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Dr. Bell Wonder Medicine Co. [envelope]

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Dates
Aug. 4 1942
circa Aug. 4 1942
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Accounts
Communication
Ephemera
Classification
Archival Items
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Accounts
Communication
Philately
Ephemera
Accession Number
996001887
Description
Paper envelope from Dr. Bell Wonder Medicine Co. to The Canadian Sportsman; front: facsimile of the boxed product in left; rust-brown 3cent Canadian Stamp; back: round circle with Bell trademark on flap; open at top & right.
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Accession Number
996001887
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Accounts
Communication
Ephemera
Classification
Archival Items
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Accounts
Communication
Philately
Ephemera
MeSH Heading
Correspondence, ephemera
Drugs, Non-Prescription, advertisements
Veterinary Drugs -- advertisements
Description
Paper envelope from Dr. Bell Wonder Medicine Co. to The Canadian Sportsman; front: facsimile of the boxed product in left; rust-brown 3cent Canadian Stamp; back: round circle with Bell trademark on flap; open at top & right.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. Chiong for his patent medicine collection, before July 15, 1995.
Maker
Dr. Bell Wonder Medicine Co.
Site Made (City)
Kingston
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
Aug. 4 1942
circa Aug. 4 1942
Date Remarks
Postmarked
Material
paper: red; black; white; rust-brown
Inscriptions
"RETURN TO // DR. BELL WONDER MEDICINE CO. // MANUFACTURERS OF // VETERINARY, HOUSEHOLD // AND TOILET PREPARATIONS // HEAD OFFICE // KINGSTON, ONT. // BRANCH OFFICE // WINNIPEG, MAN. // The Canadian Sportsman, // Box 127, TILLSONBURG, Ont."; postmarked: "KINGSTON // 6 PM // AUG 4 // 1942 // ONTARIO"; trademark: "VETERINARY - MEDICAL - WONDER // TRADE MARK"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-5-6 Binder E
Dimension Notes
Length: 16.6 cm. x Width: 9.4 cm.
Condition Remarks
Some age/sun discolouration; back: adhesive on bottom "flap" is staining
Copy Type
Original
Research Facts
Veterinarian Dr. George W. Bell (1858-1927), graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College 1880; practised veterinary medicine in the U.S. for 13 years. Returning to Kingston he established a veterinarian clinic on Brock Street, and continued to produce his patent medicines for use in farm livestock and pet animals under the business name of ‘Dr. Bell’s Wonder Medicine Company’. Dr. Bell made both veterinary and human remedies.
Dr. Bell’s Wonder Medicine was used as a sort of "cure all" but especially in the treatment of colic and inflammation and for cough and chills. The ingredients were aconite, belladonna, digitalis and nux vomica (strychnine).
He was principal (1895-1897) for the new Kingston Veterinary College at Queen’s University. By 1919 he was the milk inspector.
The operation of Dr. Bell’s Wonder Medicine Company was headed by his son. In 1936 when the United States Food and Drug Administration accused Dr. Bell’s Wonder Medicine Company of “misbranding.” Bottles were seized and analyzed under the Food and Drug Act. Labelled at 40 per cent alcohol, the tests concluded the mixture contained between 63 per cent and 65 per cent per bottle. Legal action ensued. In later years, the once-respected and prosperous company was labelled as quackery.
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