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Magneto-Electric Machine

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Dates
1854
1870
circa 1854 - 1870
Category
Mental Health
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Mental Health
Mental Health, Treatment
Accession Number
003019001 a-d
Description
Hinged wood box with magneto-electric machine consisting of the machine itself (a) which is made up of a large U-shaped magnet, a rotating gear, and a red velvet coated rotating device all attached inside a locking mahogany case with reinforced brass corners; metal cylinders (b-c) with green thread…
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Accession Number
003019001 a-d
Category
Mental Health
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Mental Health
Mental Health, Treatment
MeSH Heading
Mental Health
Mental Health -- treatment
Mental Health -- treatment -- instruments
Mental Health -- treatment -- electrical stimulation therapy
Electric Stimulation Therapy -- instrumentation
Description
Hinged wood box with magneto-electric machine consisting of the machine itself (a) which is made up of a large U-shaped magnet, a rotating gear, and a red velvet coated rotating device all attached inside a locking mahogany case with reinforced brass corners; metal cylinders (b-c) with green thread around a thin metal wire attached to the end that attaches to the machine with a brass cotter pin; brass crank with bone handle attached to front of box used to make the wheel rotate; tan paper label on the inside of the top of the box that provides instructions; small metal key (d) for brass lock.
Number Of Parts
4
Part Names
a - machine
b - handle
c - handle
d - key
Provenance
Found by donor's family in a closet when they moved into their new home on Livingston Avenue, Kingston, in 1949.
Maker
W. H. Burnap
Site Made (City)
Lowell
Site Made (State)
Massachusetts
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1854
1870
circa 1854 - 1870
Material
wood: red
metal: brass, black
fabric: red, green
bone: white
paper: light brown
Inscriptions
Printed on inner label: “DAVIS & KIDDER’S // PATENT MAGNETO- ELEOTRIC MACHINE // FOR NERVOUS DISEASES. // PATENTED AUG. 1 1854. // DIRECTIONS.- Connect two metallic cords or wires with the Sockets to the ends of the Box, and apply the handles connected // with the other ends of the metallic cords or wires to any part of the person through which it is desirable to pass the current of Elec- // tricity. Then turn the Crank, regulating the strength of the current by the speed, and by the Knob at the end of the Box; it being // desirable to increase the strength only to that degree most agreeable to the patient. It is less unpleasant to the patient if wet // sponges are placed in the ends of the Handles, and these applied to the skin, as they prevent the prickling sensation. The sponges // should never be put inside of the Box while wet, as they rust the machinery. In applying it for the Toothache, Tic-Doloreux, or // Neuralgia, the operator takes one Handle and places his fingers or sponge over the affected, while the patient holds the other // Handle. In applying it to the foot, place one of the Handles in the water with the foot, and hold the other in the hand, or apply it // to any other part of the person. The Bearings and Spring must be oiled occasionally. // Manufactured and sold by W. H. BURNAP, Sole Proprietor, Lowell, Mass., whose signature is attached to all genuine // Machines. All infringements upon his Patent will be prosecuted // From PROF. SILLIMAN, // of Yale College. // Dear Sir: - Dr. Walter // Kidder has exhibited to me a // Magneto- Electric Machine, // invented by you. For neat- // ness, compactness, and facil- // ity and energy of operation, // it is far superior to any in- // strument of the kind which // I have seen. For medical // application, it possesses very // dedicated advantages. // B. SILLIAN. SEN. // New York, April 28, 1854. // From PROV. PAGE, // Washington, March 23, 1854. // Dear Sire: - Upon examin- // ation and trial, I find your // Magneto-Electric Machine // more efficient for it size than // any I have ever seen. The // improvement you have made // is one possessing much scien- // tific interest. // Yours respectfully, // CHAS. G. PAIGE.” stamped on lip of box: “PAT’D APR. 18 1854.” stamped on interior metal frame: “PATENTED AUG 1, 1854. // MANUFACTURED BY W. H. BURNAP LOWELL, MASS.”
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0007
0007-L2-3
Length
a - 24.8
b - 10.2
c - 10.4
d - 2.9
Width
a - 11.4
d - 1.4
Depth
a - 11.2
Diameter
b - 2.8
c - 2.8
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Minor scratching on wood box; paper has yellowed with minor stains from adhesive on reverse; minor fraying of handle cords; bone discoloured
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Internet
Reference Comments
The Real History Of Davis & Kidder, Jeff Behary
"Making the Modern World"
Research Facts
These machines were made in large numbers and were thought to be effective in a wide variety of physical and nervous disorders.
The unit delivered crude faradic current and up to four hundred volts from the rotating coils in conjunction with one or two horseshoe magnets.
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K Cough Drops [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
996001696
Description
Small paper trade card for K Cough Drops; front: chromolithograph of a young girl framed in a circle with a bouquet extending diagonally "under" it; back: tells where to buy it and the cost, etc.
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Accession Number
996001696
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Advertisements
MeSH Heading
Drugs, Non-Prescription, advertisements
Cough -- drug therapy, advertisements
Description
Small paper trade card for K Cough Drops; front: chromolithograph of a young girl framed in a circle with a bouquet extending diagonally "under" it; back: tells where to buy it and the cost, etc.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. Chiong for his patent medicine collection, before July 15, 1995.
Maker
Kibbe Bros. & Co.
Site Made (City)
Springfield
Site Made (State)
Massachusetts
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1860
1900
circa 1860-1900
Material
paper: blue; red; black; green; yellow
Inscriptions
Front: "K COUGH DROPS // TRADE MARK"; back: "FOR COUGHS & COLDS, // NOTHING BETTER THAN // K COUGH DROPS. // Ask for the // DECORATED 1-4 lb. BOX, ONLY 10c. // MANUFACTURED BY // KIBBE BROS. & CO., ..."; etc.
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-5-6 Binder D
Dimension Notes
Length: 10.5 cm. x Width: 7.4 cm.
Condition Remarks
Some age/sun discolouration; front: quite messy; many small spots where top coat has come off or worn away to white; a number of dark brown dots all over front; top middle edge is slightly torn; back: dark brown stains, bottom right; large light brown stain centre
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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Ayer's Pills [advertising trade card]

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Dates
1865
1906
circa 1865-1906
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Advertisements
Accession Number
996001759
Description
Small paper trade card for Ayer's Pills; front: chromolithograph of a soldier in red and blue carrying a flag for Ayers Pills and killing a soldier in blue; back: product promises and facsimile of glass vial used in steamy climates.
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Accession Number
996001759
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Advertisements
MeSH Heading
Drugs, Non-Prescription, advertisements
MM= Drugs -- cathartics -- advertisements
MM= Drugs -- digestive disorders -- advertisements
Description
Small paper trade card for Ayer's Pills; front: chromolithograph of a soldier in red and blue carrying a flag for Ayers Pills and killing a soldier in blue; back: product promises and facsimile of glass vial used in steamy climates.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. Chiong for his patent medicine collection, before July 15, 1995.
Maker
Dr. J. C. Ayer & Co.
Site Made (City)
Lowell
Site Made (State)
Massachusetts
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1865
1906
circa 1865-1906
Date Remarks
After American Civil War (1861-65) but before 1906 ("cures")
Material
paper: red; green; yellow; blue; brown
Inscriptions
"AYER'S PILLS"; back: ""THE FIGHT FOR THE STANDARD" // is over, and it is universally // acknowledged that AYER'S PILLS // are the only STANDARD cathartic // medicine of the age. The disorders // which they are designed to cure // include Constipation, or Costive- // ness, Indigestion, Dyspepsia, // Biliousness, Heartburn, Loss // of Appetite, Flatulency, Foul Stomach, // Nausea, Dizziness, ..."; etc.
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-5-6 Binder E
Dimension Notes
Length: 11.2 cm. x Width: 6.4 cm.
Condition Remarks
Some age/sun discolouration; back: a number of dark stains around the top of the card (from old adhesive)
Copy Type
Original
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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
Vaccination
Classification
Vaccination
Accession Number
1930.3.1 a-b
Description
Nickle-plated brass spring lancet (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.
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Accession Number
1930.3.1 a-b
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Vaccination
Classification
Vaccination
MeSH Heading
Vaccination
Smallpox Virus
Immunization
Public Health
Description
Nickle-plated brass spring lancet (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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Mellin's Food for Infants and Invalids

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Dates
1800
1899
1800-1899
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Patient Care Artifacts
Pediatrics
Classification
Pediatrics
Paediatrics
Pharmacy, Other
Patient Care
Accession Number
1980.18.284
Description
A sealed glass bottle with slightly rounded shoulders blending into a short neck and topped with a metal screw-on lid; paper label; 3/4 full of contents.
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Accession Number
1980.18.284
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Patient Care Artifacts
Pediatrics
Classification
Pediatrics
Paediatrics
Pharmacy, Other
Patient Care
MeSH Heading
Food, Fortified
Infant Food
Infant Nutrition
Home Nursing
Description
A sealed glass bottle with slightly rounded shoulders blending into a short neck and topped with a metal screw-on lid; paper label; 3/4 full of contents.
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
1800
1899
1800-1899
Date Remarks
Original record had "19c."
Material
glass: aqua
metal: yellow
paper: yellow; brown
organic matter: dark brown; speckled yellow
Inscriptions
Printed on label: "Mellin's Food for Infants and Invalids // Reg. in U.S. Pat. Off. // Originated by G. Mellin"; labelled on cap: "Mellin's Food for Infants and Adults"; embossed: "Mellin's Food"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A1-6 Row H
Dimension Notes
Length 16.0 cm x Diam. 7.0 cm
Condition Remarks
#2: Label is torn in some places with losses; slight surface corrosion of metal lid.
Copy Type
Original
Exhibit History
Canadian Museum of Civilization exhibit: "Caring Profession"; ret. Sept. 2006
On exhibit, Billings Estate, 15 Jan 2009 - 31 Dec. 2009
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Mellin's Food for Infants

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Dates
1800
1899
1800-1899
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Pediatrics
Classification
Pediatrics
Paediatrics
Pharmacy, Other
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.
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Accession Number
1980.18.285
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Pediatrics
Classification
Pediatrics
Paediatrics
Pharmacy, Other
MeSH Heading
Food, Fortified
Infant Food
Infant Nutrition
Home Nursing
Description
A sealed glass bottle with slightly rounded shoulders, a wide neck, and a metal screw-on cap; contains a white powder.
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
1800
1899
1800-1899
Date Remarks
Original record had "19c."
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
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Cuticura Resolvant

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Dates
1800
1899
1800-1899
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
1980.18.334
Description
A glass bottle with a long, narrow neck and a wide collar; closed with a cork; paper label.
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Accession Number
1980.18.334
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Drugs, Non-Prescription
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Description
A glass bottle with a long, narrow neck and a wide collar; closed with a cork; paper label.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine; source: Mr. Dean Charters.
Maker
Potter Drug and Chemical Corp.
Site Made (City)
Boston
Site Made (State)
Massachusetts
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1800
1899
1800-1899
Date Remarks
Original record had "19c."
Material
glass: transparent
paper:
liquid: dark brown
Inscriptions
Printed on label: "Cuticura Resolvent"; "The Cuticura System of resolving and eliminating all Constitutional Humors"; "Is Alterative Antiseptic Tonic Digestive and Aperient"; "Cuticura Resolvent to Purify the Blood"; embossed: "The Cuticura System of Curing Constitutional Humors"; embossed: "Potter Drug and Chemical Corporation Boston Mass U.S.A."
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A2-1 Row D
Dimension Notes
Length 27.0 cm x Diam. 6.3 cm
Condition Remarks
Sealed
Copy Type
Original
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