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Ammonia Inhalants

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Dates
1950
1967
circa 1950 – 1967
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Treatment, General
Accession Number
018011008 a-f
Description
Unsealed rectangular brown cardboard Ammonia Inhalants box (a) containing 4 silken mesh wrapped cylindrical capsules (b-e) separated and supported by folded rectangular corrugated cream paper insert (f); box has 6 rectangular sides of varying size; box opens along long top flap and half circle cut …
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Accession Number
018011008 a-f
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Treatment, General
MeSH Heading
First Aid
First Aid -- instrumentation
Emergency Medical Services
Emergency Medicine
Health and Safety
Pharmacy
Fainting -- drug therapy
Drugs, Non-Prescription
Inhalation
Drug Packaging
MM= Drug Packaging
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- box
Description
Unsealed rectangular brown cardboard Ammonia Inhalants box (a) containing 4 silken mesh wrapped cylindrical capsules (b-e) separated and supported by folded rectangular corrugated cream paper insert (f); 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 and company information appears on exterior of top, bottom, back, and proper right side; directions with illustrations appear on front; capsules consist of hard cylinder wrapped in soft cream fabric and silken mesh with both ends tied closed around the cylinder; part of contents in Rexall First Aid Kit (018.011.001).
Number Of Parts
6
Part Names
a – box – Length 10.4 cm Width 5.7 cm Depth 1.7 cm
b-e – capsules – Length 4.1 cm Diameter 1.0 cm
f – insert – Length 9.9 cm Width 5.0 cm Depth 1.7 cm
Provenance
Belonged to donor.
Maker
Mine Safety Appliances Co.
Site Made (City)
Pittsburgh
Site Made (State)
Pennsylvania
Site Made (Country)
U. S. A.
Dates
1950
1967
circa 1950 – 1967
Date Remarks
Similar items in other museum collections; new MSA letter logo introduced in 1967
Material
paper: brown, cream
fabric: cream, white
ink: black
Inscriptions
Printed on top and bottom of box: “MINE SAFETY // APPLIANCES CO. // EFFICIENCY // SERVICE SAFETY // PITTSBURGH PA // AMMONIA INHALANTS // (Aromatized Ammonia – Alcohol 38 %) // 10 Per Package // Cat. No. FA - 2156”; printed on front of box: “Crush inhalant // between thumb and // finger // Hold about 4 inches from nose. // As ammonia gets weaker, hold closer. // Try the strength of inhalant by placing // it under your own nose at about // one minute intervals. When too // weak, use another inhalant”; printed on back of box: “AMMONIA INHALANTS // Aromatized Ammonia : : Alcohol 38 % // Active Ingredients: Ammonia Carbonate, Stronger // Ammonia Water, Oil Lemon, Oil Lavender and Oil // Nutmeg. // 10 Per Package Containing 1/3 cc. Each. // MINE SAFETY APPLIANCES CO., // Braddock, Thomas and Meade Sts. // Pittsburgh, Pa. Made in U. S. A.”; printed on proper left side of box: “MINE SAFETY APPLIANCES CO., // Braddock, Thomas and Meade Sts. // Pittsburgh, Pa. Made in U. S. A.”; stamped on proper right side of box: “9 D 11”
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-D4-7
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Minor soiling and foxing all over box; minor distortion to back of box; minor soiling and foxing all over insert; minor discolouration on ends of capsules
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Website
Website
Reference Comments
“First Aid.” Merriam-Webster, 2019. Accessed 22 June 2019.
“Aromatic Ammonia – Inhalation.” MedicineNet, 2019. Accessed 19 June 2019.
“Our History.” MSA, 2019. Accessed 18 July 2019.
“1960 – 1969 A decade of MSA in review.” MSA, 2019. Accessed 18 July 2019.
“Collections Online.” Bulkley Valley Museum, Bulkley Valley Museum Society, 2019. Accessed 19 July 2019.
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.
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 Mine Safety Appliance Company was founded by John T. Ryan Sr. and George H. Deike following a tragic mining accident in 1912; with the help of Thomas Edison, they developed an electric mining lamp that helped reduce mine explosions; from there, the company expanded and developed a wide variety of safety products for a variety of applications; this Ammonia Inhalant set was likely produced before 1967 because of the absence of the “MSA” logo first introduced in 1967.
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Dates
1953
1963
circa 1953 - 1963
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Treatment, General
Accession Number
018004010
Description
Bent rectangular brass strip used as a tweezer; surface contoured; both ends have been cut not square; repeating pattern of two parallel dimples in surface; part of contents in Fleck’s No. 754 First Aid box (018.004.002 a-b).
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Accession Number
018004010
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
Description
Bent rectangular brass strip used as a tweezer; surface contoured; both ends have been cut not square; repeating pattern of two parallel dimples in surface; 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
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
metal: brass
Permanent Location
Stoarage Room 0010
0010-D4-7
Length
9.0 cm
Width
6.3 cm
Depth
1.9 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Major corrosion all over surface
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Website
Website
Reference Comments
“First Aid.” Merriam-Webster, 2019. Accessed 22 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.
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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Dates
1956
1966
circa 1956 – 1966
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Treatment
Accession Number
006033019
Description
Full cylindrical semi-transparent brown glass Burn Dressing jar with non-removable cylindrical white metal screw cap; full with light coloured paste; circular base has slight push up, stippled surface, and manufacturer information embossed; straight side walls with cream and navy paper label with p…
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Accession Number
006033019
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Treatment
MeSH Heading
Pharmacy
Drugs -- topical -- container
First Aid
Emergency Medicine
Burns
Burns -- drug therapy
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- jar
MM= Drugs -- topical
MM= Drugs -- topical -- container
Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Drugs, Non-Prescription
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
MM= Drugs -- container -- bottle
Description
Full cylindrical semi-transparent brown glass Burn Dressing jar with non-removable cylindrical white metal screw cap; full with light coloured paste; circular base has slight push up, stippled surface, and manufacturer information embossed; straight side walls with cream and navy paper label with printed product information and directions attached to front; round shoulders taper to short cylindrical neck, round neck ring and cylindrical finish with continuous external thread; mold lines from base to top and around neck and base; cap has flat top with ring indent near edges, vertical indents on sides, rolled bottom edge, and internal continuous 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
1956
1966
circa 1956 – 1966
Date Remarks
Presence of Dominion Glass Company diamond logo, line month code, and “6” year code; presence of Ingram & Bell logo discontinued in late 1960s (at least to 1968)
Material
glass: brown
paper: cream
ink: navy, black
ink: navy, black metal: white
Inscriptions
Printed on label: “INGRAM & BELL LIMITED // BURN DRESSING // (INDUSTRIAL STANDARD FORMULA FOR // FIRST AID TREATMENT) // Formula: Sodium Bicarbonate 3% // Petrolatum Alba. q. s. // DIRECTIONS: Apply Freely To Burns. // INGRAM & BELL // LIMITED // TORONTO // MONTREAL // WINNIPEG // CALGARY // VANCOUVER // CANADA”; stamped on label in black ink: “4 FL. OZ. // (L) 821364”; embossed on bottom: “D 6 // 5 // 3136”
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A5-6 Box 5 Row B
Length
7.3 cm
Diameter
5.7 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Minor fading near top of label
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Website
Document
Document (online)
Reference Comments
“Wound Dressings.” ScienceDirect, 2019. Accessed 19 June 2019.
“Petrolatum.” Medical Dictionary; The Free Dictionary, Farlex, 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.
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
Dressings are used to promote healing of wounds and prevent infection; consists of a sterile padding or compress in direct contact with the wound accompanied by an antiseptic substance, such as petrolatum, a semisolid substance made from petroleum often used as a topical treatment for burns and abrasion. Ingram & Bell’s Burn Dressing was marketed as “Industrial Standard Formula for First Aid Treatment” and contained sodium bicarbonate in a white petrolatum base.
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.
The D in diamond symbol and date codes embossed on the bottom indicates the jar itself was made by Canadian glass manufacturer Dominion Glass Company at the factory in Point St. Charles, Quebec; the progressive line system month code and “6” year code, along with the Ingram & Bell logo, signify it was produced in either 1956 or 1966.
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Compress Bandages

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Dates
1953
1963
circa 1953 - 1963
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Treatment, General
Accession Number
018004005 a-d
Description
Unsealed rectangular cream cardboard box (a) containing 1 loose woven cream fabric Compress Bandage (b) and 2 roughly rectangular cream wax paper packaged Compress Bandages (c-d); box has 6 rectangular sides of varying size; box opens along long top flap and half circle cut out at top of front side…
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Accession Number
018004005 a-d
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
Bandages, First Aid
Description
Unsealed rectangular cream cardboard box (a) containing 1 loose woven cream fabric Compress Bandage (b) and 2 roughly rectangular cream wax paper packaged Compress Bandages (c-d); 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, proper left, and proper right sides in green ink; manufacturer information printed on back of box; instructions with illustrations printed on front of box; loose bandage consists of long rectangular woven sheet with plastic coated Telfa pad in centre; packaged Compress Bandages each have a rectangular cream paper label with product information and instructions printed in green ink; part of contents in Fleck’s No. 754 First Aid box (018.004.002 a-b).
Number Of Parts
4
Part Names
a – box – Length 10.1 cm Width 5.5 cm Depth 1.7 cm
b – loose bandage – Length 6.1 cm Width 4.4 cm Depth 1.6 cm
c – packaged bandage – Length 5.1 cm Width 4.9 cm Depth 0.7 cm
d – packaged bandage – Length 5.2 cm Width 5.0 cm Depth 0.8 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
fabric: cream, white
plastic: clear
Inscriptions
Printed on top of box: “First Aid // Packet // No. # 17 // COMPRESS BANDAGE // FLECK BROS // SAFETY FIRST”; printed on front of box: “INSTRUCTIONS – FLECK’S COMPRESS BANDAGE // Remove paper wrapping. // Open bandage, holding it // as shown. Don not touch // the gauze pad. // Place gauze over the // wound. If larger pad is // needed, pull loose corner // to double pad size. // Wrap bandage around // the part. Tie end with // square knot.”; printed on back of box: “Fleck’s for Safety // Your complete Western Service for // FIRST AID – SAFETY – FIRE // EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES”; printed on proper left side of box: “COMPRESS // BANDAGE”; printed on proper right side of box: “SAFETY DIVISION // FLECK BROS. LTD. // 110 ALEXANDER ST. // VANCOUVER, B. C. // FLECK BROS // SAFETY FIRST”; printed on labels of packaged bandages: “FLECK’S FOR SAFETY // 2” COMPRESS BANDAGE // with TELFA* PAD // “Won’t Pull off Scab when removed” // STERILIZED – Cover wound with gauze // pad and bind. Do not touch wound or pad // with hands. // *Trade mar Kendall Co. (Canada) Ltd.”
Permanent Location
Stoarage Room 0010
0010-D4-7
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Minor soiling all over exterior of box; minor abrasion to edges of box; top of box slightly distorted but stable; minor fraying to edges of loose bandage; minor wrinkling all over wax paper packages
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Website
Reference Comments
“First Aid.” Merriam-Webster, 2019. Accessed 22 June 2019.
“How to Choose Telfa Pads.” VitalityMedical.com, Vitality Medical, 2019. Accessed 27 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.
Telfa dressing pads were design as a dry dressing that would not stick to the wound.
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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cotton gauze roll

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Dates
1950
1960
circa 1950-1960
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Treatment, General
Accession Number
018011004
Description
Cylindrical white roll of 1 inch cotton gauze; gauze is rolled rectangular section of loosely woven cotton thread with one end irregularly cut; part of contents in Rexall First Aid Kit (018.011.001).
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Accession Number
018011004
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Treatment, General
MeSH Heading
Wound Healing
Bandages, First Aid
Bandages
First Aid
First Aid -- instrumentation
Emergency Medical Services
Emergency Medicine
Health and Safety
Description
Cylindrical white roll of 1 inch cotton gauze; gauze is rolled rectangular section of loosely woven cotton thread with one end irregularly cut; part of contents in Rexall First Aid Kit (018.011.001).
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Belonged to donor.
Dates
1950
1960
circa 1950-1960
Material
fabric: white
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-D4-7
Length
2.5 cm
Diameter
3.8 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Minor areas of yellow discolouration on top and bottom of roll
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Website
Website
Reference Comments
“First Aid.” Merriam-Webster, 2019. Accessed 22 June 2019.
“Medical gauze 101.” Wound Care Advisor, HealthComMedia, 2017. Accessed 18 July 2019.
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.
Gauze is commonly used in wound care as a dressing; it is a versatile product and can be as surgical sponges and in bandages.
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Dates
1950
1960
circa 1950-1960
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Treatment, General
Accession Number
018011002 a-b
Description
Rectangular cream roll of cotton batting (a) wrapped in rectangular purple paper (b); cotton batting has one short end cut squarely and other short end irregularly torn; wrapping paper has one short end with serrated edge and other short end irregularly torn; part of contents in Rexall First Aid Ki…
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Accession Number
018011002 a-b
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Treatment, General
MeSH Heading
Wound Healing
Bandages, First Aid
First Aid
First Aid -- instrumentation
Emergency Medical Services
Emergency Medicine
Health and Safety
Description
Rectangular cream roll of cotton batting (a) wrapped in rectangular purple paper (b); cotton batting has one short end cut squarely and other short end irregularly torn; wrapping paper has one short end with serrated edge and other short end irregularly torn; part of contents in Rexall First Aid Kit (018.011.001).
Number Of Parts
2
Part Names
a – cotton wadding – Length 26.6 cm Width 13.8 cm Depth 2.3 cm
b – paper – Length 67.2 cm Width 20.8 cm
Provenance
Belonged to donor.
Dates
1950
1960
circa 1950-1960
Material
fabric: cream
paper: purple
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-D4-7
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Minor fraying to edges of cotton wadding; major yellowing of wadding on one side; major creasing and folding all over wrapping paper
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Website
Website
Reference Comments
“Wadding.” Medical Dictionary; The Free Dictionary by Farlex, Farlex Inc., 2019. Accessed 18 July 2017.
“First Aid.” Merriam-Webster, 2019. Accessed 22 June 2019.
Research Facts
Cotton wadding is a sheet of carded cotton; often referred to as batting in non medical contexts, it is used in medicine as a wound dressing.
This cotton wadding 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.
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C. T. Applicators and Gauze

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Dates
1953
1963
circa 1953 - 1963
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Treatment, General
Accession Number
018004003 a-n
Description
Unsealed rectangular cream cardboard C. T. Applicators box (a) containing transparent cellophane package of 6 cylindrical cotton tipped wooden applicators (b) and 12 square white fabric gauze sponges (c-n); box has 6 rectangular sides of varying size; box opens along long top flap and half circle c…
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Accession Number
018004003 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
Bandages, First Aid
Description
Unsealed rectangular cream cardboard C. T. Applicators box (a) containing transparent cellophane package of 6 cylindrical cotton tipped wooden applicators (b) and 12 square white fabric gauze sponges (c-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 printed on top, proper left, and proper right sides in green ink; manufacturer information on back and information about additional products printed on front in green ink; gauze sponges are woven and unfold to create longer strips; 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 3.2 cm
b – applicator package – Length 7.1 cm Width 4.2 cm Depth 0.5 cm
c-n – gauze sponges – Length 5.0 cm Width 5.0 cm Depth 0.3 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
fabric: white
plastic: clear
Inscriptions
Printed on top of box: “First Aid // Packet // No. 83 // C. T. APPLICATORS // FLECK BROS // SAFETY FIRST”; printed on front of box: “Fleck’s for Safety // Our Safety Equipment includes: Breating Apparatus // Respirators Masks of all types // Gas Indicators Gas Detectors Safety Goggles // Protective Hats and Caps Cap Lamps // Safety Clothing First Aid Equipment // Fog Nozzles Fire Extinguishers Safety Belts . . . // Waste cans Gasoline Cans Ladder Feet // Grinder Guards Enamel Signs Safety Shoes”; printed on back of box: “Fleck’s for Safety // Your complete Western Service for // FIRST AID – SAFETY – FIRE // EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES”; printed on proper left and proper right sides: “C. T. APPLICATORS // SAFETY DIVISION // FLECK BROS. LTD. // 110 ALEXANDER ST. // VANCOUVER, B. C. // FLECK BROS // SAFETY FIRST”
Permanent Location
Stoarage Room 0010
0010-D4-7
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Minor discolouration along hinge on top of box; minor soiling to top flap of box; minor fading of ink all over box; minor tear to top of front of box; major creasing and distortion to top of box, making opening and closing difficult; minor creases and distortion to cellophane package
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Website
Reference Comments
“First Aid.” Merriam-Webster, 2019. Accessed 22 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.
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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Curity Gauze Bandage

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Dates
1944
1960
circa 1944-1960
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Treatment, General
Accession Number
018011003 a-b
Description
Rectangular red and cream cardboard box (a) containing cylindrical white roll of 2 inch Curity Gauze Bandage; box consists of rectangular hollow base with lid that folds at back of box; lid has flaps at front, proper right, and proper left sides to hold lid closed; product information printed in En…
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Accession Number
018011003 a-b
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Treatment, General
MeSH Heading
Wound Healing
Bandages, First Aid
Bandages
First Aid
First Aid -- instrumentation
Emergency Medical Services
Emergency Medicine
Health and Safety
Description
Rectangular red and cream cardboard box (a) containing cylindrical white roll of 2 inch Curity Gauze Bandage; box consists of rectangular hollow base with lid that folds at back of box; lid has flaps at front, proper right, and proper left sides to hold lid closed; product information printed in English on exterior of top, back, proper right, and front flap of box; product information printed in French on exterior proper left side of box; box instructions appear in English and French on exterior front of box base; gauze bandage is rolled rectangular section of loosely woven thread with one end irregularly cut; part of contents in Rexall First Aid Kit (018.011.001).
Number Of Parts
2
Part Names
a – box – Length 6.0 cm Width 4.8 cm Depth 4.6 cm
b – gauze bandage – Length 5.1 cm Diameter 2.5 cm
Provenance
Belonged to donor.
Maker
Bauer & Black, Division of The Kendall Co. (Canada) LTD.
Site Made (City)
Toronto
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1944
1960
circa 1944-1960
Date Remarks
The Kendall Company registered the iteration of the Curity trademark that appears on this artifact in 1944
Material
paper: brown, cream
ink: red, navy
wax: black
fabric: white
Inscriptions
Printed on top of box: “Curity // REG. IN CANADA // GAUZE BANDAGE // (BAUER & BLACK)”; printed on back of box: “Curity // REG. IN CANADA // GAUZE // BANDAGE // STERILIZED AFTER PACKAGING // (BAUER & BLACK) // 10 YARDS // 2 // INCHES”; printed on proper right side of box: “Curity // REG. IN CANADA // GAUZE BANDAGE // STERILIZED AFTER PACKAGING // 10 YARDS 2 INCHES // (BAUER & BLACK)”; hand written on proper right side of box in black wax: “59”; printed on front of box base: “TO CLOSE – TUCK FLAP IN CARTON // TO OPEN – LIFT FLAP // POUR OUVRIR – LEVEZ CECI”; printed on front flap of box: “Curity // REG. IN CANADA // (BAUER & BLACK) // DIVISION OF THE KENDALL CO. // (CANADA) LTD. // TORONTO, ONT.”
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-D4-7
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Major tear to interior of box lid; minor yellowing of cream portions of box exterior; minor foxing on interior of box; minor areas of yellow discolouration on gauze bandage.
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Website
Website
Reference Comments
“First Aid.” Merriam-Webster, 2019. Accessed 22 June 2019.
“Kendall International, Inc.” Company-Histories.com, 2019. Accessed 19 June 2019.
“Bauer & Black.” MyCompanies, 2019. Accessed 19 June 2019.
“CURITY Trademark Information.” Trademarkia, LegalForce, Inc., 2019. Accessed 17 July 2019.
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.
The Kendall Company began when Henry P. Kendall purchased a textile mill in Massachusetts in 1903; the company developed into an industry leader in the production of textile based, and other, medical products; The Kendall Company acquired Bauer & Black in 1928.
The Kendall Company registered the iteration of the Curity trademark that appears on this artifact in 1944.
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Eye Dressing Set

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Dates
1953
1963
circa 1953 - 1963
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Ophthalmology
Treatment, General
Accession Number
018004009 a-j
Description
Eye Dressing Set consisting of unsealed rectangular cream cardboard box (a) containing 2 sealed rectangular tan wax paper packages of Curity Eye Pads (b-c) 2 unsealed semi-transparent grey wax paper packages (d, f) each containing 1 roughly triangular white cotton eye patch (e, g) 2 full small grey…
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Accession Number
018004009 a-j
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Ophthalmology
Treatment, General
MeSH Heading
First Aid
First Aid -- instrumentation
Emergency Medical Services
Emergency Medicine
Health and Safety
Health and Safety -- workplace
Eye Protective Devices
Eye, Foreign Bodies
Ophthalmic Solutions
Ophthalmology
MM= Drug Packaging
Description
Eye Dressing Set consisting of unsealed rectangular cream cardboard box (a) containing 2 sealed rectangular tan wax paper packages of Curity Eye Pads (b-c) 2 unsealed semi-transparent grey wax paper packages (d, f) each containing 1 roughly triangular white cotton eye patch (e, g) 2 full small grey metal tubes containing Boric Acid Ophthalmic Ointment (h, i) and small grey metal brown bristled brush (j); 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 of box; manufacturer information on back of box; information about addition products on front of box; packages of Curity Eye Pads sealed by top flap and have product information on front in navy ink; eye patches consist of flat triangular pad with one flat cotton strap extending from bottom and two extending from top and sewn together; Boric Acid Ophthalmic Ointment tubes each consist of a squeezable body, non-removable conical black plastic screw cap, and rectangular green paper label with product information on front and lot number on back; brush consists of hollow rolled metal shaft with one end open and other end with bristles; part of contents in Fleck’s No. 754 First Aid box (018.004.002 a-b).
Number Of Parts
10
Part Names
a – box – Length 11.6 cm Width 5.9 cm Depth 2.5 cm
b-c – eye pad – Length 8.4 cm Width 7.6 cm
d – package – Length 14.7 cm Width 9.6 cm
e – eye patch – Length 8.5 cm Width 6.4 cm
f – package – Length 14.7 cm Width 9.6 cm
g – eye patch – Length 8.4 cm Width 5.7 cm
h-i – Boric Acid Ophthalmic Ointment – Length 6.3 cm Width 5.9 cm Depth 1.3 cm
j – brush – Length 4.0 cm Width 0.4 cm Depth 0.3 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, grey
ink: green, black, navy
metal: grey
fabric: cream, brown
Inscriptions
Printed on top of box: “First Aid // Packet // No. 36 // EYE DRESSING // 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 proper left side of box: “EYE DRESSING”; printed on front of Curity Eye Pad packages: “Curity // TRADE MARK // EYE PAD // STERILIZED AFTER PACKAGING // If this envelope is broken or open // sterility cannot be guaranteed. // THE KENDALL COMPANY (CAN.) LTD. // BAUER & BLACK DIVISION // TORONTO 16, ONT.”; printed on Boric Acid Ophthalmic Ointment label: “24 // BORIC ACID U. S. P. // 10% // Ophthalmic Ointment // List No. 6024 // ABBOT LABORATORIES LTD. // MONTREAL // Lot // D753-554”
Permanent Location
Stoarage Room 0010
0010-D4-7
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Failure of adhesive on box causing instability; yellowing of adhesive on back of Curity Eye Pad packages; major distortion and creases to Curity Eye Pad packages; eye patch packages distorted and creased from being stored in box; minor yellowing all over eye patch (g); minor distortion to bodies of Boric Acid tubes; minor distortion of brush bristles; presence of residue on brush bristles
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Website
Reference Comments
“First Aid.” Merriam-Webster, 2019. Accessed 22 June 2019.
“Boric Acid.” Drugs.com, 2019. Accessed 28 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.
Boric acid is used as an antibiotic and anti-infection agent in eye washes; it also relieves irritation and cleans the eye area.
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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first aid travel kit

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Dates
1950
1960
circa 1950-1960
Collection
Joanne Hawley Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Classification
Patient Care
Accession Number
004040001 a-h
Description
Metal First Aid Travel Kit consists of a hinged metal (a) case with a printed label on the underside indicating the contents; kit includes: (b) pair of safety scissors, (c) sealed package of a sheer strip band aid, (d) sealed box of 2 inch regular bandage, (e) sealed box of conforming gauze impro…
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Accession Number
004040001 a-h
Collection
Joanne Hawley Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Classification
Patient Care
MeSH Heading
Bandages
First Aid
Description
Metal First Aid Travel Kit consists of a hinged metal (a) case with a printed label on the underside indicating the contents; kit includes: (b) pair of safety scissors, (c) sealed package of a sheer strip band aid, (d) sealed box of 2 inch regular bandage, (e) sealed box of conforming gauze improved bandage (f) two piece roll of half inch wide waterproof bandage adhesive tape, and (g-h) sealed package of 3" x 3" steri-pad single sterile gauze pad.
Number Of Parts
8
Part Names
a - case - Size: Length 12.5 cm x Width 9.3 cm x Depth 4.5 cm
b - scissors - Size: Length 10.0 cm x Width 5.0 cm x Depth 0.3 cm
c - band aid - Size: Length 8.6 cm x Width 2.2 cm x Depth 0.1cm
d - regular bandage - Size: Length 6.0 cm x Width 3.5 cm x Depth 3.5 cm
e - improved bandage - Size: Length 5.8 cm x Width 5.3 cm x Depth 2.7 cm
f - adhesive tape - Size: Length 2.2 cm x Diam. 4.5 cm
g - sterile gauze pad - Size: Length 8.8 cm x Width 8.5 cm x Depth 0.1 cm
h - sterile gauze pad - Size: Length 8.8 cm x Width 8.5 cm x Depth 0.1 cm
Provenance
Used in Joanne Hawley's family in late 50's and possibly early 60's.
Maker
Johnson & Johnson
Site Made (City)
Montreal
Site Made (State)
Quebec
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1950
1960
circa 1950-1960
Date Remarks
Based on donor's remarks
Material
metal: silver
paper: cream
cardboard: cream
ink: blue, red, yellow
paint: white
Inscriptions
Printed on the case: "FIRST AID // TRAVELKIT // Johnson & Johnson // LIMITED MONTREAL"; Printed on the band aid: "BAND-AID // TRADEMARK // sheer strip // Plain Pad // Johnson & Johnson // LIMITED MONTREAL"; Engraved into scissors: "U.S.A"; Printed on top of adhesive tape: "CONTAINER MADE IN U.S.A // ADHESIVE TAPE ~ GALON ADHESIF // Johnson & Johnson // LIMITED MONTREAL"; Printed on side of adhesive tape: " 1/2 IN. 2 1/2 YDS. 1/2 PCE 2 1/2 VGES"; Printed on sterile gauze pad: " JOHNSON'S // STERILE // GAUZE PAD // STERI-PAD // 3" x 3 '' // Johnson & Johnson // LIMITED MONTREAL // TRADE MARK REG'O. MADE IN CANADA"; Printed on regular bandage: " Johnson & Johnson // Regular // Bandage // STERILIZED // 2 IN. 6 YDS.";"MADE FROM FINEST QUALITY SURGICAL GAUZE // WITH NON-RAVELLING EDGES"; Printed on improved bandage: " Johnson's // Improved Bandage // The newest development in bandages...// provides maximum comfort... made of // flexible gauze that stretches two ways... // conforms to fingers, toes, limbs and other // areas of the body difficult to bandage. // easy to apply. Will not slip or slide. // Johnson & Johnson // LIMITED MONTREAL";"Bandaging made easy! // revolutionary new bandage // rolls on easily // moulds itself to any shape // clings firmly - won't slip even on // hard-to-bandage places // stays neater longer"; "1 IN. 5 YDS.";
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-D4-4
Condition Remarks
Some rust and corrosion on bottom and inside edges of case; case is slightly dirty and scratched; the paper attached to the bottom of case shows wear and fading; packages of sterile gauze pads are slightly dirty.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Person
JPG
Reference Comments
Joanne Hawley; CD #2
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