Empty tall square amber glass bottle with long cylindrical neck with cork closure style, missing cork; tan paper label on the front and back which list product information as well as a drawing of celery bunch with a child peering out; sides are embossed with text for product name; back label lists …
Empty tall square amber glass bottle with long cylindrical neck with cork closure style, missing cork; tan paper label on the front and back which list product information as well as a drawing of celery bunch with a child peering out; sides are embossed with text for product name; back label lists usage directions in English and German.
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Purchased by Dr. M Chiong for his patent medicine collection, from Goodrich, USA, in Oct. 1993.
Embossed: "CELERY COMPOUND // PAINE'S"; printed on label: "CELERY // Compound // TRADE MARK REGISTERED // PAINE'S // CELERY // COMPOUND // A TRUE NERVE TONIC, // AN ACTIVE ALTERNATIVE, // A RELIABLE LAXATIVE, // AND DIURETIC // IT RESTORES STRENGTH, // RENEWS VITALITY, // PURIFIES THE BLOOD, // REGULATES THE KIDNEYS, // LIVER AND BOWELS // PRICE $1.00 // PREPARED BY // WELLS, RICHARDSON & CO. // SOLE PROPRIETORS. // BURLINGTON, VT."; back label lists directions in English and German: "DIRECTIONS FOR USING PAINE'S CELERY COMPOUND. // [illeg] Should be graduated to suit the patient, enough being taken to act upon the bowels and keep // [illeg], but lessening the dose if it acts too strongly: for adults, from a teaspoonful to a tablespoonful // [illeg] water four times a day, before eating and at bed time; lessen the dose for children according to age. // [illeg] of Neuralgia and Rheumatism double the above dose for the first two days, and in severe and // obstinate cases, or in any disease complicated with Scrofula, add one-eighth ounce of Iodine of Potassium to // each bottle, then use the medicine faithfully."; repeats in German
Storage Room 0010
0010-A2-1 Row D
On exhibit “Quack: The Exhibit that cures all” at Museum of Health Care, 29 June 2017.
Unit Of Measure
Length: 24.8 cm. x Width: 6.6 cm. x Depth: 6.6 cm.
Paper yellowed and minor stains overall; front label is in good condition, except for small loss at top left corner; back label is missing small sections from the upper left and lower right corners, with staining; most printing is legible; bottle without chips, cracks, or wear; missing cork
"The Great American Medicine Show" by Armstrong & Armstrong, p. 166; "Bottles" by Michael Polak, pp. 19 & 21; "The Snake-Oil Syndrome" by A. Walker Bingham, pp. 32 & 50; "The Golden Age of Quackery" by Stewart H. Holbrook, pp. 52-57; "The Great American Fraud" by Samuel Hopkins Adams, pp. 16 & 17, Hudson's Bay Fall and Winter Catalogue, 1910-1911
Paine's Celery Compound first made in 1872; very popular in the 1890's; bottle likely made between 1860 and 1880.
Contained 21% alcohol, also found in the U.S. (bottle Burlington, VT.), Wells & Richardson bought formula from Mrs. Paine, a Burlington, VT. widow; with natural ingredients of "celery extract, hops and coca" -- combination of cocaine and alcohol; Samuel Hopkins Adams put Paine's in the category of The Bracers (alcoholic stimulants)