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Ayer's Cherry Pectora [advertising trade card]

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Dates
1870
1906
circa 1870-1906
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Advertisements
Accession Number
996001654
Description
Small paper trade card for Ayer's Cherry Pectoral; front: chromolithograph of a young girl standing under a tree watching two birds eat some cherries from it; house and field in background; back describes the product and what it cures.
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Accession Number
996001654
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 Ayer's Cherry Pectoral; front: chromolithograph of a young girl standing under a tree watching two birds eat some cherries from it; house and field in background; back describes the product and what it cures.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. Chiong for his patent medicine collection, before July 15, 1996.
Maker
Dr. J. C. Ayer & Co.
Site Made (City)
Lowell
Site Made (State)
Massachusetts
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1870
1906
circa 1870-1906
Date Remarks
Before 1906 ("cure") but after trade cards became popular in 1870's
Material
paper: green; red; yellow; brown; blue
Inscriptions
"AYER'S CHERRY PECTORAL, // For the cure of // Coughs, Colds, Asthma, Croup, // Bronchitis, Whooping Cough, // and Consumption. // PREPARED BY DR. J.C. AYER & CO., LOWELL, MASS., U.S.A. // Over."; back: description of cure
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-5-6 Binder D
Dimension Notes
Length: 12.0 cm. x Width: 6.6 cm.
Condition Remarks
Some age/sun discolouration and some stain-like dark streaks; small spot along top edge near right where top paper has come off
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Research Facts
identical picture p. 131 of "American Health Quackery" by James Harvey Young
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Ayer's Cherry Pectoral [advertising trade card]

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Dates
1870
1900
circa 1870-1900
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Advertisements
Accession Number
996001647
Description
Trade card, coloured, advertising Ayer's Cherry Pectoral showing two toddlers and a giant bottle of Ayer's with a cherry branch; back describes curative properties and strength of the Pectoral.
  2 images  
Accession Number
996001647
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Advertisements
MeSH Heading
Drugs, Non-Prescription, advertisements
Description
Trade card, coloured, advertising Ayer's Cherry Pectoral showing two toddlers and a giant bottle of Ayer's with a cherry branch; back describes curative properties and strength of the Pectoral.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. M. Chiong for his patent medicine collection, before July 15, 1995.
Maker
Dr. J. C. Ayer & Co.
Site Made (City)
Lowell
Site Made (State)
Massachusetts
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1870
1900
circa 1870-1900
Material
paper: green; blue; brown; white; orange; grey; red
Inscriptions
Front reads: "AYER'S CHERRY PECTORAL // Cures Colds, Coughs & all Diseases // of the Throat and Lungs"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-5-6 Binder D
Dimension Notes
Length: 6.5 cm. x Width: 11.8 cm.
Condition Remarks
Large bend, upper right corner; bend, upper left corner; bend, lower left corner; lower right corner shows evidence of rubbing; some bald patches on back
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Reference Comments
"American Health Quackery" by James Harvey Young, pp. 130-134; "The Golden Age of Quackery" by Stewart H. Holbrook, pp. 10-11, 47, 50-51; "Secret Nostrums and Systems" by Chas. W. Oleson, p. 9; The Great American Fraud" by Samuel Hopkins Adams, p. 181
Research Facts
Ayer began his career working at an apothecary shop in Lowell, Mass.; studied medicine with a local physician, bought a drugstore in 1841, and later got a medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania; began marketing Cherry Pectoral "about midcentury" and followed with other medicines; the Cherry Pectoral was first compounded in Jacob Robbins' Drug Store, Lowell, Mass.; later bought Robbins' Drugstore with money borrowed from his uncle; contained heroin; recipe for Ayer's Cherry Pectoral (from Pacific Med. and Surg. Journal): acetate of morphia, 3 gr., tincture of bloodroot, 2 dr., wine antimony, 3 dr., wine ipecac, 3 dr., syrup wild cherry, 3 oz.; Ayer's Cherry Pectoral was praised for its full labelling of its product -- it printed on its label, as the law required, "the proportion of heroin contained in it" as well as all other ingredients and their proportion.
A Native American medicinal staple, the bark of wild cherry is used for its medicinal properties; it is most commonly used to treat symptoms of respiratory ailments, such as colds and bronchitis; its sedative, drying, and expectorant properties make it a common ingredient in cough syrups; also used to treat pain and digestive disorders. Cherry bark is great at combating dry and irritable coughs. Overuse of cherry bark can be toxic.
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Ayer's Cherry Pectoral [advertising trade card]

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Dates
1870
1906
circa 1870-1906
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Advertisements
Accession Number
996001648
Description
Small trade card for Ayer's Cherry Pectoral; front: young woman carrying a basket full of cherries (chromolithograph); back: description of what it cures.
  2 images  
Accession Number
996001648
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Advertisements
MeSH Heading
Drugs, Non-Prescription, advertisements
Description
Small trade card for Ayer's Cherry Pectoral; front: young woman carrying a basket full of cherries (chromolithograph); back: description of what it cures.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. Chiong for his patent medicine collection, before July 15, 1996.
Maker
Dr. J. C. Ayer & Co.
Site Made (City)
Lowell
Site Made (State)
Massachusetts
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1870
1906
circa 1870-1906
Date Remarks
Says "cure", so before 1906, but cards popular in 1870's-1900's
Material
paper: red; blue; green; yellow; brown
Inscriptions
"AYER'S // CHERRY PECTORAL // Cures Colds, Coughs, // and all Diseases // of the Throat and Lungs."; back: "TOO MUCH STRESS CANNOT // be laid upon the admonition to // all persons affected by ..." and so on
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-5-6 Binder D
Dimension Notes
Length: 11.7 cm. x Width: 6.4 cm.
Condition Remarks
Mild age/sun discolouration and mild staining on the back
Copy Type
Original
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Ayer's Cherry Pectoral [advertising trade card]

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Dates
1870
1906
circa 1870-1906
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Advertisements
Accession Number
996001657
Description
Small paper trade card for Ayer's Cherry Pectoral; front: a chromolithographic depiction of Penn's Treaty (c. 1682-83) but substituting Ayer's Product; back relates product to Treaty and what benefits could be had from this "cure".
  2 images  
Accession Number
996001657
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 Ayer's Cherry Pectoral; front: a chromolithographic depiction of Penn's Treaty (c. 1682-83) but substituting Ayer's Product; back relates product to Treaty and what benefits could be had from this "cure".
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. Chiong for his patent medicine collection, before July 15, 1996.
Maker
Dr. J.C. Ayer & Co.
Site Made (City)
Lowell
Site Made (State)
Massachusetts
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1870
1906
circa 1870-1906
Date Remarks
Says "cure", so before 1906
Material
paper: green; blue; pink; brown; black
Inscriptions
"AYER'S // CHERRY // PECTORAL // CURES // COLDS // COUGHS // &c. // PENN'S TREATY. (1682 or 1683?) Over."; back: "THE DATE OF Penn's Treaty is // in dispute, but it is universally // admitted that ..." and so on
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-5-6 Binder D
Dimension Notes
Length: 11.9 cm. x Width: 6.5 cm.
Condition Remarks
Slightly age/sun discoloured; some of backing has been torn up, and other pieces of paper stuck on
Copy Type
Original
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Ayer's Hair Vigor [advertising trade card]

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Dates
1870
1900
circa 1870-1900
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Advertisements
Accession Number
996001655
Description
Trade card advertising Ayer's Hair Vigor showing a ship sinking in the background with mermaids rescuing boxes of their Vigor; four mermaids in foreground combing hair, etc.; Stars & Stripes on rigging is upside down, in distress position; back describes composition and properties.
  2 images  
Accession Number
996001655
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Advertisements
MeSH Heading
Hair Preparations -- advertisements
Description
Trade card advertising Ayer's Hair Vigor showing a ship sinking in the background with mermaids rescuing boxes of their Vigor; four mermaids in foreground combing hair, etc.; Stars & Stripes on rigging is upside down, in distress position; back describes composition and properties.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. Chiong for his patent medicine collection, before July 15, 1996.
Maker
Dr. J. C. Ayer & Co.
Site Made (City)
Lowell
Site Made (State)
Massachusetts
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1870
1900
circa 1870-1900
Date Remarks
Between 1870 and 1900
Material
paper: green; red; yellow; white; blue; taupe
Inscriptions
Front reads, "AYERS HAIR VIGOR // FOR THE TOILET // Restores Gray Hair to its Natural Vitality and Color // PREPARED BY DR. J.C. AYER & CO., LOWELL, MASS. U.S.A."
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-5-6 Binder D
Dimension Notes
Length: 6.7 cm. x Width: 10.5 cm.
Condition Remarks
Some smudging on edges; back discoloured; warped near right edge
Copy Type
Original
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Ayer's Pills [advertising trade card]

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Dates
1865
1906
circa 1865-1906
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Advertisements
Accession Number
996001759
Description
Small paper trade card for Ayer's Pills; front: chromolithograph of a soldier in red and blue carrying a flag for Ayers Pills and killing a soldier in blue; back: product promises and facsimile of glass vial used in steamy climates.
  2 images  
Accession Number
996001759
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Advertisements
MeSH Heading
Drugs, Non-Prescription, advertisements
MM= Drugs -- cathartics -- advertisements
MM= Drugs -- digestive disorders -- advertisements
Description
Small paper trade card for Ayer's Pills; front: chromolithograph of a soldier in red and blue carrying a flag for Ayers Pills and killing a soldier in blue; back: product promises and facsimile of glass vial used in steamy climates.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. Chiong for his patent medicine collection, before July 15, 1995.
Maker
Dr. J. C. Ayer & Co.
Site Made (City)
Lowell
Site Made (State)
Massachusetts
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1865
1906
circa 1865-1906
Date Remarks
After American Civil War (1861-65) but before 1906 ("cures")
Material
paper: red; green; yellow; blue; brown
Inscriptions
"AYER'S PILLS"; back: ""THE FIGHT FOR THE STANDARD" // is over, and it is universally // acknowledged that AYER'S PILLS // are the only STANDARD cathartic // medicine of the age. The disorders // which they are designed to cure // include Constipation, or Costive- // ness, Indigestion, Dyspepsia, // Biliousness, Heartburn, Loss // of Appetite, Flatulency, Foul Stomach, // Nausea, Dizziness, ..."; etc.
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-5-6 Binder E
Dimension Notes
Length: 11.2 cm. x Width: 6.4 cm.
Condition Remarks
Some age/sun discolouration; back: a number of dark stains around the top of the card (from old adhesive)
Copy Type
Original
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Balsam of Aniseeds

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Dates
1892
1900
circa 1892-1900
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Respiratory
Accession Number
996001131
Description
Rectangular clear blue glass bottle; four recessed panels; paper label adhered to one panel; label has blue text.
Accession Number
996001131
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Respiratory
MeSH Heading
Common Cold -- drug therapy
Cough -- drug therapy
Asthma, drug therapy
Drugs, Non-Prescription
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Description
Rectangular clear blue glass bottle; four recessed panels; paper label adhered to one panel; label has blue text.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. M. Chiong for his patent medicine collection; purchased from Kim Snyder (Toronto) on July 9, 1994.
Maker
Henry Skinner
Site Made (City)
Kingston
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1892
1900
circa 1892-1900
Material
glass: blue
paper: cream
Inscriptions
Balsam of Aniseeds // Particular recommended for // Coughs, Colds, Asthmas // ... // Prepared and sold by // Henry Skinner, // Pharmaceutical Chemist and Druggist // Kingston
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A4-8 Box 1 Row C
Dimension Notes
Length: 12.8 cm. x Width: 4.5 cm. x Depth: 3.2 cm.
Condition Remarks
Paper label discoloured and stained in places
Copy Type
Original
Exhibit History
To display in Museum: Potions, Pills and Prescriptions; May 1, 2000 - 28 Jan 2017.
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Botanical Preparations [advertising trade card]

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Dates
1885
1900
circa 1885-1900
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Advertisements
Accession Number
996001671
Description
Small paper trade card for Botanical Preparations; front: left half has chromolithograph of a young boy and girl reading; right half lists their various products; back: testimonials concerning their products.
  2 images  
Accession Number
996001671
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 Botanical Preparations; front: left half has chromolithograph of a young boy and girl reading; right half lists their various products; back: testimonials concerning their products.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. Chiong for his patent medicine collection, before July 15, 1995.
Maker
Excelsior Botanical Co.
Site Made (City)
Boonville
Site Made (State)
New York
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1885
1900
circa 1885-1900
Date Remarks
Latest testimonial from Dec. 12, 1884, so probably made in 1885
Material
paper: green; pink; yellow; brown; black
Inscriptions
"EVERYBODY SAYS THE // Botanical Preparations // Are the BEST and Always RELIABLE. Lead- // ing Physicians Recommend Them. // Satisfac- // tion Guaranteed or Money Refunded. // BOTANICAL KIDNEY & LIVER REMEDY. // BOTANICAL TONIC. // BOTANICAL DYSPEPTIC BALM. // BOTANICAL THROAT & LUNG CURE. // BOTANICAL OIL -- for Man or Beast. // BOTANICAL OINTMENT -- for Piles, &c..."; and so on
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-5-6 Binder D
Dimension Notes
Length: 10.3 cm. x Width: 6.2 cm.
Condition Remarks
Mild age/sun discolouration; light staining on front and back; red border on front has slightly stained onto back
Copy Type
Original
Images
Less detail
Dates
1880
1910
circa 1880-1910
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
996001350
Description
Small Blake rectangular clear glass bottle with long cylindrical neck and a tooled, plain broad sloping collar; all four panels our recessed; the front panel is flat and undecorated (likely originally had a paper label); there are five raised dots along the left side of the front panel; the back pa…
Accession Number
996001350
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Drugs, Non-Prescription
MM= Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter -- container
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Description
Small Blake rectangular clear glass bottle with long cylindrical neck and a tooled, plain broad sloping collar; all four panels our recessed; the front panel is flat and undecorated (likely originally had a paper label); there are five raised dots along the left side of the front panel; the back panel has embossed lettering and there are five raised dots along the left side; the bottle is empty.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. M. Chiong for his patent medicine collection, from Kim Snyder (Toronto), on July 9 1994.
Maker
Catarrhozone Co.
Site Made (City)
Kingston
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1880
1910
circa 1880-1910
Material
glass: clear
Inscriptions
Back embossing reads, "CATARRHOZONE // CATARRHOZONE CO. // KINGSTON, ONT."
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A4-7 Box 4 Row B
Dimension Notes
Length: 10.6 cm. x Width: 3.2 cm. x Depth: 1.6 cm.
Condition Remarks
Bottle has no chips, cracks or wear; the inside and the outside of the bottle are both clean
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Document
Photo
Reference Comments
"Bottles" by Michael Polak, pp. 19 & 21; "Canadian Bottle and Stoneware Collector" (magazine) issue No. 16, April/May/June 1996, p. 27; there are three binders of information on the Polson Co. (Catarrhozone Co.) with Dr. Chiong's written records; a photograph (b & w) has been taken
Research Facts
After having studied at Queen’s University, Neil C. Polson established a drug business in Kingston in 1877. N.C. Polson & Co. became widely known across North America as a druggist and chemical manufacturer. One of their products, Catarrhozone, was widely advertised as an inhaled germ-killer and remedy for all respiratory ailments. The Vapor treatment was meant to be dropped onto a small piece of wool held inside the portable wood inhaler, then inhaled periodically through the mouth.
Their trade covered Canada, the U.S. and the West Indies.
The firm was established by Neil Polson Sr. in 1877, owned a wholesale drug and manufacturing chemist house in Kingston, Ontario. and was taken over by his two sons, Neil Jr. and Henry. They made medicines under the name of Polson Co., the Catarrhozone and Nerviline. Polson went on to become mayor of Kingston in 1893.
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Dates
1890
1910
circa 1890-1910
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
996001351
Description
Blake rectangular aqua glass bottle with long cylindrical neck and a tooled, flanged lip with a flat top and squared edges; all four panels are recessed; the front and two side panels are flat and undecorated (the front likely originally had a paper label); the back`panel has embossed lettering; th…
Accession Number
996001351
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Drugs, Non-Prescription
MM= Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter -- container
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Description
Blake rectangular aqua glass bottle with long cylindrical neck and a tooled, flanged lip with a flat top and squared edges; all four panels are recessed; the front and two side panels are flat and undecorated (the front likely originally had a paper label); the back`panel has embossed lettering; the bottom of the bottle has an embossed number; the bottle is empty.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. M. Chiong for his patent medicine collection, from Kim Snyder (Toronto), on July 9 1994.
Maker
N. C. Polson & Co.
Site Made (City)
Kingston
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1890
1910
circa 1890-1910
Material
glass: aqua
Inscriptions
Embossed back reads, "CATARRHOZONE // N. C. POLSON & CO. // KINGSTON, ONT."; bottle bottom has an embossed "42"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A4-7 Box 2 Row C
Dimension Notes
Length: 10.5 cm. x Width: 3.2 cm. x Depth: 1.6 cm.
Condition Remarks
Bottle has no chips, cracks or wear; the inside and the outside of the bottle are both clean
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Document
Photo
Reference Comments
"Bottles" by Michael Polak, pp. 19 & 21; "Canadian Bottle and Stoneware Collector" (magazine) issue No. 16, April/May/June 1996, p. 27; there are three binders of information on the Polson Co. (Catarrhozone Co.) with Dr. Chiong's written records; a photograph (b & w) has been taken
Research Facts
After having studied at Queen’s University, Neil C. Polson established a drug business in Kingston in 1877. N.C. Polson & Co. became widely known across North America as a druggist and chemical manufacturer. One of their products, Catarrhozone, was widely advertised as an inhaled germ-killer and remedy for all respiratory ailments. The Vapor treatment was meant to be dropped onto a small piece of wool held inside the portable wood inhaler, then inhaled periodically through the mouth. Polson went on to become mayor of Kingston in 1893.
Their trade covered Canada, the U.S. and the West Indies.
The firm was established by Neil Polson Sr. in 1877, owned a wholesale drug and manufacturing chemist house in Kingston, Ontario. and was taken over by his two sons, Neil Jr. and Henry. They made medicines under the name of Polson Co., the Catarrhozone and Nerviline.
Polson was mayor of Kingston in 1893.
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