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Munyon's Catarrh Tablets

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Dates
1890
1910
circa 1890 - 1910
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Archival Items
Classification
Pharmacy, Respiratory
Archival, Advertisements
Accession Number
1980.18.177 a-c
Description
Unsealed rectangular cream cardboard box (a) containing full cylindrical transparent glass Munyon’s Catarrh Tablets bottle with grey metal screw cap (b) and rectangular brown paper advertisement sheet (c); box has product information printed on exterior sides and a rectangular red and cream paper s…
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Accession Number
1980.18.177 a-c
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Archival Items
Classification
Pharmacy, Respiratory
Archival, Advertisements
MeSH Heading
Common Cold -- drug therapy
Drugs, Non-Prescription
Archival
Advertisements
Pharmacy
Drug Packaging -- container -- vial
Drug Therapy, Homeopathy
Drugs -- advertisements
Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter -- advertisements
Drugs, Non-Prescription, advertisements
MM= Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter
MM= Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter -- container
MM= Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter -- advertisements
MM= Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter -- cough, cold remedies, respiratory
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- vial
MM= Drug Packaging -- box and packet
Description
Unsealed rectangular cream cardboard box (a) containing full cylindrical transparent glass Munyon’s Catarrh Tablets bottle with grey metal screw cap (b) and rectangular brown paper advertisement sheet (c); box has product information printed on exterior sides and a rectangular red and cream paper stamp attached to one end; bottle full of cylindrical white tablets; bottle is small vial with shallow circular push up base, no mold lines, and continuous external thread on cylindrical finish; rectangular cream paper label attached to bottle has product information and directions in French only; cap has company information embossed on top and threads molded into sides; advertisement is one double sided sheet of paper with company information and descriptions of various Munyon products of front and testimonials on back printed in black ink in French only.
Number Of Parts
3
Part Names
a – bottle – Length 5.9 cm Diameter 1.7 cm
b – box – Length 6.7 cm Width 1.9 cm Depth 1.9 cm
c – advertisement – Length 30.3 cm Width 18.2 cm
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine; source: Mr. Dean Charters.
Maker
Munyon Remedy Co.
Site Made (City)
Philadelphia
Site Made (State)
Pennsylvania
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1890
1910
circa 1890 - 1910
Date Remarks
Based on similar artifacts in collection and Munyon’s company start in 1890s
Material
paper: cream, brown
ink: black, red, blue, green
glass: clear
metal: grey
Inscriptions
Printed on side of box: "MUNYON'S // HOMEOPATHIC // HOME REMEDIES"; printed on side of box: "MUNYON'S // CATARRH TABLETS // PRICE, 25 CENTS."; from label: "When dissolved in water, it gives immediate relief, cleansing and soothing the inflamed mucous membranes. They remove all irritating discharges from the head and throat."; printed on bottle label: “TABLETTES POUR LE CATARRHE // MUNYON’S // HOMOEOPATHIC // HOME REMEDIES // Directions. – Dissolvez une tablette en 20 // cuillerées à thé d’eau chaude, et employez cette // solution au lavage du nez et de la gorge soir et // matin. Injectez dans les narines au moyen du // Vaporisateur Munyon, ou en l’humant.”; embossed on bottle cap: “MUNYON’S // HOMEOPATHIC // REMEDIES”; printed on letterhead on front of advertisement sheet: “MUNYON’S // HOMEOPATHIC // HOME REMEDIES // BUREAU CANADIEN : // CONFEDERATION LIFE BUILDING, TORONTO. // LISTE DE REMEDES.”
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A2-4 Row B (a-b)
Storage Room 2005
2005-2-2 Box 4 (c)
Temporary Location
Box (b) on travelling exhibit ‘Unmasking Influenza’ Ottawa L-2019-3 30 April 2019-31 Dec 2022.
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Minor fading to bottle label; major distortion all over advertisement from being folded and wrapped around bottle; small to large tears all over advertisement resulting in some small areas of loss that obscure text; major tear resulting in separation of large section on proper left side of advertisement with small areas of loss along torn edges; advertisement paper is brown and brittle; advertisement is currently fragile and distorted, but stable
Copy Type
Original
Reference Comments
“Munyon is ready…” The Quack Doctor, Caroline Rance, 2010. Accessed 21 July 2019.
Dr. Roger Henderson. “Catarrh: causes, symptoms and treatment tips.” netdoctor, Hearst UK, 2019. Accessed 21 July 2019.
Research Facts
James Monroe Munyon was a popular producer of patent medicine who began selling his products in the 1890s; Munyon produced a variety of medicines that claimed to cure many different ailments, but most of the medicines were made from sugar, alcohol, and even poisons like arsenic and strychnine.
Catarrh is a build-up of mucus or saliva in the airway cavities, most often the sinuses on the side of the nose, but also chest, ears, and throat; it is an immune system reaction to an infection or irritation and is a symptom of allergic reactions, nasal polyps, hay fever, and the common cold.
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Nostrums and Quackery [book]

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Dates
1911
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Publications
Accession Number
996001908
Description
Cloth-bound paper book called "Nostrums and Quackery"; contains reports on many patent medicines which failed to abide by the laws concerning medicines.
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Accession Number
996001908
Author
Unknown
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Publications
MeSH Heading
Drugs, Non-Prescription
Quackery -- history
MM= Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter
Description
Cloth-bound paper book called "Nostrums and Quackery"; contains reports on many patent medicines which failed to abide by the laws concerning medicines.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. Chiong for his patent medicine collection, in 1990.
Maker
American Medical Association
Site Made (City)
Chicago
Site Made (State)
Illinois
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1911
Date Remarks
Date of first edition
Material
paper: grey-green; black
fabric: red
Inscriptions
"NOSTRUMS // AND // QUACKERY"; inside: "Articles of the Nostrum Evil and Quackery // Reprinted from The Journal of the // American Medical Association // PART I - QUACKERY // PART II ..."; etc.
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-5-4
Length
22.5 cm.
Width
15.2 cm.
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Some age/sun discolouration; binding is worn in several places along covers; cover binding coming loose from pages; some staining/dirt on back cover
Copy Type
Original
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Nostrums and Quackery Vol. II [book]

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Dates
1921
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Publications
Accession Number
996001909
Description
Cloth-bound paper book called "Nostrums and Quackery Vol. II", by Arthur J. Cramp, M.D.; contains a lot more information than Vol. I.
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Accession Number
996001909
Author
Arthur J. Cramp, M.D.
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Publications
MeSH Heading
Drugs, Non-Prescription
Quackery -- history
MM= Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter
Description
Cloth-bound paper book called "Nostrums and Quackery Vol. II", by Arthur J. Cramp, M.D.; contains a lot more information than Vol. I.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. Chiong for his patent medicine collection, in 1990.
Maker
American Medical Association
Site Made (City)
Chicago
Site Made (State)
Illinois
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1921
Date Remarks
Dated
Material
paper: yellow; black
fabric: green
Inscriptions
"NOSTRUMS // AND // QUACKERY // VOLUME 2"; inside: "Nostrums and Quackery // Articles on the Nostrum Evil, Quackery and Allied Matters // Affecting the Public Health; Reprinted With or // Without ..."; etc.
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-5-4
Dimension Notes
Length: 21.9 cm. x Width: 15.1 cm.
Condition Remarks
Some age/sun discolouration; a little wearing along the binding and second page of the book is ripping away from the binding
Copy Type
Original
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Secret Nostrums and Systems [book]

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Dates
1894
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Publications
Accession Number
996001907
Description
Cloth-bound paper book called "Secret Nostrums and Systems" by Charles W. Oleson, M.D.; book contains recipes on a number of popular patent medicines
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Accession Number
996001907
Author
Charles W. Oleson, M.D.
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Publications
MeSH Heading
Drugs, Non-Prescription
MM= Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter
Description
Cloth-bound paper book called "Secret Nostrums and Systems" by Charles W. Oleson, M.D.; book contains
recipes on a number of popular patent medicines
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. Chiong for his patent medicine collection, in Aug. 1994
Maker
Oleson & Co. (publisher); Knight, Leonard & Co. (printers)
Site Made (City)
Chicago
Site Made (State)
Illinois
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1894
Date Remarks
Latest copyright date
Material
paper: burgundy
fabric: green-grey
Inscriptions
"SECRET NOSTRUMS // AND SYSTEMS // OLESON & CO."; inside: "SECRET NOSTRUMS // AND // SYSTEMS OF
MEDICINE // A BOOK OF FORMULAS // COMPILED BY // CHARLES W. OLESON, M.D. (HARVARD) ..."; etc.
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-5-4
Dimension Notes
Length: 18.9 cm. x Width: 13.6 cm.
Condition Remarks
Some age/sun discolouration; cover is a little worn in spots (especially binding) and a "coffee
ring" is on the back
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
JPG
Reference Comments
CD #3
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Sloan’s Liniment

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Dates
1900
1920
circa 1900 - 1920
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Pain
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
016023007 a-c
Description
Transparent glass octagonal based Sloan’s Liniment bottle (a) with non-removable cylindrical black metal screw cap, fabric tipped metal applicator (b), and tan cardboard packaging box (c); bottle full with yellow liquid; octagonal shaped body with product information and usage on tan paper label on…
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Accession Number
016023007 a-c
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Pain
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
MM= Administration Drug, Topical -- applicator
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- box and package
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- box
MM= Drugs -- anti-inflammatory
MM= Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter
MM= Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter -- container
Pharmacy
Drugs -- Non-Prescription
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
MM= Drugs -- container -- bottle
Arthritis, Rheumatoid -- drug therapy
Rheumatic Diseases -- drug therapy
Description
Transparent glass octagonal based Sloan’s Liniment bottle (a) with non-removable cylindrical black metal screw cap, fabric tipped metal applicator (b), and tan cardboard packaging box (c); bottle full with yellow liquid; octagonal shaped body with product information and usage on tan paper label on front /side and repeats in French on one side; embossed text on recessed back; round shoulders, 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; cap has flat top, vertical ridges on exterior sides, and internal continuous thread; applicator consists of thin metal rod bent into ring at one end and tipped with fabric at opposite end; box is rectangular with product information and usage top, front, back, and sides; line drawing of portrait and printed signature of Dr. Earl S Sloan on front of box and bottle label.
Number Of Parts
3
Part Names
a - bottle - Length 13.0 cm x Width 4.6 cm x Depth 2.9 cm
b - applicator - Length 12.9 cm x Width 1.8 cm x Depth 1.7 cm
c - box - Length 14.5 cm x Width 5.1 cm x Depth 3.5 cm
Provenance
Belonged to the donor.
Maker
Warner – Lambert Canada LTD.
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1900
1920
circa 1900 - 1920
Date Remarks
The Proprietary or Patent Medicine Act was in 1908 (Canada) and required all packaging to list ingredients.
Material
glass: clear
paper: tan
ink: black, red
metal: grey, black
fabric: tan
Inscriptions
Printed on front of bottle label: “SLOAN’S // LINIMENT // Dr. Earl S Sloan // TRADE-MARK REGISTERED // 2 ½ FL. OZS. // PREPARED BY // WARNER – LAMBERT CANADA LTD. // TORONTO CANADA // No. 24040. The Proprietary or Patent Medicine Act.”; printed on side of bottle label: “FOR EXTERNAL USE: Aids in the relief of rheumatic and // arthritic pains, Lumbago, minor strains and sprains. Helps relieve // muscular aches due to exposure, overwork or fatigue. Apply one // or more times daily. // Keep from Fire or Flame. // AN EFFICIENT COUNTERIRRITANT 450H461”; embossed on back of bottle: “SLOAN’S // LINIMENT // MADE IN // CANADA”; embossed on bottom of bottle: “D 0”; printed on front of box: “SLOAN’S // LINIMENT // NOW // INCLUDES // APPLICATOR // Dr. Earl S Sloan // TRADE-MARK REGISTERED // No. 24040. THE PROPRIETARY // OR // PATENT MEDICINE ACT // WARNER – LAMBERT CANADA LTD. // TORONTO, CANADA // 71 cc. (2 ½ Fl. Oz.) // HELPS RELIEVE // RHEUMATIC AND // ARTHRITIC PAINS”; printed on side of box: “FOR // EXTERNAL // USE ONLY // Aids in the // relief of // ARTHRITIC // PAIN, // LUMBAGO, // MINOR STRAINS // AND SPRAINS // HELPS RELIEVE // MUSCULAR // ACHES DUE TO // EXPOSURE, // OVERWORK // OR FATIGUE // [Illeg. number]”; printed on back of box: “SLOAN’S // LINIMENT // Sloan’s Liniment is an excellent counterirritant. It // stimulates circulation in the congested area and // thus helps to bring about the benefits which result // from an increased local supply of blood. // DIRECTIONS FOR USE // Apply Sloan’s Liniment freely – one or more times // daily – by patting on with applicator, fingers or // absorbent cotton. This will produce a feeling of // warmth – a signal that the local flow of blood has // been increased. Do not rub the area after the // Liniment has been applied. Do not bandage after // applying because this may cause blistering. Should // a feeling of increased warmth be desired rub the // skin before your next application of Sloan’s Lini- // ment. If warmth becomes too uncomfortable wash // off the Liniment with soap and cold water // NOTE: For children and those with sensitive skin : // use once or twice daily, mix with equal parts of // cooking or mineral oil before applying // CAUTION: COMBUSTIBLE MIXTURE // DO NOT USE NEAR FIRE OF FLAME”; printed on top of box: “SLOAN’S // LINIMENT”
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A
Condition Remarks
Minor abrasion to front and sides of bottle label; separation of bottle label at top corner; minor scratches to front and back of cap; minor corrosion all over applicator; minor soiling on top, back, and bottom of box; tears to top of box; major areas of loss to outer layer of box, especially on the back and sides, obscuring text
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Article (online)
Website
Document
Reference Comments
Hodges, Jim. “Historical Society Curator Reveals Early 20th Century Success Story.” Sun Journal: New Bern, South Carolina, 2014. Accessed 31 May 2019.
“Warner Lambert.” Pfizer Inc, 2018. Accessed 31 May 2019.
Lockhart, Bill et al. “The Dominion Glass Companies of Montreal, Canada.” Society for Historical Archaeology, 2015.
Research Facts
Sloan’s Liniment was originally sold by Dr. Earl S. Sloan as a treatment to relieve pain associated with rheumatism and arthritis; originally used on horses and was eventually marketed for human use; the active ingredient is capsicum, which has a warming effect when rubbed on the skin.
Warner-Lambert, which was founded in 1955, held the rights to sell the liniment with the Dr. Earl S Sloan trademark.
Canadian Parliament passed the Proprietary and Patent Medicine Act 1908, prohibiting the use of cocaine in medicines and requiring pharmaceutical companies to list on the label the ingredients of any medicine if heroin, morphine, or opium was part of the contents.
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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