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Vaseline Camphor Ice

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Dates
1936
1955
circa 1936-1955
Collection
Tumak Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Patient Care Artifacts
Home Health Care
Classification
Treatment
Dermatology
Home Health
Patient Care
Pharmacy, Dermatology
Accession Number
015011010 a-b
Description
Cylindrical metal container (a) of Vaseline Camphor Ice; the title is printed horizontally on the container in white on a blue oval background surrounded by a yellow band; outside of this background is a crosshatched pattern in blue and yellow; the manufacturing information and quantity are printed…
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Accession Number
015011010 a-b
Collection
Tumak Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Patient Care Artifacts
Home Health Care
Classification
Treatment
Dermatology
Home Health
Patient Care
Pharmacy, Dermatology
MeSH Heading
Skin Care
Sunburn -- drug therapy
Lubrication
Dermatology
Pharmacy
Home Health
Description
Cylindrical metal container (a) of Vaseline Camphor Ice; the title is printed horizontally on the container in white on a blue oval background surrounded by a yellow band; outside of this background is a crosshatched pattern in blue and yellow; the manufacturing information and quantity are printed in blue on yellow rectangular backgrounds, and the uses of the product are listed in English and French in white print on a blue oval background with a yellow band around it; the cap (b) is rounded and has blue and white stripes around it, and on top the name of the product is printed in white on a blue background; the bottom of the cylinder is hollow for about two centimetres, the rest of the tube is blocked by a circle of white plastic with the remnants of blue lettering on one side; this is meant to be pushed up through the tube to allow the vaseline to come out on the other end; removable cap shows semi-opaque creamy solid product.
Number Of Parts
2
Part Names
a - base
b - cap
Provenance
Belonged to donor.
Maker
Chesebrough Manufacturing Co. Consolidated
Site Made (City)
Montreal
Site Made (State)
Quebec
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1936
1955
circa 1936-1955
Date Remarks
Based on the date "Vaseline Camphor Ice" was trademarked in Canada and on the year that Chesebrough merged with Pond's Extract Company to form Chesebrough-Ponds Inc.
Material
metal: grey
ink: blue, white, yellow
plastic: white
Inscriptions
Printed on canister: "TRADE Vaseline MARK // CAMPHOR ICE // VASELINE IS THE TRADE MARK IDENTIFYING ALL PRODUCTS MADE BY // CHESEBROUGH MFG. CO., CONS'D AND IS REGISTERED IN CANADA, THE // UNITED STATES AND MOST OF THE PRINCIPAL COUNTRIES OF THE WORLD. // NET 1 1/8 OZ. // MADE IN CANADA // For // CHAPPED HANDS & LIPS, // SUN & WIND BURN, ROUGH SKIN. // POUR LES MAINS ET LÈVRES // GERCÉES, PEAU RUDE, ETC. // CHESEBROUGH MANUFACTURING CO. CONSOLIDATED // NEW YORK & MONTREAL"; printed on cap: "Vaseline // TRADE MARK // CAMPHOR // ICE".
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A2-6 Row E
Length
9.1 cm
Diameter
2.4 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Minor dents near base and in the title word "Camphor"; minor scratching/paint chipping,
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Websites, book, journal
Reference Comments
"Vaseline: from trade mark to noun", The Pharmaceutical Journal, 16 DEC 2008: https://www.pharmaceutical-journal.com/opinion/comment/vaseline-from-trade-mark-to-noun/10043789.article?firstPass=false
"Vaseline Camphor Ice" in The Era Formulary: 5000 Formulas for Druggists, compiled and edited by The Pharmaceutical Era, Detroit, Michigan, D. O. Haynes & Company, 1893, pg. 171: https://books.google.ca/books?id=FxxKAAAAMAAJ&source=gbs_navlinks_s
"VASELINE CAMPHOR ICE FOR CHAPPED HANDS & LIPS, SUN & WIND BURN, ROUGH SKIN TRADE MARK CHESEBROUGH-PONDS INC. - Trademark Details", Justia Trademarks: https://trademarks.justia.com/713/71/vaseline-camphor-ice-for-chapped-hands-lips-sun-wind-burn-rough-skin-trade-mark-chesebrough-ponds-inc-71371908.html
WebMD, "Camphor": https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-709/camphor
rubylane, Lake Girl Vintage, Item ID: lgv6368: https://www.rubylane.com/item/700271-lgv6368/Vaseline-Camphor-Ice-Tin-Vintage-Unused
Research Facts
In "The Era Formulary" of 1893, the recipe for Vaseline Camphor Ice was listed as follows: 5 ounces of white wax, 2 ounces of paraffin, 8 ounces of Vaseline, 2 ounces of Camphor, 2 ounces of Gylcerine. Melt the first three, add the camphor, and when dissolved, the glycerine. Mix thoroughly and pour into suitable molds.
The white plastic piece inside the tube once contained the words "PUSH HERE" in blue ink.
Originally, camphor was made from the distilled bark and wood of the camphor tree, but is today made chemically from turpentine oil. Camphor is often today used on the skin or inhaled, but doctors warn against injesting it, as it can cause serious side-effects or death. Camphorated oil has not been sold in the United States since the 1980s because of safety concerns, but it can still be purchased without a prescription in Canada.
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