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metaphen ampoule

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Dates
1940
1950
circa 1940-1950
Collection
Dr. Charles H. Bird / Dr. Godfrey Bird Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Dermatology
Accession Number
997037166 a-b
Description
A metaphen ampoule (a) that is a long, hollow, cylindrical glass tube, closed on both ends, and with a flat bottom; the main tube has straight sides and then tapers to a rounded point at the tip; there is a discoloured white label affixed to the front; the box (b) is a long, rectangular waxed cardb…
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Accession Number
997037166 a-b
Collection
Dr. Charles H. Bird / Dr. Godfrey Bird Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Dermatology
MeSH Heading
Dermatologic Agents
Skin Diseases -- drug therapy
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- ampoule
Description
A metaphen ampoule (a) that is a long, hollow, cylindrical glass tube, closed on both ends, and with a flat bottom; the main tube has straight sides and then tapers to a rounded point at the tip; there is a discoloured white label affixed to the front; the box (b) is a long, rectangular waxed cardboard box that opens on both ends with three-flap closures
Number Of Parts
2
Part Names
a - ampoule - Size: Length 9.2 cm x Diam. 1.8 cm
b - box - Size: Length 10.3 cm x Width 2.1 cm x Depth 2.1 cm
Provenance
Used either by Dr. C. H. Bird or by Dr. Godfrey Bird, of Gananoque, Ont.
Maker
Dermatological Research Laboratories
Site Made (City)
Philadelphia
Site Made (State)
Pennsylvania
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1940
1950
circa 1940-1950
Material
glass: transparent
cardboard: white; green; black
Inscriptions
Printed on label on front of box: "10 cc, size Ampoule METAPHEN List No. 1561 // 1:1000 // For Intravenous Injection // DERMATOLOGICAL RESEARCH LABORATORIES, Philadelphia Pa., U.S.A."; printed on back of box: "ABBOTT LABORATORIES, NORTH CHICAGO, Ill., U.S.A. // DERMATOLOGICAL RESEARCH LABORATORIES"; printed on ampoule label: "10 cc. size List No. 1561 // METAPHEN // 1:1000 Solution // For Intravenous Injection // Reg U.S. Pat. Off // U.S. Pat Reissue 17,563 // Serial No. 54864 // DERMATOLOGICAL // RESEARCH LABORATORIES // Division of // ABBOTT LABORATORIES // North Chicago, Ill. U.S.A."
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A3-3 Row E
Condition Remarks
Ampoule in good condition although contents have become slightly granular; box is scuffed and stained; flaps are significantly worn and brittle; great amount of wear on all sides.
Copy Type
Original
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Benzedrine Sulfate tablets

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Dates
1940
1950
circa 1940-1950
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Mental Health
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Mental Health
Mental Health, Treatment
Pharmacy, Psychiatry
Accession Number
1977.8.44 a-c
Description
A piece of cardboard with twelve regularly spaced circular holes folds in half so that the holes fit over and under the cellophane-like package of pills--two holes per pill; these both fit into a narrow rectangular slot formed by the circumference of the outer rectangular jacket, which has a top fl…
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Accession Number
1977.8.44 a-c
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Mental Health
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Mental Health
Mental Health, Treatment
Pharmacy, Psychiatry
MeSH Heading
Mental Health
Mental Health -- illness -- depression
Mental Health -- illness -- mood disorders
Mental Health -- illness -- sleep disorders
Mental Health -- treatment
Mental Health -- psychiatry
Mental Health -- treatment -- drugs
Mental Health -- treatment -- drugs -- antidepressant
MM= Drugs -- anti-depressant -- container
Description
A piece of cardboard with twelve regularly spaced circular holes folds in half so that the holes fit over and under the cellophane-like package of pills--two holes per pill; these both fit into a narrow rectangular slot formed by the circumference of the outer rectangular jacket, which has a top flap that is detachable by tearing along a perforated line at the connecting point between the flap and the outer jacket.
Number Of Parts
3
Part Names
a - package with pills - Size: Length 6.6 cm x Width 4.6 cm
b - cardboard packet - Size: Length 15.2 cm x Width 5.3 cm
c - cardboard outer jacket - Size: Length 7.7 cm x Width 5.5 cm
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine; source: Dr. J. W. Scott.
Maker
Smith, Kline & French Laboratories
Site Made (City)
Philadelphia
Site Made (State)
Pennsylvania
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1940
1950
circa 1940-1950
Material
paper: yellow
ink: blue
cellophane: transparent
Inscriptions
Printed on underside of the flap: "6 Tablets Physician's Sample // BENZEDRINE SULFATE // TABLETS // Brand of Amphetamine Sulfate // Each tablet contains amphetamine sulfate, 10 mg. // CAUTION: To be used only by or on the prescription of a physician // SMITH, KLINE & FRENCH LABORATORIES // Philadelphia, Penna. // ESTABLISHED 1841"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A2-4 Row F
Copy Type
Original
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Grobleswski’s Rattlesnake Brand Liniment

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Dates
1942
1952
circa 1942 - 1952
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Archival Items
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Archival, Items
Archival, Advertisements
Accession Number
1977.12.48 a-c
Description
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…
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Accession Number
1977.12.48 a-c
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Archival Items
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Archival, Items
Archival, Advertisements
MeSH Heading
Liniments
Drugs, Non-Prescription
MM= Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter -- container
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Archival
Advertisements
Description
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
3
Part Names
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
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine.
Maker
A. G. Groblewski & Co.
Site Made (City)
Plymouth
Site Made (State)
Pennsylvania
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1942
1952
circa 1942 - 1952
Date Remarks
Groblewski began producing medicine in 1892, direction booklet claims “making for over 50 years”
Material
glass: clear
paper: cream, tan
ink: black, red, pink
metal: black, brass, grey
Inscriptions
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”
Permanent Location
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
centimeters
Condition Remarks
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
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Website (document)
Website
Reference Comments
“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.
Research Facts
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.
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