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invalid feeder

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Dates
1930
1950
circa 1930-1950
Collection
Pat Blair Collection
Category
Home Health Care
Patient Care Artifacts
Classification
Patient Care
Treatment, General
Nursing
Accession Number
996020001
Description
Plain white oval ceramic pap boat shaped invalid feeder; open handle with two raised bumps on back with spout pointing straight ahead in line with spout; without manufacturers marks; spout opening is part of body; base partially glazed.
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Accession Number
996020001
Collection
Pat Blair Collection
Category
Home Health Care
Patient Care Artifacts
Classification
Patient Care
Treatment, General
Nursing
MeSH Heading
Feeding Methods
Home Health Nursing
MM= Feeding Dish
Nursing Care -- instrumentation
Description
Plain white oval ceramic pap boat shaped invalid feeder; open handle with two raised bumps on back with spout pointing straight ahead in line with spout; without manufacturers marks; spout opening is part of body; base partially glazed.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Owned by Pat Blair, previously owned by her father.
Dates
1930
1950
circa 1930-1950
Material
porcelain: white
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-D1-
Length
16.3 cm
Width
6.0 cm.
Height
6.0 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Surface crack 2.0 cm long at opening small black dot in glaze on one side near base.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Person
Document
Images
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Dates
1930
1950
circa 1930-1950
Collection
Dr. Charles H. Bird / Dr. Godfrey Bird Collection
Category
Home Health Care
Patient Care Artifacts
Classification
Patient Care
Treatment, General
Nursing
Accession Number
997037514
Description
Round white cup style invalid feeder with rounded cover over opening with spout and handle at an angle; undecorated; stamped in green ink in base manufacturer's stamp.
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Accession Number
997037514
Collection
Dr. Charles H. Bird / Dr. Godfrey Bird Collection
Category
Home Health Care
Patient Care Artifacts
Classification
Patient Care
Treatment, General
Nursing
MeSH Heading
Feeding Methods
Home Health Nursing
MM= Feeding Dish
Nursing Care -- instrumentation
Description
Round white cup style invalid feeder with rounded cover over opening with spout and handle at an angle; undecorated; stamped in green ink in base manufacturer's stamp.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Owned and used by Dr. Charles H. Bird or Dr. H. Godfrey Bird of Gananoque, Ontario.
Site Made (Country)
Germany
Dates
1930
1950
circa 1930-1950
Material
ceramic: white
Inscriptions
"MADE IN GERMANY"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-D1-
Length
12.7 cm
Width
11.5 cm
Height
6.0 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Good condition, with a small bubble in the ceramic of the cup wall behind the handle, discoloured in dark brown as if a metal piece was inside the body; the spout has a very small chip from the rim
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Reference Comments
"Aloe's Catalogue of Superior Surgical Instruments," A. S. Aloe Co., 189–, pp. 938 and 939 similar to item # 11006
Research Facts
Invalid feeders’ also known as sick cups are designed to provide liquid or semi solid nourishment in time of illness or incapacity. There are many different shapes for invalid feeders. Some of the shapes are defined as infant or invalid feeders, however it seems that each manufacture used both terms interchangeably depending on the market they are targeting.
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Dates
1940
1990
circa 1940-1990
Collection
Colonel S. M. Polson Collection
Category
Home Health Care
Patient Care Artifacts
Classification
Patient Care
Treatment, General
Nursing
Accession Number
999021002
Description
Oval ceramic boat shaped invalid feeder; two part handle; handle is in line with the spout; spout opening is part of the body; opening without cover; partially glazed bottom; manufacturing country of origin on base
Accession Number
999021002
Collection
Colonel S. M. Polson Collection
Category
Home Health Care
Patient Care Artifacts
Classification
Patient Care
Treatment, General
Nursing
MeSH Heading
Feeding Methods
Home Health Nursing
MM= Anesthesia, Inhalation -- accessories
MM= Feeding Dish
Nursing Care -- instrumentation
Description
Oval ceramic boat shaped invalid feeder; two part handle; handle is in line with the spout; spout opening is part of the body; opening without cover; partially glazed bottom; manufacturing country of origin on base
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Originally owned and used by Mrs. Nancy C. Polson.
Site Made (Country)
Japan
Dates
1940
1990
circa 1940-1990
Material
ream ceramic: cream ink: green
Inscriptions
Stamped on bottom: "MADE // IN // JAPAN"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-D1
Length
16.8
Width
6.4
Height
6.2
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Shows wear on the bottom.
Copy Type
original
Research Facts
Invalid feeders’ also known as sick cups are designed to provide liquid or semi solid nourishment in time of illness or incapacity. There are many different shapes for invalid feeders. Some of the shapes are defined as infant or invalid feeders, however it seems that each manufacture used both terms interchangeably depending on the market they are targeting.
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basal thermometer

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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

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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
Images
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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 container with 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…
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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 container with 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; previously at Queen's University Masters of Art Conservation Program.
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: “Helliotrope (?) // salve 30 %”; embossed on bottom: “10”
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A2-7
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

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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…
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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

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact15224
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-A3-9 Row B
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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Vaseline Camphor Ice

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact15246
Dates
1936
1955
circa 1936-1955
Collection
Tumak Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Patient Care Artifacts
Home Health Care
Classification
Treatment
Dermatology
Home Health
Patient Care
Pharmacy, Dermatology
Accession Number
015011010 a-b
Description
Cylindrical metal container (a) of Vaseline Camphor Ice; the title is printed horizontally on the container in white on a blue oval background surrounded by a yellow band; outside of this background is a crosshatched pattern in blue and yellow; the manufacturing information and quantity are printed…
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Accession Number
015011010 a-b
Collection
Tumak Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Patient Care Artifacts
Home Health Care
Classification
Treatment
Dermatology
Home Health
Patient Care
Pharmacy, Dermatology
MeSH Heading
Skin Care
Sunburn -- drug therapy
Lubrication
Dermatology
Pharmacy
Home Health
Description
Cylindrical metal container (a) of Vaseline Camphor Ice; the title is printed horizontally on the container in white on a blue oval background surrounded by a yellow band; outside of this background is a crosshatched pattern in blue and yellow; the manufacturing information and quantity are printed in blue on yellow rectangular backgrounds, and the uses of the product are listed in English and French in white print on a blue oval background with a yellow band around it; the cap (b) is rounded and has blue and white stripes around it, and on top the name of the product is printed in white on a blue background; the bottom of the cylinder is hollow for about two centimetres, the rest of the tube is blocked by a circle of white plastic with the remnants of blue lettering on one side; this is meant to be pushed up through the tube to allow the vaseline to come out on the other end; removable cap shows semi-opaque creamy solid product.
Number Of Parts
2
Part Names
a - base
b - cap
Provenance
Belonged to donor.
Maker
Chesebrough Manufacturing Co. Consolidated
Site Made (City)
Montreal
Site Made (State)
Quebec
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1936
1955
circa 1936-1955
Date Remarks
Based on the date "Vaseline Camphor Ice" was trademarked in Canada and on the year that Chesebrough merged with Pond's Extract Company to form Chesebrough-Ponds Inc.
Material
metal: grey
ink: blue, white, yellow
plastic: white
Inscriptions
Printed on canister: "TRADE Vaseline MARK // CAMPHOR ICE // VASELINE IS THE TRADE MARK IDENTIFYING ALL PRODUCTS MADE BY // CHESEBROUGH MFG. CO., CONS'D AND IS REGISTERED IN CANADA, THE // UNITED STATES AND MOST OF THE PRINCIPAL COUNTRIES OF THE WORLD. // NET 1 1/8 OZ. // MADE IN CANADA // For // CHAPPED HANDS & LIPS, // SUN & WIND BURN, ROUGH SKIN. // POUR LES MAINS ET LÈVRES // GERCÉES, PEAU RUDE, ETC. // CHESEBROUGH MANUFACTURING CO. CONSOLIDATED // NEW YORK & MONTREAL"; printed on cap: "Vaseline // TRADE MARK // CAMPHOR // ICE".
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A2-6 Row E
Length
9.1 cm
Diameter
2.4 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Minor dents near base and in the title word "Camphor"; minor scratching/paint chipping,
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Websites, book, journal
Reference Comments
"Vaseline: from trade mark to noun", The Pharmaceutical Journal, 16 DEC 2008: https://www.pharmaceutical-journal.com/opinion/comment/vaseline-from-trade-mark-to-noun/10043789.article?firstPass=false
"Vaseline Camphor Ice" in The Era Formulary: 5000 Formulas for Druggists, compiled and edited by The Pharmaceutical Era, Detroit, Michigan, D. O. Haynes & Company, 1893, pg. 171: https://books.google.ca/books?id=FxxKAAAAMAAJ&source=gbs_navlinks_s
"VASELINE CAMPHOR ICE FOR CHAPPED HANDS & LIPS, SUN & WIND BURN, ROUGH SKIN TRADE MARK CHESEBROUGH-PONDS INC. - Trademark Details", Justia Trademarks: https://trademarks.justia.com/713/71/vaseline-camphor-ice-for-chapped-hands-lips-sun-wind-burn-rough-skin-trade-mark-chesebrough-ponds-inc-71371908.html
WebMD, "Camphor": https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-709/camphor
rubylane, Lake Girl Vintage, Item ID: lgv6368: https://www.rubylane.com/item/700271-lgv6368/Vaseline-Camphor-Ice-Tin-Vintage-Unused
Research Facts
In "The Era Formulary" of 1893, the recipe for Vaseline Camphor Ice was listed as follows: 5 ounces of white wax, 2 ounces of paraffin, 8 ounces of Vaseline, 2 ounces of Camphor, 2 ounces of Gylcerine. Melt the first three, add the camphor, and when dissolved, the glycerine. Mix thoroughly and pour into suitable molds.
The white plastic piece inside the tube once contained the words "PUSH HERE" in blue ink.
Originally, camphor was made from the distilled bark and wood of the camphor tree, but is today made chemically from turpentine oil. Camphor is often today used on the skin or inhaled, but doctors warn against injesting it, as it can cause serious side-effects or death. Camphorated oil has not been sold in the United States since the 1980s because of safety concerns, but it can still be purchased without a prescription in Canada.
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