Printed on label on bottle: "CONTENTS 25 TABLETS // Alka-Seltzer // BRAND // EFFERVESCENT ANALGESIC ALKALIZING TABLETS // ALKA-SELTZER MUST ALWAYS BE DISSOLVED IN WATER BEFORE TAKING // EACH DRY TABLET CONTAINS: 5 gr. acetylsalicylic acid and effervescent // base q.s // TABLET IN WATER BECOMES: An effervescent solution of sodium acetyl- // salicylate in alkaline buffers. // No. 15616 Proprietary or Patent Medicine Act // MILES LABORATORIES, LTD., TORONTO, CANADA // R595 P536 // [at an angle] 18 5106"
Top: "THIRTY-SIX // PARKE-DAVIS // ANTACID TABLETS // A PLEASANT TASTING MEDICATION PROVIDING RELIEF FOR // SOUR STOMACH AND HEARTBURN // Dissolve tablet slowly in the mouth. For more rapid effect, chew // and swallow with water. // PARKE-DAVIS // Stock 25-690-36"; bottom: "NEUTRALIZES EXCESSIVE ACIDITY OF THE STOMACH // EACH TABLET REPRESENTS: // Dried Aluminum Hydroxide Gel [9 dots] 4 gr. // Magnesium Carbonate [15 dots] 1 gr. // Calcium Carbonate [17 dots] 1 gr. // Taka-Diastase® (aspergillus oryzae enzymes) . . . ½ gr. // Peppermint flavored // Parke, Davis & Company, Ltd. // Parke, Davis & Company, Ltd. // Brockville, Ontario // Lot [printed] Z 182 M [stamped] // LITHO IN U.S.A. [printed]"
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0010-A2-3 Row F
Length 8.0 cm x Width 4.5 cm x Depth 1.1 cm
Some scratches; a bit dirty, some corrosion on hinge; lid still opens
(a) Metal container with lid which is hinged on at the top back; the tin was a container for BiSoDol antacid alkalizer mints (now empty) and is yellow and blue on the outside and silver inside; (b) sheet of paper folded four times, then in half; the sheet has instructions on how to use the antacid,…
(a) Metal container with lid which is hinged on at the top back; the tin was a container for BiSoDol antacid alkalizer mints (now empty) and is yellow and blue on the outside and silver inside; (b) sheet of paper folded four times, then in half; the sheet has instructions on how to use the antacid, in English and French.
Number Of Parts
a - medicine container - Size: Length 7.2 cm. x Width 6.1 cm. x Depth 0.7 cm.
b - instruction sheet (unfolded) - Size: Length 26.5 cm. x Width 10.1 cm.
Purchased by Dr. M. Chiong for his patent medicine collection; purchased in Odessa in Aug. 1995.
Tin top reads, "BiSoDol // Trade Mark Reg'd in Canada // MINTS // Antacid BiSoDol Alkalizer // BiSoDol -- Adapted for use in // convenient tablet form // 30 TABLETS PRICE 25 [cent symbol] // MADE IN CANADA
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0010-A2-3 Row D
There is some corrosion visible at the container hinge as well as the bottom; some of the lettering at the bottom has been scraped off; the inside bottom shows minor wear.
Used as an antacid-alkalizer
May 24 - Sept. 13, 2001: Agnes Etherington Art Centre Museopathy exhibit
Empty, semi-transparent cobalt blue glass Milk of Magnesia bottle with rounded rectangle base; body has round front and back walls and straight straps on both sides; round shoulders, short cylindrical neck, round neck ring, and cylindrical finish with continuous external thread; mold lines on sides…
Empty, semi-transparent cobalt blue glass Milk of Magnesia bottle with rounded rectangle base; body has round front and back walls and straight straps on both sides; round shoulders, short cylindrical neck, round neck ring, and cylindrical finish with continuous external thread; mold lines on sides extend from base to top;embossed product name and manufacturers information on front; missing cap.
Number Of Parts
Belonged to Diane and Hugh Pross; purchased by donor at charity shop, the Sharing Centre.
The Charles H. Phillips Chemical Company; Sterling Products Corporation
Serial number with “K” embossed on bottom and use of threaded finish indicate it was made after Sterling Products Co. acquired The Charles H. Phillips Chemical Company in 1923
Embossed on front: “MILK OF // MAGNESIA // REG’D. IN U. S. PATENT OFFICE // AUG. 21. 1906. // THE CHASE. H. PHILLIPS // CHEMICAL COMPANY // GLENBROOK. CONN.”; embossed on bottom: “U. S. A. // 18-K-929”
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0010-A3-9 Row C
Unit Of Measure
Minor scratches on the exterior surface; small amount of chemical residue on interior surfaces, especially the bottom
“Milk Of Magnesia Suspension, (Final Dose Form).” WebMD. 2019. Accessed 17 May 2019.
“MILL RECORD Stamford: Charles H. Phillips Chemical Co.” Mills: Making Places of Connecticut. CT Trust for Historical Preservation. 2019. Accessed 17 May 2019.
Lockhart, Bill et al. “The Bottles of Phillips Milk of Magnesia.” Society for Historical Archeology. 2018. Accessed 17 May 2019.
Charles H. Phillips was an English born chemist and pharmacist best known for the production of Milk of Magnesia, which he first patented in 1875. His sons incorporated the Charles H. Phillips Chemical Company in 1885. The company was acquired by Sterling Products Corporation in 1923, who continued to sell Milk of Magnesia under the Charles H. Phillips Chemical Company name.
Milk of Magnesia is taken orally to relieve constipation, acid reflux, and indigestion.