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Dates
1940
1950
circa 1940-1950
Collection
Dr. Ralph and Mrs. Olga Crawford Canadian Dental Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Treatment, General
Accession Number
010020540
Description
Full rectangular clear glass bottle with curved shoulders tapers to short neck with white metal screw lid; yellow / blue paper label covers front and both sides; full of dark brown liquid; English / French dosage information; includes original price of .69 cents marked in black grease pencil.
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Accession Number
010020540
Collection
Dr. Ralph and Mrs. Olga Crawford Canadian Dental Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Treatment, General
MeSH Heading
Pharyngitis -- drug therapy
Drugs -- Non-Prescription
Description
Full rectangular clear glass bottle with curved shoulders tapers to short neck with white metal screw lid; yellow / blue paper label covers front and both sides; full of dark brown liquid; English / French dosage information; includes original price of .69 cents marked in black grease pencil.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Transfer from the Dental Canada Fund; previously housed in the Dentistry Canada Museum (Ottawa).
Maker
Drug Trading Company Ltd.
Site Made (City)
Toronto
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1940
1950
circa 1940-1950
Date Remarks
Date based on manufacturer, pricing and font style
Material
glass: clear
liquid: brown
paper: white
ink: yellow, blue, black
metal: white
Inscriptions
Printed on label: "LOT 14527 // 69 // Certified // FRIARS' // BALSAM // Compound Tincture // of Benzoin B.P.C. // Formula: Benzoin 100 gm., Storax 75 gm., // Tolu Balsom 25 gm., // Aloes 20 gm., Alcohol // (90%) to 1000 ml. // Two Fl. Oz. (60 ml.) // DRUG TRADING COMPANY // LIMITED // TORONTO CANADA"; on side: "Dose: 1/2 to 1 teaspoon (2-5 ml) on // sugar. For inhaling: one to two teaspoons // (5-10 ml) to a pint (568 ml.) of // boiling water. Inhale vapour."
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A
Length
9.5 cm
Width
4.9 cm
Depth
2.8 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Front of the label is slightly faded
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Internet
JPG
Reference Comments
"Bezoin Gum" www.herbies-herbs.com; CD #5
Research Facts
Benzoin gum, (Strax benzoin) the resin is used as incense, a fixative in perfumes, and is added to cosmetics to prevent fats turning rancid. It is an antiseptic for cracked and chapped skin, and an expectorant for severe bronchitis. As part of friar's balsam, it soothes coughs and sore throats. Benzoin is used in aromatherapy, but may cause allergies.
Friar's Balsam is an antiseptic and stimulating expectorant. Action & Uses: Can be used as an antiseptic and protectant to minor cuts and abrasions, chapped skin and lips, cracked nipples, small fissures of skin and anus, bedsores, indolent ulcers, herpes simplex, and gingivitis.
Tincture of benzoin is a pungent solution of benzoin resin in ethanol. A similar preparation called Friar's Balsam or Compound Benzoin Tincture contains, in addition, Cape aloes or Barbados aloes and storax resin. Friar's balsam was invented by Joshua Ward around 1760.
Dr Ralph and Mrs Olga Crawford donated their extensive Canadian dental collection to the DCF to create the museum in 1997; further donations were received while Dr Crawford was Curator Emeritus at the Dental Canada Museum until its closure in 2008.
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Merthiolate Swabs and Ammonia

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Dates
1953
1963
circa 1953 - 1963
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Treatment, General
Accession Number
018004007 a-n
Description
Unsealed rectangular cream cardboard box (a) containing 5 cylindrical orange cardboard containers of M. S. C. Tincture Merthiolate Swabs (b-f) two cylinder white cardboard containers (g, j) with removable slide-off cylindrical red and white cardboard caps (h, k) each containing irregular cylindrica…
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Accession Number
018004007 a-n
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Treatment, General
MeSH Heading
First Aid
First Aid -- instrumentation
Emergency Medical Services
Emergency Medicine
Health and Safety
Health and Safety -- workplace
Drugs -- Non-Prescription
MM= Drug Packaging -- container
MM= Drugs -- container
Fainting -- drug therapy
Drug Packaging
Inhalation
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- ampoule
Description
Unsealed rectangular cream cardboard box (a) containing 5 cylindrical orange cardboard containers of M. S. C. Tincture Merthiolate Swabs (b-f) two cylinder white cardboard containers (g, j) with removable slide-off cylindrical red and white cardboard caps (h, k) each containing irregular cylindrical transparent glass ampoules filled with semi transparent yellow Aromatic Spirit of Ammonia (i, l) and 2 conical cream paper Dixie cups (m, n); box has 6 rectangular sides of varying size; box opens along long top flap and half circle cut out at top of front side facilitates opening; product information appears on top, proper left and proper right sides; manufacturer information on back and information about additional products printed on front; M. S. C. Tincture Merthiolate Swabs have cylindrical orange cardboard top section with pointed top, thinner cylindrical yellow cardboard bottom section, and product information and directions printed on exterior surface; Aromatic Spirit of Ammonia containers have product information and direction printed on exterior surface; ampoules are mostly cylindrical with one bulbous section and one end with rounded point; single red dot on bulbous section; Dixie cups are flat and unfold to form conical drink vessel for liquid Aromatic Spirit of Ammonia; part of contents in Fleck’s No. 754 First Aid box (018.004.002 a-b).
Number Of Parts
14
Part Names
a – box – Length 10.1 cm Width 5.5 cm Depth 1.7 cm
b-f – M. S. C. Tincture Merthiolate Swab– Length 5.4 cm Diameter 1.0 cm
g – container tube – Length 6.9 cm Diameter 1.4 cm
h – cap – Length 0.8 cm Diameter 1.6 cm
i – ampoule – Length 6.1 cm Diameter 1.1 cm
j – container tube – Length 6.9 cm Diameter 1.4 cm
k – cap – Length 0.8 cm Diameter 1.6 cm
l – ampoule – Length 6.3 cm Diameter 1.1 cm
m – cup – Length 9.8 cm Diameter 9.5 cm
n – cup – Length 9.8 cm Diameter 9.5 cm
Provenance
Belonged to donor’s father.
Maker
Fleck Bros. LTD.
Site Made (City)
Vancouver
Site Made (State)
British Columbia
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1953
1963
circa 1953 - 1963
Date Remarks
Start date supplied in donor file
Material
paper: cream, white, brown
ink: green, navy, blue, black, orange, yellow, red
glass: clear
Inscriptions
Printed on top of box: “First Aid // Packet // No. # 72 // MERTHIOLATE SWABS // AND AMMONIA // FLECK BROS // SAFETY FIRST”; printed on front of box: “Fleck’s for Safety // OTHER FIRST AID PRODUCTS // Neutralize – A B T for Burns – Flex Splints // Basket Stretchers – Oxygen Equipment. // (K)”; printed on back of box: “Fleck’s for Safety // Your complete Western Service for // FIRST AID – SAFETY – FIRE // EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES”; printed on proper right side of box: “SAFETY DIVISION // FLECK BROS. LTD. // 110 ALEXANDER ST. // VANCOUVER, B. C. // FLECK BROS // SAFETY FIRST”; stamped on proper left side of box: “MERTHIOLATE // AND AMMONIA”; printed on M. S. C. Tincture Merthiolate Swab containers: “M. S. C. TINCTURE // MERTHIOLATE // SWAB // 1:1000 // APPROX. 10 MINIMS // Sodium Ethyl Mercuri // Thiosalicylate, Lilly // ALCOHOL 50% MEDICAL SUPPLY CO. // ROCKFORD, ILL. // POINT DOWN // CRUSH // HERE // BEFORE REMOVING // CAP”; printed on Aromatic Spirit of Ammonia container: “2 CC. SIZE AMPOULE // AROMATIC SPIRIT OF AMMONIA // U. S. P. ALCOHOL 65% // For Shock, Nausea, Fainting, etc. // Remove ampoule from tube and hold upright. // Snap off tip at score mark. Shake contents (equal to // one teaspoonful) into half glass of water and drink // as a stimulant or may also be used full strength // on cotton or gauze for inhalation. // DISTRIBUTED BY // MEDICAL SUPPLY CO. ROCKFORD, ILL.”; printed on one side of Dixie cups: “Dixie ®”
Permanent Location
Stoarage Room 0010
0010-D4-7
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Website
Reference Comments
“First Aid.” Merriam-Webster, 2019. Accessed 22 June 2019.
“Aromatic Ammonia – Inhalation.” MedicineNet, 2019. Accessed 19 June 2019.
“Fleck Brothers Building.” Canada’s Historic Places, Parks Canada, 2019. Accessed 22 June 2019.
“Our Story.” WorkSafeBC, 2019. Accessed 22 June 2019.
Research Facts
This object is part of a First Aid kit; First Aid is a broad term that refers to basic aid or treatment of the sick or injured before full medical treatment can be received; First Aid kits are designed to provide easy access to a variety of medical materials for fast treatment of minor wounds or to stabilize more serious conditions before additional treatment.
Aromatic ammonia is used to prevent and treat fainting and aid in overcoming the effects of anesthesia by encouraging the body to breath; this ammonia can also be taken orally in a solution with water; large doses or prolonged exposure to ammonia is harmful.
Fleck Bros. LTD. was a British Columbia based company that produced a wide range of equipment for industrial use; first aid supplies were a major part of their business and were designed specifically for use in the work place.
The W. C. B. printed on the inventory sheet of the kit to which this object belongs indicates that it was produced in conjunction with the standards of the Workers Compensation Board, which is a government agency established in 1917 as part of the Workmen’s Compensation Act in British Columbia to regulate safety in the workplace; the agency still exists as of 2019, known since 2005 as WorkSafeBC.
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Rexall Aromatic Spirit of Ammonia B. P. C.

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Dates
1959
1979
circa 1959 – 1969
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Treatment, General
Accession Number
018011005
Description
Empty elliptical based semi-transparent brown glass Rexall Aromatic Spirit of Ammonia bottle with non-removable black plastic screw cap; base is textured with elliptical push up and embossed manufacturers information; slightly rounded front and back walls and round side walls; round ribbed shoulder…
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Accession Number
018011005
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Treatment, General
MeSH Heading
Drugs -- Non-Prescription
Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Fainting -- drug therapy
Pharmacy
MM= Drug Packagaing -- container -- bottle
MM= Drugs -- container -- bottle
First Aid
First Aid -- instrumentation
Emergency Medical Services
Emergency Medicine
Health and Safety
Description
Empty elliptical based semi-transparent brown glass Rexall Aromatic Spirit of Ammonia bottle with non-removable black plastic screw cap; base is textured with elliptical push up and embossed manufacturers information; slightly rounded front and back walls and round side walls; round ribbed shoulders taper to short cylindrical neck, round neck ring, and cylindrical finish with external thread; mold lines on sides from base to top and around neck and base; rectangular orange paper label with printed product information and dosage attached to front; cap has slightly domed top, repeating pattern of embossed vertical lines on exterior sides and internal thread; part of contents in Rexall First Aid Kit (018.011.001).
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Belonged to donor.
Maker
Rexall Drug Company Limited
Site Made (City)
Toronto
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1959
1979
circa 1959 – 1969
Date Remarks
Presence of Dominion Glass Company date codes on bottom of bottle
Material
glass: brown
paper: white
ink: orange, navy
plastic: black
Inscriptions
Printed on bottle label: “1 FL. OZ. U 540 // Rexall // AROMATIC // SPIRIT OF // AMMONIA // B. P. C. // Dose: From one-quarter // to one teaspoonful in a // little water. // REXALL DRUG CO. // LIMITED // TORONTO, CANADA // Los Angeles, St. Louis, // U. S. A.”; stamped on bottle label: “LOT 12733 W”; embossed on bottom of bottle: “D 9”
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-D4-7
Length
8.5 cm
Width
4.0 cm
Depth
2.3 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Minor discolouration near top of label
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Website
Document
Reference Comments
“First Aid.” Merriam-Webster, 2019. Accessed 22 June 2019.
“Company.” Rexall, Rexall Pharmacy Group Ltd., 2019. Accessed 18 July 2019.
“The World’s Largest Drugstore.” J. H. Graham, 2017. Accessed 18 July 2019.
“Aromatic Ammonia – Inhalation.” MedicineNet, 2019. Accessed 19 June 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
This artifact is part of a first aid kit; First Aid is a broad term that refers to aid or treatment of the sick or injured before full medical treatment can be received; First Aid kits are designed to provide easy access to a variety of medical materials for fast treatment of minor wounds or to stabilize more serious conditions before additional treatment.
Rexall began in 1903 in Boston, U. S. A., as the United Drug Company; the Rexall name, meaning “King of All,” first gained popularity in Canada in 1904; Rexall became an industry leader in retail pharmaceuticals and produced and sold a wide variety of products
Aromatic ammonia is used to prevent and treat fainting and aid in overcoming the effects of anesthesia by encouraging the body to breath; ammonia can be taken orally in solution with water or placed on a fabric rag and inhaled; large doses or prolonged exposure to ammonia is harmful.
The D in diamond symbol and date codes embossed on the bottom indicates the bottle itself was made by Canadian glass manufacturer Dominion Glass Company in Wallaceburg, Ontario; the progressive line system month code and “9” year code signify it was likely produced in either 1959 or 1969, but 1979 is also possible.
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Rexall Spirit Ammonia Aromatic B. P.

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Dates
1942
1952
circa 1942 – 1952
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Treatment, General
Accession Number
018011006
Description
Elliptical based semi-transparent brown glass Rexall Spirit Ammonia Aromatic bottle with non-removable painted white metal screw cap; one third full with transparent liquid; base is textured with elliptical push up and embossed manufacturers information; slightly rounded front and back walls and ro…
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Accession Number
018011006
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Treatment, General
MeSH Heading
Drugs -- Non-Prescription
Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Fainting -- drug therapy
Pharmacy
MM= Drug Packagaing -- container -- bottle
MM= Drugs -- container -- bottle
First Aid
First Aid -- instrumentation
Emergency Medical Services
Emergency Medicine
Health and Safety
Description
Elliptical based semi-transparent brown glass Rexall Spirit Ammonia Aromatic bottle with non-removable painted white metal screw cap; one third full with transparent liquid; base is textured with elliptical push up and embossed manufacturers information; slightly rounded front and back walls and round side walls; round ribbed shoulders taper to short cylindrical neck, round neck ring, and cylindrical finish with external continuous thread; mold lines on sides from base to top and around neck and base; rectangular cream and blue paper label with printed product information and dosage attached to front; cap has flat top with ring indentation near edge, vertical indentations on exterior sides, rolled bottom edge, and internal continuous thread; part of contents in Rexall First Aid Kit (018.011.001).
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Belonged to donor.
Maker
Rexall Drug Company Limited
Site Made (City)
Toronto
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1942
1952
circa 1942 – 1952
Date Remarks
Presence of Dominion Glass Company letter date code on bottom of bottle, only used from 1941 to 1953, and embossed “2” year code
Material
glass: brown
paper: cream
ink: blue, navy
metal: grey
paint: white
Inscriptions
Printed on bottle label: “1 FLUID OUNCE // Rexall // SPIRIT // AMMONIA // AROMATIC // B. P. // Dose: From one [Illeg.] // to one teaspoonful [Illeg.] // little water // REXALL DRUG [Illeg.] // LIMITED // TORONTO, CA[Illeg.] // Los Angeles, St. [Illeg.] // Boston, U. S. A.”; embossed on base: “B D 2”
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-D4-7
Length
8.3 cm
Width
4.0 cm
Depth
2.4 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Major bleeding of pigment on bottle label, obscuring some text; label stiff and separating from bottle at bottom; major chipping of paint on cap, especially near top edge
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Website
Document
Reference Comments
“First Aid.” Merriam-Webster, 2019. Accessed 22 June 2019.
“Company.” Rexall, Rexall Pharmacy Group Ltd., 2019. Accessed 18 July 2019.
“The World’s Largest Drugstore.” J. H. Graham, 2017. Accessed 18 July 2019.
“Aromatic Ammonia – Inhalation.” MedicineNet, 2019. Accessed 19 June 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
This artifact is part of a first aid kit; First Aid is a broad term that refers to aid or treatment of the sick or injured before full medical treatment can be received; First Aid kits are designed to provide easy access to a variety of medical materials for fast treatment of minor wounds or to stabilize more serious conditions before additional treatment.
Rexall began in 1903 in Boston, U. S. A., as the United Drug Company; the Rexall name, meaning “King of All,” first gained popularity in Canada in 1904; Rexall became an industry leader in retail pharmaceuticals and produced and sold a wide variety of products
Aromatic ammonia is used to prevent and treat fainting and aid in overcoming the effects of anesthesia by encouraging the body to breath; ammonia can be taken orally in solution with water or placed on a fabric rag and inhaled; large doses or prolonged exposure to ammonia is harmful.
The D in diamond symbol and date codes embossed on the bottom indicates the bottle itself was made by Canadian glass manufacturer Dominion Glass Company in Wallaceburg, Ontario; the “B” and “2” date codes signify it was likely produced in either 1942 or 1952.
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Rexall Tincture of Iodine

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Dates
1960
1970
circa 1960 - 1970
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Treatment, General
Accession Number
018011007
Description
Full elliptical based semi-transparent brown glass Rexall Tincture of Iodine 2 ½% bottle with non-removable black plastic screw cap; full with dark liquid; base is textured with elliptical push up and embossed manufacturers information; slightly rounded front and back walls and round side walls; ro…
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Accession Number
018011007
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Treatment, General
MeSH Heading
First Aid
First Aid -- instrumentation
Emergency Medical Services
Emergency Medicine
Health and Safety
Anti-Infective Agents, Local
Wound Healing
Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Drugs -- Non-Prescription
Drugs -- topical -- container
Drugs, Non-Prescription
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
MM= Drugs -- container -- bottle
MM= Drugs -- topical
MM= Drugs -- topical -- container
MM= Drug Packaging
Description
Full elliptical based semi-transparent brown glass Rexall Tincture of Iodine 2 ½% bottle with non-removable black plastic screw cap; full with dark liquid; base is textured with elliptical push up and embossed manufacturers information; slightly rounded front and back walls and round side walls; round ribbed shoulders taper to short cylindrical neck, round neck ring, and cylindrical finish with external thread; mold lines on sides from base to top and around neck and base; rectangular red and cream paper label with printed product information attached to front; cap has slightly domed top, repeating pattern of embossed vertical lines on exterior sides and internal thread; part of contents in Rexall First Aid Kit (018.011.001).
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Belonged to donor.
Maker
Rexall Drug Company Limited
Site Made (City)
Toronto
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1960
1970
circa 1960 - 1970
Date Remarks
Presence of Dominion Glass Company date codes on bottom of bottle
Material
glass: brown
paper: cream
ink: red
plastic: black
Inscriptions
Printed on bottle label: “1 FL. OZ. U 630 // Rexall // TINCTURE OF IODINE 2 1/2 % // WEAK IODINE SOLUTION B. P. // POISON // A potent and useful germicide for the treat- // ment of abrasions and wounds, and for disinfecting intact skin. // Antidote: Give emetic of mustard, then // plenty of starch paste, gruel or bread. After- // wards give strong tea or coffee. // REXALL DRUG COMPANY LIMITIED // TORONTO CANADA”; stamped on bottle label: “LOT 16294 PJ”; embossed on bottom of bottle: “D 0”
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-D4-7
Length
8.5 cm
Width
4.0 cm
Depth
2.3 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Minor soiling all over label
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Website
Document
Reference Comments
“First Aid.” Merriam-Webster, 2019. Accessed 22 June 2019.
“Company.” Rexall, Rexall Pharmacy Group Ltd., 2019. Accessed 18 July 2019.
“The World’s Largest Drugstore.” J. H. Graham, 2017. Accessed 18 July 2019.
“Iodine Tincture.” Drugs.com, 2019. Accessed 28 June 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
This artifact is part of a first aid kit; First Aid is a broad term that refers to aid or treatment of the sick or injured before full medical treatment can be received; First Aid kits are designed to provide easy access to a variety of medical materials for fast treatment of minor wounds or to stabilize more serious conditions before additional treatment.
Rexall began in 1903 in Boston, U. S. A., as the United Drug Company; the Rexall name, meaning “King of All,” first gained popularity in Canada in 1904; Rexall became an industry leader in retail pharmaceuticals and produced and sold a wide variety of products
Iodine Tincture is a solution of iodine in alcohol used as an antiseptic and disinfectant; it is only useful for small wounds.
The D in diamond symbol and date codes embossed on the bottom indicates the bottle itself was made by Canadian glass manufacturer Dominion Glass Company in Wallaceburg, Ontario; the progressive line system month code and “0” year code signify it was produced in either 1960 or 1970.
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Stanley Iodine Tincture

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Dates
1969
1979
circa 1969 - 1979
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Treatment, General
Accession Number
018004012
Description
Octagonal based semi-transparent brown glass Stanley Iodine Tincture bottle with non-removable cylindrical black plastic screw cap; three quarters full with liquid; push up base with manufacturer information embossed; flat rectangular side walls with top arches, beveled corners and rectangular pape…
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Accession Number
018004012
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Treatment, General
MeSH Heading
First Aid
First Aid -- instrumentation
Emergency Medical Services
Emergency Medicine
Health and Safety
Health and Safety -- workplace
Anti-Infective Agents, Local
Wound Healing
Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Drugs -- Non-Prescription
Drugs -- topical -- container
Drugs, Non-Prescription
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
MM= Drugs -- container -- bottle
MM= Drugs -- topical
MM= Drugs -- topical -- container
MM= Drug Packaging
Description
Octagonal based semi-transparent brown glass Stanley Iodine Tincture bottle with non-removable cylindrical black plastic screw cap; three quarters full with liquid; push up base with manufacturer information embossed; flat rectangular side walls with top arches, beveled corners and rectangular paper label with product information and directions attached to front and sides; round shoulders, short cylindrical neck, round neck ring, and cylindrical threaded finish; mold lines on sides from bottom to top and around neck and base; cap has flat top, internal thread, repeating pattern of vertical indented lines on exterior sides, and cylindrical applicator extending from inside top to liquid in bottle; part of contents in Fleck’s No. 754 First Aid box (018.004.002 a-b).
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Belonged to donor’s father.
Maker
Stanley Drug Products
Site Made (City)
Vancouver
Site Made (State)
British Columbia
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1969
1979
circa 1969 - 1979
Date Remarks
Presence of Dominion Glass Company diamond logo, line month code, Bramalea factory code, and “9” year code
Material
glass: brown
paper: cream
ink: green, black
plastic: black
Inscriptions
Printed on label: “Stanley // iodine tincture // B. P. 2.5% // POISON // antiseptic // 1 oz. fl 28 ml // [Illeg.] // [Illeg.] // North [Illeg.] B. C. // LOT. D28A EI // ANITDOTE: FIRST CALL PHYSI- // CIAN. Give large amounts of milk // and starch mucilage by mouth, // then induce vomiting using tepid // salt water. // Direction: For minor cuts and abra - // sions, wash area thoroughly with // soap and water: then apply tincture // lightly. // Do not apply to serious // wounds.”
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-D4-7
Length
7.9 cm
Width
2.9 cm
Depth
2.9 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Major soiling all over label, especially front; major abrasion and tears to front of label, obscuring text
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Website
Document
Document
Reference Comments
“First Aid.” Merriam-Webster, 2019. Accessed 22 June 2019.
“Iodine Tincture.” Drugs.com, 2019. Accessed 28 June 2019.
Miller, George L. and Elizabeth A. Jorgensen. “Some Notes on Bottle Mould Numbers from the Dominion Glass Company and its Predecessors.” Parks Canada, 1984.
Lockhart, Bill et al. “The Dominion Glass Companies of Montreal, Canada.” Society for Historical Archaeology, 2015.
Research Facts
This object is part of a First Aid kit; First Aid is a broad term that refers to basic aid or treatment of the sick or injured before full medical treatment can be received; First Aid kits are designed to provide easy access to a variety of medical materials for fast treatment of minor wounds or to stabilize more serious conditions before additional treatment.
Iodine Tincture is a solution of iodine in alcohol used as an antiseptic and disinfectant; it is only useful for small wounds.
The D in diamond symbol embossed on the bottom indicates the bottle itself was made by Canadian glass manufacturer Dominion Glass Company at their factory in Bramalea, which opened in the 1960s.
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tincture of iodine

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Dates
1950
1968
circa 1950 - 1968
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Treatment, General
Accession Number
006033011
Description
Empty octagonal semi-transparent brown glass tincture of iodine bottle with non-removable cylindrical black plastic screw cap; base has circular push up and manufacturer information embossed; flat rectangular sides with arched tops and bevelled corners; two rectangular cream paper labels with produ…
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Accession Number
006033011
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Treatment, General
MeSH Heading
Anti-Infective Agents, Local
Wound Healing
Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Drugs -- Non-Prescription
Drugs -- topical -- container
Drugs, Non-Prescription
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
MM= Drugs -- container -- bottle
MM= Drugs -- topical
MM= Drugs -- topical -- container
MM= Drug Packaging
Description
Empty octagonal semi-transparent brown glass tincture of iodine bottle with non-removable cylindrical black plastic screw cap; base has circular push up and manufacturer information embossed; flat rectangular sides with arched tops and bevelled corners; two rectangular cream paper labels with product information and company information attached to front; round shoulders taper to round short cylindrical neck, flat neck ring and cylindrical threaded finish; mold lines from base to top and around neck and base; cap has curved vertical indents on sides, domed top and internal 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
1950
1968
circa 1950 - 1968
Date Remarks
Presence of seven-digit Ontario telephone number; presence of Ingram & Bell logo discontinued in late 1960s (at least 1968)
Material
glass: brown
paper: cream
ink: navy, blue, black
plastic: black
Inscriptions
Printed on top label: “INGRAM & BELL LIMITED // INGRAM & BELL // LIMITED // TORONTO // MONTREAL // WINNIPEG // CALGARY”; stamped on top label in black ink: “641104”; printed on bottom label: “ESSEX MEDICAL GROUP // Phone 776-7394 // Essex, Ontario // Directions // For”; hand written on bottom label in blue ink: “Tincture of // IODINE // 2 1/2 %”; embossed on back of bottle: “16 OZS. // FLUID”; embossed on bottom of bottle: “D // 5”
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A3-9 Row G
Length
20.9 cm
Width
6.5 cm
Depth
6.5 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Major brown discolouration all over top label; minor areas of loss to edges of both labels; minor soiling and discolouration all over bottom label; minor scratching and white scuff mark on surface of cap; major crack in side of cap
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Website
Document
Document (online)
Website
Reference Comments
“Iodine Tincture.” Drugs.com, 2019. Accessed 8 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.
Research Facts
Iodine Tincture is a solution of iodine in alcohol used as an antiseptic and disinfectant; it is only useful for small wounds.
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.
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Vaseline Burn Treatment

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Dates
1953
1963
circa 1953 - 1963
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Treatment, General
Accession Number
018004006 a-c
Description
Unsealed rectangular cream cardboard box (a) containing 2 white and navy metal Vaseline Burn Treatment tubes (b-c) with non-removable cylindrical white plastic screw caps; box has 6 rectangular sides of varying size; box opens along long top flap and half circle cut out at top of front side facilit…
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Accession Number
018004006 a-c
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Treatment, General
MeSH Heading
First Aid
First Aid -- instrumentation
Emergency Medical Services
Emergency Medicine
Health and Safety
Health and Safety -- workplace
Burns
Petroleum
Drugs -- topical -- container
Drugs -- Non-Prescription
MM= Drug Packaging -- container
MM= Drugs -- container
MM= Drugs -- topical
MM= Drugs -- topical -- container
Description
Unsealed rectangular cream cardboard box (a) containing 2 white and navy metal Vaseline Burn Treatment tubes (b-c) with non-removable cylindrical white plastic screw caps; box has 6 rectangular sides of varying size; box opens along long top flap and half circle cut out at top of front side facilitates opening; product information printed on top and proper right sides in green ink; manufacturer information on back and information about additional products printed on front in green ink; Vaseline tubes full with petroleum jelly; metal of tubes is malleable with a sealed rectangular section on bottom, roughly cylindrical body, and round shoulders that taper to cylindrical threaded finish; each tube has product information printed on both front and back, along with illustrations of potential uses; caps have embossed symbol on top and vertical indents in sides; (b) is partially empty and bottom has been rolled up; part of contents in Fleck’s No. 754 First Aid box (018.004.002 a-b).
Number Of Parts
3
Part Names
a – box – Length 10.1 cm Width 5.5 cm Depth 1.8 cm
b – container tube – Length 7.7 cm Width 3.0 cm Depth 1.8 cm
c – container tube – Length 9.7 cm Width 3.0 cm Depth 1.7 cm
Provenance
Belonged to donor’s father.
Maker
Fleck Bros. LTD.
Site Made (City)
Vancouver
Site Made (State)
British Columbia
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1953
1963
circa 1953 - 1963
Date Remarks
Start date supplied in donor file
Material
paper: cream
ink: green, navy
metal: white
plastic: white
Inscriptions
Printed on top of box: “First Aid // Packet // No. # 13 // BURN TREATMENT // FLECK BROS // SAFETY FIRST”; printed on front of box: “Fleck’s for Safety // OTHER FIRST AID PRODUCTS // Neutralize – A B T for Burns – Flex Splints // Basket Stretchers – Oxygen Equipment. // (K)”; printed on back of box: “Fleck’s for Safety // Your complete Western Service for // FIRST AID – SAFETY – FIRE // EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES”; printed on proper right side of box: “SAFETY DIVISION // FLECK BROS. LTD. // 110 ALEXANDER ST. // VANCOUVER, B. C. // FLECK BROS // SAFETY FIRST”; printed on front of tubes: “TRADE // Vaseline // MARK® // WHITE PETROLEUM JELLY U. S. P.”; printed on back of tube: “Vaseline // TRADE MARK® // WHIT PETROLEUM JELLY // A SOOTHING DRESSING FOR // BURNS // CUTS, SCRAPES // CHAFING // DIAPER RASH // DETERGENT HANDS // SUNBURN // AND 1001 OTHER USES // VASELINE // is a registered trade mark used // by Cheseborough – Pond’s Inc. // and its associated // companies. // Net 3/5 Oz. // Cheseborough – Pond’s // (Canada) Ltd. // Markham Ontario // Made in Canada”
Permanent Location
Stoarage Room 0010
0010-D4-7
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Minor soiling all over exterior of box; minor pigment transfer on interior sides of box; (b) major distortions all over, especially bottom; (c) minor distortions all over
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Website
Reference Comments
“First Aid.” Merriam-Webster, 2019. Accessed 22 June 2019.
“Petrolatum.” Medical Dictionary; The Free Dictionary, Farlex, 2019. Accessed 19 June 2019.
“Fleck Brothers Building.” Canada’s Historic Places, Parks Canada, 2019. Accessed 22 June 2019.
“Our Story.” WorkSafeBC, 2019. Accessed 22 June 2019.
Research Facts
This object is part of a First Aid kit; First Aid is a broad term that refers to basic aid or treatment of the sick or injured before full medical treatment can be received; First Aid kits are designed to provide easy access to a variety of medical materials for fast treatment of minor wounds or to stabilize more serious conditions before additional treatment.
Petroleum jelly is a semisolid substance made from petroleum; often used in ointments, dressings, and as a topical treatment for burns and abrasion.
Fleck Bros. LTD. was a British Columbia based company that produced a wide range of equipment for industrial use; first aid supplies were a major part of their business and were designed specifically for use in the work place.
The W. C. B. printed on the inventory sheet of the kit to which this object belongs indicates that it was produced in conjunction with the standards of the Workers Compensation Board, which is a government agency established in 1917 as part of the Workmen’s Compensation Act in British Columbia to regulate safety in the workplace; the agency still exists as of 2019, known since 2005 as WorkSafeBC.
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