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Mellin's Food for Infants

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Dates
1880
1920
circa 1880-1920
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Home Health Care
Infant Food
Infant Nutrition
Food, Fortified
Classification
Pharmacy, Other
Home Health Care
Infant Food
Infant Nutrition
Food, Fortified
Accession Number
1980.18.285
Description
A sealed glass bottle with slightly rounded shoulders, a wide neck, and a metal screw-on cap; contains a white powder; embossed lettering around bottle at neck.
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Accession Number
1980.18.285
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Home Health Care
Infant Food
Infant Nutrition
Food, Fortified
Classification
Pharmacy, Other
Home Health Care
Infant Food
Infant Nutrition
Food, Fortified
MeSH Heading
Food, Fortified
Infant Food
Infant Nutrition
Description
A sealed glass bottle with slightly rounded shoulders, a wide neck, and a metal screw-on cap; contains a white powder; embossed lettering around bottle at neck.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine; source: Mr. Dean Charters.
Maker
Mellin's Food Co. of North America
Site Made (City)
Boston
Site Made (State)
Massachusetts
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1880
1920
circa 1880-1920
Material
glass: aqua
metal: grey
organic matter: white
Inscriptions
Embossed with: "Mellin's Food Co. Boston, U.S. Small Size"; embossed on bottom: "W13"; lid labelled: "For the Baby // Mellins Food For Infants"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A1-6 Row B
Dimension Notes
Length 12.0 cm x Diam. 6.0 cm
Condition Remarks
Lid is rusted
Copy Type
Original
Research Facts
Mellin's Food Company was a maker of Mellin's Food for Infants and Invalids in Boston, Massachusetts.
The company started when the English food chemist Gustav Mellin developed an infant formula in 1866. Mellin's formula was a simplified version of one which had been recently invented by the German chemist Justus von Liebig. It wasn't a total nutritional supplement, the powder was diluted with cow's milk and water and was called a "milk modifier". It was a "soluble, dry extract of wheat, malted barley and bicarbonate of potassium." The formula was advertised with the slogan: "Mellin's Food for Infants and Invalids: The only perfect substitute for Mother's Milk".
By the 1890's Mellin's Food was the most popular of the infant foods sold in the United States. This success was due primarily to aggressive marketing — advertisements for Mellin's often included supposed testimonials from parents that Mellin's had brought their children back from the brink of death.
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Dermis strands tube; box

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Dates
1900
1950
1900-1950
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
General Surgery
Accession Number
1980.3.4 a-b
Description
A glass vial with rubber cap contains boilable sutures; comes in a cardboard box.
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Accession Number
1980.3.4 a-b
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
General Surgery
MeSH Heading
Sutures
Ligation -- instrumentation
MM= Ligation and Suture -- suture
Description
A glass vial with rubber cap contains boilable sutures; comes in a cardboard box.
Number Of Parts
2
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine; source: Dr. Walter L. Percival of Windsor, Ont.
Maker
F.W. Jaeger
Site Made (City)
Boston
Site Made (State)
Massachusetts
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1900
1950
1900-1950
Material
cardboard: white; black
glass: clear
suture material: brown
rubber: brown
Inscriptions
On box: "Twenty-five Strands // DERMIS (STERILE) // F.W. JAEGER (BOILABLE) 76 Atherton Street, Boston, Mass."; label on glass vial reads, "Medium Dermis Boilable 25 strands F.W. Jaeger"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-F1-10
Condition Remarks
Rubber decayed.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
JPG
Reference Comments
CD #UHN
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Dates
1900
1930
1900-1930
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
1984.4.3
Description
A metal tin with a press-on lid; contains ointment; on lid in repousse: A soldier and a horse with a gun carriage or a cannon.
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Accession Number
1984.4.3
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Drugs, Non-Prescription
MM= Drugs -- topical balms, lotions
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- tin
Description
A metal tin with a press-on lid; contains ointment; on lid in repousse: A soldier and a horse with a gun carriage or a cannon.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine; History of Medicine Museum collections.
Maker
Redding and Co.
Site Made (City)
Boston
Site Made (State)
Massachusetts
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1900
1930
1900-1930
Date Remarks
Original record had "early 20c."
Material
metal: silver; brown
Inscriptions
On lid: "RUSSIA SALVE // REDDING & CO. // BOSTON"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A2-8 Row E
Dimension Notes
Depth 1.5 cm x Diam. 4.5 cm
Copy Type
Original
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Genuine Sanford's Ginger

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Dates
1900
1910
circa 1900-1910
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Pharmacy, Respiratory
Accession Number
996001218
Description
Rectangular tinted green glass medicine bottle; three recessed panels each with embossed writing on glass; on flat side; cylindrical neck intended for cork stopper.
Accession Number
996001218
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Pharmacy, Respiratory
MeSH Heading
Drugs, Non-Prescription
MM= Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter -- container
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Description
Rectangular tinted green glass medicine bottle; three recessed panels each with embossed writing on glass; on flat side; cylindrical neck intended for cork stopper.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Acquired by Dr. M. Chiong for his patent medicine collection; purchased from Goodrich U.S.A. in Oct. 1993.
Maker
Potter Drug & Chem. Corp.
Site Made (City)
Boston
Site Made (State)
Massachusetts
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1900
1910
circa 1900-1910
Material
glass: green
Inscriptions
Potter Drug & Chem. Corp. // Genuine Sanford's Ginger // A delicious combination of // Ginger, French Brandy and // Choice Aromatics, regd 1876
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A4-7 Box 2 Row A
Dimension Notes
Length: 16.8 cm. x Width: 6.0 cm. x Depth: 3.2 cm.
Condition Remarks
Some accumulation of surface grime
Copy Type
Original
Research Facts
Ginger is an all-around herb and a warming herb that has been shown to reduce inflammation, increase circulation, boost your immunities, and even help to relieve coughs and sore throats.
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advertising clock sign

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Dates
1905
1915
circa 1905-1915
Collection
Mrs. Betty Young Macpherson Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Advertisements
Accession Number
004004006
Description
Decorative double sided hanging cardboard advertising clock sign stating "Doctor is In" and "Doctor is Out"; clock face with adjustable metal hands on one side; metal eyelet for hanging; advertising Veracolate with manufacturers logo.
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Accession Number
004004006
Collection
Mrs. Betty Young Macpherson Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Advertisements
MeSH Heading
Location Directories and Signs
MM= Interior Design and Furnishings -- sign, office
Description
Decorative double sided hanging cardboard advertising clock sign stating "Doctor is In" and "Doctor is Out"; clock face with adjustable metal hands on one side; metal eyelet for hanging; advertising Veracolate with manufacturers logo.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Owned by donor's father Dr. Frank Stevenson Young, Seeley's Bay , Ontario
Maker
The Marcy Co. Manufacturing Chemists
Site Made (City)
Boston
Site Made (State)
Massachusetts
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1905
1915
circa 1905-1915
Date Remarks
Donor's remarks
Material
paper: cream
ink: black, red,white, yellow
metal: black
Inscriptions
Printed: "Doctor // is // IN // Please be Seated // VERACOLATE // A True Cholagogue"; in the logo: "MANUFACTURES OF PHARMACEUTICALS // MARCY // Doctor // is Out // Will Return At"; "The // MARCY CO. // MANUFACTURING CHEMISTS // BOSTON, MASS."; clock face:"VERACOLATE"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-2-5 Box 19
Dimension Notes
Length 18.1 cm x Width 13.3 cm x Depth 0.2 cm
Condition Remarks
Cardboard creased and torn, missing areas; several minor tears around edges; foxing throughout; one corner shows signs of impact; metal hand warped
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
JPG
Reference Comments
CD #6
Research Facts
Sign used by the donor's father Dr. Frank Stevenson Young in his doctor's office sometime between 1908-1947 in Seeleys Bay, Ont.
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Cuticura Resolvent

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Dates
1883
1910
circa 1883-1910
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Dermatology
Accession Number
996001331
Description
Square light aqua bottle with long cylindrical neck and a tooled, plain broad sloping collar; all four panels are recessed; the front and back have attached printed paper labels which list product information; both side panels have embossed lettering; full of Cuticura Resolvent and sealed with a co…
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Accession Number
996001331
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Dermatology
MeSH Heading
Skin Care
Drugs, Non-Prescription
MM= Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter -- container
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Description
Square light aqua bottle with long cylindrical neck and a tooled, plain broad sloping collar; all four panels are recessed; the front and back have attached printed paper labels which list product information; both side panels have embossed lettering; full of Cuticura Resolvent and sealed with a cork in the neck with a paper seal over top.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. M.Chiong for his patent medicine collection, from Goodrich, USA in Oct.1993.
Maker
Potter Drug & Chemical Corporation
Site Made (City)
Boston
Site Made (State)
Massachusetts
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1883
1910
circa 1883-1910
Material
glass: light aqua
paper: orange; black; off-white
cork: beige
Inscriptions
Bottle neck embossed, "6 OZS."; left side embossed, "CUTICURA TREATMENT // FOR AFFECTIONS // OF THE SKIN"; right side embossed, "POTTER DRUG & CHEMICAL // CORPORATION // BOSTON, U.S.A."; front label reads, "CUTICURA // RESOLVENT // CONTAINS 20% ALCOHOL // 6 FL. OZ. NET // CUTICURA // RESOLVENT // A Gentle // Alterative // Tonic and // Aperient // Prepared by // POTTER DRUG & CHEMICAL CORP. // BOSTON, U.S.A. // LABORATORIES, // MALDEN, MASS."; back label lists instructions
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A2-9 Row G
Dimension Notes
Length: 18.7 cm. x Width: 4.9 cm. x Depth: 4.9 cm.
Condition Remarks
The bottle has no chips or cracks; there is some hazing and wear; the bottle is unused and unopened and the cork continues to seal it; both labels are complete and legible; back label shows minor staining; paper seal over the cork is missing small sections, but can be read
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Reference Comments
"Bottles" by Michael Polak, pp. 19 & 21; "Nostrums & Quackery" (1st ed.), pp. 434-435; "Secret Nostrums and Systems" compiled by Charles W. Oleson, p. 53
Research Facts
Used to treat skin diseases
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Dr. Grosvenor's Liveraid [advertising trade card]

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Dates
1879
1900
circa 1879-1900
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Advertisements
Accession Number
996001672
Description
Small paper trade card for Dr. Grosvenor's Liveraid; front: chromolithograph of four little ducks and a "pond", and a card announcing the product with flowers growing over the top; back: usual description of how effective the product is.
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Accession Number
996001672
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Advertisements
MeSH Heading
Drugs, Non-Prescription, advertisements
Description
Small paper trade card for Dr. Grosvenor's Liveraid; front: chromolithograph of four little ducks and a "pond", and a card announcing the product with flowers growing over the top; back: usual description of how effective the product is.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. Chiong for his patent medicine collection, before July 15, 1995.
Maker
Bufford
Site Made (City)
Boston
Site Made (State)
Massachusetts
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1879
1900
circa 1879-1900
Date Remarks
Copyright date
Material
paper: green; blue; yellow; brown; red
Inscriptions
"DR. GROSVENOR'S // LIVERAID // ENSURES // APPETITE & DIGESTION // SMALL DOSES, PROMPT EFFECT."; back: "Reader, if you are suffering from any Liver or Stomach trouble that // renders life a martyrdom, be induced to try the LIVER-AID. So certain are we // that this medicine will cure any case of Constipation, Biliousness, Headache, ..."; etc.
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-5-6 Binder D
Dimension Notes
Length: 12.7 cm. x Width: 6.8 cm.
Condition Remarks
Front: mild age/sun discolouration; stain through the middle of the card; back: very stained and age/sun discoloured with several spots where the top layer has come off; small crease top edge, near the right
Copy Type
Original
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Dr. Grosvenor's Liveraid [advertising trade card]

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Dates
1879
1900
circa 1879-1900
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Advertisements
Accession Number
996001673
Description
Small paper trade card for Dr. Grosvenor's LiverAid; front: chromolithograph of pond, there are three ducks -- two on land, and a frog hopping in the water.
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Accession Number
996001673
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Advertisements
MeSH Heading
Drugs, Non-Prescription, advertisements
Description
Small paper trade card for Dr. Grosvenor's LiverAid; front: chromolithograph of pond, there are three ducks -- two on land, and a frog hopping in the water.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. Chiong for his patent medicine collection, before July 15, 1995.
Maker
Bufford
Site Made (City)
Boston
Site Made (State)
Massachusetts
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1879
1900
circa 1879-1900
Date Remarks
Copyright date
Material
paper: green; blue; yellow; brown; pink
Inscriptions
"DR. GROSVENOR'S // LIVERAID, // CURES ALL // DISEASES OF THE STOMACH LIVER & BLOOD // SMALL DOSES, PROMPT EFFECT..."; etc.
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-5-6 Binder D
Dimension Notes
Length: 12.6 cm. x Width: 6.7 cm.
Condition Remarks
Slight age/sun discolouration; a bit of staining along the back
Copy Type
Original
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Lactart (Milk Acid) [advertising trade card]

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Dates
1860
1900
circa 1860-1900
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Advertisements
Accession Number
996001697
Description
Small paper trade card for Lactart; front: chromolithograph of a milkmaid walking down a stile with her milk pail on her head, cows, fields, etc. in the background; back: usual description praising the product
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Accession Number
996001697
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Advertisements
MeSH Heading
Drugs, Non-Prescription, advertisements
Milk -- advertisements
Description
Small paper trade card for Lactart; front: chromolithograph of a milkmaid walking down a stile with her milk pail on her head, cows, fields, etc. in the background; back: usual description praising the product
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. Chiong for his patent medicine collection, before July 15, 1995.
Maker
Avery Lactate Co.
Site Made (City)
Boston
Site Made (State)
Massachusetts
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1860
1900
circa 1860-1900
Date Remarks
Before 1906, "cures"
Material
paper: blue; pink; black; green; brown
Inscriptions
"LACTART // (MILK ACID) // "MAKES A // DELICIOUS BEVERAGE // WITH WATER & SUGAR ONLY." // RELIEVES // FEVERS, HEADACHE, // WAKEFULNESS, // NERVOUS DEPRESSION // AND // URINARY TROUBLES // AVERY LACTATE CO. // BOSTON, // MASS // U.S.A."; back: "THE NEW ACID BEVERAGE AND TONIC. // Indorsed by the Highest Medical Authority. // AS A BEVERAGE. // Healthful, Invigorating, Delicious; aiding // digestion ..."; etc.
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-5-6 Binder D
Dimension Notes
Length: 13.9 cm. x Width: 6.7 cm.
Condition Remarks
Mild age/sun discolouration; front: top right corner is a little worn; back: top left corner has a crease; blue ink stain bottom middle
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Reference Comments
"The Snake-Oil Syndrome" by A. Walker Bingham, p. 71
Research Facts
Had a "milk base" -- note the cows
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Mellin's Food [advertising trade card]

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Dates
1884
1900
circa 1884-1900
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Advertisements
Accession Number
996001707
Description
Small paper trade card for Mellin's Food; front: chromolithograph of a young child reaching across the table to a bottle of the product; back: trade mark of a bird feeding its babies and how to get a copy of this card.
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Accession Number
996001707
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Advertisements
MeSH Heading
Drugs, Non-Prescription, advertisements
Food, Fortified -- advertisements
Description
Small paper trade card for Mellin's Food; front: chromolithograph of a young child reaching across the table to a bottle of the product; back: trade mark of a bird feeding its babies and how to get a copy of this card.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. Chiong for his patent medicine collection, before July 15, 1995.
Maker
Armstrong & Co. Lith.; Doliber, Goodale & Co. (product)
Site Made (City)
Boston
Site Made (State)
Massachusetts
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1884
1900
circa 1884-1900
Date Remarks
Copyright date
Material
paper: blue; brown; yellow; orange; white
Inscriptions
"MELLINS // FOOD // Send for Book on // Care and Feeding // of Infants. // DOLIBER, GOODALE // & CO. // 41-42 Central Wharf // BOSTON"; back: "ORA ET LABORE // FOR INFANTS AND INVALIDS. // A copy of this card will be ..."; etc.
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-5-6 Binder D
Dimension Notes
Length: 11.7 cm. x Width: 7.6 cm.
Condition Remarks
Mild age/sun discolouration; front: top and bottom left corners are worn; back: large stain over trademark (old adhesive) and other mild staining
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Reference Comments
"The Snake-Oil Syndrome" by A. Walker Bingham, pp. 71, 130, insert #1
Research Facts
Mellin's Food Company was a maker of Mellin's Food for Infants and Invalids in Boston, Massachusetts.
The company started when the English food chemist Gustav Mellin developed an infant formula in 1866. Mellin's formula was a simplified version of one which had been recently invented by the German chemist Justus von Liebig. It wasn't a total nutritional supplement, the powder was diluted with cow's milk and water and was called a "milk modifier". It was a "soluble, dry extract of wheat, malted barley and bicarbonate of potassium." The formula was advertised with the slogan: "Mellin's Food for Infants and Invalids: The only perfect substitute for Mother's Milk".
By the 1890's Mellin's Food was the most popular of the infant foods sold in the United States. This success was due primarily to aggressive marketing — advertisements for Mellin's often included supposed testimonials from parents that Mellin's had brought their children back from the brink of death.
Advertised also using paper dolls, die-cut from light cardboard.
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