University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Transparent octagonal based glass bottle containing Groblewski’s Rattlesnake Brand Liniment (a) with non-removable cylindrical black metal screw cap, tan and pink cardboard packaging box (b) and rectangular tan paper instruction booklet (c); bottle one quarter full with brown liquid; bottle has fla…
Transparent octagonal based glass bottle containing Groblewski’s Rattlesnake Brand Liniment (a) with non-removable cylindrical black metal screw cap, tan and pink cardboard packaging box (b) and rectangular tan paper instruction booklet (c); bottle one quarter full with brown liquid; bottle has flat sides with recesses on front, back, right, and left; bottle has round shoulders, cylindrical neck, round neck ring, and cylindrical finish with continuous external thread; mold lines on sides from base to top and around neck; embossed manufacturers information on bottom and arch topped rectangular cream paper label with product information printed in red ink attached to front; cap has domed top with embossed ring, vertical ridges on exterior sides, rolled bottom edge, and internal continuous thread; box is tall and rectangular with product information and directions printed in English on front and in Polish on back; box opens at top with folding flaps; broken red paper seals with product information attached to top and bottom of box; instruction booklet consists of long folded paper sheets bound with two grey metal staples at fold; booklet contains product directions and additional product advertisements printed in black ink in English at front and Polish inversed at back.
Number Of Parts
a – bottle – Length 13.1 cm Width 4.2 cm Depth 2.2 cm
b – box – Length 14.4 cm Width 4.9 cm Depth 2.9 cm
c – instruction booklet – Length 18.7 cm Width 10.7 cm
Groblewski began producing medicine in 1892, direction booklet claims “making for over 50 years”
paper: cream, tan
ink: black, red, pink
metal: black, brass, grey
Printed on bottle label: “AV. CONTENTS 1 FL. OZ. // ZMIJECZNIK // GROBLEWSKI’S // LINIMENT // RATTLESNAKE BRAND // This Liniment Contains // ALCOHOL 41 %; ETHER 99 M. to // 1 Fl. Oz., CHLOROFORM 75 M. to // 1 Fl. Oz., AMMONIA WATER, // SAFROL 5 %; OIL OF PEPPERMINT // 3 %; CAMPHOR .8 %; IMITATION // OIL OF WINTERGREEN 2 %; MEN- // THOL, TR. BENZOIN COMP., OIL // CAJEPUT. // FOR EXTERNAL USE // See booklet for directions. // PRICE 35 CENTS // THE PROPIETARY OR PATENT // MEDICINE ACT, NO. 15874 // Manufactured by // A. G. GROBLEWSKI & CO. // Made in U. S. A. PLYMOUTH, PA.”; printed on front of box: “AV. CONTENTS 1 FL. OZ. // ZMIJECZNIK // GROBLEWSKI’S // LINIMENT // RATTLESNAKE BRAND // Reg. U. S. Pat. Office & Canada // This Liniment Contains // Alcohol 41 %; Ether 99 M. to // 1 Fl. oz., Chloroform 75 M. to // 1 Fl. oz., Amonia Water; // Safrol 5 %; Oil of Peppermint // 3 %; Camphor .8 %; Imitation // Oil of Wintergreen 2 %; Men- // thol, Tr. Benzoin Comp., Oil // Cajeput. // For External Use // Apply freely for relief of // Soreness in Muscles and Ten- // dons following over-exertion // and exposure, sometimes re- // sulting in Muscular Cramps // or Stiff Neck. // Also for Minor // Burns, Bruises, Stings of // Mosquitoes and other insects, // or for general use whenever // a good Liniment is indicated. // See enclosed booklet for // directions. // MANUFACTURED BY // ALBERT G. GROBLEWSKI & CO., // PLYMOUTH, PA.”; printed of proper right side of box: “THIS // END // UP // PRICE // 35 // CENTS // THE PROPRIETARY // OR PATENT // MEDICINE ACT // NO. 15874 // MADE IN U. S. A.”; printed on proper left side of box: “NOTICE // When you buy // THIS PRODUCT // see that // the package is // unbroken”; printed on box seals: “GENUINE IF SEAL IS WHOLE // ALBERT G. GROBLEWSKI & CO. // ZMIJECZNIK // PLYMOUTH, PA., U. S. A.”; printed at top of front page of instruction booklet: “Groblewski’s // DIRECTIONS FOR // LINIMENT (Rattlesnake Brand) // (The same good Liniment we have been making for over 50 years)”; headings printed in instruction booklet: “FOR MAKING AN EFFICIENT “CHILD’S // RUB” IN A NON-GREASY FORM”, “TO HELP KEEP AWAY MOSQUITOES”, “FOR THAT STIMULATING EFFECT OF AM- // MONIA WATER, CAMPHOR AND MENTHOL”, “FOR THAT COOLING EFFECT OF MENTHOL // ON THE BROW OR FORHEAD”, TO PROMOTE SWEATING OVER EN- // TIRE BODY”, “TO PROMOTE SWEATING IN SOME PAR- // TICULAR PART OF THE BODY”, “THERAPEUTIC LAMP TREATMENTS”; names of advertised products printed in instruction booklet: “BEAR BRAND SALVE”, “EGIUTERRO”, “GROBLEWSKI’S // LINDEN COUGH BALSOM”, “GROBLEWSKI’S COLICRAMP DROPS”, “GROBLEWSKI’S HEADACHE POWDERS”, “FIRE-DRAW BURN LOTION”, “GROBLEWSKI’S TROJANKA”, “CHILDREN LINIMENT”, “GROBLEWSKI’S PLASTER”, “GROBLEWSKI’S STOMACH DROPS”, “GROBLEWSKI’S // PREPERATION C”, “GROBLEWSKI’S CORN APPLICATION”, “NERVOTEINE”, “GROBLEWSKI’S TOOTHACHE DROPS”, “HEARTBURN DROPS”, “CHAPINE LOTION”, “PEDODOR SALVE”, “EATONIC”, “GARGLELICK”, “ITCHYOLA SALVE”, GROBLEWSKI’S // TONIC and APPETIZER”, “GROBLEWSKI’S // POWDERS FOR ROUND WORMS”, “EYE WATER”, “GROBLEWSKI’S REVILA POWDERS”, “REDOL SALVE”, “EXOR SALVE”, “GROBLEWSKI’S NASAL JELLY”, “BEAVER DROPS COMPOUND”, “GROBLEWSKI’S // SOAP FOR HAIR AND SCALP”, “GROBLEWSKI’S LAPINOL SOAP”, “GROBLEWSKI’S HAIR POMADE”
Storage Room 0010
0010-A5-6 Box 4 Row B (a-b)
Storage Room 2005
2005-5-6 Binder E-15 (c)
Unit Of Measure
Minor soiling to top of bottle label; major staining on bottom half of box; minor soiling all over box; major tear to top flap of box causing complete separation; major tear to proper right flap of box causing complete separation; minor distortion to instructional booklet, but stable; minor dark staining to bottom of instruction booklet pages; minor pink pigment transfer on bottom of instruction booklet pages
“A. G. Groblewski Dies at Plymouth.” The Wilkes-Barre Record, 18 April 1925, Newspapers.com, 2019. Accessed 26 July 2019.
“1917 Groblewski's Remedies Quack Medicine Plymouth PA.” Worthpoint, 2019. Accessed 26 July 2019.
Albert G. Groblewski was a patent medicine salesman and manufacturer most famous for his Groblewski Liniment Rattlesnake Brand (Zmijecznik); he was born in Poland in 1861 and moved to the U. S. A. in 1877; he bought his own drug store in 1892 and began manufacturing his famous liniment; it was originally marketed as a cure for rheumatism but this iteration of the product is marketed as a treatment for muscle soreness, aches, small wounds, and insect bites; the company became known as Albert G. Groblewski & Co. Inc. following incorporation in 1921; Groblewski passed away in 1925, but his company continued to grow following his death.
Dr. Ralph and Mrs. Olga Crawford Canadian Dental Collection
Set of three 33 1/3 RPM vinyl audio recordings regarding public dental health and featuring celebrity narrators; rectangular beige and blue plastic-covered cardstock book (a); title and production information printed on front in blue ink; back blank; three brown paper sleeves in book hold three red…
Set of three 33 1/3 RPM vinyl audio recordings regarding public dental health and featuring celebrity narrators; rectangular beige and blue plastic-covered cardstock book (a); title and production information printed on front in blue ink; back blank; three brown paper sleeves in book hold three red vinyl discs with yellow labels in the middle; title, narrator and manufacturing information printed with blue ink; first disc (b) features Bing Crosby and Robert Taylor, second disc (c) features Amos & Andy and Cornell Wilde, third disc (d) features Bob Hope and Tony Martin; advertising brochure (e) consists of one sheet of pink paper printed with black and white ink folded into three sections; information regarding a short film called "It's Your Health" presented by the Southern California State Dental Association inside with black and white screen shots from the film
Number Of Parts
a - packaging - Size: Length 35.7 cm x Width 31.7 cm x Depth 1.7 cm
b - disc - Size: Depth 0.2 cm x Diam. 30.0 cm
c - disc - Size: Depth 0.2 cm x Diam. 30.0 cm
d - disc - Size: Depth 0.2 cm x Diam. 30.0 cm
e - brochure - Size: Length 21.6 cm x Width 9.4 cm x Depth 0.1 cm
Transfer from the Dental Canada Fund; previously housed in the Dentistry Canada Museum (Ottawa)
(a) Printed on cover: "VOLUME 1 // DENTAL HEALTH RECORD SERIES // IN THE INTEREST OF CHILD HEALTH // PRODUCED BY // SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA STATE DENTAL ASSOCIATION // DISTRIBUTED BY // AMERICAN DENTAL ASSOCIATION // 222 East Superior Street // Chicago 11, Illinois // Designed to Assist in All Health Education Programs // for the Schools, Parent-Teacher Associations // and Other Public Spirited Service Groups"; (b) printed on side one: "DENTAL HEALTH // PRESENTATION No. 1 // BING CROSBY // Produced by // SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA // STATE DENTAL ASSOCIATION // Approved and Distributed by // AMERICAN DENTAL ASSOCIATION // This recording is not to be used for // radio broadcast purposes or for // public performances for profit. // SCSDA-1"; inscribed on side one: "SCSDA-1"; printed on side two: "PRESENTATION No. 2 // ROBERT TAYLOR // SCSDA-2"; inscribed on side two: "SCSDA-2"; (c) printed on side one: "PRESENTATION No. 3 // AMOS & ANDY"; inscribed on side one: "SCSDA-3"; printed on side two: "PRESENTATION No. 4 // CORNELL WILDE"; inscribed on side two: "SCSDA-4"; (d) printed on side one: "PRESENTATION No. 5 // BOB HOPE"; inscribed on side one: "SCSDA-5"; printed on side two: "PRESENTATION No. 6 // TONY MARTIN"; inscribed on side two: "SCSDA-6"; (e) printed on cover: "The story // of dental health // has now been told // "It's Your Health" tells that story. It // is the new dental health education- // al film presented by the Southern // California State Dental Associ- // ation, as a public service, in the // interest of better health and better // futures for the children of today."
(a-d) Storage Room 2005
(e) Storage Room 2005
2005-2-5 Box 20
Plastic worn at binding; dirt marks on cover; discs are slightly scratched; paper worn at fold marks of (e)
"IMDB - It's Your Health" website
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 item was donated by Dr. Howard J. Marcotte from Calgary, Alberta; the pamphlet found with the item is advertising a movie made in 1949; "It's Your Health" was an 18-minute black and white film starring radio veteran Art Baker as a dentist who explains mouth hygiene and dental care to a group of kids; it was distributed by the Southern California State Dental Association to non-profit organizations