The Elliman family came to Slough in 1845, and James Elliman Senior set up a drapery business while he developed his soon-to-be-famous embrocation, which he had been experimenting on for years before deciding to market it. The embrocation was first sold in 1847, as a rub for animals. By 1850 it was being sold for use by humans, as an aid for aching muscles and joints. He claimed that his success was down to two things - firstly, the quality of the product, and secondly to his policy of spending half of his profits on advertising, an unusual move in those days. The advertising slogan was 'An Excellent Good Thing', and Elliman, Sons & Co is credited with being the first company to use a cartoon strip in its' advertising.
James Elliman Senior made both his sons, James Junior and Samuel, partners in the company, and they took it over following his death in 1870, opening a new factory in Chandos Street. Samuel died in a hunting accident in 1884, and James Junior took sole charge of the company.
The company continued to flourish, and by 1911 the embrocation was being sold in 42 countries. There were two products - 'Universal Embrocation' for humans, and 'Royal Embrocation' for animals - but there was no difference between the two!
The embrocation was made from eggs, turpentine and vinegar. Eggs were imported from Ireland and from China. When the turpentine was added to the mix, the fire brigade had to be on alert! When James Elliman Junior died in 1924 the company was taken over by other members of the family, and it remained a family business until 1961, when it was taken over by Horlicks and the Chandos Street factory was closed. Elliman's Embrocation is now made by GlaxoSmithKline.
Embossed on front of bottle: "DR. T.A. SLOCUM // LIMITED // 179 KING ST. WEST, TORONTO CANADA"L; to the left of this is an embossed circular trade mark; around the circumference is: "HOPE IS THE ANCHOR OF THE SOUL"; the inner circle has an image of an anchor with the words "TRADE" "MARK" on either side of it; embossed on both edges of the bottle: "THE GREATEST OF TONICS"; "PSYCHINE"
Printed on paper label: 100 CAPSULES // ROYAL CANADIAN NAVY // SEASICKNESS REMEDY // DOSE:- One capsule. Taken one to two hours before its // effect is desired. // NOTE:-The capsules are most effective when taken for // the prevention rather than the cure of seasickness. Best // results are obtained when the first capsule is taken an // hour or two before its effect is desired. This dose should // prevent seasickness for about eight hours. // The remedy is also effective after the onset of seasick- // ness, reducing its duration and severity. // CAUTION: - The dose of one capsule may be repeated at // eight hour intervals. More than two doses of one capsule // each should only be given under medical supervision. // Prepared by // R. C. N. MEDICAL RESEARCH UNIT // UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO
Storage Room 0010
0010-A5-4 Box 1 Row B
Length 10.5 cm x Diam. 5.0 cm
"History of the Associate Committee on Naval Medical Research, 1941-1945," held by Library and Archives Canada, call number D810 S2 H57 1948 fol.
Contains hyocine with nicotinic acid of the B Vitamin Complex.
This remedy was developed by the Subcommittee on Seasickness of the Canadian National Research Council. It was the product of research aimed in part at preventing seasickness in soldiers, particularly in preparation for the D-Day landings in 1944.
The “R. C. N. Seasickness Remedy” was the name given to this mixture of hyoscine, hyoscyamine, and niacin. though it was later found that niacin did not “appreciably” contribute to the effectiveness. A thiobarbiturate would later be added in an attempt to improve the efficacy of the remedy. Despite progress made in the understanding and treatment of motion sickness, the remedy was not as effective as hoped, and the researchers recommended similar combinations of chemical compounds for further trial.
A key element of this remedy, hyoscine, also known as scopolamine, is still used today as a means of treating motion sickness, particularly in the form of transdermal patches.
This research is the basis that developed Gravol and Dramamine for similar illness.
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Thirty corked bottles (a-dd) of homeopathic pellets in a wooden box (ee) with lid and key plate; inside of lid and bottom of box is lined with red paper; edges above bottle compartments lined with red velvet; inside of lid has a paper label affixed listing contents: 1. Aconitum nap. 3 (a) 2. Arnica…
Thirty corked bottles (a-dd) of homeopathic pellets in a wooden box (ee) with lid and key plate; inside of lid and bottom of box is lined with red paper; edges above bottle compartments lined with red velvet; inside of lid has a paper label affixed listing contents:
1. Aconitum nap. 3 (a)
2. Arnica mont. 3 (b)
3. Arsenicum alb. 6 (c)
4. Belladonna 3 (d)
5. Bryonia alb. (e);
6. Calcarea Carb. (f);
7. Cantharsis 3 (g)
8. Carbo veg. 6 (h)
9. Chamomilla 3. (i)
10. China officinalis 3. (j)
11. Cina 3. (k)
12. Cocculus 3. (l)
13. Coffea crud. 3. (m)
14. Drosera rotund. 3. (n)
15. Dulcamara 3. (o)
16. Hepar sulph. (p)
17. Ifnatia amara 3. (q)
18. Ipecacuanha 3. (r)
19. Kahli bichrom. 3. (s)
20. Merc. sol. Hahn. 6. (t)
21. Nux vomica 3. (u)
22. Petoleum 3. (v)
23. Phosphorus 3. (w)
24. Pulsatilla 3. (x)
25. Rhus. toxicod. 3. (y)
26. Sambucus nig. 3. (z)
27. Songia mar. tost. 3. (aa)
28. Sulphur. 6. (bb)
29. Veratrum alb. 3. (cc)
30. Arnical tinct. (dd)
Number Of Parts
aa-dd - bottles - Length 6.0 cm x Width 1.5 cm x Depth 1.5 cm
ee - box - Length 15.0 cm x Width 13.0 cm x Depth 7.5 cm
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine; Mr. Wallace Beatty.
Boericke & Tafel is the longest running homeopathic pharmaceutical company in the United States, still running as of 2018, while it started (under a different name and ownership) in 1835. Boericke and Tafel also published books on homeopathy, and their families intermarried. The popularity of homeopathy dwindled after about 1915 in the United States, but rose again in the 1980s and 90s.
Chamomile has a long history of medicinal use. It's natural soothing and anti-inflammatory properties make it great at helping to soothe all kinds of coughs. It's also helpful to add chamomile to your syrup for it's natural calming capabilities, to help you sleep better while getting over your cough.
Handwritten in ink on lined paper: "Cure for Cancer // Equal parts // Chloride of zinc // Blood root // Spring wheat Flower. // Mix thoroughly and Paint on Cancer. Cover // with Silk [illeg.] Plaster. // Three applications will Cure the worst cancer."
Item is missing.
Length 12.8 cm x Width 20.2 cm
Edges torn; paper has been folded and mended along horizontal split.
Donor found this paper in with his father's instruments; no knowledge of where it came from. Dr. J. P. Wilson graduated from University of Toronto in 1911 and practised in Richmond Hill 1919-1967.
On cardboard box: "KARN'S // CARBOLIC SALVE // Ne weight 1 ½ ounces // For Wounds, Cuts, Sores, Bruises, Burns, // and Skin Diseases of every description. // COMPOSITION: — Each ounce contains // 3% carbolic acid with petrolatum base. // DIRECTIONS: — Apply on soft linen or // cotton cloth to open sores or boils, but // for skin diseases apply freely at night. // W.H. KARN // Family Druggist // 26 King St. E. // OSHAWA, ONTARIO"
Storage Room 0010
0010-A2-8 Row B
Metal container rusting; cardboard box dirty from leaking salve.