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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
Patient Care Artifacts
Classification
Patient Care
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…
Accession Number
996001331
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Classification
Patient Care
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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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.
  2 images  
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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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.
  2 images  
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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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
  2 images  
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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advertising trade card

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact2744
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.
  2 images  
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
Advertised also using paper dolls, die-cut from light cardboard
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advertising trade card

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Dates
1891
1900
circa 1891-1900
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Advertisements
Accession Number
996001708
Description
Small paper trade card for Mellin's Food; front: chromolithograph of a young child in night dress; back: trade mark, copyright, company, etc.
  2 images  
Accession Number
996001708
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 in night dress; back: trade mark, copyright, company, etc.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. Chiong for his patent medicine collection, before July 15, 1995.
Maker
Doliber, Goodale & Co. (product)
Site Made (City)
Boston
Site Made (State)
Massachusetts
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1891
1900
circa 1891-1900
Date Remarks
Copyright date
Material
paper: blue; brown; yellow; pink; white
Inscriptions
"Good morning, // Mamma! // I want my // MELLIN'S FOOD."; back: "FOR INFANTS AND INVALIDS. // A MELLIN'S FOOD BOY // From a Photograph // ORA ET LABORA // COPYRIGHT, 1891 BY DOLIBER-GOODALE CO."
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-5-6 Binder D
Dimension Notes
Length: 9.7 cm. x Width: 7.7 cm.
Condition Remarks
Mild age/sun discolouration; back: slight crease in top left quadrant; some of the "pink" ink from the front has stained onto the back
Copy Type
Original
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advertising trade card

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Dates
1895
1900
circa 1895-1900
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Advertisements
Accession Number
996001709
Description
Paper trade card for Mellin's Food; front: chromolithograph of a forest scene with a naked child angel lying in the middle; back: testimonials from various nurseries and foundling homes; red stamp across it of a drugstore.
  1 image  
Accession Number
996001709
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Advertisements
MeSH Heading
Drugs, Non-Prescription, advertisements
Food, Fortified -- advertisements
Description
Paper trade card for Mellin's Food; front: chromolithograph of a forest scene with a naked child angel lying in the middle; back: testimonials from various nurseries and foundling homes; red stamp across it of a drugstore.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. Chiong for his patent medicine collection, before July 15, 1995.
Maker
Doliber, Goodale & Co. (product)
Site Made (City)
Boston
Site Made (State)
Massachusetts
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1895
1900
circa 1895-1900
Date Remarks
Copyright 1894, but testimonials from early 1895
Material
paper: blue; brown; yellow; red
Inscriptions
"FOR SALE BY // WOODRUFF HOUSE DRUG STORE // WATERTOWN, N.Y. // Mellin's Food Children // everywhere are the best recommendations of // Mellin's Food. // "We have been using Mellin's Food with excellent results; our babies have been doing // splendidly; we shall be most happy to continue with its use." F.C. PERRY, // Jan. 11 1895. Bethlehem Day Nursery, 249 East 30th St., N.Y. City.// "mellin's Food is a most welcome addition to the Nursery ..."; etc.
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-5-6 Binder D
Dimension Notes
Length: 13.1 cm. x Width: 9.5 cm.
Condition Remarks
Some age/sun discolouration; entire card is very creased with several small tears around the edges; quite a few darker stains on the back
Copy Type
Original
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advertising trade card

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Dates
1890
1910
circa 1890-1910
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Advertisements
Accession Number
996001710
Description
Small paper trade card for Minard's Liniment; front: lithograph of a man with a sack of money seeking safety in Canada; back: usual claims and praises of the product.
  2 images  
Accession Number
996001710
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Advertisements
MeSH Heading
Drugs, Non-Prescription, advertisements
MM= Drugs -- topical balms, lotions -- advertisements
Description
Small paper trade card for Minard's Liniment; front: lithograph of a man with a sack of money seeking safety in Canada; back: usual claims and praises of the product.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. Chiong for his patent medicine collection, before July 15, 1995.
Maker
Minard's Liniment Mfg. Co.
Site Made (City)
Boston
Site Made (State)
Massachusetts
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1890
1910
circa 1890-1910
Date Remarks
Still uses "cures"
Material
paper: black
Inscriptions
Front: "SEEKING SAFETY. // TO CANADA // MINARD'S LINIMENT // KING OF PAIN"; back: "ASK YOUR DRUGGIST // FOR // MINARD'S // LINIMENT // THE KING OF PAIN! // LARGE BOTTLE! POWERFUL REMEDY! // COSTS ONLY 25c. PER BOTTLE // CURES // Coughs, Colds, Asthma, Contrac- // tion of the Muscles, Sore // Throat, Diphtheria, etc. // SOLD EVERYWHERE // Minard's Liniment Mfg. Co. // Proprietors // Boston, Mass."
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-5-6 Binder E
Dimension Notes
Length: 10.4 cm. x Width: 6.4 cm.
Condition Remarks
Quite age/sun discoloured; paper is very wrinkled from the dried adhesive on the back; some pieces of paper also stuck to the paper
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Reference Comments
"The Snake-Oil Syndrome" by A. Walker Bingham, p. 63; "Nostrums & Quackery" Vol. II, p. 737
Research Facts
Began as veterinary and expanded to humans; contained ammonium chloride, turpentine, camphor and soap; an internal and external remedy and was later styled "The King of Pain"; fined in 1916 ($50) for false claims; at that time company in South Framington, Mass.
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dental root elevator

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Dates
1890
1900
circa 1890-1900
Collection
Dr. Ralph and Mrs. Olga Crawford Canadian Dental Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Dental
Accession Number
010020359
Description
Dental root elevator; rectangular black wooden handle with rounded end; silver metal end tapers upward, then splits into two rounded, flattened stems
  2 images  
Accession Number
010020359
Collection
Dr. Ralph and Mrs. Olga Crawford Canadian Dental Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Dental
MeSH Heading
Dental Instruments
Dentistry, Operative
Root Canal Therapy
MM= Grasping and Fixating -- elevator
Description
Dental root elevator; rectangular black wooden handle with rounded end; silver metal end tapers upward, then splits into two rounded, flattened stems
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Transfer from the Dental Canada Fund; previously housed in the Dentistry Canada Museum (Ottawa)
Maker
Boston Dental Mfg. Co.
Site Made (City)
Boston
Site Made (State)
Massachusetts
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1890
1900
circa 1890-1900
Date Remarks
Based on company history
Material
wood: brown
metal: brown
Inscriptions
Engraved at top: "BOSTON DENTAL MF G. CO 11"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-B
Dimension Notes
Length 16.3 cm x Width 3.0 cm x Depth 2.1 cm
Condition Remarks
Wood is worn, cracked; metal is tarnished
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
JPG
Reference Comments
“S.S. White Dental Catalog, Catalog-D”, S.S. White Dental Mfg. Co., 1916, p. 15 (similar to model #26B); "The Finest Instruments Ever Made", Audrey B. Davis and Mark S. Dreyfuss, 1986, p. 72
CD #1
Research Facts
Dr Ralph and Mrs Olga Crawford donated their extensive Canadian dental collection to the DCF to create the museum in 1997; further donations were received while Dr Crawford was Curator Emeritus at the Dental Canada Museum until its closure in 2008; this is a molar root elevator, and is referred to as the Coolidge form; the Boston Dental Mfg. Co. was, until the 1880s, part of Codman and Shurtleff's dental division
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Whittemore's Automatic Vaccinator

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Dates
1860
1890
circa 1860-1890
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Vaccination
Classification
Patient Care
Vaccination
Accession Number
1930.3.1 a-b
Description
Nickle-plated brass vaccinator (a) in brown leather covered wooden case (b) with interior of blue velvet; rectangular vaccinator has finger hole on one end, thumb-worked single-action and hollow needle.
  1 image  
Accession Number
1930.3.1 a-b
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Vaccination
Classification
Patient Care
Vaccination
MeSH Heading
Vaccination
Smallpox Virus
Immunization
Public Health
Description
Nickle-plated brass vaccinator (a) in brown leather covered wooden case (b) with interior of blue velvet; rectangular vaccinator has finger hole on one end, thumb-worked single-action and hollow needle.
Number Of Parts
2
Part Names
a - vaccinator - Length 6.0 cm x Width 0.5 cm x Depth 4.5 cm
b - box
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine; donated by Dr. Gilbert Parker.
Maker
Codman & Shurtleff
Site Made (City)
Boston
Site Made (State)
Massachusetts
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1860
1890
circa 1860-1890
Date Remarks
Patent date of 1866 stamped on vaccinator
Material
leather: brown
fabric: dark blue
metal: silver
Inscriptions
Stamped on vaccinator: "WHITTEMORE'S // PATENT // FEB. 21, 1866"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-D6-5
Temporary Location
(a): On exhibit “Growing Pains: the 1867 Kingston General Hospital Crisis” at Museum of Health Care, 25 June 2017.
Condition Remarks
Case hinge broken; operable; #2: vaccinator is in good condition, with no active corrosion; minor metal wear in the form of fingerprints on the lever and body; parts move freely; case is in fair condition; leather is dry and brittle; top lid covering is totally detached; leather well worn at top and bottom and along edges; velvet lining is slightly faded; round velvet-covered piece in bottom of case is loose; front eye hook moves freely
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Internet
Reference Comments
http://obgynmedicalantiques.com/med-vaccination-1/whittemores-automatic-vaccinator
Research Facts
In using the device, the forefinger is passed into the ring and the thumb pressed upon the lever, by which the perforator is raised, and upon reaching a point is deployed by the force of a spring, and, slightly puncturing the skin deposits the virus. Thus, in a single, easy motion, a vaccination is performed. “The pain attending its use is so slight, as rarely to awaken a sleeping child, while the operation is rendered much more certain than by other methods.”
At the time Whittemore’s vaccinator was available, just smallpox had a vaccine, with rubella, measles, mumps, polio and other dreaded diseases still running unchecked.
The tip of the vaccinator is a hollow tube for holding the vaccine or serum. It is activated by a lever on the top, which both cocks and releases the blade. These are often mistaken for bleeders.
Exhibit History
"When Medicine Met Science," Museum of Health Care, April 29, 2003 (a) - 25 Jan 2017
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