Small Notebook with Late 19th Early 20th Pharmacy Medicine Bottle Labels

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  • Sold Date: Jan 07, 2013
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Small Notebook with Late 19th Early 20th Pharmacy Medicine Bottle Labels The pages of this little 4 by 7 inch notebook has 29 labels from pharmacy medicine bottles. These were not bottles meant for patients, but rather for pharmacies who used them to compound medicine for patients. most have instructions for making tinctures, wines or infusions with the product giving the amounts of water or alcohol to add. Most of the medicines were made by the company that is now GlaxoSmithKline, and the version of their name on the labels enabled me to date them. Some are Smith, Kline & Co. , and some Smith, Kline & French Co., both of Philadelphia. Smith Kline & Co was incorporated in 1968, and it became Smith, Kline & French in 1891. It traded under that name until about 1979. The labels include narcotics,sedatives, diuretics, laxatives, astringents, expectorants and emetics. Mostly extracts, they include everything from Belladonna Leaves and Opium Camphorated for making Paregoric to items more likely today to be found in a health food or herb store than a druggist like Chestnut Leaves, Rhubarb, Hydrangea, Dandelion, Licorice, and Black Cohosh.
The pages are toned, soiled and slightly rippled, probably from the glue. The labels have darkened and some have tears and splotchy stains. The notebook may well be almost as old as
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