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Dates
1897
circa 1897
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Publications
Accession Number
996001629
Description
Paper Almanac from the Hostetter Co.; covers are green; front: "framed" page with facsimile of St. George riding down and spearing "The Dragon" (symbolizes medicine slaying the disease); back: full year calendar and the name of the N.Y. dealer; inside: monthly calendars and testimonials for Hostett…
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Accession Number
996001629
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Publications
MeSH Heading
Almanacs
Description
Paper Almanac from the Hostetter Co.; covers are green; front: "framed" page with facsimile of St. George riding down and spearing "The Dragon" (symbolizes medicine slaying the disease); back: full year calendar and the name of the N.Y. dealer; inside: monthly calendars and testimonials for Hostetter's Stomach Bitters; 20 double-sided pages.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. M. Chiong for his patent medicine collection, before July 15, 1995.
Maker
The Hostetter Co.
Site Made (City)
Pittsburgh
Site Made (State)
Pennsylvania
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1897
circa 1897
Date Remarks
Made for 1898, so probably published in 1897
Material
paper: black; green; "white"
Inscriptions
Front: "HOSTETTER'S // ILLUSTRATED // UNITED STATES // ALMANAC // 1898 // FOR MERCHANTS, MECHANICS, MINERS, // FARMERS, PLANTERS, // AND // GENERAL FAMILY USE. // Carefully calculated for such Meridians and Latitudes..." and so on
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-5-6 Binder C
Dimension Notes
Length: 20.0 cm. x Width: 13.3 cm.
Condition Remarks
Quite age/sun discoloured; stain along right edge goes through several pages; hunk of paper taken out of the left bottom corner, and other pieces of front cover also missing; right bottom corners are bent throughout the entire book
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Other
JPG
Reference Comments
"Secret Nostrums & Systems" by Chas. W. Oleson, p. 95; "The Toadstool Millionaires" by James Harvey
Young, p. 44; "The Golden Age of Quackery" by Stewart H. Holbrook, pp. 93, 98, 157-166, 248;
"The Natural History of Quackery" by Eric Jameson, p. 193; "Nostrums & Quackery", Vol.II, pp.
740-743; "The Toadstool Millionaires" (see index for pages); "The Great American Fraud", p. 20;
"One For A Man, Two For A Horse" by Gerald Carson, pp. 42, 49, 73; "The Snake-Oil Syndrome" by
A Walker Bingham, pp. 25, 28, 32, 49-50, 96, 103, 126, 138, insert #2; CD #8
Research Facts
Contained sugar, calamus root, orange peel, Peruvian bark, gentian root, columbo root, rhubarb, cinnamon, cloves, and alcohol; to avoid being taxed as many proprietors were c. 1906 for having mainly alcoholic "medicines", they reduced alcohol from 39% to 25% and increased amount of cinchona and sepentaria.
An experiment by Dr. A. J. Read showed that using various patent medicines as "fuel", Hostetter's Bitters kept the lamp burning for 4 minutes, while the second closest was Peruna at 2 min. 40 sec., and the ration of normal beer only burned for 20 seconds; basically a compound of cheap whiskey, obviously with more than the advertised 25% alcohol by volume (used only a tablespoonful); formula was originally a prescription of Dr. Jacob Hostetter used for colic, constipation and "the Intermittents" - a fever during that time.
When he retured in 1853, consented to allow his son, David, to manufacture and market it; marketing very important, so well known that when war started in 1861, War Department bought the bitters by cartload for the Union Army.
In 1862 published first Almanac; for many years it contained 47% alcohol by volume probably helped the army's courage, if not their medicinal needs.
Partner Smith died in 1874 and the firm's name then became "The Hostetter Co."; in 1958, the company was dead; preferred testimonials from actual physicians; actually sold in saloons in Alaska; daily dose equivalent to 1 1/2 ounces of whiskey; later upped % alcohol from 25% to 37%, claiming this amount of alcohol was needed to hold the ingredients in solution; in 1906, chemists reported analysis showed 43% alcohol by volume.
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Dates
1898
circa 1898
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Publications
Accession Number
996001630
Description
Paper Almanac identical to 996.001.629 except for the year (1899 instead of 1898) and dealers (Taylor & Bonner instead of JNO. H. HOUSE); no missing pages, consisting of 20 double-sided pages.
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Accession Number
996001630
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Publications
MeSH Heading
Almanacs
Description
Paper Almanac identical to 996.001.629 except for the year (1899 instead of 1898) and dealers (Taylor & Bonner instead of JNO. H. HOUSE); no missing pages, consisting of 20 double-sided pages.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. M. Chiong for his patent medicine collection, before July 15, 1995
Maker
The Hostetter Co.
Site Made (City)
Pittsburgh
Site Made (State)
Pennsylvania
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1898
circa 1898
Date Remarks
Made for 1899, so probably published in 1898
Material
paper: black; green
Inscriptions
Front: "HOSTETTER'S // ILLUSTRATED // UNITED STATES // ALMANAC // 1899 // FOR MERCHANTS, MECHANICS, MINERS, // FARMERS, PLANTERS, // AND // GENERAL FAMILY USE. // Carefully calculated for such Meridians and Latitudes..." and so on
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-5-6 Binder C
Dimension Notes
Length: 20.0 cm. x Width: 13.2 cm.
Condition Remarks
Definite age/sun discolouration; a nick on the front left bottom edge; some staining on the front; back has a stain in the centre from a sticker price tag
Copy Type
Original
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Dates
1899
circa 1899
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Publications
Accession Number
996001631
Description
Paper Almanac identical to 996.001.629 except for the year (1900 instead of 1898) and it is not missing any pages, consisting of 20 double-sided pages
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Accession Number
996001631
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Publications
MeSH Heading
Almanacs
Description
Paper Almanac identical to 996.001.629 except for the year (1900 instead of 1898) and it is not
missing any pages, consisting of 20 double-sided pages
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. M. Chiong for his patent medicine collection, before July 15, 1995
Maker
The Hostetter Co.
Site Made (City)
Pittsburgh
Site Made (State)
Pennsylvania
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1899
circa 1899
Date Remarks
Made for 1900, so probably published in 1899
Material
paper: black; green
Inscriptions
Front: "HOSTETTER'S // ILLUSTRATED // UNITED STATES // ALMANAC // 1900 // FOR MERCHANTS, MECHANICS,
MINERS, // FARMERS, PLANTERS, // AND // GENERAL FAMILY USE. // Carefully calculated for such
Meridians and Latitudes..." and so on
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-5-6
Binder C
Dimension Notes
Length: 19.9 cm. x Width: 13.1 cm.
Condition Remarks
Some age/sun discolouration; some staining on the front and back; large notch taken out of the
middle right edge, with some also from the interior pages; stain and worn away paper around the
top staple; back: right middle, some of the binding edge has been ripped away
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Other
JPG
Reference Comments
See 996.001.629, .630; CD #8
Research Facts
See 996.001.629
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Dates
1937
circa 1937
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Publications
Accession Number
996001635
Description
Paper almanac from the Illinois Herb Co.; has "white" and pink pages; cover: cartoon-like drawing of a Daniel Boone character receiving herbs from some Indians; back: a drawing of "nature" surrounded by various plants; inside: monthly calendar and lots of ads; 42 double-sided pages
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Accession Number
996001635
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Publications
MeSH Heading
Almanacs
Description
Paper almanac from the Illinois Herb Co.; has "white" and pink pages; cover: cartoon-like drawing
of a Daniel Boone character receiving herbs from some Indians; back: a drawing of "nature" surrounded
by various plants; inside: monthly calendar and lots of ads; 42 double-sided pages
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. M. Chiong for his patent medicine collection, before July 15, 1995
Maker
Illinois Herb Co.
Site Made (City)
Chicago
Site Made (State)
Illinois
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1937
circa 1937
Date Remarks
Made for 1938 so probably published c. 1937
Material
paper: pink; blue; orange; red; yellow
Inscriptions
"THE ILLINOIS HERB CO. // ALMANAC // 1938 // HERBS BRING HEALTH"; back: "NATURE'S LABORATORY //
BITTER ROOT PLEURISY ROOT COMFREY CHEESE PLANT BLUEFLAG // BALM // LADYSLIPPER // ALOE ..."
and so on
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-5-6
Binder D
Dimension Notes
Length: 20.8 cm. x Width: 13.6 cm.
Condition Remarks
Some age/sun discolouration; cover is ripped along binding edge, so cover is quite loose; front
right bottom corner is bent and part of it is torn off; some stains on the covers and inside, but
nothing major
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
JPG
Reference Comments
CD #8
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Dates
1940
circa 1940
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Publications
Accession Number
996001636
Description
Paper almanac from the W.T. Rawleigh Co.; front is dark brown with printing in various colours; centre has a facsimile from a "famous oil painting"; inside has calendars, promotion of various Rawleigh products and lots of recipes; 18 double-sided pages
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Accession Number
996001636
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Publications
MeSH Heading
Almanacs
Description
Paper almanac from the W.T. Rawleigh Co.; front is dark brown with printing in various colours;
centre has a facsimile from a "famous oil painting"; inside has calendars, promotion of various
Rawleigh products and lots of recipes; 18 double-sided pages
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. M. Chiong for his patent medicine collection, before July 15, 1995
Maker
The W.T. Rawleigh Co.
Site Made (City)
Freeport
Site Made (State)
Illinois
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1940
circa 1940
Date Remarks
Made for 1941 so probably published in 1940
Material
paper: pink; blue; green; dk. brown; yellow
Inscriptions
Front: "1889 1941 // Rawleigh's // GOOD HEALTH GUIDE // ALMANAC COOK BOOK// Hang Me Up for Future
Reference // BOUNTIFUL AUTUMN // FROM A FAMOUS OIL PAINTING // PUBLISHED BY // THE W.T. RAWLEIGH
COMPANY // FREEPORT, ILL., U.S.A. // MEMPHIS RICHMOND CHESTER ALBANY MINNEAPOLIS DENVER // OAKLAND
MONTREAL WINNIPEG MELBOURNE WELLINGTON // The Largest Industries of Their Kind in the World";
back: "WITH BEST WISHES FOR // Health, Happiness and Prosperity // L.A. McGRAW // THE RAWLEIGH
DEALER // SANTA FE AVE., HUNTINGTON PARK ..." and so on
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-5-6
Binder D
Dimension Notes
Length: 24.3 cm. x Width: 16.6 cm.
Condition Remarks
Covers have a few marks where the ink has worn off; binding edge is a little worn; some stains
throughout the book at the top and right edges
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Photo
JPG
Reference Comments
Photographs of Rawleigh factory and products in red binder; "Nostrums & Quackery" Vol. II, pp. 102-103; CD #8
Research Facts
Established in 1889; Rawleigh's Golden Cough Syrup and Rawleigh's Ru-Mex-Ol; Golden contained
alcohol, chloroform, menthol, guaiacol and horehound and claimed to cure whooping cough and asthma;
Ru-Mex-Ol had 26.5% alcohol and rhubarb -- remedy for scrofula, eczema, purifying blood and
preventing T.B.; fined $100.00 and costs, Oct. 16, 1916
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Dates
1930
circa 1930
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Publications
Accession Number
996001638
Description
Paper journal put out by Fruitatives Ltd.; front: green covers, with a symbol similar to the Hippocratic Symbols (two snakes twined around a rod), no doubt meant to inspire confidence in the product; inside: filled with testimonials, treatments, etc.; 26 double-sided pages
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Accession Number
996001638
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Publications
MeSH Heading
Almanacs
Description
Paper journal put out by Fruitatives Ltd.; front: green covers, with a symbol similar to the Hippocratic
Symbols (two snakes twined around a rod), no doubt meant to inspire confidence in the
product; inside: filled with testimonials, treatments, etc.; 26 double-sided pages
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. M. Chiong for his patent medicine collection, before July 15, 1995
Maker
Fruitatives Limited
Site Made (City)
Ottawa
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1930
circa 1930
Date Remarks
Made for 1931, 1932, so probably published c. 1930
Material
paper: black; red; green; yellow; purple
Inscriptions
Front: "Secrets of Health // and Long Life // By "Fruit-a-tives" // OTTAWA, CANADA // IMPORTANT
// In this book are given valuable // secrets of Health, Knowledge and // Long Life which you
cannot obtain // from any other one source. For // your own sake and your family's -- // read
every word ..."; back: "'Fruit-a-tives' // or "Fruit Liver Tablets" // THE GREAT FRUIT-TONIC
DISCOVERY // OF A DISTINGUISHED PHYSICIAN ..." and so on
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-5-6
Binder D
Dimension Notes
Length: 17.2 cm. x Width: 12.1 cm.
Condition Remarks
Interior quite age/sun discoloured; front right-bottom corner bent; back top-left corner bent;
wearing along binding edge; some light staining inside
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
JPG
Reference Comments
"Nostrums & Quackery" Vol. II, pp. 591-592; CD #8
Research Facts
Claimed to contain "Fruit Liver Extract, special Extract of Nux Vomica Fruit, Howard's Hydrochlorate
of Quinine Extract of Quassa"; Nux Vomica -- basically strychnin and brucin, probably possesses
no virtues not found in an aloin, belladonna and strychnin (A.B.S.) laxative pill
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Dates
1953
circa 1953
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Publications
Accession Number
996001639
Description
Paper almanac put out by Dodd's; cover: blue, red and white, showing a facsimile of their kidney pills' tin; inside: calendars, testimonials, characteristics of people of various zodiac signs, weather forecasts, "cartoon" ads, interesting facts, and ads for various products; 18 doublesided pages
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Accession Number
996001639
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Publications
MeSH Heading
Almanacs
Description
Paper almanac put out by Dodd's; cover: blue, red and white, showing a facsimile of their kidney
pills' tin; inside: calendars, testimonials, characteristics of people of various zodiac signs,
weather forecasts, "cartoon" ads, interesting facts, and ads for various products; 18 doublesided
pages
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. M. Chiong for his patent medicine collection, before July 15, 1995
Maker
Dodd's
Site Made (City)
Toronto
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1953
circa 1953
Date Remarks
Made for 1954, so probably published in 1953
Material
paper: black; red; blue; white
Inscriptions
"Dodd's // ALMANAC // 1954 // DODD'S // KIDNEY // PILLS // A TREATMENT FOR // BACKACHE AND TIRED
FEELING // DUE TO URINARY IRRITATION // AND BLADDER DISCOMFORT // WEATHER -- MOON'S PHASES - ECLIPSES
// SUNRISE & SUNSET TABLES -- HOLIDAYS // POSTAL RATES -- WEIGHTS & MEASURES // HINTS
FOR HEALTH AND HOUSEHOLD..." and so on
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-5-6
Binder D
Dimension Notes
Length: 17.8 cm. x Width: 12.5 cm.
Condition Remarks
Quite age/sun discoloured; front: right half very creased, with a number of rips, partially repaired
using rice paper (?); bottom is bent and ripped throughout the journal; minimal staining
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Other
JPG
Reference Comments
"Nostrums & Quackery" Vol. I, p. 374; "Nostrums & Quackery" Vol. II, p. 215; see 996.001.770; CD #8
Research Facts
Consisted of extract of cascarilla, jalap, resin, hand soap, potassium nitrate, sodium bicarbonate
(baking soda), hard paraffin, turmeric and wheat flour; around in 1936 and in the 1970's
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Dates
1881
circa 1881
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Publications
Accession Number
996001781
Description
Very small pocket almanac from Hazeltine's; contains monthly calendar and ads for Piso's Cure; 18 double-sided pages
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Accession Number
996001781
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Publications
MeSH Heading
Almanacs
Description
Very small pocket almanac from Hazeltine's; contains monthly calendar and ads for Piso's Cure;
18 double-sided pages
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. Chiong for his patent medicine collection, before July 15, 1995
Maker
E.T. Hazeltine Co.
Site Made (City)
Warren
Site Made (State)
Pennsylvania
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1881
circa 1881
Date Remarks
Copyright date
Material
paper: yellow; blue; red; white; green
Inscriptions
"HAZELTINE'S // POCKETBOOK // ALMANAC // 1882 // FOURTH SERIES. // WARREN, PA.: // PUBLISHED BY //
E.T. HAZELTINE."; back: "F.W. Fincher, // Pentwater, Mich. // Where may be found ..." etc.
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-5-6
Binder E
Dimension Notes
Length: 5.0 cm. x Width: 3.3 cm.
Condition Remarks
Some age/sun discolouration; covers have come free and are fairly ripped and torn; inside, edges
are a little dirty and worn
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Other
JPG
Reference Comments
See 996.001.479; "The Snake-Oil Syndrome" by A. Walker Bingham, p. 127, insert #49; CD #8
Research Facts
See 996.001.479 (Piso); one of the most collectible of almanacs are the tiny "pocket editions",
such as this one
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Dates
1902
circa 1902
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Publications
Accession Number
996001540
Description
Paper almanac from the British Whig in Kingston; cover is done in red and green inks showing a facsimile of the paper's office building; inside are various ads. for various stores, items, and services (furniture, carpets, curtains and undertaking!); monthly calendar with pictures and facsimiles; "T…
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Accession Number
996001540
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Publications
MeSH Heading
Almanacs
Description
Paper almanac from the British Whig in Kingston; cover is done in red and green inks showing a
facsimile of the paper's office building; inside are various ads. for various stores, items,
and services (furniture, carpets, curtains and undertaking!); monthly calendar with pictures
and facsimiles; "Things Worth Knowing" is very amusing; 30 double-sided pages
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. M. Chiong for his patent medicine collection, June 12, 1995
Maker
British Whig
Site Made (City)
Kingston
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1902
circa 1902
Material
paper: black; green; red
Inscriptions
"ALMANAC // 1902 // THE BEST NEWSPAPER IN EASTERN ONTARIO // THE OLD AND RELIABLE // BRITISH
WHIG // KINGSTON, ONTARIO // NOW ENTERING UPON ITS SIXTY-NINTH YEAR"; inside - see Description,
above
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-5-6
Binder B
Dimension Notes
Length: 21.9 cm. x Width: 15.3 cm. x Depth: 0.3 cm.
Condition Remarks
Cover edges are crumbling and torn and several tears and cover held together by book-binding tape;
age/sun discoloured, especially the covers and edges; a sticker of some sort with "W J Fraser" on
it is attached to the front
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
JPG
Reference Comments
CD #8
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Dr. A. W. Chase's Calendar Almanac

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact2674
Dates
1950
circa 1950
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Publications
Accession Number
996001637
Description
Paper journal front: centre has a black & white photograph of Dr. Chase; inside: monthly calendars with weather forecasts and numerous testimonials and jokes; also has a contest "Be a Millionaire for a Week"; showcases Dr. Chase's patent medicine products;19 double-sided pages.
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Accession Number
996001637
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Publications
MeSH Heading
Almanacs
Description
Paper journal front: centre has a black & white photograph of Dr. Chase; inside: monthly calendars with weather forecasts and numerous testimonials and jokes; also has a contest "Be a Millionaire for a Week"; showcases Dr. Chase's patent medicine products;19 double-sided pages.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. M. Chiong for his patent medicine collection, before July 15, 1995.
Maker
Dr. Chase Medicine Co. (product); Murray Printing Co. Ltd. (printer)
Site Made (City)
Oakville
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1950
circa 1950
Date Remarks
Made for 1951 so probably published c. 1950
Material
paper: black; red
Inscriptions
"DR. A. W. CHASE'S // CALENDAR ALMANAC // Be a Millionaire // for a Week // NEW // CONTEST // 48 // OTHER CASH PRIZES // Fly in a beautiful T. C. A. // North Star on an all // expense-paid million- // aire's Visit to New // York. // 1951 // EDITION // CONTENTS // What's in store for you ..." and so on
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-5-6 Binder D
Temporary Location
On exhibit “Quack: The Exhibit that cures all” at Museum of Health Care, 29 June 2017.
Dimension Notes
Length: 21.4 cm. x Width: 15.2 cm.
Condition Remarks
Very age / sun discoloured; some light staining and some wear along the binding edge
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Internet
Reference Comments
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3567798/
https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/18958651
Research Facts
Dr. Chase died in the 1880s, but these almanacs continued to be published until at least 1959. Dr. Chase's original books contained recipes for medicines and home remedies; they were very widespread, and he became a household name.
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