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Templeton's Raz-Mah Reds Capsules

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Dates
1940
1950
circa 1940-1950
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Respiratory
Accession Number
996001242 a-e
Description
(a,b) Bottom and lid of two-piece cardboard box; the box originally contained 168 Templeton's Raz-Mah capsules Reds (now empty); (c) small envelope with dosage instructions and offer for free product samples; (d) 32-page booklet made of sheets of paper folded one time and stapled together; booklet …
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Accession Number
996001242 a-e
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Respiratory
MeSH Heading
Respiration Disorders -- drug therapy
Rhinitis, Allergic, Seasonal -- drug therapy
Drugs, Non-Prescription
Description
(a,b) Bottom and lid of two-piece cardboard box; the box originally contained 168 Templeton's Raz-Mah capsules Reds (now empty); (c) small envelope with dosage instructions and offer for free product samples; (d) 32-page booklet made of sheets of paper folded one time and stapled together; booklet lists the uses for the medication; (e) piece of paper with instructions on the medication's use -- in English and French.
Number Of Parts
5
Part Names
a - box (bottom) - Size: Length 10.7 cm. x Width 7.9 cm. x Depth 2.7 cm.
b - box (top) - Size: Length 11.0 cm. x Width 8.1 cm. x Depth 1.7 cm.
c - printed instructions - Size: Length 11.4 cm. x Width 7.6 cm.
d - printed instructions - Size: Length 7.4 cm. x Width 8.9 cm.
e - printed instructions - Size: Length 7.2 cm. x Width 8.9 cm.
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. M. Chiong for his patent medicine collection; purchased in Odessa in
Aug. 1995
Maker
Templetons Limited
Site Made (City)
Toronto
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1940
1950
circa 1940-1950
Material
cardboard: red; yellow
paper: white; beige; green
Inscriptions
Box top reads, "CHRONIC BRONCHITIS // BRONCHIAL COUGH // ASTHMA // CATARRH // COLDS // HAY FEVER // TEMPLETON'S // RAZ-MAH // 104 CAPSULES // RED CAPSULES // CAUTION: KEEP THIS AND ALL MEDICA - // TIONS OUT OF THE REACH OF CHILDREN // TRDE MARK // REGISTERED // TEMPLETON'S LIMITED // 56 COLBORNE ST. TORONTO 1, CANADA."; side panel: DIRECTIONS: First dose: 1 capsule. Afterwards: 1 or 2 capsules // Maximum does of 2 capsules contain 7.726 grns. genuine RHIPPY brand acetyl - // salicylic acid; and other valuable ingredients // FOR CHILDREN UNDER 16 YEARS, TRY RAZ-MAH GREY'S JUNIORS"// IN A COOL, DRY PLACE $5 // Box contains 168 TEMPLETON'S RAZ-MAH // capsules REDS. No. 16746 The Proprietary or // Patent Medicine Act // MADE BY // TEMPLETON'S LIMITED // 56 COLBORNE ST."; box side has dosage directions in English and French
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A2-5 Row A
Condition Remarks
The box shows extremely minor wear at the corners; instruction sheets are complete, untorn and unstained
Copy Type
Original
Research Facts
For chronic bronchitis, asthma and hay fever.
Templeton’s Raz-Mah capsules were trademarked in 1921.
Exhibit History
May 24 - Sept. 13, 2001: Agnes Etherington Art Centre Museopathy exhibit
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Nerviline Liniment

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Dates
1920
1940
circa 1920-1940
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
996001269 a-c
Description
(a) Rectangular, square clear glass bottle with long cylindrical neck and a screw-top lip with (b) a plastic lid; the bottle is sealed and contains liniment; the bottle's front and side panels are recessed; there are paper product information labels (in English and French) on bottle front and back;…
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Accession Number
996001269 a-c
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Drugs, Non-Prescription
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Description
(a) Rectangular, square clear glass bottle with long cylindrical neck and a screw-top lip with (b) a plastic lid; the bottle is sealed and contains liniment; the bottle's front and side panels are recessed; there are paper product information labels (in English and French) on bottle front and back; (c) one-piece cardboard box with flaps at the top and bottom to open and close it; product information is printed on all four sides of the box (in English and French).
Number Of Parts
3
Part Names
a - medicine bottle - Size: Length 16.5 cm. x Width 5.3 cm. x Depth 2.4 cm.
b - lid - Size: x Width 1.2 cm. x Diameter1.7 cm.
c - cardboard box - Size: Length 17.0 cm. x Width 5.6 cm. x Depth 2.7 cm.
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. M. Chiong for his patent medicine collection; purchased in Kingston in July 1995
Maker
The Catarrhozone Co.
Site Made (City)
Toronto
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1920
1940
circa 1920-1940
Material
glass: clear
plastic: black
cardboard: beige
Inscriptions
Box front reads, "NERVILINE // A FAMILY LINIMENT // TRADE MARK // USED TO ASSIST IN // DISCOMFORTS ARISING FROM // NEURALGIA // TOOTHACHE // RHEUMATIC // PAINS, // COLDS, // SIMPLE SORE THROAT // LUMBAGO // SORE, ACHING JOINTS // MUSCULAR STRAINS // SPRAINS, // CHEST SORENESS // FROM COLDS // CHILBLAINS // HOARSENESS // INSECT BITES // THE CATARRHOZONE CO., // ESTABLISHED 1877 // TORONTO // ONTARIO" (front); "NERVILINE // FOR INTERNAL USE // Nerviline may be employed for Gas in the Stomach, common // colds, cramps, Flatulence // Dose: 30 drops in sweetened water; if not relieved in 20 // minutes, repeat the dose once"; in English & French
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A1-2 Row C
Condition Remarks
(a) Bottle is sealed and undamaged; (b) the plastic cap has a crack and should be watched to make sure no leakage will take place; (c) box is missing the top flap and shows several stains; all writing is legible
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Document
Reference Comments
"Bottles" by Michael Polak, p. 19; there are three binders of information on the Polson Co.
(Catarrhozone Co.) with Dr. Chiong's written records
Research Facts
Made after the business was sold to the Comstock family; used to treat neuralgia, toothache, rheumatic pains, sore throat, lumbago, sore aching joints, muscular strains, sprains, chest soreness from colds, chilblains, hoarseness and insect bites (for internal use).
After having studied at Queen’s University, Neil C. Polson established a drug business in Kingston in 1877. N.C. Polson & Co. became widely known across North America as a druggist and chemical manufacturer. One of their products, Catarrhozone, was widely advertised as an inhaled germ-killer and remedy for all respiratory ailments. The Vapor treatment was meant to be dropped onto a small piece of wool held inside the portable wood inhaler, then inhaled periodically through the mouth.
Their trade covered Canada, the U.S. and the West Indies.
The firm was established by Neil Polson Sr. in 1877, owned a wholesale drug and manufacturing chemist house in Kingston, Ontario. and was taken over by his two sons, Neil Jr. and Henry. They made medicines under the name of Polson Co., the Catarrhozone and Nerviline. Polson went on to become mayor of Kingston in 1893.
Exhibit History
On exhibit 100TH Anniversary of Public Health Canada, Ottawa L-2019-7 27 Nov – 2 Dec 2019
To display in Museum: Potions, Pills and Prescriptions; May 1, 2000 - 28 Jan 2017.
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Dr. Chase's Antiseptic Ointment

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Dates
1920
1940
circa 1920-1940
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
996001301 a-b
Description
Round yellow metal container (a) with removable lid (b) contains half full of white ointment; interior metal is silver; product information printed on the container bottom and lid plus a line drawing of Dr. Chase; colours of yellow are different for both parts.
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Accession Number
996001301 a-b
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Ointments
Drugs, Non-Prescription
MM= Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter -- container
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- tin
Description
Round yellow metal container (a) with removable lid (b) contains half full of white ointment; interior metal is silver; product information printed on the container bottom and lid plus a line drawing of Dr. Chase; colours of yellow are different for both parts.
Number Of Parts
2
Part Names
a - container
b - lid
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. M Chiong for his patent medicine collection.
Maker
Edmanson Bates & Co., Ltd.
Site Made (City)
Toronto
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1920
1940
circa 1920-1940
Material
metal: yellow, silver
ink: black
Inscriptions
Printed on lid: "DR A. W. CHASE'S // ANTISEPTIC // Respectfully // A. W. Chase M.D. // SOOTHING - HEALING // OINTMENT // No 4973 THE PROPRIETARY OR PATENT MEDICINE ACT. 3/4 OF 1% CARBOLIC ACID"; printed on bottom: "DR. CHASE'S // OINTMENT // For Eczema, Hemmoids or Piles and // other irritations of the skin. Poisoned // Skin, Insect Stings, Inflamed Eyelids, Bar- // ber's Itch, Sore Feet and Toes, etc. // Manufactured by // EDMANSUN BATES & CO. LIMITED // Sole Distributors // The DR. A. W. CHASE MEDICINE CO., LTD. // TORONTO, CANADA // Indications completes en francais dans // la circulaire au tour de la boite"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A2-6 Row E
Temporary Location
On exhibit “Quack: The Exhibit that cures all” at Museum of Health Care, 29 June 2017.
Length
a - 1.0 cm.
b - 1.1 cm.
Diameter
a - 4.9 cm.
b - 5.0 cm.
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Shows minor wear on surfaces
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Internet
Reference Comments
"Dr. Chase's Recipes or Information for Everybody" (1862 edition), by A. W. Chase, M.D.
Dr. A. W. Chase's Ointment. National Museum of American History. Why the appeal? A study of almanacs advertising Dr. Chase's patent medicines, 1904–1959. Denise Maines.
Research Facts
The indications or uses for this product as provided by the manufacturer are: Is an antiseptic, soothing and healing treatment for every form of itching skin diesease, eczema, salt rheum, itching, bleeding and protruding piles, pimples, black-heads, old sores, poisoned skin, hives, insect bites, inflamed eyelids, itch, barber's itch, sore feet and toes, chilblains and frostbites. Patent medicines were advertised, and presumably consumed, with much vigour in the late-19th and early-20th centuries. In 1904, the original product line included Dr. Chase's Nerve Food, Liver Cure, Backache Plasters, Ointment, Catarrh Cure, Syrup of Linseed and Turpentine and Kidney-Liver Pills. Somewhere between 1924 and 1927, Dr. Chase's Liniment was added to this list, and Mouthwash was sold between 1927 and 1938. Paradol, a painkiller, was introduced in the 1950s and D.M.H Cough Syrups, Cold Tablets and Enerjets emerged in 1959. Though Backache Plasters were not advertised in the 1930s, they were included in the 1950s, so that the list of medicines sold by Dr. Chase's Medicine Company in 1959 contains all of the original product line with only minor modifications to a few of these products, as well as the new arrivals.
Exhibit History
To display in Museum: Potions, Pills and Prescriptions; May 1, 2000 - 28 Jan 2017
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Templeton's Raz-Mah Capsules

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Dates
1920
1950
circa 1920-1950
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Respiratory
Accession Number
996001303
Description
One-piece cardboard box with open ends, made to house a now-missing packet; box originally held Raz-mah capsules; the box has printed product information on the top, bottom and both sides.
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Accession Number
996001303
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Respiratory
MeSH Heading
Respiration Disorders -- drug therapy
Rhinitis, Allergic, Seasonal -- drug therapy
Drugs, Non-Prescription
Description
One-piece cardboard box with open ends, made to house a now-missing packet; box originally held Raz-mah capsules; the box has printed product information on the top, bottom and both sides.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. M Chiong for his patent medicine collection.
Maker
Templeton's Ltd.
Site Made (City)
Toronto
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1920
1950
circa 1920-1950
Material
cardboard: beige; red; orange; black
Inscriptions
Box front reads,"CHRONIC BRONCHITIS // ASTHMA // HAY FEVER // SMOKERS' COUGH // TEMPLETON'S // RAZ-MAH CAPSULES // J. C. Templeton // ALSO USED FOR HEAD AND BRONCHIAL COLDS // MADE BY // TEMPLETON'S LIMITED // 56 COLBORNE ST. TORONTO 2 CANADA"; box bottom lists same information in French; sides list directions and retail price and contents
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A2-6 Row D
Dimension Notes
Length: 7.9 cm. x Width: 5.1 cm. x Depth: 1.7 cm.
Condition Remarks
Cardboard box shows very minor wear at the sides; all printing is legible
Copy Type
Original
Research Facts
For chronic bronchitis, asthma, hay fever, smokers' cough, and head and bronchial colds
Templeton’s Raz-Mah capsules were trademarked in 1921.
Exhibit History
To display in Museum: Potions, Pills and Prescriptions; May 1, 2000 - 28 Jan 2017.
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Lydia E. Pinkham's Vegetable Compound

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Dates
1930
1950
circa 1930-1950
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
996001329 a-c
Description
(a) Oval clear glass bottle with cylindrical neck and screw top; the bottle front and back curve slightly outwards; there is a printed paper label attached to the front which lists product information; full of brown ligquid; the back has embossed lettering; (b) metal screw top lid made to fit (a); …
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Accession Number
996001329 a-c
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Drugs, Non-Prescription
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Description
(a) Oval clear glass bottle with cylindrical neck and screw top; the bottle front and back curve slightly outwards; there is a printed paper label attached to the front which lists product information; full of brown ligquid; the back has embossed lettering; (b) metal screw top lid made to fit (a); (c) one piece printed rectangular cardboard box made to house (a); the box has flaps at the top and bottom to open and close it and lists product information.
Number Of Parts
3
Part Names
a - medicine bottle - Size: Length 20.5 cm. x Width 8.0 cm. x Depth 4.5 cm.
b - lid - Size: x Width 1.0 cm. x Diameter2.6 cm.
c - cardboard box - Size: Length 21.5 cm. x Width 9.2 cm. x Depth 5.7 cm.
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. M.Chiong for his patent medicine collection
Maker
Lydia E. Pinkham Medicine Company
Site Made (City)
Cobourg
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1930
1950
circa 1930-1950
Material
glass: transparent
paper: pink
metal: pink; white
cardboard: pink; off-white
Inscriptions
Bottle label reads, "LYDIA E. // PINKHAM // VEGETABLE // COMPOUND // No. 22105 // The Proprietary or Patent Medicine Act // Uses listed // Directions listed // cautions listed -- in English and French // LYDIA E. PINKHAM MEDICINE CO. // COBURG, ONTARIO, CANADA // CONTENTS: 14 1/2 FLUID OUNCES (428 cc) // LOT NO. 25"; bottle back embossed, "14 1/2 OZS // LYDIA E. PINKHAM // MEDICINE"; bottle bottom embossed " [square with a cross inside]
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A2-1 Row C
Temporary Location
On exhibit “Quack: The Exhibit that cures all” at Museum of Health Care, 29 June 2017.
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Dimension Notes
Bottle: Length 20.5 cm; Width 8 cm; Depth 4.5 cm. Box: Length 21.5 cm; Width 9.1 cm; Depth 5.6 cm.
Condition Remarks
(a) Bottle has no chips, cracks or wear; the front label shows minor water staining, but is complete and and fully legible; (b) the lid shows some corrosion on the outside edges; (c) the box shows some wear and the top flap back and one side have torn; the back has been taped on with Magic tape; all printing is legible
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Document
Reference Comments
"Bottles" by Michael Polak, p. 19; "The Great American Medicine Show" by David Armstrong & Elizabeth Metzger Armstrong, pp. 163-166; "Bottles and Bottlers, Canadian" by O. Urquhart, p. 46; "The Golden Age of Quackery" (hardcover ed., 1959) by Stewart H. Holbrook, pp. 32, 58-66, 98; see label from Dr. Chiong's exhibit, formerly at the Bracken Library
Research Facts
Lydia E. Pinkham's Vegetable Compound was first marketed out of Lynn, Massachusetts in the mid-1870's and remained a family-run operation until sold to a pharmaceutical firm in 1968; medicine used to relieve symptoms of stress caused by menstruation and menopause and as a uterine sedative
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Antiseptic Dermal Oil

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Dates
1940
1950
circa 1940-1950
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
996001356
Description
Square amber glass bottle with long cylindrical neck and a screw top lip; the bottle has a printed paper label attached to the front which lists product information; the bottle is full of Antiseptic Dermal Oil and is sealed with a black metal screw top lid which does not readily come off; bottle ba…
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Accession Number
996001356
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Liniments
Drugs, Non-Prescription
MM= Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter -- container
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Description
Square amber glass bottle with long cylindrical neck and a screw top lip; the bottle has a printed paper label attached to the front which lists product information; the bottle is full of Antiseptic Dermal Oil and is sealed with a black metal screw top lid which does not readily come off; bottle back has embossed lettering.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Donated to the Museum by Neil C. Davis -- Mr. Davis originally intended to give this bottle to Dr. M. Chiong for his patent medicine collection.
Maker
N. C. Polson & Company Ltd.
Site Made (City)
Montreal
Site Made (State)
Quebec
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1940
1950
circa 1940-1950
Date Remarks
Date "3 1948" stamped onto the paper label
Material
glass: amber
paper: white
metal: black
Inscriptions
Paper label reads,"Antiseptic // DERMAL OIL // N. C. POLSON // & COMPANY LTD. // ESTABLISHED 1877 // WHOLESALE DRUGGISTS // MONTREAL 3 1948"; bottle back embossed, "16 FL. OZ."
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A5-1
Dimension Notes
Length: 19.5 cm. x Width: 6.2 cm. x Depth: 6.2 cm.
Condition Remarks
Bottle is unopened; there are no chips, cracks or wear on the glass; the paper label is undamaged and clearly legible; the metal lid shows no corrosion
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Document
Reference Comments
"Bottles" by Michael Polak, p. 19; there are three binders of information on the N. C. Polson Company with Dr. Chiong's written records
Research Facts
After having studied at Queen’s University, Neil C. Polson established a drug business in Kingston in 1877. N.C. Polson & Co. became widely known across North America as a druggist and chemical manufacturer. One of their products, Catarrhozone, was widely advertised as an inhaled germ-killer and remedy for all respiratory ailments. The Vapor treatment was meant to be dropped onto a small piece of wool held inside the portable wood inhaler, then inhaled periodically through the mouth.
Their trade covered Canada, the U.S. and the West Indies.
The firm was established by Neil Polson Sr. in 1877, owned a wholesale drug and manufacturing chemist house in Kingston, Ontario. and was taken over by his two sons, Neil Jr. and Henry. They made medicines under the name of Polson Co., the Catarrhozone and Nerviline. Polson went on to become mayor of Kingston in 1893.
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Concentrated Laxative Oil Mixture

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Dates
1940
1950
circa 1940-1950
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Gastrointestinal
Accession Number
996001357
Description
Square amber glass bottle with long cylindrical neck and a screw top lip; the bottle has a printed paper label attached to the front which lists product information; there is also an outer wrapper of beige wax paper covering the bottle with a maroon paper seal at the top; there is another small pap…
Accession Number
996001357
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Gastrointestinal
MeSH Heading
Cathartics
Constipation -- drug therapy
Drugs, Non-Prescription
MM= Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter -- container
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Description
Square amber glass bottle with long cylindrical neck and a screw top lip; the bottle has a printed paper label attached to the front which lists product information; there is also an outer wrapper of beige wax paper covering the bottle with a maroon paper seal at the top; there is another small paper label just above the other label; the bottle is full of Concentrated Laxative Oil Mixture and is sealed with a black metal screw-top lid which does not come off.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Donated to the Museum by Neil C. Davis -- Mr. Davis originally intended to give this bottle to Dr. M. Chiong for his patent medicine collection.
Maker
N. C. Polson & Company Ltd.
Site Made (City)
Montreal
Site Made (State)
Quebec
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1940
1950
circa 1940-1950
Date Remarks
1945 on label
Material
glass: amber
paper: white; beige; red; maroon
metal: black
Inscriptions
White paper label reads,"Concentrated // Laxative Oil Mixture // July 24th / 45 // N. C. POLSON & CO. // LIMITED // ESTABLISHED 1877 // WHOLESALE DRUGGISTS // MONTREAL 1945"; small red paper label reads, "AGITEZ LA BOUTEILLE // SHAKE WELL BEFORE USING"; paper seal at the top reads, "N. C. POLSON & CO., LIMITED // STANDARD // PHARMACEUTICAL // PRODUCTS // ESTABLISHED 1877 // MONTREAL"; bottle back embossed, "16 FL. OZ."
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A1-2 Row A
Dimension Notes
Length: 19.5 cm. x Width: 6.6 cm. x Depth: 6.6 cm.
Condition Remarks
Bottle is unopened and still has its original outer wrapper with paper seal; the wrapper is ripped in two places; the bottle, lid and paper label have no damage
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Document
Reference Comments
"Bottles" by Michael Polak, p. 19; there are three binders of information on the N. C. Polson Company with Dr. Chiong's written records
Research Facts
After having studied at Queen’s University, Neil C. Polson established a drug business in Kingston in 1877. N.C. Polson & Co. became widely known across North America as a druggist and chemical manufacturer. One of their products, Catarrhozone, was widely advertised as an inhaled germ-killer and remedy for all respiratory ailments. The Vapor treatment was meant to be dropped onto a small piece of wool held inside the portable wood inhaler, then inhaled periodically through the mouth.
Their trade covered Canada, the U.S. and the West Indies.
The firm was established by Neil Polson Sr. in 1877, owned a wholesale drug and manufacturing chemist house in Kingston, Ontario. and was taken over by his two sons, Neil Jr. and Henry. They made medicines under the name of Polson Co., the Catarrhozone and Nerviline. Polson went on to become mayor of Kingston in 1893.
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Wintersmith's Tonic for Malaria [advertising matchbook]

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Dates
1930
1950
circa 1930-1950
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Business
Communication
Ephemera
Classification
Archival Items
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Business
Communication
Ephemera
Accession Number
996001454
Description
Cardboard matchbook advertising Wintersmith's Tonic for Malaria; outside has orange-yellow background with purple lettering; inside: a facsimile of a Bible, which is free with the top of one large carton, black on grey.
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Accession Number
996001454
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Business
Communication
Ephemera
Classification
Archival Items
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Business
Communication
Ephemera
MeSH Heading
Antimalarials -- advertisements
Malaria -- drug therapy -- advertisements
Description
Cardboard matchbook advertising Wintersmith's Tonic for Malaria; outside has orange-yellow background with purple lettering; inside: a facsimile of a Bible, which is free with the top of one large carton, black on grey.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. M. Chiong for his patent medicine collection, July 15 1995 (before).
Maker
Diamond Match Co.
Site Made (City)
New York
Site Made (State)
New York
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1930
1950
circa 1930-1950
Material
paper: yellow; purple; black
Inscriptions
Outside: "WINTERSMITH'S // TONIC // for MALARIA // Made in U.S.A. // THE DIAMOND MATCH CO. N.Y.C. // SEE INSIDE COVER // CLOSE COVER BEFORE STRIKING MATCH"; inside: "Get this FREE BIBLE! // For over 70 years grateful people all over the South have trusted // Wintersmith's Tonic for the relief of Malaria. // To convince // YOU, we are offering this complete, 761-page Holy Bible, FREE // Just mail the top from one large carton (or the tops from two // small cartons) to Wintersmith Chemical Co., Louisville, Ky. // WINTERSMITH'S // TONIC for Malaria"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-5-6 Binder A
Dimension Notes
Length: 11.3 cm. x Width: 4.1 cm.
Condition Remarks
Dirty with age and creases very apparent; staple has been removed with whatever was left of the matches
Copy Type
Original
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Even Snafu Knows VD Can be Prevented [VD promotional matchbook]

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Dates
1938
1945
circa 1938-1945
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Communication
Public Health
Military Medicine
Ephemera
Classification
Archival Items
Communication
Public Health
Military Medicine
Ephemera
Accession Number
996001457
Description
Cardboard matchbook with matches inside; matches have mint-green tips and all of them are still there and intact; cover is green and off-white with a man (Snafu) running to an already occupied washroom; concerns V. D. (venereal disease) prevention.
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Accession Number
996001457
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Communication
Public Health
Military Medicine
Ephemera
Classification
Archival Items
Communication
Public Health
Military Medicine
Ephemera
MeSH Heading
Sexually Transmitted Diseases -- prevention and control -- advertisements
Description
Cardboard matchbook with matches inside; matches have mint-green tips and all of them are still there and intact; cover is green and off-white with a man (Snafu) running to an already occupied washroom; concerns V. D. (venereal disease) prevention.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. M. Chiong for his patent medicine collection, before July 15, 1995.
Maker
Lion Match Inc.
Site Made (City)
New York
Site Made (State)
New York
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1938
1945
circa 1938-1945
Date Remarks
If from the U.S.A., date would be between 1941-1945 since it is definitely WW II it appears to be depicting; 'Snafu' is military jargon
Material
paper: green; off-white
Inscriptions
"EVEN // SNAFU // KNOWS . . V. D. // CAN BE PREVENTED // DON'T GET BURNED ... USE COVER" COVERED"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-5-6 Binder A
Dimension Notes
Length: 5.3 cm. x Width: 3.9 cm. x Depth: 0.9 cm.
Condition Remarks
Edges a little soft, paper age-discoloured; same stains inside from the ink and outside from the chemical match heads and staple; matches are discoloured brown
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Reference Comments
"The New Lexicon Webster's Dictionary"; "The Snake-Oil Syndrome" by A. Walker Bingham, pp. 51,
53
Research Facts
V. D. refers to venereal diseases such as gonorrhea and syphilis contracted by sexual intercourse; comes from Latin "venereus" from Venus, goddess of sexual love; older treatments included sarsaparillas and mercury compounds; often fears of these diseases were played on.
Sexual diseases health issues used matchbooks to have information in the hands of soldiers during WWII.
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Play Safe Don't Be a Target [VD promotional matchbook]

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Dates
1938
1945
circa 1938-1945
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Communication
Public Health
Military Medicine
Ephemera
Classification
Archival Items
Communication
Public Health
Military Medicine
Ephemera
Accession Number
996001459
Description
Cardboard matchbook cover for V. D. Awareness; dark blue background with red lettering; one side has part of a target with "VD" in the dentre, and the other side has warnings on how V. D. can ruin your life; inside is blank; matches and striker are not there - they have been cut off.
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Accession Number
996001459
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Communication
Public Health
Military Medicine
Ephemera
Classification
Archival Items
Communication
Public Health
Military Medicine
Ephemera
MeSH Heading
Sexually Transmitted Diseases -- prevention and control -- advertisements
Description
Cardboard matchbook cover for V. D. Awareness; dark blue background with red lettering; one side has part of a target with "VD" in the dentre, and the other side has warnings on how V. D. can ruin your life; inside is blank; matches and striker are not there - they have been cut off.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. M. Chiong for his patent medicine collection, Aug. 1995, Odessa.
Dates
1938
1945
circa 1938-1945
Date Remarks
If from the U.S.A., date would be between 1941-1945 since it is definitely WW II it appears to be depicting
Material
paper: dark blue; red
Inscriptions
"VD // CAN BOMB // YOU OUT OF // H - // -EALTH // -OME // -APPINESS // EXCISE TAX PAID // 1/5 c // Play Safe // DON'T BE A // VD // TARGET // CLOSE COVER BEFORE STRIKING"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-5-6 Binder A
Dimension Notes
Length: 9.3 cm. x Width: 4.1 cm.
Condition Remarks
Edges a little rough and staple holes and definite creases
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Research Facts
Because of the wording "Bomb out" and because of the excise tax of 1/5 c, it was probably made during one of the wars
Images
Less detail

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