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badger bristle shaving brush

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Dates
1945
1955
circa 1945-1955
Collection
John Corson Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Dermatology
Accession Number
008028006
Description
Turned yellow plastic handle with the Birks logo in black on the front contains "Best" grade natural badger bristles.
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Accession Number
008028006
Collection
John Corson Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Dermatology
MeSH Heading
Hair Removal -- instrumentation
Hygiene -- instrumentation
Skin Care
Description
Turned yellow plastic handle with the Birks logo in black on the front contains "Best" grade natural badger bristles.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Owned by donor's father
Maker
Birks
Site Made (Country)
England
Dates
1945
1955
circa 1945-1955
Date Remarks
Based on donor's remarks
Material
plastic: yellow
bristles: black, white
ink: black
Inscriptions
Printed on the side in black ink: "Birks" // PURE BADGER // STERILIZED // MADE IN ENGLAND"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A
Dimension Notes
Length 10.0 cm x Diam. 4.0 cm
Condition Remarks
A few bristles are loose; significant amount of label is worn off
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Person
JPG
Reference Comments
John Corson; CD #5
Research Facts
Badger bristle is perfectly suited to lathering up with soap for a great shaving experience. It's extremely soft, dense bristles create a fabulous lather and readily absorbs water. The lathering process whips hot water, soap and air into a warm foam that cleanses the skin and lubricates the path of the razor. Water is a key element in a good shave and the more a brush can hold, the better the lather and shave will be. The fine tips of the hairs help to make a smooth and creamy lather and the exceptional softness of badger-hair cleanses the the face gently. "Best" badger hair is an excellent quality of pure badger hair and is normally regarded as the benchmark standard of shaving brush manufacturers. This quality creates lather far superior to the other grades. Dr. Corson was a graduate of University of Toronto School of Medicine, Class of 1941. His general practise was in his Scarborough home from 1947-1983.
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Dates
2000
circa 2000
Collection
Parke-Davis Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Pain
Accession Number
000001257 a-c
Description
Foil tube (b) with threaded plastic cap (c) in a cardboard box (a)
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Accession Number
000001257 a-c
Collection
Parke-Davis Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Pain
MeSH Heading
Skin Care
Dermatitis -- drug therapy
Analgesics, Non-Narcotic
Drugs, Non-Prescription
MM= Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter -- container
Description
Foil tube (b) with threaded plastic cap (c) in a cardboard box (a)
Number Of Parts
3
Part Names
a - box - Size: Length 13.9 cm x Width 3.5 cm x Depth 2.5 cm
b - tube - Size: Length 12.2 cm x Diam. 2.3 cm
c - cap - Size: Depth 1.4 cm x Diam. 1.5 cm
Provenance
Collected by Parke-Davis
Maker
Warner-Lambert Co.
Dates
2000
circa 2000
Date Remarks
Current date
Material
plastic: white
cardboard: pink; white; blue; green;yellow; red; black
metal: silver; blue; white
Inscriptions
(a) Top: "DIN 02019701 † // Benadryl* // CREAM ITCH RELIEF // For relief of itch due to: // insect bites // mild sunburn // poison ivy // minor skin irritations // Diphenhydramine Hydrochloride Cream 30 g"; front: "Directions: Apply locally three or four times daily. Contains: 2% diphenhydramine hydrochloride in a water miscible ointment base. // Non-medicinal Ingredient: paraben. // Warning: For external use only. Donot apply to blistere, raw or oozing areas of the skin. Do not use on chicken pox, measles or extensive areas of the // skin. If condition worsens or if symptoms persist for more than 7 days, or clear up and occur again within a few days, discontinue use and consult a physician // promptly. Do not use any other drugs containing diphenhydramine while using this product. Avoid contact with the eyes or other mucous membranes; if this // occurs rinse thoroughly with water. Keep out of reach of children. In case of accidental ingestion, contact a physician or Poison Control Center immediately. // *TM Warner-Lambert Co, mfr. by †Warner-Lambert Canada Inc. for Warner Wellcome, lic. use, Scarborough, ONT. M1L 2N3"; bottom: top repeated in French; back: front repeated in French; right side: "[bar code] ) 60093 26517 5"; left side: "This carton contains 100% recycled // material, including 20% post-consumer // material. / [repeated in French] // (L) 8412 // EXP AL03"; (b) front: "DIN 02019701† // Benadryl* // CREAM ITCH RELIEF 30 g // Diphenhydramine Hydrochloride Cream // For relief due to: // insect bites mild sunburn // poison ivy minor skin irritations // Directions: Apply locally three or four times daily. // Contains: 2% w/w diphenhydramine hydro- // chloride in a water miscible ointment base. // Non-medicinal Ingredient: paraben. // Warnings: For external use only. Should not be // applied to blistered, raw or oozing areas of the // skin. // See outer carton for additional warnings. // Lot No. and Exp Date on tube fold. // *TM / MC Warner-Lambert Co., mfr. by / fab. par †Warner- // Lambert Canada Inc. for / pour Warner Wellcome, lic. // use / sous lic., Scarborough, ONT. M1L 2N3"; back: front repeated in French, plus: "26517 265Q017 // 8412 AL03"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A2-8 Row G
Condition Remarks
Flaps of box are dented from being opened; no other problems apparent
Copy Type
Original
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Benadryl ® Cream No. 58

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Dates
1976
circa 1976
Collection
Parke-Davis Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Pain
Accession Number
000001327 a-c
Description
Foil tube (b) with threaded plastic cap (c) in a cardboard box (a); box has a price tag on the back
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Accession Number
000001327 a-c
Collection
Parke-Davis Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Pain
MeSH Heading
Skin Care
Dermatitis -- drug therapy
Analgesics, Non-Narcotic
Drugs, Non-Prescription
MM= Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter -- container
Description
Foil tube (b) with threaded plastic cap (c) in a cardboard box (a); box has a price tag on the back
Number Of Parts
3
Part Names
a - box - Size: Length 13.2 cm x Width 3.1 cm x Depth 2.5 cm
b - tube - Size: Length 11.3 cm x Diam. 2.2 cm
c - cap - Size: Depth 1.4 cm x Diam. 1.6 cm
Provenance
Collected by Parke-Davis
Maker
Parke, Davis & Company, Ltd.
Site Made (City)
Brockville
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1976
circa 1976
Date Remarks
Based on lot number
Material
plastic: white
cardboard: white; blue; red;
metal: silver; red; white
paper: white; blue
Inscriptions
(a) Top: "1 OUNCE No. 58 // BENADRYL® CREAM // DIPHENYDRAMINE HYDROCHLORIDE CREAM // Contains 2% Benadryl® (diphenhydramine hydrochloride) in a water-miscible ointment base. // (L) GL 171 // PARKE-DAVIS // DIN 155276 Stock 18-58-18 [printed]"; front: "Indicated for the relief of itching due to insect bites, mild cases of sunburn, poison ivy or oak, and // other minor skin irritations. // Directions – Apply locally three or four times daily, or as directed by the physician. // WARNING – Should not be applied to blistered, raw or oozing areas of the skin. If burning // sensation results, use should be discontinued. // Parke, Davis & Company, Ltd. // Brockville, Ontario"; bottom: top repeated in French except for Lot No.; back: "[front repeated in French] // DT 020461 // G7 R // OUR PRICE // 1.760 // P 1.76 // 155276"; left side: "1 OUNCE // BENADRYL® // CREAM // Stock 18-58-18"; right side: left side repeated in French; (b) front: "1 OUNCE No. 58 // BENADRYL® // CREAM // DIPHENYDRAMINE // HYDROCHLORIDE // CREAM // Contains 2% Benadryl® // (diphenhydramine hydro- // chloride) in a water- // miscible ointment base. // Parke, Davis & Company, Ltd. // Brockville, Ontario // PARKE-DAVIS // Stock 18-58-18 // DIN 155276"; back: "Indicated for the relief of itching // due to insect bites, mild cases // of sunburn, poison ivy or // oak, and other minor skin // irritations. // DIRECTIONS – Apply lo - //cally three or four times daily, or as directed by the // physician. // WARNING – Should not be // applied to blistered, raw or // oozing areas of the skin. If // burning sensation results // use should be discontinued. // [above 14 lines repeated in French] // Lot No. on tube fold // GL171"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A2-8 Row C
Condition Remarks
Box yellowing; no other problems apparent
Copy Type
Original
Reference Comments
Parke-Davis Lot Numbering System
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Colgate's Mirage Vanishing Cream

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Dates
1800
1899
1800-1899
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Classification
Patient Care
Accession Number
1980.18.307
Description
Glass jar with a metal lid in a cardboard box; full of contents.
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Accession Number
1980.18.307
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Classification
Patient Care
MeSH Heading
Household Products
Skin Care
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- jar
Description
Glass jar with a metal lid in a cardboard box; full of contents.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine; source: Mr. Dean Charters.
Maker
Colgate & Co.
Site Made (City)
New York
Site Made (State)
New York
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1800
1899
1800-1899
Date Remarks
Original record had "19c."
Material
glass: white
metal: orange
cardboard: white; black; red
Inscriptions
Labelled: "Mirage Vanishing Cream"; "A light whippy cream for protection against weather and base for face powder. Soft in consistency. Delicate in scent." "Greaseless cream and will vanish instantly."
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A2-8 Row H
Temporary Location
To exhibit (jar only): "For Service to Humanity", Nursing Gallery: restored Room 1016, Museum of Health Care, 13 Nov. 2008.
Dimension Notes
Length 9.3 cm x Diam. 6.5 cm
Copy Type
Original
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Comfort medicated powder

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact4024
Dates
1955
circa 1955
Collection
Parke-Davis Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Pain
Accession Number
000001229 a-b
Description
Square metal tin (a) with separate lid (b); lid includes a round, perforated dial that likely turned to align holes to dispense powder.
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Accession Number
000001229 a-b
Collection
Parke-Davis Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Pain
MeSH Heading
Skin Care
Dermatitis -- drug therapy
Analgesics, Non-Narcotic
Drugs, Non-Prescription
MM= Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter -- container
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- tin
Description
Square metal tin (a) with separate lid (b); lid includes a round, perforated dial that likely turned to align holes to dispense powder.
Number Of Parts
2
Part Names
a - tin - Size: Length 11.5 cm x Width 4.4 cm x Depth 4.4 cm
b - lid - Size: Length 2.5 cm x Width 4.4 cm x Depth 4.4 cm
Provenance
Collected by Parke-Davis
Maker
Parke, Davis & Co., Ltd.
Site Made (City)
Walkerville
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1955
circa 1955
Date Remarks
Listed in Parke-Davis Lot Numbering system
Material
metal: cream; blue; red; silver
Inscriptions
(a) Front: "MEDICAMENTA . VERA . [these words surround logo] P D // NET WEIGHT 4 OUNCES // COMFORT ® // POWDER // A MEDICATED POWDER // CONTAINS: TALC AND CORNSTARCH // TOGETHER WITH ZINC STEARATE 3%, // EXSICCATED ALUM 1.5%, MAGNESIUM // CARBONATE 0.3%, SALICYLIC ACID 0.5%, // AND PHENOL NOT MORE THAN 0.25% // Stock 21-34-35 // PARKE, DAVIS & CO., LTD. // WALKERVILLE, ONTARIO"; left side: "RECOMMENDED FOR // Use in the relief of sunburn, prickly // heat, chafing, diaper rash and skin // irritation due to adhesive or other // bandages. A massage medium and // for use wherever a bland medicated // powder is indicated. // LITHO. IN U.S.A. // [illeg.] // CANCO // [illeg.]"; back: identical to front; right side: identical to left side; bottom: "L [encircled] F 128 J [stamped]"; (b) "COMFORT POWDER"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A1-6 Row C
Condition Remarks
Some paint scratched off; some corrosion; lid no longer comes off and dial no longer turns
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Document
Other
Reference Comments
Parke-Davis Lot Numbering System; see also 000.001.322
Exhibit History
May 24 - Sept. 13, 2001: Agnes Etherington Art Centre Museopathy exhibit
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Comfort medicated powder

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Dates
1976
circa 1976
Collection
Parke-Davis Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Pain
Accession Number
000001322 a-b
Description
A square metal tin (a) with separate lid (b) that includes a round perforated dial to align the perforations with holes in the lid to dispense powder
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Accession Number
000001322 a-b
Collection
Parke-Davis Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Pain
MeSH Heading
Skin Care
Dermatitis -- drug therapy
Analgesics, Non-Narcotic
Drugs, Non-Prescription
MM= Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter -- container
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- tin
Description
A square metal tin (a) with separate lid (b) that includes a round perforated dial to align the perforations with holes in the lid to dispense powder
Number Of Parts
2
Part Names
a - tin - Size: Length 11.3 cm x Width 4.4 cm x Depth 4.4 cm
b - lid - Size: Length 2.5 cm x Width 4.4 cm x Depth 4.4 cm
Provenance
Collected by Parke-Davis
Maker
Parke, Davis & Co.
Site Made (City)
Detroit
Site Made (State)
Michigan
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1976
circa 1976
Date Remarks
Based on lot number
Material
metal: cream; blue; red; silver
Inscriptions
(a) Front: "[logo, see sketch on accession sheet] // NET WEIGHT 4 OUNCES // COMFORT® // POWDER // A MEDICATED POWDER // CONTAINS: TALC AND CORNSTARCH, // DRIED POTASSIUM ALUM 1.5%, MAG- // NESIUM CARBONATE 0.3%, SALICYLIC // ACID 0.5%, AND PHENOL NOT MORE // THAN 0.25% // STOCK 21-34-74 // PARKE, DAVIS & CO. // DETROIT, MICHIGAN, U.S.A."; right side: "RECOMMENDED FOR // Use in the relief of sunburn, prickly // heat, chafing, diaper rash, and skin // irritation due to adhesive or other // bandages. A massage medium and // for use whenever a bland medicated // powder is indicated. // MADE IN U.S.A."; back: identical to front; left side: identical to right side; bottom: "L [encircled] GG164 [stamped]"; (b) "COMFORT // POWDER"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A1-6 Row C
Condition Remarks
Tin dusty; extensive corrosion on lid; dial no longer turns
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Document
Other
Reference Comments
Parke-Davis Lot Numbering System; see also 000.001.229
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Cuticura Resolvent

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Dates
1883
1910
circa 1883-1910
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Classification
Patient Care
Accession Number
996001331
Description
Square light aqua bottle with long cylindrical neck and a tooled, plain broad sloping collar; all four panels are recessed; the front and back have attached printed paper labels which list product information; both side panels have embossed lettering; full of Cuticura Resolvent and sealed with a co…
Accession Number
996001331
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Classification
Patient Care
MeSH Heading
Skin Care
Drugs, Non-Prescription
MM= Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter -- container
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Description
Square light aqua bottle with long cylindrical neck and a tooled, plain broad sloping collar; all four panels are recessed; the front and back have attached printed paper labels which list product information; both side panels have embossed lettering; full of Cuticura Resolvent and sealed with a cork in the neck with a paper seal over top.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Purchased by Dr. M.Chiong for his patent medicine collection, from Goodrich, USA in Oct.1993.
Maker
Potter Drug & Chemical Corporation
Site Made (City)
Boston
Site Made (State)
Massachusetts
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1883
1910
circa 1883-1910
Material
glass: light aqua
paper: orange; black; off-white
cork: beige
Inscriptions
Bottle neck embossed, "6 OZS."; left side embossed, "CUTICURA TREATMENT // FOR AFFECTIONS // OF THE SKIN"; right side embossed, "POTTER DRUG & CHEMICAL // CORPORATION // BOSTON, U.S.A."; front label reads, "CUTICURA // RESOLVENT // CONTAINS 20% ALCOHOL // 6 FL. OZ. NET // CUTICURA // RESOLVENT // A Gentle // Alterative // Tonic and // Aperient // Prepared by // POTTER DRUG & CHEMICAL CORP. // BOSTON, U.S.A. // LABORATORIES, // MALDEN, MASS."; back label lists instructions
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A2-9 Row G
Dimension Notes
Length: 18.7 cm. x Width: 4.9 cm. x Depth: 4.9 cm.
Condition Remarks
The bottle has no chips or cracks; there is some hazing and wear; the bottle is unused and unopened and the cork continues to seal it; both labels are complete and legible; back label shows minor staining; paper seal over the cork is missing small sections, but can be read
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Reference Comments
"Bottles" by Michael Polak, pp. 19 & 21; "Nostrums & Quackery" (1st ed.), pp. 434-435; "Secret Nostrums and Systems" compiled by Charles W. Oleson, p. 53
Research Facts
Used to treat skin diseases
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Emollientine Ointment No. 12

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Dates
1931
circa 1931
Collection
Parke-Davis Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Pain
Accession Number
000001329 a-c
Description
Foil tube (b) with threaded metal cap (c) in a cardboard box (a); tube has a paper label around circumference
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Accession Number
000001329 a-c
Collection
Parke-Davis Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, Pain
MeSH Heading
Skin Care
Dermatitis -- drug therapy
Analgesics, Non-Narcotic
Drugs, Non-Prescription
MM= Drugs -- patent, proprietary, over-the-counter -- container
Description
Foil tube (b) with threaded metal cap (c) in a cardboard box (a); tube has a paper label around circumference
Number Of Parts
3
Part Names
a - box - Size: Length 12.4 cm x Width 3.5 cm x Depth 2.5 cm
b - tube - Size: Length 10.5 cm x Diam. 2.3 cm
c - cap - Size: Depth 0.6 cm x Diam. 1.4 cm
Provenance
Collected by Parke-Davis
Maker
Parke, Davis & Co.
Site Made (City)
Walkerville
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1931
circa 1931
Date Remarks
Based on lot number
Material
cardboard: beige; red;
metal: silver
paper: cream; red
Inscriptions
(a) Top: "OINTMENT No. 12 // EMOLLIENTINE // A valuable combination of Aluminum hydrate, Carbolic acid, Isarol, Lead // oxide, Corrosive sublimate, and Zinc sulphocarbolate with // an aromatized ointment base. // PARKE, DAVIS & COMPANY"; front: "DIRECTIONS FOR USE: // Spread the Emollientine on lint or cotton cloth and apply to the af- // fected part; hold in place with bandage or strips of adhesive plaster. // PRINTED BY PARKE, DAVIS & CO., DETROIT, MICH."; bottom: "PARKE, DAVIS & CO. // LABORATORIES // DETROIT, U.S.A. WALKERVILLE, CANADA LONDON, ENGLAND // SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL // BRANCHES // [23 cities listed]"; back: "Emollientine is particularly useful in the treatment of burns, scalds, // cuts, bruises, sun burn, etc., and is a soothing application for // acute and chronic inflammatory diseases of the skin. It can // also be advantageously utilized in place of poultices."; right side and left side: "EMOLLIENTINE // [logo, see sketch on accession sheet] // OINTMENT"; (b) front: "OINTMENT No. 12 // EMOLLIENTINE // An Antiseptic, Astringent, Soothing // and Restorative Ointment // Combining Aluminum hy- // drate, Carbolic acid, Isarol, // Lead oxide, Corrosive subli- // mate and Zinc sulphacarbolate // with an ointment base agree- // ably aromatized. [printed] C689583 [stamped] // PARKE, DAVIS & CO. // WALKERVILLE, ONTARIO, CANADA"; back: "DIRECTIONS FOR USE: // Spread the Emollientine // on lint or cotton cloth and // apply to the affected part; // hold in place with bandage // or strips of adhesive plas- // ter."
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A2-8 Row H
Condition Remarks
Box yellowed and dirty; some corrosion on tube and cap; tube deeply dented at top front; label yellowing
Copy Type
Original
Reference Comments
Parke-Davis Lot Numbering System
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hair trimmer comb

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact15217
Dates
1960
1980
circa 1960-1980
Category
Home Health Care
Hygiene
Patient Care Artifacts
Classification
Dermatology
Home Health
Hygiene
Patient Care
Accession Number
015011014 a-e
Description
Yellow plastic trapezoidal hair trimmer comb with two razor blades, one on each side and both lined with plastic guards meant to comb through hair at two different short lengths such as men's side burns, neck or beard; there are raised letters in the plastic on both flat sides and on the back there…
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Accession Number
015011014 a-e
Category
Home Health Care
Hygiene
Patient Care Artifacts
Classification
Dermatology
Home Health
Hygiene
Patient Care
MeSH Heading
Dermatology
Skin Care
Hair
Hair Removal -- instrumentation
Hygiene
Description
Yellow plastic trapezoidal hair trimmer comb with two razor blades, one on each side and both lined with plastic guards meant to comb through hair at two different short lengths such as men's side burns, neck or beard; there are raised letters in the plastic on both flat sides and on the back there is a square of plastic which is used to open and close the razor; the razor splits in half so there are two flat yellow pieces inside of which the three razor blades sit, two on one side and one on the other.
Number Of Parts
5
Part Names
a - plastic case: Length 8.5 cm X Width 6.3 cm X Height 1.5 cm
b - plastic case: Length 8.5 cm X Width 6.3 cm X Height 0.5 cm
c-e - razors: Length 4.3 cm X Width 2.3 cm
Provenance
Belonged to donor.
Dates
1960
1980
circa 1960-1980
Date Remarks
Based on the inventions of the safety razor and the twin-blade razor.
Material
plastic: yellow
metal: black
ink: green
Inscriptions
Raised on yellow plastic a): "HAIR // MADE IN BRITISH HONG KONG"; raised on yellow plastic b): "TRIMMING // RAZOR CUT // TO OPEN // PRESS & SLIDE LEFT // SIDE BURNS NECK"; printed on razor blades c,d,e): "Old Man // TRADE MARK".
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-E5-4
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Copy Type
original
Reference Comments
"The Unusual and Deeply Sexist History of Women Removing Their Body Hair", Mic.com, by Rachel Lubit, August 12, 2016: https://www.mic.com/articles/151191/the-unusual-and-deeply-sexist-history-of-women-removing-their-body-hair
"The History of Female Hair Removal", Women's Museum of California, Nov. 22, 2017: https://womensmuseum.wordpress.com/2017/11/22/the-history-of-female-hair-removal/
"It Started With Harper’s Bazaar…" Outskirts of the Twenties, January 5, 2014: https://outskirtsofthetwenties.wordpress.com/2014/01/05/it-started-with-harpers-bazaar/
"How Shaving Works" by Marshall Brain, Howstuffworks, June 26, 2006: https://health.howstuffworks.com/skin-care/men/shaving-tips/shaving1.htm
"Hair Trimmer Comb: Barber-ism Begins At Home", by bohus, October 7th, 2010: https://www.retrothing.com/2010/10/hair-trimmer-comb-barber-ism-begins-at-home.html
Research Facts
Gillette released the first "safety razor" in 1901 and advertised it heavily. Shaving became inexpensive and easier for men to do more often. In World War One, soldiers were required to shave their faces in order to fit into gas masks. Returning soldiers and advertising from companies like Gillette made being clean shaven fashionable for men, Beards were then unfashionable until the 1960s, and it remains in fashion for men to be clean shaven.
In Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, hair removal was common for both men and women, as it was considered clean and beautiful. They used tweezers, waxes, and pumice stones.
In the Elizabethan Era in Europe, England's Queen Elizabeth I set the trend of women shaping their eyebrows and removing moustaches, as well as removing the hair about the forehead so one's face appreared longer.
In 1915, an ad in the magazine Harper's Bazaar and Gillette's creation of the Milady Décolleté were among the things which urged women to be rid of hair under their arms, and as hemlines rose in the 1940s and 50s, women began shaving their legs in larger numbers and more regularly, a standard which persists to this day.
This hair trimmer comb was meant to be used in order to extend time between hair cuts by simply being combed through the hair to cut off the ends. It cost a dollar or less, and users ran the risk of cutting off much more hair than they originally wished.
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Hospital and Nursery Talcum Powder

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact15284
Dates
1949
1968
circa 1949 – 1968
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Patient Care Artifacts
Classification
Patient Care
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
006033001
Description
Full cylindrical cardboard Hospital and Nursery Talcum Powder container with navy and cream paper label on exterior sides; full with white powder; circular grey metal top and bottom; label has product and company information printed all over with an orange tinted image of small child in centre; met…
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Accession Number
006033001
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Patient Care Artifacts
Classification
Patient Care
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Equipment and Supplies, Hospital
Powders
Skin Care
Drug Packaging
Drug Storage
Drugs -- Non-Prescription
Drugs -- topical -- container
MM= Drug Packaging -- container
MM= Drugs -- topical
MM= Drugs -- topical -- container
Description
Full cylindrical cardboard Hospital and Nursery Talcum Powder container with navy and cream paper label on exterior sides; full with white powder; circular grey metal top and bottom; label has product and company information printed all over with an orange tinted image of small child in centre; metal ends have rolled edges; bottom has circular push up; top has rotating disc with perforated and solid openings that opens and closes container.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Received from anonymous donor via Kingston General Hospital Public Affairs.
Maker
Ingram & Bell Limited
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1949
1968
circa 1949 – 1968
Date Remarks
Presence of Ingram & Bell logo discontinued in late 1960s (at least up to 1968)
Material
paper: cream, brown
ink: navy, orange
metal: grey
Inscriptions
Printed on label: “INGRAM & BELL LIMITED // HOSPITAL AND NURSERY // TALCUM POWDER // A DELICATELY PERFUMED, // SOOTHING DRY LUBRICANT, BUFFERED // FOR THE CARE OF TENDER SKIN // AN AIR BLOWN TALCUM POWDER // CONTAINING NO BORIC ACID, ZINC // COMPOUNDS, OR ALLERGENIC MATERIALS // INGRAM & BELL LIMITED // TORONTO MONTREAL WINNIPEG // CALGARY VANCOUVER // CANADA // Content: 10 oz. net weight”
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A1-6 Row E
Length
12.7 cm
Diameter
7.9 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Minor corrosion all over metal pieces; minor soiling and fading all over label; minor vertical distortion of label near back
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Website
Document
Document (online)
Reference Comments
“What is talcum powder?” Cancer.org, American Cancer Society Inc., 2018. Accessed 7 August 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.
Research Facts
Talcum powder is used on the skin to absorb moisture, reduce friction, and prevent rashes; it is made from the mineral talc, which is a combination of magnesium, silicon, and oxygen.
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.
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