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Aletris Cordial

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Dates
1890
1920
1890-1920
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Other
Accession Number
1980.18.271
Description
A cylindrical bottle with rounded shoulders, a narrow neck, and a pronounced lip; corked; paper label.
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Accession Number
1980.18.271
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Other
MeSH Heading
Drugs, Non-Prescription
MM= Drugs -- hemagogue/emmenagogue -- container
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Description
A cylindrical bottle with rounded shoulders, a narrow neck, and a pronounced lip; corked; paper label.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine; source: Mr. Dean Charters.
Maker
Rio Chemical Co.
Site Made (City)
St. Louis
Site Made (State)
Missouri
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1890
1920
1890-1920
Material
glass: amber
cork: brown
paper: yellow; brown
Inscriptions
Printed on label: "ALETRIS CORDIAL // MEDICAL PROPERTIES // UTERINE TONIC & RESTORATIVE // INDICATIONS // AMENORRHEA, DYSMENORRHEA // LEUCORRHEA PROLAPSUS // UTERI TO PREVENT MISCARRIAGE & // IT GRADUALLY RESTORES // NORMAL ACTION TO THE UTERUS AND // IMPARTS VIGOR TO THE UTERINE SYSTEM // RIO CHEMICAL CO. // ST. LOUIS USA"; embossed on the bottle: "Rio Chemical Co., St Louis, Mo, USA"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A5-4 Box 4 Row D
Length
14.5 cm
Diameter
6.1 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Copy Type
Original
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Antikamnia & Codeine tablets

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Dates
1890
1910
circa 1890 - 1910
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Pain
Accession Number
016022043
Description
Rectangular hinged metal pill container with company name and directions typed on the lid and bottom of container.
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Accession Number
016022043
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Pain
MeSH Heading
Pain -- drug therapy
Description
Rectangular hinged metal pill container with company name and directions typed on the lid and bottom of container.
Number Of Parts
1
Maker
Antikamnia Chemical Company
Site Made (City)
St. Louis
Site Made (State)
Missouri
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1890
1910
circa 1890 - 1910
Material
metal: silver, black, cream
Inscriptions
Printed on top of container: “PHYSICIAN SAMPLE // 5 Gr. // ANTIKAMNIA & CODEINE // TABLETS // 4 ¾ Gr ANTIKAMNIA. ¼ Gr SULPH CODEINE // REGISTERED SEPT 3 1890 // MANUFACTURED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA // BY THE ANTIKAMNIA CHEMICAL CO. // ST. LOUIS. MO,. U.S.A. // British Depot: 46 Kalborn Viaduct, London E.C” directions printed on bottom
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A2-4 Row E
Temporary Location
On travelling exhibit ‘Unmasking Influenza’ Ottawa L-2019-3 30 April 2019-31 Dec 2022.
Length
4.4
Width
3.5
Depth
0.5
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Minor chiping of paint off of container; does not open; can hear something inside.
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Internet
Reference Comments
Anitikamnian Chemical Company. Window Through Time
The Deadly Pain Medicine Sold by Skeletons. Bess Lovejoy
Research Facts
Antikamnia varied over time, its principal ingredient was always acetanilide, a coal tar derivative. Acetanilide had the unfortunate side effect of producing cyanosis, meaning it turned extremities blue from a lack of oxygen. Deaths related to the ingredient were reported as early as 1891.
The medicine was never patented and wasn’t a prescription drug, the Anitikamnia Drug Company marketed the tablets aggressively through direct mailing and promotional products to doctors in the hope that they would be persuaded to recommend it to their patients.
The tablets were marketed to treat "La Grippe, Influenza and all Grippal Conditions, Pneumonia, Bronchitis, Deep Seated Coughs, Neuroses of the Larynx etc, etc”. It was also handy to be taken as a preventative before participating in sports or even going out shopping.
Half a century later Julius Axelrod discovered that what acetanilide produces when metabolised is paracetamol, we take this medication today and it is called Tylenol. So, Antikamnia may just have been effective as a pain-killer.
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Barnes suction tube

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Dates
1960
1970
circa 1960-1970
Collection
Kingston General Hospital Operating Room Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Otolaryngology
Accession Number
997034454
Description
An angled metal hollow angular tube; Barnes suction tube with finger blade and finger cut-off; thin wall, large lumen.
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Accession Number
997034454
Collection
Kingston General Hospital Operating Room Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Otolaryngology
MeSH Heading
Surgical Equipment
MM= Suction and Drainage -- tube
Description
An angled metal hollow angular tube; Barnes suction tube with finger blade and finger cut-off; thin wall, large lumen.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Used in the Kingston General Hospital Operating Room.
Maker
Storz
Site Made (City)
St. Louis
Site Made (State)
Missouri
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1960
1970
circa 1960-1970
Material
metal: silver
Inscriptions
"Storz USA // Stainless" stamped into metal on finger blade.
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-E2-3
Dimension Notes
Length 11.4 cm x Width 4.0 cm x Depth 2.0 cm
Condition Remarks
No stains, no corrosion.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Reference Comments
"Surgical Instrument Catalog," 9th ed., Storz Instrument Co., 1966, p. 153 (item #N-2412)
Research Facts
This is used to evacuate fluids from surgical site.
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Bromo Quinine [advertising ink blotter]

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Dates
1900
1920
circa 1900-1920
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Advertisements
Accession Number
996001433
Description
Cardboard blotter for Laxative Bromo-Quinine Tablets; front: "Bromo Quinine" in red and "3-D" letters; a hand points to the underlined "o" in "Bromo"; on the left-hand side is a facsimile of a box of such tablets (looks like a matchbook) in blue and red; everything is done in blue or red ink; a blu…
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Accession Number
996001433
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Advertisements
MeSH Heading
Common Cold -- drug therapy -- advertisements
Influenza -- drug therapy -- advertisements
Drugs, Non-Prescription, advertisements
Description
Cardboard blotter for Laxative Bromo-Quinine Tablets; front: "Bromo Quinine" in red and "3-D" letters; a hand points to the underlined "o" in "Bromo"; on the left-hand side is a facsimile of a box of such tablets (looks like a matchbook) in blue and red; everything is done in blue or red ink; a blue rod with knobs at both ends separates the box from the rest of the car; very simple advertising; back: blue absorbent blotting paper.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. M. Chiong for his patent medicine collection, July 15, 1995 (before).
Maker
Paris Medicine Co. (product)
Site Made (City)
St. Louis
Site Made (State)
Missouri
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1900
1920
circa 1900-1920
Date Remarks
Unsure of date of card; could be from WWI (because of the use of acetanilide); product around in 1905, maybe even earlier, card definitely later
Material
paper: cream
ink: red, blue
Inscriptions
"Laxative // Take BROMO // QUININE // Tablets // Look for this Signature // on each Box // E.W. Grove // For // COLDS // GRIP or // INFLUENZA // Genuine Bromo Quinine // is packed in this Box. EACH TABLET CONTAINS // 1 1/2 GRAIN ACETANILIDE // DOES NOT AFFECT HEAD LIKE SULPHATE OF QUININE"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-5-6 Binder A
Dimension Notes
Length: 22.6 cm. x Width: 9.8 cm.
Condition Remarks
Large stain along top front, caused the ink to smudge and run in the first 'O' and 'M' in 'BROMO'; back is clean and no bends or tears can be seen
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Reference Comments
"Remedies and Rackets" by James Cook, pp. 99, 135; "American Health Quackery" by James Harvey
Young, p. 71 (picture); "Nostrums and Quackery" by Arthur J. Cramp, pp. 517-5188
Research Facts
Contained a lot more phenac tin (heart-depressing and habit-forming) than quinine; Grove Laboratories had a subsidiary called Clayton Laboratories (St. Louis) which distributed Citroid, bestselling bioflavinoid cold cure of 1957; Grove also makes Four-Way Cold Tablets and Pozo Ointment for piles; Bromo-Quinine contains yellow phenophthalein, a cathartic drug; the reason laxative contained in a cold tablet was that people felt that flushing out the system was healthy and would help get rid of the cold-- it does not; once advertised as "Cures a Cold in One Day"; light brown pills, faint odour and bitter taste; stamped with "L.B.Q."; during WWI switched from acetphenetidin to acetanilid because of cost.
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Dates
1920
circa 1920
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Pain
Accession Number
996001203
Description
Cylindrical blue glass bottle; wide cylindrical neck threaded for screw-on cap; words "Bromo-seltzer" embossed in glass just below neck; cap and labels missing.
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Accession Number
996001203
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Pain
MeSH Heading
Headache -- drug therapy
Neuralgia -- drug therapy
Analgesics
Drugs, Non-Prescription
MM= Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter -- headache remedies -- container
MM= Drug Packaging -- container
Description
Cylindrical blue glass bottle; wide cylindrical neck threaded for screw-on cap; words "Bromo-seltzer" embossed in glass just below neck; cap and labels missing.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Acquired by Dr. M. Chiong for his patent medicine collection; purchased in Ottawa in June 1993.
Maker
Bromo-seltzer Emerson Drug Co.
Site Made (City)
Baltimore
Site Made (State)
Maryland
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1920
circa 1920
Material
glass: blue
Inscriptions
Bromo-seltzer // Bromo-seltzer
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A5-6 Box 1 Row E
Dimension Notes
Length: 10.4 cm. x Diam. : 3.9 cm.
Copy Type
Original
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Dates
1900
circa 1900
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Pain
Accession Number
996001204
Description
Small cylindrical blue glass bottle; wide cylindrical neck intended for cork stopper; embossed words down one side of bottle
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Accession Number
996001204
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Pain
MeSH Heading
Headache -- drug therapy
Neuralgia -- drug therapy
Analgesics
Drugs, Non-Prescription
MM= Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter -- headache remedies -- container
MM= Drug Packaging -- container
Description
Small cylindrical blue glass bottle; wide cylindrical neck intended for cork stopper; embossed
words down one side of bottle
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Acquired by Dr. M. Chiong for his patent medicine collection; purchased in Toronto in Feb 1994
Maker
Bromo-seltzer Emerson Drug Co.
Site Made (City)
Baltimore
Site Made (State)
Maryland
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1900
circa 1900
Material
glass: blue
Inscriptions
Bromo-seltzer // Emerson // Drug Co. // Baltimore
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A4-6 Box 3 Row B
Dimension Notes
Length: 6.7 cm. x Diam. : 3.0 cm.
Condition Remarks
Some surface dirt has become embedded in raised lettering of bottle
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
JPG
Reference Comments
CD #5
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Bromo-Seltzer Tower [advertising postcard]

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Dates
1911
circa 1911
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Advertisements
Accession Number
996001480
Description
Cardboard postcard, unused, of Bromo-Seltzer Tower Building crowned with its blue bottle (illuminated at night) and clocks which use "BROMOSELTZER" instead of numbers; colour chromolithography facsimile; street trolleys and motorcars below; back: detailed description of building.
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Accession Number
996001480
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Advertisements
MeSH Heading
Drugs, Non-Prescription, advertisements
Description
Cardboard postcard, unused, of Bromo-Seltzer Tower Building crowned with its blue bottle (illuminated at night) and clocks which use "BROMOSELTZER" instead of numbers; colour chromolithography facsimile; street trolleys and motorcars below; back: detailed description of building.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. M. Chiong for his patent medicine collection, before July 15, 1995.
Maker
Emerson Drug Co. (product)
Site Made (City)
Baltimore
Site Made (State)
Maryland
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1911
circa 1911
Date Remarks
Copyrighted in 1911, erected in 1911, so must be around the same time
Material
paper: red; black; blue; brown; yellow
Inscriptions
Front: "BROMO-SELTZER TOWER BUILDING // LABORATORIES AND HOME OFFICES OF // EMERSON DRUG CO., BALTIMORE, MD. // COPYRIGHT 1911, BY EMERSON DRUG CO."; back: "Place Stamp // Here // Domestic: // Canada, Cuba, // Mexico, Hawaii, Phillipines, Porto Rico [their spelling!] // , 1 cent // Foreign: // 2 cents"; rest is a long description: "Total height of tower, 357 feet. The bottle on top, a // fac-simile of the regular ten cent Bromo-Seltzer bottle, // but about 10,000,000 times larger, is 51 feet high, 20 1/2 // feet in diameter, weighs 17 tons, and revolves at the rate // of 107 feet per minute. There are 596 electric lights in // Bottle and Crown surmounting it, which can be seen at // a distance of 20 miles. // The Bromo-Seltzer clock is the largest four dial gravity // clock in the world.The dial is 24 feet in diameter. The // minute hand is 12 feet 7 inches long, and weighs 175 // pounds. The hour hand is 9 feet 8 inches long and // weighs 145 pounds. The pendulum is 15 feet long and // weighs 475 pounds. The clock is automatically wound // by an electric motor every six hours"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-5-6 Binder A
Dimension Notes
Length: 14.0 cm. x Width: 8.9 cm.
Condition Remarks
Edges and corners slightly worn; right bottom edge has a definite crease / indentation; left top edge also has a worn patch and indentation; back: stain left and right; age/sun discolouration, but not bad
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Other
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Brown's Iron Bitters [advertising trade card]

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Dates
1870
circa 1870
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Advertisements
Accession Number
996001662
Description
Small paper trade card for Brown's Iron Bitters; front: child peeking around a barrel in which two puppies live and are very curious about the kitten who is investigating their bowl of bones; back: discusses what their product does.
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Accession Number
996001662
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Advertisements
MeSH Heading
Drugs, Non-Prescription, advertisements
Description
Small paper trade card for Brown's Iron Bitters; front: child peeking around a barrel in which two puppies live and are very curious about the kitten who is investigating their bowl of bones; back: discusses what their product does.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. Chiong for his patent medicine collection, before July 15, 1996.
Maker
Brown Chemical Co.
Site Made (City)
Baltimore
Site Made (State)
Maryland
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1870
circa 1870
Date Remarks
May be around 1906 since it protests it does not cure everything
Material
paper: green; blue; yellow; brown; black
Inscriptions
"BROWN'S IRON BITTERS, // THE // BEST // TONIC."; back: "A Question about Brown's Iron Bitters // Answered. // The question has probably been asked thousands of times // "How can Brown's Iron Bitters cure everything?" Well, // it doesn't. But it does cure any disease for which a reputa- // ble physician would prescribe Iron. ..."; etc.
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-5-6 Binder D
Dimension Notes
Length: 9.6 cm. x Width: 7.2 cm.
Condition Remarks
Quite age/sun discoloured; several spots on front where top paper has come off; corners a little worn and soft
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Research Facts
Also made Brown's Aromatic Cordial Bitters, Brown's Vim Nerve Tonic, which were alcoholic preparations; ingredients: iron, 1 gr.; Calisaya bark, 2 gr.; Phosphorus, 1-200 gr.; Coca, 1 gr.; Viburnum prunifolium, 1 gr.; reputed to contain 19.5% alcohol; true-to-life depiction of current fashion; Lily Lantry, a popular actress, was used in Brown's advertising
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Brown's Iron Bitters [advertising trade card]

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Dates
1890
circa 1890
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Advertisements
Accession Number
996001663
Description
Small paper trade card for Brown's Iron Bitters; front: chromolithograph of the actress Lily Langtry; back describes how their product is ideal for females
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Accession Number
996001663
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Advertisements
MeSH Heading
Drugs, Non-Prescription, advertisements
Description
Small paper trade card for Brown's Iron Bitters; front: chromolithograph of the actress Lily Langtry; back describes how their product is ideal for females
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. Chiong for his patent medicine collection, before July 15, 1996.
Maker
Burrow-Giles Lith. Co.; Brown Chemical Co. (product)
Site Made (City)
Baltimore
Site Made (State)
Maryland
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1890
circa 1890
Date Remarks
Before 1906 ("certain cure") but use of Mrs. Langtry indicates turn of the century
Material
paper: green; pink; yellow; brown; black
Inscriptions
"BROWN'S IRON BITTER'S // THE BEST TONIC // MRS. LANGTRY // THE JERSEY LILY // CERTAIN CURE FOR // DISEASES REQUIRING A // COMPLETE TONIC. INDIGESTION // DYSPEPSIA, INTERMITTENT FEVERS // WANT OF APPETITE, LOSS OF STRENGTH // LACK OF ENERGY, MALARIA AND // MALARIAL FEVERS &c. ENRICHES // THE BLOOD, STRENGTHENS THE MUS- // CLES & GIVES NEW LIFE TO NERVES ..."; etc.
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-5-6 Binder D
Dimension Notes
Length: 11.2 cm. x Width: 7.8 cm.
Condition Remarks
Lots of creases and white marks where ink has worn away; back: quite age/sun discoloured; quite a few pieces of paper stuck to the card; written on in pencil at bottom; several small stains
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Research Facts
Also made Brown's Aromatic Cordial Bitters, Brown's Vim Nerve Tonic, which were alcoholic preparations; ingredients: iron, 1 gr.; Calisaya bark, 2 gr.; Phosphorus, 1-200 gr.; Coca, 1 gr.; Viburnum prunifolium, 1 gr.; reputed to contain 19.5% alcohol; true-to-life depiction of current fashion; Lily Langtry, a popular actress, was used in Brown's advertising; belonged to a Florence Brenor (?).
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Cactina Pillets

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Dates
1900
1920
circa 1900-1920
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Pharmacy, Homeopathic
Accession Number
996001296 a-d
Description
(a) Small amber glass 8-sided octagonal bottle with cylindrical nack; the bottle contains 100 cactina pillets and cotton stuffing in the neck; there is a paper label glued onto the bottle front; (b) screw-on metal lid for (a); (c) instruction/dosage paper label which can be glued onto the bottle (l…
Accession Number
996001296 a-d
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Pharmacy, Homeopathic
MeSH Heading
Drugs
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Description
(a) Small amber glass 8-sided octagonal bottle with cylindrical nack; the bottle contains 100 cactina pillets and cotton stuffing in the neck; there is a paper label glued onto the bottle front; (b) screw-on metal lid for (a); (c) instruction/dosage paper label which can be glued onto the bottle (licked); (d) one-piece cardboard box with flaps at top and bottom (open and close); made to house (a); lists product information.
Number Of Parts
4
Part Names
a - medicine bottle - Size: Length 5.4 cm. x Width 2.3 cm. x Depth 1.6 cm.
b - bottle lid - Size: x Width 0.8 cm. x Diameter1.7 cm.
c - instruction label - Size: Length 3.3 cm. x Width 1.6 cm.
d - cardboard box - Size: Length 5.7 cm. x Width 2.6 cm. x Depth 1.8 cm.
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. M. Chiong for his patent medicine collection from Goodrich, USA in Oct.1993.
Maker
O D Peacock Sultan Co.
Site Made (City)
St. Louis
Site Made (State)
Missouri
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1900
1920
circa 1900-1920
Material
paper: white
cardboard: green; red
glass: amber
metal: yellow
Inscriptions
(a) Bottle back embossed with, "O. P. S. // Co. // ST LOUIS // U.S.A."; bottle label reads, "100 // Cactina // Pillets // A Homeopathic // Preparation of // Mexican Cactus // Grandiflorus // O D PEACOCK // SULTAN CO., // St. Louis, Mo." (front); (side) "CAUTION - Federal Law Prohibits Dispen- // sing Without Prescrip // tion. Made in U.S.A."; other side reads, "ADULT DOSE: One to // three pillets three // times a day"; (b) lid reads, "SULTAN"; (c) label reads, "Take Pillets // every hour // Dr."; (d) cardboard box lists the same information as the bottle label
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A2-5 Row D
Condition Remarks
(a) Bottle is unused and still contains the original pillets and cotton in the inside bottle neck; the label on the bottle is unstained and shows no wear or tears; (b) lid shows no corrosion; (c) label has no staining, tears or wear; glue is still on the back; (d) cardboard box shows no tears or wear and only very minor staining at the back
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Research Facts
"Bottles" by Michael Polak, p. 19
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