Ephemera Collection:

Medications and Old-time Remedies

Welcome to my medications collection page.  Here you will find some very unique and interesting items, some dating back to as early as 1906.  I find it fascinating to see some of the remedies that were common so long ago.

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Doan's Pills for relief of Backache
2 1/2" tall
Contents removed
Date unknown
 
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Carter's Little Liver Pills, a laxative aiding bile flow 
2 1/4" tall
Complete contents
Date unknown
 
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Carter's Little Liver Pills "Happy Days" booklet
5 3/4 X 3 1/2"
Date unknown
 
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Parke-Davis Caffeine Citrated
2 5/8" tall
Half contents
Date unknown
 
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Dr. Edwards Olive Tablets
2 3/8" tall
Contents removed
Date unknown
 
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Luden's Menthol cough Drops
4" long
Unopened, still in cellophane
Date unknown
 
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Tums container with Tums
2 1/4" tall
Unopened package
Date unknown
 
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Anusol Physician's Sample
1 5/8" long
Contains all 3 original suppositories
Date unknown
 
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Ex-Lax tin
Contents removed
1 11/16" square
Date unknown
 
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Warner's Renowned Simple Goiter Medicine
2 1/8" tall
Contains most of original product
Date unknown
 
 
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Parke-Davis Medicated Throat Discs
3 3/8 X 2 3/4
Contents removed
Date unknown, but must be before the 1970's since chloroform was outlawed in over-the-counter medications at that time. 
 
I found this info in a personal blog "The dime-size lozenges were neatly arranged in stacks of three. There were 90 lozenges in a box, as I recall. A new box was wrapped in plastic, and inside, it had a little sheet of paper over the lozenges to keep them exactly in place. As soon as the first lozenge was removed, the remaining lozenges could slide around, and the perfect order inside the box was lost."  This person also said that the chloroform had a "zing" to it and that these discs were quite effective for sore throats and coughs.
 
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Dr. A.W. Chase's Nerve Pills
2" diameter
Unopened
1906
 
 
 

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