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Collection
Dr. Burns Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Classification
Patient Care
Accession Number
995005062 a-q
Description
(a) Metal ear piercer with cylindrical body, "C"-shaped head, gull-wing extensions for the fingers just behind the head, and a circular plunger at the foot; (b) rectangular plastic snap case, with paper cards stuck in both top and bottom; (c) rectangular advertisement card for needles and heads; (d…
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Accession Number
995005062 a-q
Collection
Dr. Burns Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Classification
Patient Care
MeSH Heading
Equipment and Supplies
Cosmetic Techniques -- instrumentation
Description
(a) Metal ear piercer with cylindrical body, "C"-shaped head, gull-wing extensions for the fingers just behind the head, and a circular plunger at the foot; (b) rectangular plastic snap case, with paper cards stuck in both top and bottom; (c) rectangular advertisement card for needles and heads; (d) rectangular folded paper sheet of additional instructions; (e) square plastic snapcase that holds (f-q); (f-i) cylindrical plastic slugs; (j-q) metal piercing pins; each pin is a cylindrical metal head attached to a thin pin.
Number Of Parts
17
Part Names
a - ear piercer - Size: Length 12.5 cm x Width 4.6 cm x Depth 1.6 cm
b - plastic case - Size: Length 14.4 cm x Width 7.1 cm x Depth 1.8 cm
c - card - Size: Length 6.9 cm x Width 4.7 cm
d - instructions - Size: Length 10.8 cm x Width 6.8 cm
e - pin case - Size: Length 3.6 cm x Width 2.9 cm x Depth 0.9 cm
f - plastic head - Size: Depth 0.6 cm x Diam. 0.4 cm
g - plastic head - Size: Depth 0.6 cm x Diam. 0.4 cm
h - plastic head - Size: Depth 0.6 cm x Diam. 0.4 cm
i - plastic head - Size: Depth 0.6 cm x Diam. 0.4 cm
j - piercing pin - Size: Depth 1.6 cm x Diam. 0.4 cm
k - piercing pin - Size: Depth 1.6 cm x Diam. 0.4 cm
l - piercing pin - Size: Depth 1.6 cm x Diam. 0.4 cm
m - piercing pin - Size: Depth 1.6 cm x Diam. 0.4 cm
n - piercing pin - Size: Depth 1.6 cm x Diam. 0.4 cm
o - piercing pin - Size: Depth 1.6 cm x Diam. 0.4 cm
p - piercing pin - Size: Depth 1.6 cm x Diam. 0.4 cm
q - piercing pin - Size: Depth 1.6 cm x Diam. 0.4 cm
Provenance
Owned and used by Dr. Burns of Napanee, Ont., a 1947 graduate of the Queen's University Medical Program; some items belonged to Dr. Stratton, who held the Napanee practice prior to Dr. Burns.
Maker
Goodrich–Universal Inc.
Site Made (City)
Saint Paul
Site Made (State)
Minnesota
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Material
paper: white; off-white; light blue
metal: silver
plastic: clear; white
Inscriptions
(a) Engraved on cylinder: "GOODRICH // UNIVERSAL INSTRUMENTS CO. // ST. PAUL MINN."; (b) printed on top cover, outside: "GOODRICH–UNIVERSAL INC. // 500 NO. ROBERT ST. // ST. PAUL. MINN. 55101 // UNIVERSAL // EAR // PIERCER"; printed on top cover, inside: "UNIVERSAL EAR PIERCER // "DIRECTIONS" // [directions listed] // Guarantee: If at any time the Universal Ear Piercer does not function properly, return it to us and it will be // replaced at no charge. This guarantee only applies when genuine Goodrich–Universal needles and heads are // used. The use of needles and heads from other manufacturers voids this guarantee. // Additional needles and pin heads (@ $5.00 per doz.) available from your favorite supplier // or direct from: // GOODRICH–UNIVERSAL INC. // MANUFACTURERS OF PRECISION INSTRUMENTS // 500 ROBERT STREET . SAINT PAUL, MINNESOTA 55101"; printed on inside of bottom cover: "RECOMMENDED STERILIZATION TECHNIQUES: // AUTOCLAVE @ 260° F // COLD SOLUTIONS — Mephane, Bard–Parker Gerlmicide, Metaphene, // Lehn and Fink Instrument Germicide // DOO NOT USE: Zephiran, any mercuric derivatives // GOODRICH UNIVERSAL, INC. // 500 N. Robert Street // St. Paul, Minnesota 55101"; bottom cover, outside is identical to bottom cover, inside; (c) printed on both sides: "One Dozen No. 200 // NEEDLES and HEADS // for the // UNIVERSAL EAR PIERCER // For Best Results, Use Needles and Heads // Only Once // [guarantee identical to that on (b) listed] // GOODRICH–UNIVERSAL, INC. // 500 No. Robert St. St. Paul, Minn. 55101"; (d) printed on front side: "Do not store instrument for prolonged periods in // solutions containing anti-rust chemicals. // Do not autoclave plastic heads above 260° F. // Best results are obtained by using needles and plastic heads only once. // GOODRICH UNIVERSAL, INC. // 500 No. Robert Street // St. Paul, Minnesota 55101 // Form No. 800"; printed on reverse side: "WARNING // THE USE OF NEEDLES AND HEADS OTHER THAN // THOSE MANUFACTURED BY GOODRICH–UNIVERSAL // MAY CAUSE THIS UNIVERSAL EAR PIERCER TO JAM OR OTHERWISE MALFUNCTION."
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-C3-10
Condition Remarks
(a) tarnish on head, on inside curve of "C" shape; (b) cracks in case, but structurally sound; grimy; (c) slightly faded; (d) paper stained; (e) light wear; small crack in bottom; (f-i) some wear; (j-q) little wear.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
JPG
Reference Comments
CD #9
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Mary T. Goldman's Gray Hair Color Restorer

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact7799
Dates
1800
1899
1800-1899
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Other
Accession Number
1980.18.188
Description
A box containing a flat corked bottle filled with contents; circular attached.
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Accession Number
1980.18.188
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Other
MeSH Heading
Household Products
Hair Preparations
Hair Dyes
Description
A box containing a flat corked bottle filled with contents; circular attached.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine; source: Mr. Dean Charters.
Maker
Mary T. Goldman Co.
Site Made (City)
St. Paul
Site Made (State)
Minnesota
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1800
1899
1800-1899
Date Remarks
Original record had "19c."
Material
cardboard: yellow; black
glass: amber
cork
Paper
Inscriptions
Embossed on back of bottle: "Mary T. Goldman, St. Paul, Minn."; printed on box: "Gray Hair // MARY T. GOLDMAN'S // Gray Hair Color Restorer // A COLORIFIC PREPARATION // NO. 3 // Price $1.80 Per Bottle // EXPRESS PREPAID // PREPARED ONLY BY // MARY T. GOLDMAN CO. // ST. PAUL, MINN. // KEEP BOTTLE IN BOX"; from circular: "Restoration of hair to its natural shade"; "It's a scientific hair color restorer."
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A2-9 Row A
Dimension Notes
Length 14.1 cm x Width 6.2 cm x Depth 3.8 cm
Condition Remarks
Bottle has a "chipped" label; box is frayed and torn at one end.
Copy Type
Original
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universal ear piercer

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact15121
Dates
1950
1990
circa 1950-1990
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Classification
Patient Care
Accession Number
017020015 a-f
Description
Metal universal ear piercer stored in clear plastic two piece case; piercer comnprised of three parts, (a) the cyclinder body, (b) the winged ring for a person's fingers to grasp, and (c) the hooked end which goes around the ear lobe and through which the needle pierces the ear; no needle; clear pl…
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Accession Number
017020015 a-f
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Classification
Patient Care
MeSH Heading
Cosmetic Techniques -- instrumentation
Equipment and Supplies
Description
Metal universal ear piercer stored in clear plastic two piece case; piercer comnprised of three parts, (a) the cyclinder body, (b) the winged ring for a person's fingers to grasp, and (c) the hooked end which goes around the ear lobe and through which the needle pierces the ear; no needle; clear plastic case (e, f) snaps together and contains a sheet of yellowed paper (d) with instructions on one side and an illustration of the assembled item on the other.
Number Of Parts
6
Part Names
a) body of ear piercer: Length 9.5 cm X Diameter 1.4 cm
b) ring with wings: Length 4.8 cm X Width 1.9 cm X Height 0.7 cm
c) hook: Length 5.2 cm X Width 1.5 cm X Height 0.8 cm
d) paper: Length 13.5 cm X Width 5.6 cm
e) case top: Length 14 cm X Width 6.3 cm X Height1.3 cm
f) case bottom: Length 14 cm X Width 6.3 cm X Height 1.3 cm
Provenance
Belonged to the donor, Dr. Jacalyn Duffin, MD, PhD, a hematologist and historian who held the Hannah Chair of the History of Medicine at Queen's University from 1988 to 2017.
Maker
Universal Instrument Co.
Site Made (City)
Saint Paul
Site Made (State)
Minnesota
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1950
1990
circa 1950-1990
Date Remarks
Date difficult to pin down due to lack of information about the company, etc. Date based on the condition and design of the object.
Material
metal: grey
plastic: clear
paper: tan
ink: black
Inscriptions
Printed on cylinder (a): "GOODRICH-UNIVERSAL INC. // SAINT PAUL, MINN."; on instructions sheet: "UNIVERSAL // EAR // PIERCER // UNIVERSAL INSTRUMENT CO. // 500 ROBERT ST. // ST. PAUL, MINN. 55101";
on reverse: "UNIVERSAL EAR PIERCER // "DIRECTIONS" // 1. Sterilize instrument, needle, and pin head. // 2. Insert pin head in opening. Insert needle in end of plunger. // 3. Pierce full depth of plunger, needle penetrating pin head. // 4. Needle pierced through ear secures itself to pin head, ejects from instrument. Needle and head to remain in // ear during healing period. // Guarantee: If at any time the Universal Ear Piercer does not function properly, return it to us and it will be // replaced at no charge. // Additional needles and pin heads (@ $5.00 per doz.) available from your favourite supplier // or direct from: // UNIVERSAL INSTRUMENT CO. // MANUFACTURERS OF PRECISION INSTRUMENTS // 500 ROBERT STREET // SAINT PAUL, MINNESOTA 55101"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-C3-10
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Paper has yellowed with minor curling, some minor scratches in plastic and a small crack on the bottom of part f) on the left, about a third of the case away from the edge; plastic hinges with partial broken and hard to keep together by just the hinges; metal in excellent condition
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Website
Reference Comments
https://diamondfoundry.com/blogs/the-foundry-journal/a-brief-history-of-earrings
Research Facts
Seems to be a precursor to the piercing gun. Earrings began to become popular again in the 1950s in the United States after having been deemed vulgar in the Victorian Era.
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