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Rexall Hygienic Powder

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Dates
1935
1955
circa 1935-1955
Collection
Tumak Collection
Category
Home Health Care
Hygiene
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Hygiene
Home Health
Pharmacy, General
Gynaecology
Accession Number
015011006 a-b
Description
Rectangular cardboard box (a) with light blue background and dark blue print, containing a sealed jar (b) of Rexall's Hygienic Powder; the box has a flap at the top with two smaller flaps underneath, and the name of the product is printed on the top flap; on the front of the box is the name of the …
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Accession Number
015011006 a-b
Collection
Tumak Collection
Category
Home Health Care
Hygiene
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Hygiene
Home Health
Pharmacy, General
Gynaecology
MeSH Heading
Wound Healing
Gynecology
Hygiene
Powders
Pharmaceutical Preparations
Pharmacy
Home Health
Description
Rectangular cardboard box (a) with light blue background and dark blue print, containing a sealed jar (b) of Rexall's Hygienic Powder; the box has a flap at the top with two smaller flaps underneath, and the name of the product is printed on the top flap; on the front of the box is the name of the product inside a decorative printed dark blue border on a dark blue background; below this on a light blue background is a short description of the product's qualities and ingredients, and below this is the manufacturing information on a dark blue border; the side of the box contains directions on the use of the product and its quantity; the other two sides of the box contain the same information in French; the jar is of clear glass, nearly full of white powder; there is a cream coloured paper label which goes around the whole jar; the label's print is all in dark blue, and is of the same design and contains the same information in both English and French (except the front panel with the product name, which is only listed in English) as the box.; the jar has a metal screw cap painted white, and the bottom of the jar contains raised symbols in the glass.
Number Of Parts
2
Part Names
a- box: Length 6.5 cm X Width 6.5 cm X Height 12.7 cm
b- jar: Height 11.6 cm X Diameter 5.2 cm
Provenance
Belonged to donor.
Maker
Rexall Drug Co. Limited
Site Made (City)
Toronto
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1935
1955
circa 1935-1955
Date Remarks
Based on design and Rexall history
Material
paper: tan, cream
ink: light blue, dark blue, white
metal: yellow
glass: clear
powder: white
Inscriptions
Printed on top of box: "Rexall // Hygienic // Powder // D 432"; printed on front of box: "Rexall // Hygienic // Powder // Non-irritating // Cleansing // and // Soothing // Contains selected qualities of // Boric Acid, Borax, Bicarbon- // ate of Soda, Thymol, Menthol, // Methyl Salicylate and Eucal- // yptol in well balanced pro- // portions. // REXALL DRUG CO. // LIMITED. // TORONTO, // CANADA."; printed on side of box: "DIRECTIONS // As a Gargle, or as a // cleansing dressing for // minor skin injuries: // Dissolve one heaping tea- // spoonful in a glass of // water. // As a Spray for use in an // Atomizer: Dissolve one - // half teaspoonful in a glass // of water. // As a douche for fountain // syringe: Dissolve one // heaping tablepoonful in // two quarts of warm water. // Use at a comfortable tem - // perature. // Repeat as necessary. // 5 Ounces D 432".
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A3-9 Row B
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Websites
Reference Comments
http://capnrexall.blogspot.com/2011/06/rexall-history-short-version.html
https://newscenter.dollargeneral.com/news/dollar-general-to-be-exclusive-retailer-of-rexall-brand-products.htm
LIFE magazine, 5 May, 1952, page 157: https://books.google.ca/books?id=HVYEAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA157&lpg=PA157&dq=%22rexall+hygienic+powder%22&source=bl&ots=h5UvB6SRUY&sig=ACfU3U3x_jY6yeg-_uHeMScmzNGHUefZ7A&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiCzZzg4ozjAhWXXc0KHVtICOEQ6AEwDXoECAUQAQ#v=onepage&q=%22rexall%20hygienic%20powder%22&f=false
Research Facts
In 1952, Rexall Hygienic Powder sold for 65 cents,
Rexall began in the United States in 1902 in Boston, and expanded throughout the country during the early 20th century. Rexall went under in 1986 in the United States, but remains a brand name there and a chain of Drug Stores in Canada.
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The Rhythm of Sterility and Fertility in Women 4th Revised Edition [book]

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Dates
1934
circa 1934
Collection
Tumak Collection
Category
Archival Items
Education Artifacts
Classification
Archival, Publications
Education
Gynaecology
Literature
Accession Number
015011003
Description
Small hard cover book with black vinyl covers and a sewn binding; tan pages with black print; title "The Rhythm" is printed in the top centre of the front cover in gold in capital letters with three straight horizontal lines under it and a pointed line going up, then down through the straight lines…
Accession Number
015011003
Author
Leo J. Latz, A.B., M.D., LL.D.
Collection
Tumak Collection
Category
Archival Items
Education Artifacts
Classification
Archival, Publications
Education
Gynaecology
Literature
MeSH Heading
Archival
Education, Medical
Books
Menstrual Cycle
Menstruation
Sex Counseling
Contraception
Description
Small hard cover book with black vinyl covers and a sewn binding; tan pages with black print; title "The Rhythm" is printed in the top centre of the front cover in gold in capital letters with three straight horizontal lines under it and a pointed line going up, then down through the straight lines; on the first page there is a blue stamp for the library from which the book came; the book is divided into three parts (physiological, practical, and ethical aspects) and seventy five chapters, dealing with sex, sterility, fertility, marriage, pregnancy, female sexual organs, menstruation and the menstrual cycle, contraception, natural birth control, and contraception in relation to religion and God; the copyright page reads that the book was published with "Ecclesiastical Approbation"; on the last page, a portion of an envelope has been glued in and is open at the top; 128 pages.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Belonged to donor.
Maker
Latz Foundation
Site Made (City)
Chicago
Site Made (State)
Illinois
Site Made (Country)
U.S.A.
Dates
1934
circa 1934
Date Remarks
Copyright Date
Material
paper: tan
vinyl: black
ink: black, gold, blue
Inscriptions
Printed on front cover: "THE RHYTHM // LEO J. LATZ, M. D."; stamped on first page: "BIBLIOTHEQUE PROVINCIALE // 430 CHEMIN MONTREAL // OTTAWA 7, ONTARIO"; printed on title page: "THE RHYTHM // of // Sterility and Fertility // in Women // A Discussion of the Physiological, Practical, // and Ethical Aspects of the Discoveries // of Drs. K. Ogino (Japan) and H. // Knaus (Austria) Regarding // the Periods when Con- // ception Is Impos- // sible and when // Possible // by // Leo J. Latz, A.B., M.D., LL.D. // Member of the Staffs of Loyola // University Medical School, Alexian // Brothers' Hospital and St. Elizabeth Hospital. // Fourth Revised Edition // Sixtieth Thousand // Published by // LATZ FOUNDATION // (Corporation Not for Profit) // REPUBLIC BUILDING // CHICAGO, ILLINOIS".
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-3
Length
10.7 cm
Width
1.5 cm
Height
15.6 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Sticker residue near bottom of spine and covers, vinyl coming off in top right corner of front cover and bottom of back cover.
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Websites
Reference Comments
"Leo J. Latz and "The Rhythm"", DIttrick Museum, March 16, 2010: http://dittrick.blogspot.com/2010/03/leo-j-latz-and-rhythm.html
"Highlights of the Percy Skuy History of Contraception Gallery: Rhythm Method", Case Western Reserve University: https://case.edu/affil/skuyhistcontraception/online-2012/Rhythm-method.html
"Book, ‘The rhythm of sterility and fertility in women’ by Leo J. Latz.", Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences: https://collection.maas.museum/object/345735
"Dr. Leo Latz dies, was originator of 'rhythm method'", Chicago Tribune, The Baltimore Sun, May 4, 1994: https://www.baltimoresun.com/news/bs-xpm-1994-05-04-1994124154-story.html
Research Facts
Dr. Leo J. Latz was one of the pioneers of the "rhythm" method of birth control, now often called natural family planning. The Rhythm method asserts that women are only fertile for five or six days of their menstrual cycle, and so it is unlikely for a woman to get pregnant outside of those days, even without material methods of birth control. His book went through twenty-six editions.
The Rhythm Method is the only method of birth control which received the official approval of the Catholic Church, having been approved by Pope Pius XII in 1951. In 1955, a survey of Catholic women found that over 65% of the women surveyed said they used the Rhythm method.
In 1934, Latz, a devout Catholic, was fired from his position at Loyola University, most likely over his involvment with the cause of Rhythm.
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Vaseline Camphor Ice

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Dates
1936
1955
circa 1936-1955
Collection
Tumak Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Treatment
Dermatology
Home Health
Pharmacy, Dermatology
Accession Number
015011010 a-b
Description
Cylindrical metal container (a) of Vaseline Camphor Ice; the title is printed horizontally on the container in white on a blue oval background surrounded by a yellow band; outside of this background is a crosshatched pattern in blue and yellow; the manufacturing information and quantity are printed…
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Accession Number
015011010 a-b
Collection
Tumak Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Treatment
Dermatology
Home Health
Pharmacy, Dermatology
MeSH Heading
Skin Care
Sunburn -- drug therapy
Lubrication
Dermatology
Pharmacy
Home Health
Description
Cylindrical metal container (a) of Vaseline Camphor Ice; the title is printed horizontally on the container in white on a blue oval background surrounded by a yellow band; outside of this background is a crosshatched pattern in blue and yellow; the manufacturing information and quantity are printed in blue on yellow rectangular backgrounds, and the uses of the product are listed in English and French in white print on a blue oval background with a yellow band around it; the cap (b) is rounded and has blue and white stripes around it, and on top the name of the product is printed in white on a blue background; the bottom of the cylinder is hollow for about two centimetres, the rest of the tube is blocked by a circle of white plastic with the remnants of blue lettering on one side; this is meant to be pushed up through the tube to allow the vaseline to come out on the other end; removable cap shows semi-opaque creamy solid product.
Number Of Parts
2
Part Names
a - base
b - cap
Provenance
Belonged to donor.
Maker
Chesebrough Manufacturing Co. Consolidated
Site Made (City)
Montreal
Site Made (State)
Quebec
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1936
1955
circa 1936-1955
Date Remarks
Based on the date "Vaseline Camphor Ice" was trademarked in Canada and on the year that Chesebrough merged with Pond's Extract Company to form Chesebrough-Ponds Inc.
Material
metal: grey
ink: blue, white, yellow
plastic: white
Inscriptions
Printed on canister: "TRADE Vaseline MARK // CAMPHOR ICE // VASELINE IS THE TRADE MARK IDENTIFYING ALL PRODUCTS MADE BY // CHESEBROUGH MFG. CO., CONS'D AND IS REGISTERED IN CANADA, THE // UNITED STATES AND MOST OF THE PRINCIPAL COUNTRIES OF THE WORLD. // NET 1 1/8 OZ. // MADE IN CANADA // For // CHAPPED HANDS & LIPS, // SUN & WIND BURN, ROUGH SKIN. // POUR LES MAINS ET LÈVRES // GERCÉES, PEAU RUDE, ETC. // CHESEBROUGH MANUFACTURING CO. CONSOLIDATED // NEW YORK & MONTREAL"; printed on cap: "Vaseline // TRADE MARK // CAMPHOR // ICE".
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A2-6 Row E
Length
9.1 cm
Diameter
2.4 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Minor dents near base and in the title word "Camphor"; minor scratching/paint chipping,
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Websites, book, journal
Reference Comments
"Vaseline: from trade mark to noun", The Pharmaceutical Journal, 16 DEC 2008: https://www.pharmaceutical-journal.com/opinion/comment/vaseline-from-trade-mark-to-noun/10043789.article?firstPass=false
"Vaseline Camphor Ice" in The Era Formulary: 5000 Formulas for Druggists, compiled and edited by The Pharmaceutical Era, Detroit, Michigan, D. O. Haynes & Company, 1893, pg. 171: https://books.google.ca/books?id=FxxKAAAAMAAJ&source=gbs_navlinks_s
"VASELINE CAMPHOR ICE FOR CHAPPED HANDS & LIPS, SUN & WIND BURN, ROUGH SKIN TRADE MARK CHESEBROUGH-PONDS INC. - Trademark Details", Justia Trademarks: https://trademarks.justia.com/713/71/vaseline-camphor-ice-for-chapped-hands-lips-sun-wind-burn-rough-skin-trade-mark-chesebrough-ponds-inc-71371908.html
WebMD, "Camphor": https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-709/camphor
rubylane, Lake Girl Vintage, Item ID: lgv6368: https://www.rubylane.com/item/700271-lgv6368/Vaseline-Camphor-Ice-Tin-Vintage-Unused
Research Facts
In "The Era Formulary" of 1893, the recipe for Vaseline Camphor Ice was listed as follows: 5 ounces of white wax, 2 ounces of paraffin, 8 ounces of Vaseline, 2 ounces of Camphor, 2 ounces of Gylcerine. Melt the first three, add the camphor, and when dissolved, the glycerine. Mix thoroughly and pour into suitable molds.
The white plastic piece inside the tube once contained the words "PUSH HERE" in blue ink.
Originally, camphor was made from the distilled bark and wood of the camphor tree, but is today made chemically from turpentine oil. Camphor is often today used on the skin or inhaled, but doctors warn against injesting it, as it can cause serious side-effects or death. Camphorated oil has not been sold in the United States since the 1980s because of safety concerns, but it can still be purchased without a prescription in Canada.
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