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badger bristle shaving brush

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Dates
1945
1955
circa 1945-1955
Collection
John Corson Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Dermatology
Accession Number
008028006
Description
Turned yellow plastic handle with the Birks logo in black on the front contains "Best" grade natural badger bristles.
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Accession Number
008028006
Collection
John Corson Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Dermatology
MeSH Heading
Hair Removal -- instrumentation
Hygiene -- instrumentation
Skin Care
Description
Turned yellow plastic handle with the Birks logo in black on the front contains "Best" grade natural badger bristles.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Owned by donor's father
Maker
Birks
Site Made (Country)
England
Dates
1945
1955
circa 1945-1955
Date Remarks
Based on donor's remarks
Material
plastic: yellow
bristles: black, white
ink: black
Inscriptions
Printed on the side in black ink: "Birks" // PURE BADGER // STERILIZED // MADE IN ENGLAND"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A
Dimension Notes
Length 10.0 cm x Diam. 4.0 cm
Condition Remarks
A few bristles are loose; significant amount of label is worn off
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Person
JPG
Reference Comments
John Corson; CD #5
Research Facts
Badger bristle is perfectly suited to lathering up with soap for a great shaving experience. It's extremely soft, dense bristles create a fabulous lather and readily absorbs water. The lathering process whips hot water, soap and air into a warm foam that cleanses the skin and lubricates the path of the razor. Water is a key element in a good shave and the more a brush can hold, the better the lather and shave will be. The fine tips of the hairs help to make a smooth and creamy lather and the exceptional softness of badger-hair cleanses the the face gently. "Best" badger hair is an excellent quality of pure badger hair and is normally regarded as the benchmark standard of shaving brush manufacturers. This quality creates lather far superior to the other grades. Dr. Corson was a graduate of University of Toronto School of Medicine, Class of 1941. His general practise was in his Scarborough home from 1947-1983.
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Birtcher hyfrecator

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Dates
1940
1960
circa 1940-1960
Collection
Dr. Burns Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Dermatology
Accession Number
995005094 a-c
Description
(a) Rectangular booklet detailing the uses of the hyfrecator as a method of removing lesions, warts and cancers through a variety of applications; (b) plastic, rectangular control box with four metal female electrical ports; centre top on box is large charge regulator dial; on right side are a pair…
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Accession Number
995005094 a-c
Collection
Dr. Burns Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Dermatology
MeSH Heading
Desiccation -- instrumentation
Electrocoagulation -- instrumentation
Dermatology -- instrumentation
Description
(a) Rectangular booklet detailing the uses of the hyfrecator as a method of removing lesions, warts and cancers through a variety of applications; (b) plastic, rectangular control box with four metal female electrical ports; centre top on box is large charge regulator dial; on right side are a pair of C-shaped metal clips for holding (c) in place; on back are four feet and a keyhole-shaped slot, four screws holding on the back plate, and a metal plate with legal information on it; out of the bottom, two rubber-covered electrical cords project; one of them ends in a two-prong male electrical plug; the other cord ends in a circular plastic and rubber foot pedal for the patient; (c) a cylindrical plastic baton with an angled metal spike protection from one end; a rubber electrical cord extends from the other end of the wand, ending in a plastic cylinder with a rounded end and a single prong that connects to the female ports on the front of (b).
Number Of Parts
3
Part Names
a - booklet - Size: Length 21.8 cm x Width 14.0 cm x Depth 0.7 cm
b - hyfrecator - Size: Length 193.3 cm x Width 13.6 cm x Depth 8.9 cm
c - baton - Size: Length 180.3 cm x Width 3.0 cm x Depth 1.4 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
Birtcher
Site Made (City)
Los Angeles
Site Made (State)
California
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1940
1960
circa 1940-1960
Material
metal: silver; black
rubber: black
paper: dark green; tan; amber
plastic: black
Inscriptions
(a) Printed on front cover: "HYFRECATOR // symposium on electrodesiccation // and bi-active coagulation"; printed vertically: "more than 100,000 hyfrecators in daily medical use"; back cover: "Birtcher // 4371 VALLEY BLVD., LOS ANGELES 32, CALIFORNIA // PRINTED IN U.S.A. FORM NO. 50183 50M 6-57 CP"; (b) embossed on foot pedal: "THE BIRTCHER CORPORATION // Birtcher // MADE IN U.S.A."; embossed on end of electrical plug: "33 // ELECTRIX"; embossed on front of control box: "HYFRECATOR"; engraved on control dial: "100 75 50 25 0 // BIRTCHER"; stamped on metal plate, back of box: "Birtcher // t // HYFRECATOR // REG. U.S. PAT OFFICE // MODEL X-712 // SERIAL HC89D2015 [number engraved] // 110/120 VOLTS 1.2 AMPERES 60 ["60" engraved] CYCLES // MFD IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA // THE BIRTCHER CORPORATION LOS ANGELES 32 // U.S. PATENT NO. D114.628 // TO CONFORM TO THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE CANADIAN // STANDARD ASSOCIATION, THIS DEVICE SHOULD NOT // BE OPERATED FOR PERIODS GREATER THAN 15 // SECONDS IN ANY 3 MINUTES. // THIS DEVICE, INSOFAR AS ITS SAFETY FROM ELECTR- // CAL SHOCK AND FIRE HAZARD IS CONCERNED, HAS // BEEN APPROVED BY THE CANADIAN STANDARDS // ASSOCIATION. THE C.S.A. IS NOT CONCERNED WITH THE PHYSIOLOGICAL EFFECTS OF THE RADIATION // FROM THIS DEVICE // C.S.A. APPROVAL NO. 6769"
Permanent Location
(a) Storage Room 2005
2005-2-2 Box #2
(b,c) Storage Room 0010
0010-F5-4
Condition Remarks
(a) Upper right corner dog-eared; cover is stained, creased; (b) plastic pitted with age and wear; persistent stains and grim on relief of object; paint residue on plastic and cords; cords becoming brittle with age; metal slightly tarnished; (c) cord brittle, paint-stained; metal in good condition.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Internet
Reference Comments
"Hospital & Physicians Equipment and Supplies," by J.F. Hartz Co., 1960, p. 92 (similar to item #3H-195)
Wikipedia
Research Facts
A hyfrecator is a low-powered medical apparatus used in electrosurgery on conscious patients, usually in an office setting. It is used to destroy tissue directly, and to stop bleeding during minor surgery. Wikipedia
Used to remove skin lesions, benign and malignant; use discontinued because of the amounts of radio, television and broadcast interference generated by its use (RF1, TV1, BCI)
The word hyfrecator is a portmanteau derived from “high-frequency eradicator.” It was introduced as a brand name for a device introduced in 1940 by the Birtcher Corporation of Los Angeles.[1] Birtcher also trademark registered the name Hyfrecator in 1939, and rights to the registered trademark were acquired by ConMed Corporation when it acquired Birtcher in 1995.
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Birtcher hyfrecator

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Dates
1940
1960
circa 1940-1960
Collection
Dr. F. W. Danby Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Dermatology
Accession Number
996025001
Description
Hyfrecator, which consists of an electric instrument housed in a rectangular plastic box with a metal base; the top of the hyfrecator has an intensity dial which can be turned to the right from 0 to 100; below the dial is an attached piece of round green plastic; the left side has four plugin sites…
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Accession Number
996025001
Collection
Dr. F. W. Danby Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Dermatology
MeSH Heading
Desiccation -- instrumentation
Electrocoagulation -- instrumentation
Dermatology -- instrumentation
Description
Hyfrecator, which consists of an electric instrument housed in a rectangular plastic box with a metal base; the top of the hyfrecator has an intensity dial which can be turned to the right from 0 to 100; below the dial is an attached piece of round green plastic; the left side has four plugin sites (for attachments now missing); the right side has two metal hooks attached to it (use?); the bottom has two electric cords leading out of it; one cord has an electric plug at the end; the other cord has a foot pedal at the end; electric desiccator.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Owned by Dr. F. W. Danby.
Maker
The Birtcher Corporation
Site Made (City)
Los Angeles
Site Made (State)
California
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1940
1960
circa 1940-1960
Material
plastic: black; green
metal: black; silver; yellow
Inscriptions
Box top reads, "HYFRECATOR // BIRTCHER"; the pedal reads, "BIRTCHER"; the base of the hyfrecator has a label which reads, "Birtcher // HYFRECATOR // REG US PAT OFFICE // MODEL X-712 // Serial HC97B1189 // 110/120 VOLTS 12 AMPERES 50/60 CYCLES // MFD IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA // THE BIRTCHER CORPORATION LOS ANGELES 32 // US PATENT NO D114.628"; instructions for safely operating the hyfrecator follow
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-F5-4
Dimension Notes
Length: 13.0 cm. x Width: 19.8 cm. x Depth: 8.4 cm.
Condition Remarks
The hyfrecator shows no cracks, breaks or excessive wear in the plastic or metal; there appear to be some pieces of the machine missing
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Document
Reference Comments
See #1 in artifact listing provided by Dr. Danby; "Hospitals and Physicians Equipment and Supplies," The J. F. Hartz Co., Toronto, 1960, p. 92
Wikipedia
Research Facts
A hyfrecator is a low-powered medical apparatus used in electrosurgery on conscious patients, usually in an office setting. It is used to destroy tissue directly, and to stop bleeding during minor surgery.
Early model hyfrecator used for electrodesiccation of skin tumours and warts; Birtcher Model X-712
The word hyfrecator is a portmanteau derived from “high-frequency eradicator.” It was introduced as a brand name for a device introduced in 1940 by the Birtcher Corporation of Los Angeles.[1] Birtcher also trademark registered the name Hyfrecator in 1939, and rights to the registered trademark were acquired by ConMed Corporation when it acquired Birtcher in 1995.
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Birtcher hyfrecator

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Dates
1940
1960
circa 1940-1960
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Dermatology
Accession Number
1978.2.5
Description
A black box has cables connected to it; the end of one cable has a probe (?) and the end of another cable has a round, black, puck-like pad.
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Accession Number
1978.2.5
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Dermatology
MeSH Heading
Desiccation -- instrumentation
Electrocoagulation -- instrumentation
Dermatology -- instrumentation
Description
A black box has cables connected to it; the end of one cable has a probe (?) and the end of another cable has a round, black, puck-like pad.
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine; source: Mrs. Freeman of Willowdale, Ont.
Dates
1940
1960
circa 1940-1960
Material
plastic: black
rubber: black
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-F5-4
Copy Type
Original
Reference Comments
Wikipedia
Research Facts
A hyfrecator is a low-powered medical apparatus used in electrosurgery on conscious patients, usually in an office setting. It is used to destroy tissue directly, and to stop bleeding during minor surgery.
The word hyfrecator is a portmanteau derived from “high-frequency eradicator.” It was introduced as a brand name for a device introduced in 1940 by the Birtcher Corporation of Los Angeles.[1] Birtcher also trademark registered the name Hyfrecator in 1939, and rights to the registered trademark were acquired by ConMed Corporation when it acquired Birtcher in 1995.
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Birtcher hyfrecator

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Dates
1940
1950
circa 1940-1950
Collection
Dr. C. M. Bracken Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Dermatology
Accession Number
993004093 a-c
Description
Black plastic-covered electrical box has black-handled pointed wire used to electrically remove warts through heated needle; called a "hyfrecator" by manufacturing company; likely still in working condition; used in general practice; operated by floor switch and intensity of voltage; front dial has…
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Accession Number
993004093 a-c
Collection
Dr. C. M. Bracken Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Dermatology
MeSH Heading
Desiccation -- instrumentation
Electrocoagulation -- instrumentation
Dermatology -- instrumentation
Description
Black plastic-covered electrical box has black-handled pointed wire used to electrically remove warts through heated needle; called a "hyfrecator" by manufacturing company; likely still in working condition; used in general practice; operated by floor switch and intensity of voltage; front dial has green plastic "bubble" and dots to indicate voltage level; electric desiccator
Number Of Parts
3
Part Names
a - energy source - Size: Length 20.2 cm. x Width 11.5 cm. x Depth 7.7 cm.
b - cord with wire & handle - Size: Length 180.0 cm. x Diameter0.7 cm.
c - wire with floor switch - Size: Length 191.0 cm. x Diameter0.7 cm.
d - floor switch - Size: x Diameter8.2 cm.
Provenance
Belonged to Dr. C. M. Bracken.
Maker
The Birtcher Corporation
Site Made (City)
Los Angeles
Site Made (State)
California
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1940
1950
circa 1940-1950
Material
plastic: black; green
metal:
Inscriptions
Printed in blue on metal plate: BIRTCHER-BUILT "HYFRECATOR" // (REG. U.S. PAT. OFFICE) // SERIAL 129-4354 // MFD. IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA // THE BIRTCHER CORPORATION - LOS ANGELES // U.S. PAT. NO. D 114,628; embossed in plastic front cover: "0 / INTENSITY / 100 // U.S.A. // BIRTCHER CORP."
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-F5-4
Condition Remarks
2004: metal rusty in places
Reference Types
Book
Wikipedia
Reference Comments
"Hospital and Physicians Equipment and Supplies," the J.F. Hartz Co., Toronto, 1960, p. 92
Wikipedia
Research Facts
A hyfrecator is a low-powered medical apparatus used in electrosurgery on conscious patients, usually in an office setting. It is used to destroy tissue directly, and to stop bleeding during minor surgery.
The word hyfrecator is a portmanteau derived from “high-frequency eradicator.” It was introduced as a brand name for a device introduced in 1940 by the Birtcher Corporation of Los Angeles.[1] Birtcher also trademark registered the name Hyfrecator in 1939, and rights to the registered trademark were acquired by ConMed Corporation when it acquired Birtcher in 1995.
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Blair-Brown skin graft knife and shield

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Dates
1950
1980
circa 1950-1980
Collection
Dr. Jack Kerr Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Dermatology
Accession Number
999002001 a-c
Description
Blair-Brown skin graft knife with shield consists of a stainless steel skin graft knife (a) with a handle and a thin shaft with a short rectangular blade on it; there is a cylindrical guard (b) which slides over the shaft and a perforated metal sheath (c) which covers the blade.
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Accession Number
999002001 a-c
Collection
Dr. Jack Kerr Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Dermatology
MeSH Heading
Dermatology -- instrumentation
Skin Transplantation -- skin grafting knife
Description
Blair-Brown skin graft knife with shield consists of a stainless steel skin graft knife (a) with a handle and a thin shaft with a short rectangular blade on it; there is a cylindrical guard (b) which slides over the shaft and a perforated metal sheath (c) which covers the blade.
Number Of Parts
3
Part Names
a - knife
b - guard
c - sheath
Provenance
Skin graft knife was used by Dr. A. R. Tilly for plastic surgery; Dr. Tilly gave knife to Dr. J. W. Kerr.
Maker
Down Bros.
Site Made (City)
London
Site Made (Country)
England
Dates
1950
1980
circa 1950-1980
Date Remarks
Appears in catalogues between 1950-80.
Material
metal: silver
Inscriptions
"DOWN BROS LONDON" printed on the shaft; "FOR STROPPING ONLY" printed on guard
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-E5-6
Temporary Location
On display, Queen's University Department of Medicine third floor, August 20, 2013.
Length
a - 30.2 cm b - 19.4 cm c - 19.5 cm
Width
a - 2.6 cm c - 3.3 cm
Depth
a - 1.0 cm c - 1.1 cm
Diameter
b - 0.6 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Grease located on blade; minor wear to entire artifact.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book Internet
Reference Comments
"Surgical Instruments & Hospital Equipment," 23rd ed., Downs Surgical PLC, Surrey, ca. 1982, p. H7
"A Comprehensive Guide to Purchasing: Hospital-Professional Instruments-Equipment-Supplies," V. Mueller Co., 1956, p.131 "Evolution of instruments for harvest of the skin grafts" Indian Journal of Plastic Surgery 46(1):28-35 · March 2013
Research Facts
Dr. Tilly was a plastic surgeon. Vilray Papin Blair in 1930 had developed a skin graft knife that came into general use and the grafts were removed with the aid of a suction apparatus that permitted placing the skin under tension. Plastic surgeons became experienced at removing grafts freehand and at controlling the depth by varying the angle of the knife in relation to the skin. Large grafts representing a major portion of the inner aspect of the thigh were removed freehand with great skill by these experts.
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Blair-Brown skin graft knife and shield

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Dates
1950
1960
circa 1950-1960
Collection
Leonard G. Lee Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Dermatology
Accession Number
012038007 a-b
Description
Blair-Brown skin graft knife (a) and shield (b) consists of one piece metal knife with 18.0 cm long by 1.5 cm wide non-removable razor steel blade with rounded metal top; handle has smooth teardrop shape with faceted edges; chrome plated; perforated metal shaped shield protects blade during sterili…
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Accession Number
012038007 a-b
Collection
Leonard G. Lee Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Dermatology
MeSH Heading
Skin Transplantation -- skin grafting knife
Skin Transplantation
Surgery, Plastic
Description
Blair-Brown skin graft knife (a) and shield (b) consists of one piece metal knife with 18.0 cm long by 1.5 cm wide non-removable razor steel blade with rounded metal top; handle has smooth teardrop shape with faceted edges; chrome plated; perforated metal shaped shield protects blade during sterilizing; missing metal tube for back of knife for honing blade.
Number Of Parts
2
Part Names
a - knife b - shield
Provenance
Donor purchased from antique dealer.
Dates
1950
1960
circa 1950-1960
Material
metal: silver
Inscriptions
On handle: "DOWN BROS //; LONDON"; on blade top: "VI"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-E5-6
Length
a - 29.5 cm b - 20.4 cm
Width
a - 2.8 cm b - 3.3 cm
Depth
a - 1.3 cm b - 1.4 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Finish on handle is worn to the brass base at join to blade; blade shows discolouration; handle shows wear all over
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Internet Book
Reference Comments
"Evolution of instruments for harvest of the skin grafts" Indian Journal of Plastic Surgery 46 (1):28-35 · March 2013; "A Comprehensive Guide to Purchasing: Hospital-Professional Instruments-Equipment-Supplies," V. Mueller Co., 1956, p.131
Research Facts
Vilray Papin Blair in 1930 had developed a skin graft knife that came into general use and the grafts were removed with the aid of a suction apparatus that permitted placing the skin under tension. Plastic surgeons became experienced at removing grafts freehand and at controlling the depth by varying the angle of the knife in relation to the skin. Large grafts representing a major portion of the inner aspect of the thigh were removed freehand with great skill by these experts.
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Dates
1970
1980
circa 1970-1980
Collection
Nova Scotia Hospital Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Allergies
Dermatology
Accession Number
009027008 a-b
Description
Tan one piece cardboard box with plastic bag of pink calamine powder with yellow and brown paper label on one side.
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Accession Number
009027008 a-b
Collection
Nova Scotia Hospital Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Allergies
Dermatology
MeSH Heading
Dermatology
Description
Tan one piece cardboard box with plastic bag of pink calamine powder with yellow and brown paper label on one side.
Number Of Parts
2
Part Names
a - product - Length
b - box - Height 10. 7 cm x Width 8.6 cm x Depth 6.9 cm
Provenance
Used at the Nova Scotia Hospital.
Maker
The British Drug Houses (Canada) Ltd.
Site Made (City)
Toronto
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1970
1980
circa 1970-1980
Material
paper: tan
ink: brown
plastic: transparent
powder: pink
Inscriptions
Printed on label: "BDH // Calamine // U.S.P. // THE BRITISH DRUG HOUSES (CANADA) LTD. // TORONTO CANADA // Lot 28722 Net 1 lb.
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A2-7
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Copy Type
original
Research Facts
Calamine, also known as calamine lotion, is a medication used to treat mild itchiness. This includes from sunburn, insect bites, poison ivy, poison oak, or other mild skin conditions. It may also help dry out skin irritation. It is applied on the skin as a cream or lotion.
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Dates
1957
1967
circa 1957 – 1967
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Dermatology
Pharmacy, Dermatology
Treatment
Accession Number
006033021
Description
Full cylindrical semi-transparent brown glass Calocaine Cream (I & B) jar with non-removable cylindrical white metal screw cap; full with light coloured paste; circular base has slight push up, stippled surface, and manufacturer information embossed; straight side walls with cream and navy paper la…
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Accession Number
006033021
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Dermatology
Pharmacy, Dermatology
Treatment
MeSH Heading
Pharmacy
Drugs -- topical -- container
Dermatology
Insects
Sunburn -- drug therapy
Anesthesia, Local
Poison Ivy Dermatitis -- drug therapy
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- jar
MM= Drugs -- topical
MM= Drugs -- topical -- container
Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Drugs, Non-Prescription
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
MM= Drugs -- container -- bottle
Description
Full cylindrical semi-transparent brown glass Calocaine Cream (I & B) jar with non-removable cylindrical white metal screw cap; full with light coloured paste; circular base has slight push up, stippled surface, and manufacturer information embossed; straight side walls with cream and navy paper label with printed product information and directions attached to front; round shoulders taper to short cylindrical neck, round neck ring and cylindrical finish with continuous external thread; mold lines from base to top and around neck and base; cap has flat top with ring indent near edges, vertical indents on sides, rolled bottom edge, and internal continuous thread.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Received from anonymous donor via Kingston General Hospital Public Affairs.
Maker
Ingram & Bell Limited
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1957
1967
circa 1957 – 1967
Date Remarks
Presence of Dominion Glass Company diamond logo, line month code, and “7” year code; presence of Ingram & Bell logo discontinued in late 1960s (at least to 1968)
Material
glass: brown
paper: cream
ink: navy, black
ink: navy, black metal: white
Inscriptions
Printed on label: “INGRAM & BELL LIMITED // CALOCAINE CREAM // (I & B) // Calamine Prepared 16%, Benzocaine 3%, Camphor // ½%, Menthol ½% in a water-miscible base. // Apply directly to the skin to relieve various forms // of skin rashes, pruritus, insect bites and sunburn. // INGRAM & BELL // LIMITED // TORONTO // MONTREAL // WINNIPEG // CALGARY // VANCOUVER // CANADA”; stamped on label in black ink: “4 OZ. // (L.) 823111”; embossed on bottom: “D 7 // 3 // 3136”
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A2-7
Length
7.3 cm
Diameter
5.7 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Minor tears and distortion to top edge of label; minor fading to bottom of label; minor area of loss to bottom proper left corner
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Website
Document
Document (online)
Reference Comments
“Benzocaine.” ScienceDirect, Elsevier B.V., 2019. Accessed 10 August 2019.
Ingram & Bell Limited. Pharmaceutical Catalogue, 1964.
MDS Inc. “Mds Inc. Annual Information Form for the Year Ended October 31, 2002.” MDS Inc., 2003.
“Cardinal Health Canada Inc.” Canadian Business Resource, Canadian Newspaper Services International Limited, 2019. Accessed 7 August 2019.
Miller, George and Elizabeth A. Jorgensen. “Some Notes on Bottle Mould Numbers from the Dominion Glass Company and its Predecessors.” Parks Canada, 1984.
Research Facts
Calocaine Cream is a calamine topical cream with benzocaine local anesthetic; it was marketed by Ingram & Bell as a treatment for a variety of skin irritations, including rashes from poison ivy and poison oak, insect bites, sunburn, heat rash, and pruritus ani.
Ingram & Bell Limited was a medical supply company first established in Toronto in 1905; the company became a Canadian leader in the distribution of medical products; their wide selection included equipment, surgical tools, and pharmaceuticals; as the company grew, they established branches in Montreal, Winnipeg, Calgary, and Vancouver; became Ingram & Bell Inc. and 49% owned by MDS in 1986; MDS acquired 100% in 1993; became Source Medical Corporation after merger with Allegiance Healthcare Canada Inc. in 1997; acquired by Cardinal Health Canada Inc. in 2005.
The D in diamond symbol and date codes embossed on the bottom indicates the jar itself was made by Canadian glass manufacturer Dominion Glass Company at the factory in Point St. Charles, Quebec; the progressive line system month code and “7” year code, along with the Ingram & Bell logo, signify it was produced in either 1957 or 1967.
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cryospray unit

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Dates
1965
1975
circa 1965-1975
Collection
Dr. F. W. Danby Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Dermatology
Accession Number
996025003 a-b
Description
(a) Cryospray unit which consists of a beaker-shaped plastic container with a flat bottom with 13 holes in it; the sides slope up to a narrower top with a screw attachment; on one side near the top is a cylindrical spray nozzle which decreases to a very small opening; (b) plastic and metal lid whic…
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Accession Number
996025003 a-b
Collection
Dr. F. W. Danby Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Dermatology
MeSH Heading
Cryosurgery -- instrumentation
Dermatology -- instrumentation
Description
(a) Cryospray unit which consists of a beaker-shaped plastic container with a flat bottom with 13 holes in it; the sides slope up to a narrower top with a screw attachment; on one side near the top is a cylindrical spray nozzle which decreases to a very small opening; (b) plastic and metal lid which screws into (a) and has two rubber rings to seal it on; the top of the lid has a flat piece of metal coming out of the centre which curves downwards to make a handle.
Number Of Parts
2
Part Names
a - cryospray unit - Size: Length 16.0 cm. x Width 14.6 cm. x Depth 10.1 cm.
b - lid for cryospray unit - Size: Length 6.9 cm. x Width 5.6 cm. x Depth 8.3 cm.
Provenance
Owned by Dr. F. W. Danby.
Maker
Frigitronics Inc.
Dates
1965
1975
circa 1965-1975
Date Remarks
Unit manufactured in the early 1970's; sticker on unit has date of May 1972
Material
plastic: blue; purple; clear; off-white
metal: silver
rubber: orange-red
paper: white; green
Inscriptions
Label on cryospray unit reads, "ZACARIAN // C-21™ // Liquid Nitrogen Spray // FRIGITRONICS INC."; the bottom is stamped, "5090 172 32"; band on nozzle of cryospray unit is stamped, "B-D // MADE IN U.S.A."
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A1-2 Row D
Condition Remarks
The plastic shows no chips, cracks or missing sections; the lid easily screws onto the cryospray unit
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Document
Reference Comments
See #3 in artifact listing provided by Dr. Danby (attached to 996.025.001)
Research Facts
The Zacharian C-21 cryospray unit was manufactured in the early 1970's; this was one of the early commercial attempts to provide cryospray using liquid nitrogen
Images
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