bottom with circle of paper.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Transferred from the Parks Canada Agency, via Gail Cariou of the Curatorial and Collections Branch.
Maker
Johnson & Johnson Limited
Site Made (City)
Montreal
Site Made (State)
Quebec
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1940
1950
circa 1940-1950
Material
paper: tan
ink: blue
Inscriptions
Printed on label: "3-NIC // BANDAGE GAUZE // 4" x 6 YARDS. // LOT No. 2 STERLIZED // Sterility Guaranteed // Unless Opened // Johnson & Johnson // Limited Montreal // MADE IN CANADA"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-D4-7
Dimension Notes
Length 10.2 cm x Diam. 3.2 cm
Condition Remarks
Shows minor wear along folds of paper including several small tears and wrinkling along the length; sealing sticker beginning to peel off
Copy Type
original
Research Facts
Part of First Aid Kit 014.002.195
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Dates
1930
1950
circa 1930 - 1950
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Home Health Care
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Home Health
Accession Number
015005001
Description
Short squat cylindrical brown wax coated cardboard salve in heavy cardboard container with cylindrical non-removable lid; one-quarter full with hardened black paste; shallow circular push up bottom and embossed manufacturer information on bottom; lid has rolled top edge and depressed top surface …
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Accession Number
015005001
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Home Health Care
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Home Health
MeSH Heading
Drugs -- Non-Prescription
Podiatry
Drugs -- topical -- container
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- jar
MM= Drugs -- topical
MM= Drugs -- topical -- container
Drug Packaging
Ointments
Description
Short squat cylindrical brown wax coated cardboard salve in heavy cardboard container with cylindrical non-removable lid; one-quarter full with hardened black paste; shallow circular push up bottom and embossed manufacturer information on bottom; lid has rolled top edge and depressed top surface with hand written product information.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Duplicate in their collection.
Dates
1930
1950
circa 1930 - 1950
Date Remarks
Dates provided by donor
Material
paper: brown
ink: black
Inscriptions
Hand written on top of lid in black ink: “[Illeg.] // [Illeg.] 30 %”; embossed on bottom: “[Illeg.] // 10”
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A
Length
2.5 cm
Diameter
3.6 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Minor cracking all over side wall; large dent in side wall; minor abrasion and scratches on bottom
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Website
Reference Comments
“Salve.” Dictionary.com, 2019. Accessed 8 June 2019.
Research Facts
A salve is a topical medicated cream or ointment used on the skin to heal or relieve symptoms.
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Norforms Antiseptic Vaginal Suppositories

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact15216
Dates
1948
1973
circa 1948-1973
Collection
Tumak Collection
Category
Home Health Care
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Patient Care Artifacts
Hygiene
Classification
Gynaecology
Home Health
Hygiene
Patient Care
Pharmacy, Gynaecology
Accession Number
015011001 a-e
Description
Small rectangular tan paper box of Norforms Antiseptic Vaginal Suppositories; the box is in two parts, with a slip cover open at both ends (a) and a box open at the top (b) which slides into the cover; both of these have red print in English and French and the cover has gold; inside the box is a ca…
Accession Number
015011001 a-e
Collection
Tumak Collection
Category
Home Health Care
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Patient Care Artifacts
Hygiene
Classification
Gynaecology
Home Health
Hygiene
Patient Care
Pharmacy, Gynaecology
MeSH Heading
Suppositories
Vagina
Hygiene
Antisepsis
Deodorants
Gynaecology
Description
Small rectangular tan paper box of Norforms Antiseptic Vaginal Suppositories; the box is in two parts, with a slip cover open at both ends (a) and a box open at the top (b) which slides into the cover; both of these have red print in English and French and the cover has gold; inside the box is a cardboard divider (c) folded equally five times accordion style; inside a fold of the divider is a vaginal suppository (d) sealed in grey metal foil; the suppository is shaped like a semi-flattened cone; in the bottom of the box below the divider is a flat sheet of card with "NORFORMS" printed in brown in the centre of one side.
Number Of Parts
5
Part Names
a - cover: Length 8.1 cm X Width 3.4 cm X Height 4.3 cm
b - box: Length 8.0 cm X Width 3.2 cm X Height 4.1 cm
c - divider: Length 7.8 cm X Width 4.2 cm X Height 3.0 cm
d - suppository: Length 3.4 cm X Width 3.8 cm X Height 0.8 cm
e - card: Length 7.4 cm X Width 2.5 cm
Provenance
Belonged to donor.
Maker
Norwich Pharmacal Company, Ltd.
Site Made (City)
Paris
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1948
1973
circa 1948-1973
Date Remarks
Based on the registration of the trademark "Norforms" in Canada and the Smithsonian's record of a package of Norforms.
Material
paper: tan
ink: red, gold, brown
metal: grey
Inscriptions
Printed on top of cover (a): "Norforms®"; printed on front of cover: "ANTISEPTIC VAGINAL SUPPOSITORIES // Each Norforms is hermetically sealed to avoid leakage. // Norforms are of proper consistency for use at average // temperatures. In very hot weather keep in a cool place, or // hold, before unwrapping, under cold water for a few // minutes. // 50 // DEODORANT · GERMICIDAL"; printed on bottom of cover (some words obscured by water damage): "NORFORMS // ANTISEPTIC VAGINAL SUPPOSITORIES // EACH NORFORM [...] // Phenylmercuric Acetate [...] thonium // Chloride 0.2%, Methylparab [...] dispers- // ible base. // DEODORANT · GERMICIDAL // NORWICH PHARMACAL COMPANY, LTD., PARIS, CANADA // 13-03-60 // LOT NO. 1020"; printed on side of box (some words obscured by water damage, but the French side of the box reveals what they are): "6 // NEW, IMPROVED // NORFORMS® // Norwich ® // FOR MEDICINAL // PURPOSES ONLY // INSTRUCTIONS INSIDE"; printed on suppository package (d): "NORFORMS"; printed on card (e):" NORFORMS".
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A2-7
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Some water damage on outer box; printing in these spots has been washed away and is no longer readable, especially on the bottom of the box.
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Websites, magazine
Reference Comments
History of Norwich Pharmacal Company - Part 1, Birth of an Industry - Norwich Pharmacal Company, by Dr. Reuben Jeffery - written in 1916; June 19, 2016, Local History Notes; Published in Norwich Percolate, January 15, 1935: http://smdlocalhistoryblog.blogspot.com/2016/06/history-of-norwich-pharmacal-company.html
History of Norwich Pharmacal Company - Part 1, Birth of an Industry - Norwich Pharmacal Company, by Dr. Reuben Jeffery - written in 1916; June 19, 2016, Local History Notes; Published in Norwich Percolate, January 15, 1935: http://smdlocalhistoryblog.blogspot.com/2016/06/history-of-norwich-pharmacal-company_20.html
Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Norforms Antiseptic Deodorant Suppositories, catalogue number 1986.0198.037: https://www.si.edu/object/nmah_738638
Government of Canada, Canadian Trademarks Database, NORFORMS — 0200962: http://www.ic.gc.ca/app/opic-cipo/trdmrks/srch/viewTrademark.html?id=200962&lang=eng
Jet (magazine), 10 Dec 1959, Vol XVII, no. 7, page 1: https://books.google.ca/books?id=vK4DAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA2&lpg=PA2&dq=norforms+antiseptic+vaginal+suppositories&source=bl&ots=DP_igBSM_X&sig=ACfU3U2inkjqlPbh-Gtw5x-NIL_vZ1Wckg&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwj5xLHTi6jjAhWoZd8KHSbKDqw4ChDoATABegQIBxAB#v=onepage&q=norforms%20antiseptic%20vaginal%20suppositories&f=false
Wikipedia, Phenymercury acetate, last edited 23 December, 2018: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phenylmercury_acetate
Research Facts
Norforms were intended to protect the vaginal tract from germs. They were used by manner of inserting the suppository into the vagina, where it would melt at body temperature. Advertisements claimed that the suppositories would not harm delicate tissues and that they were tested and proved in hospital clinics. They were also intended to eliminate odours. Today, the ingredients may be considered dangerous because of the presence of phenylmercuric acetate, which contains mercury.
The Norwich Pharmacal Company was founded in Norwich, N.Y. by Rev. Mr. Lafayette Moore in 1885, and began from a small basket of pills and the equipment to make them. This company was the first to use the word "pharmacal", not technically an English word at the time, but one which grew popular because of their use of it.
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Rexall Hygienic Powder

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Dates
1935
1955
circa 1935-1955
Collection
Tumak Collection
Category
Home Health Care
Hygiene
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Hygiene
Home Health
Pharmacy, General
Gynaecology
Accession Number
015011006 a-b
Description
Rectangular cardboard box (a) with light blue background and dark blue print, containing a sealed jar (b) of Rexall's Hygienic Powder; the box has a flap at the top with two smaller flaps underneath, and the name of the product is printed on the top flap; on the front of the box is the name of the …
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Accession Number
015011006 a-b
Collection
Tumak Collection
Category
Home Health Care
Hygiene
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Hygiene
Home Health
Pharmacy, General
Gynaecology
MeSH Heading
Wound Healing
Gynecology
Hygiene
Powders
Pharmaceutical Preparations
Pharmacy
Home Health
Description
Rectangular cardboard box (a) with light blue background and dark blue print, containing a sealed jar (b) of Rexall's Hygienic Powder; the box has a flap at the top with two smaller flaps underneath, and the name of the product is printed on the top flap; on the front of the box is the name of the product inside a decorative printed dark blue border on a dark blue background; below this on a light blue background is a short description of the product's qualities and ingredients, and below this is the manufacturing information on a dark blue border; the side of the box contains directions on the use of the product and its quantity; the other two sides of the box contain the same information in French; the jar is of clear glass, nearly full of white powder; there is a cream coloured paper label which goes around the whole jar; the label's print is all in dark blue, and is of the same design and contains the same information in both English and French (except the front panel with the product name, which is only listed in English) as the box.; the jar has a metal screw cap painted white, and the bottom of the jar contains raised symbols in the glass.
Number Of Parts
2
Part Names
a- box: Length 6.5 cm X Width 6.5 cm X Height 12.7 cm
b- jar: Height 11.6 cm X Diameter 5.2 cm
Provenance
Belonged to donor.
Maker
Rexall Drug Co. Limited
Site Made (City)
Toronto
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1935
1955
circa 1935-1955
Date Remarks
Based on design and Rexall history
Material
paper: tan, cream
ink: light blue, dark blue, white
metal: yellow
glass: clear
powder: white
Inscriptions
Printed on top of box: "Rexall // Hygienic // Powder // D 432"; printed on front of box: "Rexall // Hygienic // Powder // Non-irritating // Cleansing // and // Soothing // Contains selected qualities of // Boric Acid, Borax, Bicarbon- // ate of Soda, Thymol, Menthol, // Methyl Salicylate and Eucal- // yptol in well balanced pro- // portions. // REXALL DRUG CO. // LIMITED. // TORONTO, // CANADA."; printed on side of box: "DIRECTIONS // As a Gargle, or as a // cleansing dressing for // minor skin injuries: // Dissolve one heaping tea- // spoonful in a glass of // water. // As a Spray for use in an // Atomizer: Dissolve one - // half teaspoonful in a glass // of water. // As a douche for fountain // syringe: Dissolve one // heaping tablepoonful in // two quarts of warm water. // Use at a comfortable tem - // perature. // Repeat as necessary. // 5 Ounces D 432".
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Websites
Reference Comments
http://capnrexall.blogspot.com/2011/06/rexall-history-short-version.html
https://newscenter.dollargeneral.com/news/dollar-general-to-be-exclusive-retailer-of-rexall-brand-products.htm
LIFE magazine, 5 May, 1952, page 157: https://books.google.ca/books?id=HVYEAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA157&lpg=PA157&dq=%22rexall+hygienic+powder%22&source=bl&ots=h5UvB6SRUY&sig=ACfU3U3x_jY6yeg-_uHeMScmzNGHUefZ7A&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiCzZzg4ozjAhWXXc0KHVtICOEQ6AEwDXoECAUQAQ#v=onepage&q=%22rexall%20hygienic%20powder%22&f=false
Research Facts
In 1952, Rexall Hygienic Powder sold for 65 cents,
Rexall began in the United States in 1902 in Boston, and expanded throughout the country during the early 20th century. Rexall went under in 1986 in the United States, but remains a brand name there and a chain of Drug Stores in Canada.
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