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Dates
1916
1934
circa 1916-1934
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Gastrointestinal
Accession Number
996001171
Description
Rectangular semi-transparent brown glass bottle with recessed panels on all sides and cream paper label with brown text adhered around entire bottle; long cylindrical neck with gray screw-on cap.
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Accession Number
996001171
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
Rectangular semi-transparent brown glass bottle with recessed panels on all sides and cream paper label with brown text adhered around entire bottle; long cylindrical neck with gray screw-on cap.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Acquired by Dr. M. Chiong for his patent medicine collection; purchased from Goodrich USA in Oct.1993.
Maker
W. Wojtasinski Drug Co.
Site Made (City)
Boston
Site Made (State)
Massachusetts
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1916
1934
circa 1916-1934
Material
glass: brown
paper: cream
ink: brown
metal: gray
Inscriptions
On label: "6 Fl. Oz. // KATRO-LEK // Reg. U. S. Patent Office // Alcohol 20% // Stomachic and tonic Laxa- // tive. This medicine has been // tried out by thousands and // found to be beneficial for gas- // tritis, temporary constipation, // dyspesia due to hyper acid- // ity. Improves the appetite. In- // creases the red blood corp- // uscles. It acts on the bowels // as a laxative tonic. // DIRECTIONS // Tablespoonful half-hour af // ter each meal or two table- // spoonfuls at bed-time, followed // with a glass of water. // CHILDREN - One to three // teaspoonfuls daily. // Price $1.00 // (Same information repeated in Polish) // W. Wojtasinski Drug Co. // Boston // Mass. // U.S.A."; on sides: "Beware of Imitations and be sure You get the Genuine // KATRO-LEK // REG. U. S. PAT. OFFICE // The Famous Stomachic, Laxative and Tonic // SHAKE WELL BEFORE USING" (Same information repeated in Polish on other side panel)
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A1-2 Row A
Dimension Notes
Length: 20.6 cm. x Width: 6.6 cm. x Depth: 3.6 cm.
Condition Remarks
Paper has become discoloured, brittle in many places and adhesive is coming through and creating raised crusty areas; fading ans stianed paper
Copy Type
Original
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Dr. A. W. Chase's Kidney-Liver Pills

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Dates
1919
1930
circa 1919 - 1930
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Home Health Care
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Pharmacy, Gastrointestinal
Treatment
Treatment, General
Home Health
Accession Number
996001232
Description
Tan hollow, cylindrical wooden pill container which originally contained kidney-liver pills; the original seal has been broken and the top is removable; paper label on bottle with printed product information.
Accession Number
996001232
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Home Health Care
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Pharmacy, Gastrointestinal
Treatment
Treatment, General
Home Health
MeSH Heading
Pharmaceutical Preparations
Pharmaceuticals
Pharmacy
Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Drugs
Cathartics
Constipation -- drug therapy
Drugs, Non-Prescription
MM= Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter -- container
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- vial
Description
Tan hollow, cylindrical wooden pill container which originally contained kidney-liver pills; the original seal has been broken and the top is removable; paper label on bottle with printed product information.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. M. Chiong for his patent medicine collection; purchased in Toronto in Feb.1994.
Maker
Edmanson, Bates & Co. Limited
Site Made (City)
Oakville
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1919
1930
circa 1919 - 1930
Material
wood: tan
paper: yellow
ink: black
Inscriptions
Printed on label: "DR. A. W. CHASE'S // Kidney-Liver Pills // Directions:" (dosage information follows); printed in English and French; "No. 4972 Proprietary or Patent // Medicine Act // Manufactured by // Edmanson, Bates & Co. Limited // THE Sole Distributors // DR. A. W. CHASE MEDICINE CO. // OAKVILLE, CAN. Limited"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A2-5 Row E
Depth
6.3
Diameter
2.7
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
There is some minor staining on the lid; the container has been opened and the contents are missing; the paper label has minor wrinkling on one section
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Internet
Book
Reference Comments
"Dr. Chase's Recipes or Information for Everybody" (1862 edition), by A. W. Chase M.D.
Why the appeal? A study of almanacs advertising Dr. Chase's patent medicines, 1904–1959. Denise Maines.
Research Facts
Medication for liver and kidney -- a regulator of the liver, kidneys and bowels.
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.
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Dr. A. W. Chase's Kidney and Liver Pills

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Dates
1919
1930
circa 1919 - 1930
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Home Health Care
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Pharmacy, Gastrointestinal
Treatment
Treatment, General
Home Health
Accession Number
996001267
Description
Cylindrical cardboard container and lid with Dr. A. W. Chase's Kidney & Liver pills; sealed with a single sheet of printed yellow paper; wrapper has product information listed on it.
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Accession Number
996001267
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Home Health Care
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Pharmacy, Gastrointestinal
Treatment
Treatment, General
Home Health
MeSH Heading
Pharmaceutical Preparations
Pharmaceuticals
Pharmacy
Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Drugs
Cathartics
Constipation -- drug therapy
Drugs, Non-Prescription
MM= Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter -- container
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- vial
Description
Cylindrical cardboard container and lid with Dr. A. W. Chase's Kidney & Liver pills; sealed with a single sheet of printed yellow paper; wrapper has product information listed on it.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. M. Chiong for his patent medicine collection; purchased in Toronto in Feb.1994.
Maker
The Dr. A. W. Chase Medicine Co. Ltd.
Site Made (City)
Oakville
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1919
1930
circa 1919 - 1930
Material
wood: beige
paper: yellow
ink: black
Inscriptions
Wrapper reads, "DR. A. W. CHASE'S // K & L KIDNEY & LIVER PILLS // BACKACHE // due to // URINARY // IRRITATION // or BLADDER // DISCOMFORT // CONSTIPATION // INDIGESTION // BILIOUSNESS // and HEADACHE // due to // CONSTIPATIION // ONE PILL A DOSE [in English and French]. No. 4972 PROPRIETARY OR PATENT MEDICINE ACT // THE DR. A. W. CHASE Medicine Co. Ltd. // OAKVILLE, CANADA"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A2-5 Row E
Temporary Location
On exhibit “Quack: The Exhibit that cures all” at Museum of Health Care, 29 June 2017.
Length
6.4
Diameter
2.8
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
The container is sealed and unopened; outside paper wrapper minor wear, all writing is legible
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Internet
Book
Reference Comments
"Dr. Chase's Recipes or Information for Everybody" (1862 edition), by A. W. Chase, M.D.
Why the appeal? A study of almanacs advertising Dr. Chase's patent medicines, 1904–1959. Denise Maines.
Research Facts
Used to treat urinary irritation and constipation
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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Nerviline Liniment

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact2348
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). Neil Currie Polson owned wholesale drug and manufacturing chemist house; the trade covered Canada, the U.S. and the West Indies; the firm was established by Neil Polson Sr. in 1877, 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.
Exhibit History
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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Dates
1926
1930
circa 1926-1930
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Gastrointestinal
Accession Number
996001313
Description
Oval clear glass bottle with cylindrical neck and a tooled, round collar lip; the front and back pabels are flat and there is a yellow printed paper label on the front which lists product information; the bottle is full of Psychine stomachic and tonic and sealed with a metal cap which has a wire fo…
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Accession Number
996001313
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Gastrointestinal
MeSH Heading
Drugs, Non-Prescription
Dyspepsia -- drug therapy
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Description
Oval clear glass bottle with cylindrical neck and a tooled, round collar lip; the front and back pabels are flat and there is a yellow printed paper label on the front which lists product information; the bottle is full of Psychine stomachic and tonic and sealed with a metal cap which has a wire for opening on the right side.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. M.Chiong for his patent medicine collection, from Goodrich, USA in Oct. 1993
Maker
T. A. Slocum Co. Inc.
Site Made (City)
New York
Site Made (State)
New York
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1926
1930
circa 1926-1930
Date Remarks
Date listed on front label - "Note: No change in our old formula new package adopted Jan. 1926"
Material
glass: clear
paper: yellow
metal: silver; yellow
Inscriptions
Bottle bottom embossed with a diamond inside a circle and the number 13; label reads, "STOMACHIC // and // TONIC // 16 FLUID OUNCES // PSYCHINE // TRADE MARK // What the product is, is" (listed) "// Directions for Use" (listed) "SHAKE WELL // Any Sediment is Natural // PRICE // Three Dollars a Bottle // Sold by Druggists and // Prepared Exclusively by // T.A. Slocum Co. Inc. // Manufacturing Chemists // NEW YORK CITY"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A1-2 Row B
Dimension Notes
Length: 23.0 cm. x Width: 7.8 cm. x Depth: 4.2 cm.
Condition Remarks
Bottle has no chips, cracks, or wear; the label is complete and fully legible; the bottle is unopened, but some of the liquid contents have evaporated; the metal cap shows some corrosion at the side, but does not leak
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Reference Comments
"Bottles" by Michael Polak, pp. 19 & 21
Research Facts
Used as a stomachic and tonic bitters
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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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Lambert's Syrup [advertising ink blotter]

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Dates
1889
1939
circa 1889-1939
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Advertisements
Accession Number
996001448
Description
Cardboard blotter for Lambert's Syrup; done in gold paper and red ink; left side has a facsimile of J.O. Lambert, M.D.; right side has a facsimile of box and bottle of product; centre has boastful statements of its age and popularity; back: writing stains.
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Accession Number
996001448
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Advertisements
MeSH Heading
Antitussive Agents -- advertisements
Cough -- drug therapy, advertisements
Drugs, Non-Prescription, advertisements
Description
Cardboard blotter for Lambert's Syrup; done in gold paper and red ink; left side has a facsimile of J.O. Lambert, M.D.; right side has a facsimile of box and bottle of product; centre has boastful statements of its age and popularity; back: writing stains.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. M. Chiong for his patent medicine collection, July 15 1995 (before).
Maker
Lambert Medical Co. (product)
Dates
1889
1939
circa 1889-1939
Date Remarks
Card says 1889-1939; card must be around this date
Material
paper: red; yellow
Inscriptions
"1889-1939 . HALF A CENTURY // OF HEALTH SAFEGUARD // FIFTY years old - More popular than ever // Sold from ocean to ocean // A necessity in every home // Imposing Sales record of // 11,372,299 Bottles // LAMBERT'S SYRUP // NATIONAL FAMILY // REMEDY // J. O. LAMBERT, M.D. // Author of the national // family remedy against // chest ailments"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-5-6 Binder A
Dimension Notes
Length: 15.2 cm. x Width: 8.4 cm.
Condition Remarks
Front: ink doodlings all over; left top corner has been ripped off; creased and torn along top edge; stains in several locations; back has many ink writings, large ink stains in corners, and some writings in pencil as well
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Website
Reference Comments
Lambert Syrup, About: https://www.siroplambert.com/en/about-lambert-syrup-natural-cough-syrup
Research Facts
Lambert Syrup was developed in 1887 in St-Zéphirin-de-Courval, near Drummondville, Québec, by Québec physician Joseph-Oliver Lambert. In 1887, Dr. Lambert created the formula of his syrup and registered the patent. In 1891, the Dr. J. O. Lambert Limited company was founded, and it was incorporated in 1915, 22 years after Lambert’s death. During the Spanish influenza pandemic of 1918-1919 (a type A flu), many newspapers claimed that Lambert Syrup was curative. Lambert Syrup was by this time distributed across Canada and even in Great Britain, France, Belgium and the United States. As of 2019, Dr. Lambert’s syrup is still being sold according the original formula first patented by Dr. Lambert, and with the original brand image on the packaging with a vintage photograph of Dr. Lambert.
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V. D. Warning matchbook cover

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Dates
1938
1945
circa 1938-1945
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Ephemera
Classification
Ephemera
Accession Number
996001461
Description
Cardboard matchbook warning about V.D.; one side has a soldier in a bar, drinking, with a girl coming around the corner with "VD" right behind her head; the other side has the soldier coming home to his family; only printed in red ink; no matches or striker - cut off.
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Accession Number
996001461
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Ephemera
Classification
Ephemera
MeSH Heading
Sexually Transmitted Diseases -- prevention and control -- advertisements
Description
Cardboard matchbook warning about V.D.; one side has a soldier in a bar, drinking, with a girl coming around the corner with "VD" right behind her head; the other side has the soldier coming home to his family; only printed in red ink; no matches or striker - cut off.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. M. Chiong for his patent medicine collection, Aug. 1995, Odessa
Maker
Rusks (?)
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
Material
paper: red; cream
Inscriptions
"ALCOHOL // LEADS TO V.D. // Return home // HEALTHY // R-U-S-K-S // EXCISE TAX PAID // 3/10 // CLOSE COVER BEFORE STRIKING"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-5-6 Binder A
Dimension Notes
Length: 9.4 cm. x Width: 5.7 cm.
Condition Remarks
Age-discoloured; stains and holes were staple used to be; no matches or striker, they were cut off
Copy Type
Original
Research Facts
Probably given to the soldiers in World War II; if it is Canadian, dates c. 1938-1945, if American, 1941-1945
Images
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Hotel Dieu Hospital, Kingston, Ontario [commercial postcard]

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Dates
1930
1950
circa 1930-1950
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Images
Accession Number
996001466
Description
Colourized postcard of medium-weight card of Hotel Dieu Hospital with spires of St. Mary's Roman Catholic church in background; shows the bask view of the "operating room", Sydenham Wing, the Brock Wing, the St. Joseph Wing and the Chapel; and another building later torn down for the Centenary Wing…
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Accession Number
996001466
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Images
MeSH Heading
Hospitals -- pictorial works
Description
Colourized postcard of medium-weight card of Hotel Dieu Hospital with spires of St. Mary's Roman Catholic church in background; shows the bask view of the "operating room", Sydenham Wing, the Brock Wing, the St. Joseph Wing and the Chapel; and another building later torn down for the Centenary Wing; card is unused.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. M. Chiong for his patent medicine collection, before July 15, 1995
Maker
PhotoGelatine Engraving Co. Ltd.
Site Made (City)
Ottawa
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1930
1950
circa 1930-1950
Date Remarks
St. Joseph Wing present, but Centenary is not
Material
paper: red; green; buff; blue; black
Inscriptions
Front reads: "Hotel Dieu Hospital, Kingston, Ontario. - 40"; back reads: "Post card // Photogelatine Engraving Co. Ltd. Ottawa // PECo. Ottawa // Made in Canada"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-5-6 Binder A
Dimension Notes
Length: 8.8 cm. x Width: 13.5 cm.
Condition Remarks
Small bend, upper left corner; bend marks middle of right side; bend mark lower left quadrant
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Document
Reference Comments
Building plan of Hotel Dieu (1996) and a plaque erected in front of the old main entrance; "The Way We Care", Dept. of Public Relations, Hotel Dieu Hospital; "From Words to loving action ..." by Sister Loretta Gaffney, p. 26
Research Facts
Located at 166 Brock St., Hotel Dieu Hospital now takes up an entire block framed by Johnson, Bagot, Brock, and Sydenham Streets; initially was the Regiopolis College, incorporated March 4, 1837; cornerstone of the central portion of the building was laid by school's founder, Bishop Alexander Macdonell, June 11, 1839 (what is now Sydenham Wing); 1866 College given full degree-granting powers (rarely used) and closed in 1869 because of money problems; in 1892 it was acquired by the Religious Hospitallers of St. Joseph and they opened Hotel Dieu Hospital; the college reopened and continued elsewhere; the first Hotel Dieu Hospital set up by Amable Bournonniere in 1845 where the Sydenham and Brock Street Apartments were; 1899 - modern operating room built on the corner of Johnson and Sydenham; 1909 - Brock Wing added; 1930 - St. Joseph's Wong; 1947 - New Jeanne Mance Residence; 1950 - Centenary Wing opened (has a rounded end)
Images
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