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Dates
1882
1920
circa 1882-1920
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Hygiene
Classification
Ephemera
Hygiene
Home Health
Accession Number
018012001
Description
Shallow promotional ceramic bowl for Ackers Hygeia, white with blue designs and lettering, and gold rim that has mostly chipped off; the edges of the bowl are scalloped, with blue transferware floral designs all the way around which come towards the centre of the bowl; in the centre, there is an il…
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Accession Number
018012001
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Hygiene
Classification
Ephemera
Hygiene
Home Health
MeSH Heading
Food
Food -- ephemera
Advertisements -- ephemera
Advertisements
Hygiene -- ephemera
Description
Shallow promotional ceramic bowl for Ackers Hygeia, white with blue designs and lettering, and gold rim that has mostly chipped off; the edges of the bowl are scalloped, with blue transferware floral designs all the way around which come towards the centre of the bowl; in the centre, there is an illustration in blue inside a circle, across which a banner stretches reading "ACKERS HYGEIA"; in front of the banner is an illustration of a woman, the Greek goddess Hygeia, dressed in robes, holding a snake, and standing on a pedestal upon which more words are printed; the circle is backgrounded in lighter blue.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Belonged to donor.
Maker
Finley Acker & Co.
Site Made (City)
Philadelphia
Site Made (State)
Pennsylvania
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1882
1920
circa 1882-1920
Date Remarks
Based on the time in which Finley Acker & Co. existed
Material
ceramic: white
ink: blue, gold
Inscriptions
Printed in middle of bowl: “ACKERS HYGEIA // HYGEIA // PURITY // TRADE // HYGEIA FLOUR // MARK // QUALITY”
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-D2-8
Height
3.0 cm
Circumference
44.6 cm
Diameter
14.2 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Lightly cleaned
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Websites, books, illustrations.
Reference Comments
https://www.pennypost.org/pdf/farrell/Ackers_FarrellCollection.pdf
https://americanhistory.si.edu/collections/search/object/siris_arc_255514
https://books.google.ca/books?id=kyQWAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA151&lpg=PA151&dq=%22finley+acker+%26+co%22&source=bl&ots=_exq6DsqoX&sig=ACfU3U2ousTMAFMlgfcfQUv1Ua2nEhD26g&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiF9vWiwNfiAhUlnq0KHaqbA9QQ6AEwD3oECAkQAQ#v=onepage&q=%22finley%20acker%20%26%20co%22&f=false
https://www.flickr.com/photos/scavenger49/6753335531
https://philly.newspapers.com/search/#query=ackers+hygeia
https://newspaperarchive.com/philadelphia-inquirer-dec-28-1916-p-3/
http://broughttolife.sciencemuseum.org.uk/broughttolife/people/hygeia
Research Facts
Finley Acker & Co., makers of Ackers Hygeia, were large grocery stores in Philadelphia from 1882 until 1920. They specialized in teas, coffees, candies, cigars, and various food items including those given the name "Hygeia": flour, buckwheat, and "Snowdrift" (a cereal).
Ackers Weekly was a publication sent out by the store every week to advertise products.
Finley Acker & Co. became known and loved for their delivery system, reasonable prices, and quality of goods.
The name "Hygeia" comes from the Greek goddess of health, and daughter of Asklepios, god of medicine. She is often depicted holding or feeding a snake, the symbol of Asklepios. In Greek, "Hygeia" means "soundness" or "wholeness", and health and hygiene were based around keeping the body sound and whole.
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Dates
1930
1940
circa 1930-1940
Category
Home Health Care
Pediatrics
Classification
Home Health
Home Health Care
Paediatrics
Accession Number
018006001
Description
Heavy porcelain bowl with light blue glaze; the bowl is divided into three compartments, two quarters and one half; between one of the quarters and the half, there is a hole in which a cork sits; the bowl is hollow inside, and on the outside the bowl becomes wider the closer it is to the bottom, so…
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Accession Number
018006001
Category
Home Health Care
Pediatrics
Classification
Home Health
Home Health Care
Paediatrics
MeSH Heading
Infant Care
Infant Food
Infant Nutrition
Pediatrics
Home Health
Food
Feeding Methods
Child
Child Nutrition
Description
Heavy porcelain bowl with light blue glaze; the bowl is divided into three compartments, two quarters and one half; between one of the quarters and the half, there is a hole in which a cork sits; the bowl is hollow inside, and on the outside the bowl becomes wider the closer it is to the bottom, so there are two indents in the bowl around the edge; the bottom of the bowl contains three white rings, each one smaller as it reaches the centre of the bowl; inside the smallest ring, the middle of the bowl is indented to form a concave impression.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Belonged to donor's family. Used by all toddlers in the family.
Dates
1930
1940
circa 1930-1940
Date Remarks
Based on donor's remarks
Material
porcelain: blue, white
cork: brown
ink: brown
Inscriptions
Printed on cork: "7189".
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-D3-8
Height
7.0 cm
Diameter
18.7 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
The small section nearest the cork has a crack in the side; some slight colour loss in small spots on the top and bottom of the bowl around the cork.
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Donor, website
Reference Comments
Donor's remarks
TheRetroRescuers, Vintage Hankscraft Baby Food Warmer Dish ~Periwinkle Blue: https://www.etsy.com/sg-en/listing/594103122/vintage-hankscraft-baby-food-warmer-dish
Research Facts
This dish was used to feed toddlers. Warm water would be poured into the hollow portion and plugged with a matching lid, which in this case has been replaced by a cork. The water inside the dish would keep the food warm. The ridged base and the heavy weight of the bowl kept toddlers from throwing the bowl on the ground, etc.
Similar items were made by a company called Hankscraft.
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A Century of Caring 1888-1988: A Centennial Cook Book by the Kingston General Hospital Nurses' Alumnae [commemorative cookbook]

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact12405
Dates
1988
circa 1988
Collection
Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Publications
Accession Number
995002144
Description
Spiral bound paperback commemorative cookbook with a red ink line drawing on the cover of a nurses' cap, the Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing symbol, and a rose; contains pictures, recipes, and cooking tips.
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Accession Number
995002144
Author
Unknown
Collection
Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Publications
MeSH Heading
Schools, Nursing
Food
Dietetics
MM= Commemorative and Association Items
Description
Spiral bound paperback commemorative cookbook with a red ink line drawing on the cover of a nurses' cap, the Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing symbol, and a rose; contains pictures, recipes, and cooking tips.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing via Marilyn Boston
Maker
Gateway Publishing Co. Ltd.
Site Made (City)
Winnipeg
Site Made (State)
Manitoba
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1988
circa 1988
Date Remarks
Date of publishing.
Material
paper: white
plastic: red
ink: red, black, blue
Inscriptions
Printed on cover: "A Century of Caring // 1888 - 1988 // a centennial cook book by the // Kingston General Hospital Nurses Alumnae"; hand written inside back cover: "2 C. - Pt // 4 C + Gt 4C Sugar // 1 Tbsp water".
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-3
Dimension Notes
Length 23.3 cm x Width 16.5 cm x Depth 2.3 cm
Condition Remarks
Front and back covers have cooking stains; pages show usage in a kitchen.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Document
JPG
Reference Comments
CD #1
Research Facts
This cookbook was created by the Brockville Ontario branch of the Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae. Created for the 100th anniversary of the Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing. Collection of recipes submitted by Nursing Alumnae.
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Come into the Kitchen [promotional cookbook]

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact15244
Dates
1929
1930
circa 1929 - 1930
Category
Archival Items
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Archival, Publications
Archival, Advertisements
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
018008001
Description
Rectangular cream and tan paper booklet titled 'Come into the Kitchen' produced as a promotional cookbook for the Lydia E. Pinkham Medicine Company; rectangular cream paper front and back cover consists of single folded paper sheet with title and illustration of young woman cooking in kitchen on fr…
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Accession Number
018008001
Category
Archival Items
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Archival, Publications
Archival, Advertisements
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Archival
Cooking
Food
Advertisements
Advertising
Pharmacy
Drug Industry -- advertisements
Drugs -- advertisements
Drugs -- Non-Prescription
Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter -- advertisements
MM= Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter -- advertisements
MM= Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter -- all-purpose cures -- advertising
Description
Rectangular cream and tan paper booklet titled 'Come into the Kitchen' produced as a promotional cookbook for the Lydia E. Pinkham Medicine Company; rectangular cream paper front and back cover consists of single folded paper sheet with title and illustration of young woman cooking in kitchen on front cover and illustrated advertisement for Lydia E. Pinkham’s Vegetable Compound Tablets on back cover; rectangular tan paper pages have illustrations, testimonials, women’s health and general advise, recipes, order forms and advertisements for a variety of Lydia E. Pinkham products printed on both sides in black ink; cover attached to pages by two thin grey metal staples; 32 pages.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Belonged to donor.
Maker
Lydia E. Pinkham Medicine Company
Site Made (City)
Lynn
Site Made (State)
Massachusetts
Site Made (Country)
U. S. A.
Dates
1929
1930
circa 1929 - 1930
Date Remarks
Date of 1929 provided in donor file; examples in other collections dated 1930
Material
paper: cream, tan
ink: black, yellow
metal: grey
Inscriptions
Printed on front cover: “Come into the KITCHEN”; printed on back cover: “Lydia E. Pinkham’s // Vegetable Compound // Tablets!”; FOR THE CONVENIENCE OF // BUSY WOMEN, LYDIA E. PINKHAM’S // VEGETABLE COMPOUND IS NOW // SOLD IN TABLET FORM. EACH // BOTTLE CONTAINS 70 TABLETS, // OR 35 DOES. ABOUT THE SAME // NUMBER OF DOSES AS IN A // BOTTLE OF LIQUID MEDICINE // Chocolate Coated // Carry your medicine // with you. take it // regularly wherever // you are. // JUST AS EFFECTIVE // AS THE LIQUID // COMPOUND // Lydia E. Pinkham // Medicine Company // Lynn, Mass.”
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-
Length
17.7 cm
Width
11.4 cm
Depth
0.2 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Minor fading all over; minor creases and tears along edges
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Website
Reference Comments
“Lydia E. Pinkham.” Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc., 2019. Accessed 10 July 2019.
“Lydia E. Pinkham Medicine Company Records, 1776-1968 (inclusive).” Harvard Library Viewer, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass., 2019. Accessed 10 July 2019.
Research Facts
Lydia E. Pinkham was a popular patent medicine producer famous for her Lydia E. Pinkham’s Vegetable Compound and other remedies; products were marketed as treatments for a wide variety of women’s health issues; Lydia E. Pinkham developed a relationship of trust with many female consumers who felt uncomfortable with male medical professionals; she marketed her products with images of her face and slogans like “Only a woman can understand a woman’s ills”; an all female Department of Advise was formed to respond to the many letters she received, and she also produced many pamphlets and manuals for women’s health and well being; the health benefits of her products were never proven and her Vegetable Compound contained high concentrations of alcohol; increased regulations in drug advertising forced the Lydia E. Pinkham Medicine Company to remove many of the medical claims for its products.
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Dates
1880
1913
circa 1880-1913
Collection
Alice L. Leavitt Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Home Health Care
Patient Care Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, prescriptions
Home Health Care
Accession Number
010015003 a-b
Description
Amber glass bottle (a) with flat base and rounded square shaped body, tapering up into a cylindrical neck with a handle connecting the neck to the body; opposite the handle is a short spout which protrudes from just below the neck and stretches upwards, tapering into a small opening which curves st…
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Accession Number
010015003 a-b
Collection
Alice L. Leavitt Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Home Health Care
Patient Care Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, prescriptions
Home Health Care
MeSH Heading
Pharmaceutical Preparations
Food
Patient Care -- instrumentation
Home Health
Description
Amber glass bottle (a) with flat base and rounded square shaped body, tapering up into a cylindrical neck with a handle connecting the neck to the body; opposite the handle is a short spout which protrudes from just below the neck and stretches upwards, tapering into a small opening which curves straight out towards the side; a wooden stopper (b) sits in the neck of the glass.
Number Of Parts
2
Part Names
a - bottle: Length 7.2 cm X Width 5.0 cm X Height 12.3 cm
b - stopper: Length 4.9 cm X Diameter 2.1 cm
Provenance
Owned by donor
Dates
1880
1913
circa 1880-1913
Date Remarks
Based on "A Dating Key For Post-Eighteenth Century Bottles" by T. Stell Newman.
Material
glass: amber
wood: brown
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A5-6 Box 3 Row C
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Some bubbles inside the glass and potentially some minor chipping.
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Websites
Reference Comments
https://www.etymonline.com/word/cruet#etymonline_v_406
https://www.kovels.com/price-guide/glass-price-guide/amber-glass.html
https://www.airseacontainers.com/blog/the-science-behind-amber-glass-how-these-bottles-protect-liquids/
https://www.containerandpackaging.com/resources/colored-glass/
Research Facts
Olive oil was used in various pharmacy recipes for home use and at the pharmacists.
This type of bottle is called a cruet, and is most often used to hold vinegar, oil, or sacramental wine. The word "cruet" was first attested circa 1300, and most likely comes from the Old French "crue", meaning an earthen pot. Related to the word "crock".
Amber, the colour of this glass, was a popular colour for glass just after the American Civil War and during the 1930s-1950s, and is one of the many colours which are often cited when referring to "Depression Glass". Amber glass comes from iron, sulphur, and carbon being added to molten glass. Amber glass is good for protecting liquids, as it blocks UV light and other light wavelengths under 450 nm, which is why it is often used to store medicines, alcohols, and oils.
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