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A. B. S. & C. (Aloin, Belladonna, Strychnine and Cascara) Rx 1 Tablets

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Dates
1950
1969
circa 1950 - 1969
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Gastrointestinal
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
016023005
Description
Semi-transparent rounded rectangle based brown glass A. B. S. & C. Rx 1 Tablets bottle with non-removable cylindrical black metal screw cap; filled with several small brown pill tablets; flat side walls with round corners; round shoulders taper to short cylindrical neck, round neck ring, and cylind…
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Accession Number
016023005
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Gastrointestinal
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Strychnine
Cascara
Pharmacy
Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Drugs -- Non-Prescription
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Constipation -- drug therapy
MM= Digestive Disorders -- container
MM= Drugs -- container -- bottle
MM= Drugs -- digestive disorders
Description
Semi-transparent rounded rectangle based brown glass A. B. S. & C. Rx 1 Tablets bottle with non-removable cylindrical black metal screw cap; filled with several small brown pill tablets; flat side walls with round corners; round shoulders taper to short cylindrical neck, round neck ring, and cylindrical finish with continuous external thread; mold lines on sides from base to top and around neck; embossed manufacturers information on bottom; yellow and burgundy paper label with product information wrapped around entire bottle; cap has curved top, rolled bottom edge and internal continuous thread.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Belonged to the donor.
Maker
C. E. Jamieson & Co. Limited
Site Made (City)
Windsor
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1950
1969
circa 1950 - 1969
Date Remarks
Indicated by Dominion Glass Company information embossed on bottom
Material
glass: brown
paper: yellow
ink: burgundy
metal: black
Inscriptions
Printed on front of label: “[Illeg.] Jamieson // Clinic // [Illeg.] 00 100 // [Illeg.] . B. S. & C. Rx 1 // TABLETS // Dose: 1 to 2 tablets // [Illeg.] . E. JAMIESON & CO. LIMITED, // MANUFACTURING CHEMISTS // WINDSOR, ONTARIO”; printed on back of label: “Each Tablet Contains: // Ext. Belladonna // Lv. 1/8 gr. // Strychnine 1/120 gr. // Contains per maximum // Dose: // ¼ Gr. Belladonna Lvs. // 1/60 Grain Strychnine. // No. 16578 The Pro- // prietary or Patent // Medicine Act. // To comply with the // Pharmacy Act of On- // tario, this bottle is // Labelled Poison.”; embossed on bottom: “D 4103 A”
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A
Length
6.8 cm
Width
3.0 cm
Depth
2.1 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Minor abrasion to cap, especially along top and bottom edges; large area of loss to top and bottom corner of front of label; small areas of loss on side of label; minor soiling to label, especially on proper left-side and back
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Website
Document
Reference Comments
“Pilulae Aloini, Strychninae, et Belladonna (N. F.)—Pills of Aloin, Strychnine, and Belladonna.” King's American Dispensatory, 1898. Henriette’s Herbal Homepage, 2019. Accessed 30 May 2019.
“Federal Corporation Information - 047072-4.” Government of Canada, 2019. Accessed 30 May 2019.
Lockhart, Bill et al. “The Dominion Glass Companies of Montreal, Canada.” Society for Historical Archaeology, 2015.
Research Facts
A. B. S. & C. stands for Aloin, Belladonna, Strychnine and Cascara; despite poisonous ingredients and the designation of poison on the label, these pills were often used to treat habitual constipation.
C. E. Jamieson & Co. Limited was the name of the company from 1944 until it became Jamieson Laboratories Ltd. in 1998.
The D in diamond symbol embossed on the bottom indicates the bottle itself was made by Canadian glass manufacturer Dominion Glass Company in Hamilton, Ontario.
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Dates
1820
1865
circa 1820 - 1865
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
016028001
Description
Empty hand-blown opaque thick black glass alcohol bottle with circular base; hand-blown with circular pontil mark on conical push-up base; cylindrical body with round shoulders; long cylindrical neck, angled neck ring, and cylindrical unthreaded finish; symmetrical, but lacking mold seams possibly …
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Accession Number
016028001
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Description
Empty hand-blown opaque thick black glass alcohol bottle with circular base; hand-blown with circular pontil mark on conical push-up base; cylindrical body with round shoulders; long cylindrical neck, angled neck ring, and cylindrical unthreaded finish; symmetrical, but lacking mold seams possibly dip-moulded; without cork stopper.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Found in Collection.
Dates
1820
1865
circa 1820 - 1865
Date Remarks
Antique bottle website 'Our Pastimes'
Material
glass: black
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A1-2 Row D
Length
25.2 cm
Diameter
6.5 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
White discolouration covers half of exterior surface; minor scratches throughout exterior surface; possilby dug up from ground
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Website
Reference Comments
“Mouth-blown bottles portion of the Dating Key.” Society of Historical Archaeology. 2019. Accessed 21 May 2019.
https://ourpastimes.com/date-antique-glass-bottles-5760378.html
Research Facts
Similar hand blown bottles were most common 1820-1910. Developments in glass production during the nineteenth and early twentieth century led to the increased use of multiple piece molds and machine processes.
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Dates
1820
1860
circa 1820 - 1860
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
016028002
Description
Empty hand blown semi transparent watery green tinted glass pharmacy bottle with shield shape and rectangle base; body has flat arch-shaped front and back walls; right and left side walls angle outward from base and curve into round shoulders; short, cylindrical neck, round neck ring, and unthreade…
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Accession Number
016028002
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Alcoholic Beverages
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Description
Empty hand blown semi transparent watery green tinted glass pharmacy bottle with shield shape and rectangle base; body has flat arch-shaped front and back walls; right and left side walls angle outward from base and curve into round shoulders; short, cylindrical neck, round neck ring, and unthreaded cylindrical finish; lines from a two-piece mold on sides from base to neck ring; no cork stopper; seams disappear in the neck and pontil mark, the bottle was probably "blown-in-mold"
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Found in Collection.
Dates
1820
1860
circa 1820 - 1860
Date Remarks
Presence and length of mold lines
Material
glass: green
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A1-2 Row F
Length
19.4 cm
Width
9.9 cm
Depth
4.4 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Chemical residue covers majority of inside surfaces; minor chipping at base; glass is cloudy; minor scratches throughout exterior surface; various sizes of bubbles in glass
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Book
Internet
Reference Comments
Polak, Michael. Bottles: Identification and Price Guide, 1994.
https://ourpastimes.com/date-antique-glass-bottles-5760378.html
Research Facts
The bottle was likely produced between 1880 and 1860 due to the characteristic mold lines on the sides of the bottle.
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BDC Gin Pills for the Kidneys

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Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Home Health Care
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Treatment
Treatment, General
Home Health
Accession Number
1974.4.1 a-c
Description
A yellow pill tin with black markings and printing (a) with a lid (b) and a circular containing a complete discussion and directions for use in several languages.
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Accession Number
1974.4.1 a-c
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Home Health Care
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Treatment
Treatment, General
Home Health
MeSH Heading
Kidney Diseases -- drug therapy -- advertisements
Backache -- drug therapy -- advertisements
Pharmaceutical Preparations
Pharmaceuticals
Pharmacy
Pharmacy -- pamphlet
Drug Packaging -- container -- box and packet
Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Drugs
Drugs -- Non-Prescription
Drugs -- pamphlet
Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter multi-purpose cures – container
Description
A yellow pill tin with black markings and printing (a) with a lid (b) and a circular containing a complete discussion and directions for use in several languages.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine; source: Dr. Charles De. Gossage of Toronto.
Maker
National Drug and Chemical Co. of Canada Ltd.
Site Made (City)
Montreal
Site Made (State)
Quebec
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Material
metal: yellow; black
paper: light green
Inscriptions
On tin lid: "BDC // GIN // PILLS // FOR THE // KIDNEYS // TRADE MARK REGISTERED"; around lower edge of tin: "40 PILLS // PROPRIETARY ARTICLES DEPARTMENT - NATIONAL DRUG AND CHEMICAL COMPANY OF CANADA LIMITED, MONTREAL, CANADA"; on bottom: "GIN PILLS FOR THE KIDNEYS // No. 5611 The Proprietary or Patent Medicine Act. Take one or two pills four times a day, before or after meals, and at bedtime [followed by same information in French]"; circular contains a complete description and directions, in several languages.
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A2-5 Row E
Temporary Location
On display, Queen's University Department of Medicine third floor, August 20, 2013.
Dimension Notes
Depth 3.2 cm x Diam. 5.0 cm
Copy Type
Original
Research Facts
Modern container, but similar in design to earlier containers.
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Bilvac Gall Bladder Stimulant For Cholecystography

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Dates
1974
1987
circa 1974 - 1987
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Other
Diagnostic Radiology
Accession Number
019002005 a-ab
Description
Square cardboard box with removable lid containing 25 sealed semi-transparent brown glass Bilevac Gall Bladder Stimulant for Cholecystography bottles (d-ab); removable green cardboard lid (b), removable two piece brown cardboard grid divider (c), cardboard base houses the cardboard divider and 25 b…
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Accession Number
019002005 a-ab
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Other
Diagnostic Radiology
MeSH Heading
Cholagogues and Choleretics
Radiography
Radiology
X-Rays
Gallbladder
Drug Storage
Drugs -- stimulant -- container
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- box
MM= Drugs -- stimulant -- container
MM= Drugs -- Stimulants
Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Drugs -- Non-Prescription
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
MM= Drugs -- container -- bottle
Description
Square cardboard box with removable lid containing 25 sealed semi-transparent brown glass Bilevac Gall Bladder Stimulant for Cholecystography bottles (d-ab); removable green cardboard lid (b), removable two piece brown cardboard grid divider (c), cardboard base houses the cardboard divider and 25 bottles; exterior of base has layer of smooth coated white paper; lid is removable, and exterior has layer of textured green paper; lid has rectangular green and cream paper label with product information on front; divider consists of strips of brown cardboard arranged to form a 5x5 grid in base of box; bottles are full with liquid, have circular base, cylindrical side walls, round shoulders, round neck ring, and cylindrical finish with external continuous thread; bottles have non-removable white metal screw cap with flat top, vertical indents in sides, rounded bottom edge, and internal thread; caps are covered with plastic wrapper only on sides; bottles have mold lines on sides from base to top and around neck and base; bottles have rectangular green and white paper labels with product information and directions wrapped around sides; manufacturing information embossed on bottom of bottles.
Number Of Parts
28
Part Names
a – box base – Length 20.0 cm Width 20.0 cm Depth 6.7 cm
b – box lid – Length 20.5 cm Width 20.5 cm Depth 6.8 cm
c – divider – Length 19.6 cm Width 19.6 cm Depth 5.0 cm
d-ab – bottle – Length 6.6 cm Diameter 3.6 cm
Provenance
Belonged to donor; in use at Kingston Penitentiary, Kingston, Ontario Canada.
Maker
Picker X-Ray Engineering LTD.
Site Made (City)
St. Laurent
Site Made (State)
Quebec
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1974
1987
circa 1974 - 1987
Date Remarks
“REV 3/74” printed on label indicates that the label information was last revised by FDA or other regulatory body in March of 1974 and staed expirey date on lable; Piker X-Ray Engineering LTD changed its name to Piker Canada LTD in 1976.
Material
paper: brown, white, cream
ink: green, black
glass: brown
metal: white, brass
plastic: white
Inscriptions
Printed on box label: “AVOID EXCESSIVE HEAT DIN 159719 // bilevac // Gall Bladder Stimulant For Cholecystography // Piker // x-ray // 33% EGG YOLK, 63% GLYCERIN AND FLAVORING // 25 – 30cc BOTTLES // REV. 3/74 // Distributed by // PIKER X-RAY ENGINEERING LTD. // [Illeg.] St. Laurent, Quebec, CANADA // LAFAYETTE PHARMACAL INC. // Lafayette, Indiana, U. S. A.”; stamped on box label: “LOT 40[Illeg.] // EXP 2, ..87”; printed on front of bottle labels: “DIN 159719 // bilevac // GALL BLADDER STIMULANT // FOR CHOLECYSTOGRAPHY // Piker // x-ray // 33% Egg Yolk, 63% Glycerin // and Flavoring // NET CONTENT 30 cc // Distributed by // PIKER X-RAY ENGINEERING LTD. // St. Laurent, Quebec, CANADA // PHARMACAL INC. // Lafayette, Indiana, U. S. A.”; printed on back of bottle label: “Mix contents with equal // amount // of water or fruit // juice. Drink at time fat // meal would be given. // 1. Avoid excessive heat. // 2. Shake before using. // REV. 3/74”; stamped on back of bottle label: “LOT 40170 // EXP. 2, ..87”
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Base of box has small amount of adhesive tape and residue stuck to sides and bottom; base has large brown tide marks on sides and bottom; box lid has minor distortion, fading all over, minor abrasion to all sides and edges, adhesive tape and residue on sides, and small tears in front, but is stable; grid insert has large areas of dye transfer on surfaces from contact with bottle labels, also leaving white areas on bottle labels; several plastic wrappers on bottle caps have minor cracks, areas of loss, and distortions but are stable
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Website
Document
Reference Comments
“Cholagogue.” Merriam-Webster, 2019. Accessed 12 June 2019.
“Oral Cholecystogram.” Healthline, 2019. Accessed 12 June 2019.
Lockhart, Bill et al. “Manufacturer’s Marks and Other Logos on Glass Containers.” Bottle Research Group, 2015.
“Federal Corporation Information - 056550-4.” Government of Canada, 2019. Accessed 12 June 2019.
Research Facts
Bilvac is a cholagogue, which is used to stimulate gallbladder to release or increase flow of bile; it was commonly used before a cholecystography procedure, which is an x-ray examination of the gallbladder using a contrast agent to aid in imaging; the gall bladder is a small organ that stores and release bile produced by the liver to aid digestion.
Oral cholecystography is a radiological procedure used to visualize the gallbladder and biliary channels, developed in 1924 by American surgeons Evarts Ambrose Graham and Warren Henry Cole.
The “W” in a circle logo on the bottom of each bottle indicates the bottles were manufactured by T. C. Wheaton Co., who used the logo from 1946 – 2005.
Kingston Penitentiary is a former maximum security prison located in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, between King Street West and Lake Ontario. Opened : June 1, 1835; Closed: 2013 Security class : Maximum security Capacity : 564; a national historic site.
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Boericke & Tafel Homeopathic Tincture

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Dates
1869
1920
circa 1869 - 1920
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Other
Accession Number
016022037
Description
Rectangular clear glass bottle with flat corners, rounded shoulders that taper into a long wide neck ending in a collar with half of a cork stopper stuck in neck; tan partial paper label; embossed words on back; one third full of brown liquid.
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Accession Number
016022037
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Other
MeSH Heading
Homeopathy
Drug Therapy, Homeopathy
Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Description
Rectangular clear glass bottle with flat corners, rounded shoulders that taper into a long wide neck ending in a collar with half of a cork stopper stuck in neck; tan partial paper label; embossed words on back; one third full of brown liquid.
Number Of Parts
1
Maker
Boericke & Tafel
Site Made (City)
New York
Site Made (State)
New York
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1869
1920
circa 1869 - 1920
Material
glass: clear
paper: tan
ink: black
cork: brown
Inscriptions
Embossed on one side: “BOERICKE & TAFEL”; printed on label: "Boericke [Illeg.] // ST."
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A3-10 Box 1 Row D
Width
4.2
Height
11.8
Depth
4.2
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Yellowing of label; minor staining; moderate areas of loss; only half of the cork remains; minor chip on top of the neck
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Internet
Reference Comments
P. H. Mallen & Company. Dr. Jack Fincham
Research Facts
This bottle is an example of a “French Square”. In the late 1860s, a pharmacist from Philadelphia, Thomas Wiegand recommended French Squares for the elegance of their shape, strength, and the “facility and economy of space with which they can be packed together.”
This type of bottle was manufactured until the 1920s. This bottle style was frequently made for homeopathic pharmacists.
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Booth's Kidney Pills

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Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Home Health Care
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Treatment
Treatment, General
Home Health
Accession Number
1977.12.109
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Carter's Little Liver Pills

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Dates
1908
1959
circa 1908-1959
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Home Health Care
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Pharmacy, Gastrointestinal
Treatment
Treatment, General
Home Health
Accession Number
016002004
Description
Small circular glass vial of Carter's Little Liver Pills with red paper label that surrounds the vial; the label contains the price, manufacturing information, title, amount, uses, and directions printed in black ink; inside the vial are two small, round cream-coloured pills; the vial is stoppered …
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Accession Number
016002004
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Home Health Care
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Pharmacy, Gastrointestinal
Treatment
Treatment, General
Home Health
MeSH Heading
Pharmaceutical Preparations
Pharmaceuticals
Pharmacy
Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Drugs
Cathartics
Constipation -- drug therapy
Drugs, Non-Prescription
MM= Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter -- container
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- vial
Description
Small circular glass vial of Carter's Little Liver Pills with red paper label that surrounds the vial; the label contains the price, manufacturing information, title, amount, uses, and directions printed in black ink; inside the vial are two small, round cream-coloured pills; the vial is stoppered with a small cork at the neck end of the vial.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Belonged to donor.
Maker
Carter Products, Inc.
Site Made (City)
Toronto
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1908
1959
circa 1908-1959
Date Remarks
Date based on the year of the Proprietary or Patent Medicine Act (1908) and Carter's Little Liver Pills were renamed Carter's Little PIlls in 1959
Material
glass: clear
paper: tan
ink: red, black
cork: tan
pills: cream
Inscriptions
Printed on paper label: "No. 4490 PROPRIETARY // OR PATENT MEDICINE ACT // CARTER'S // LITTLE // LIVER // PILLS //. REGISTERED // TRADE MARK // FOR // HEADACHE // DIZZINESS // BAD BREATH // DUE TO // CONSTIPATION // Directions for Adults:- 1 to 2 Pills after each // meal and at bedtime. For Occassional Consti- // pation 2 to 4 Pills at bedtime. // Dose pour Adultes:- 1 a 2 Pilules apres chaque // repas et le soir au coucher. Pour Constipation // Passagere 2 a 4 Pilules le soir au coucher. // Price // 25 Cents // CARTER PRODUCTS, INC. // TORONTO, CANADA // 40 // PILLS // MADE IN CANADA".
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A2-6 Row A
Length
6.1 cm
Diameter
1.1 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Minor scratching of label.
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Websites
Journal Articles
Reference Comments
https://www.southernliving.com/culture/carters-little-liver-pills
https://web.archive.org/web/20080821131531/http://www.cannabisculture.com/backissues/apr95/cside4.html
https://www-jstor-org.proxy.queensu.ca/stable/20252214?pq-origsite=summon&seq=3#metadata_info_tab_contents
https://www.rexall.ca/articles/view/2903/Carters-Little-Pills
Research Facts
Carter's Little Liver Pills were developed in 1868 by Samuel J. Carter from Erie, Pennsylvania.
In 1959, the United States Federal Trade Commission forced Carter's Little Liver Pills to undergo a name change after it was found around 1943 that the pills had nothing to do with the liver. After this, they became simply "Carter's Little Pills", and spawned a saying popular in the American South "He has more ___ than Carter has little pills" (the saying previously went "more than Carter has little liver pills").
Carter's Little Liver Pills were often advertised as a cure-all; a remedy for distress from dyspepsia, indigestion, and too hearty eating, and a remedy for dizziness, nausea, drowsiness, bad taste in the mouth, coated tongue, pain in the side; they regulate the bowels and prevent constipation and piles.
In 1911, the ingredients of Carter's Little Liver Pills were listed in the British Medical Journal as sugar, grain, aloes (Barbados), podophyllin, powdered licorice root, wheat starch.
Today, Carter's Little Pills still exist, and the ingredients are bisacodyl USP 5 mg, calcium phosphate, calcium sulfate, carnauba wax, cellulose, gelatin, kaolin, magnesium stearate, methacrylic acid copolymer, polyethylene glycol pregelatinized starch, silicon dioxide, sucrose, talc, titanium dioxide, and white wax.
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Carters Little Liver Pills vial

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Dates
1919
circa 1919
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Home Health Care
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Pharmacy, Gastrointestinal
Treatment
Treatment, General
Home Health
Accession Number
996001239
Description
Cylindrical hollow glass vial with cork stopper; the container originally held liver pills (now empty); there is a red paper label which covers all sides
Accession Number
996001239
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Home Health Care
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Pharmacy, Gastrointestinal
Treatment
Treatment, General
Home Health
MeSH Heading
Pharmaceutical Preparations
Pharmaceuticals
Pharmacy
Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Drugs
Cathartics
Constipation -- drug therapy
Drugs, Non-Prescription
MM= Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter -- container
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- vial
Description
Cylindrical hollow glass vial with cork stopper; the container originally held liver pills
(now empty); there is a red paper label which covers all sides
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. M. Chiong for his patent medicine collection; purchased in Kingston in
Feb. 1994
Maker
Carter-Wallace N.S. Inc.
Site Made (City)
Mississauga
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1919
circa 1919
Date Remarks
product likely made between 1919 and 1958
Material
glass: clear
paper: red
Inscriptions
Paper label reads, "CARTERS // LITTLE // LIVER // PILLS // FOR HEADACHE // BILIOUSNESS, BAD //
BREATH -- Due to // CONSTIPATION // Dose for Adults: 1 to 3 Pills // Dose pour Adultes: 1 a 3
Pilules. // No. 22336 The Proprietary or // Patent Medicine Act // CARTER PRODUCTS // Division
of Carter-Wallace N.S. Inc. // LB-032-03 Mississauga, Ont., Can. L5N 1L9"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A
Dimension Notes
Length: 6.0 cm. x Diam. : 0.5 cm.
Condition Remarks
Glass vial and cork are complete and undamaged; paper label shows wear in several areas, but
is completely legible
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Reference Comments
"Remedies and Rackets" by James Cook, pp 184-195
Research Facts
For constipation; see chapter 15 in James Cook's book, "Remedies and Rackets"
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Dates
1942
1952
circa 1942 - 1952
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
016023004
Description
Transparent glass shield-shape based Castor Oil bottle with non-removable cylindrical black metal screw cap; bottle half full of thick semi-transparent yellow oil; flat rectangular front and back walls, beveled back corners, and rounded side walls; round, ringed shoulders, short cylindrical neck, r…
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Accession Number
016023004
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Castor Oil
Pharmacy
Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Drugs -- Non-Prescription
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Constipation -- drug therapy
Inflammation
MM= Digestive Disorders -- container
MM= Drugs -- container -- bottle
MM= Drugs -- digestive disorders
MM= Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter -- container
MM= Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter multi-purpose cures -- container
Description
Transparent glass shield-shape based Castor Oil bottle with non-removable cylindrical black metal screw cap; bottle half full of thick semi-transparent yellow oil; flat rectangular front and back walls, beveled back corners, and rounded side walls; round, ringed shoulders, short cylindrical neck, round neck ring and cylindrical finish with continuous external thread; mold lines from base to top and around neck; yellow and blue paper label with product information attached to front; embossed manufacturers information on bottom; cap has rolled bottom edge, flat top, and threaded sides with exterior vertical ridges.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Belonged to the donor.
Maker
Rolls & Darlington Limited
Site Made (City)
Toronto
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1942
1952
circa 1942 - 1952
Date Remarks
Indicated by Dominion Glass Company information embossed on bottom
Material
glass: clear
paper: yellow
ink: blue
metal: black
graphite: dark grey
Inscriptions
Printed on label: “R & D // CASTOR // OIL // Dose – for adults 1 to 4 // tablespoonfuls. Dose for // infants ½ to 2 teaspoon- // fuls as may be required // Contents 2 fluid ounces // Rolls & Darlington // Limited // Toronto, Ontario”; hand written on label in graphite: “23”; embossed on bottom: “4 // B D 2 // 2 oz.”
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A
Length
12.0 cm
Width
4.4 cm
Depth
2.9 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Minor soiling and fading all over label; small area of loss to bottom of label; minor rusting of top and bottom edge of cap
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Document (online)
Website
Document
Reference Comments
Kandola, Aaron. “Benefits of Castor Oil for the Face and Skin.” Medical News Today, 2018. Accessed 28 May 2019.
“ROLLS & DARLINGTON LIMITED.” Canada Business Directory, 2019. Accessed 28 May 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.
Research Facts
Castor oil is mainly used as a laxative to treat constipation, but has also been used as a treatment for inflammation and to treat skin conditions.
Rolls & Darlington was incorporated in 1930 and operated out of Toronto, Ontario.
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 Hamilton, Ontario.
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