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Advertisements for W. W. Gavitt Medical Company, Topeka, Kansas

Advertisements for W. W. Gavitt Medical Company, Topeka, Kansas
Date: 1902
These images show advertisements for the W. W. Gavitt Medical Company located at 5th and Madison Streets in Topeka, Kansas. The first image is an advertisement for Gavitt's System Regulator, advertised to cure "all blood, stomach, kidney, and liver troubles." The second image is a group of advertisements for three different businesses owned by W. W. Gavitt: a business of investment bankers and brokers, a medical company, and a mercantile company. The W. W. Gavitt Medical Company manufactured "standard and proprietary remedies."


Baker's Medicine sales truck, Greenwood County, Kansas

Baker's Medicine sales truck, Greenwood County, Kansas
Date: Between 1920 and 1929
This photograph shows a medical sales truck with a sign reading, "Baker's Medicine, Extracts, and Spices" in Greenwood County, Kansas. Boxes on the truck are labeled, "Baker's Condition Powder." Also visible is a man standing to the left of the truck, a woman seated on the truck's running board, and a girl standing to the right of the truck. An unidentified building is visible in the background.


Dangers of self-drugging with proprietary medicines, by Edward Bumgardner, Lawrence, Kansas

Dangers of self-drugging with proprietary medicines, by Edward Bumgardner, Lawrence, Kansas
Date: June 24, 1902
These images show the essay titled "Dangers of Self-Drugging With Proprietary Medicines," by Edward Bumgardner of Lawrence, Kansas. The essay was part of a prize contest on topics for the public good, published under the Latin heading, "Pro Bono Publico." The essay expresses criticism of the advertising, sale, and use of so-called "patent medicines," and reports on the high levels of alcoholic and narcotic ingredients that often made up such remedies. The essay concludes by calling upon newspaper publishers to stop printing advertisements for such medicines, for legislation requiring the ingredients of medicines to be listed on the labels, and for physicians to lead a crusade against such dangerous drugs.


Dr. H. C. Perdue's Neosho County Advertiser, Erie, Kansas

Dr. H. C. Perdue's Neosho County Advertiser, Erie, Kansas
Date: Between 1887 and 1889
This pamphlet titled The Neosho County Advertiser was published by Dr. H. C. Perdue, M. D., in Erie, Kansas. It contains approximately 50 pages of descriptions of medical cures and other advertising. Descriptions of Dr. Perdue's Ague Cure and other medical treatments are on pages 2-28, and other advertisements are on pages 29-49, plus the inside and outside of the back cover. Besides information on Dr. Perdue's medical practice, there are numerous advertisements for drug stores. Drug stores listed in the advertisements (and their town locations, all in Kansas) include: Palace Drug Store, Erie; Ira Steinberger Drug Store, Erie; New City Drug Store, Erie; Dr. C. E. Steadman, Druggist, Osage Mission; I. N. Wherrett General Merchandise and Drugs, Vietsburg; M. Devine, Druggist, Osage Mission; Baldwin House Drug Store, Thayer; W. R. Kramer, Druggist, Chanute; John McCarthy, Druggist, Galesburg; and Mrs. Samuel Whelpley, Druggist, Morehead. Druggists listed as references for Dr. Perdue include Charles H. Eaton and J. T. Brown, both of Erie. Other businesses and professions advertised include attorneys, real estate agents, merchants, banks, doctors, clothing stores, millinery and dress making stores, grocery stores, jewelry stores, candy stores, cigar stores, meat markets, bakeries, livery stables, abstracters, tree nurseries, buggy harness stores, carpenters, hardware stores, fur dealers, barber shops, lumber companies, monument dealers, dry goods, dentists, hotels, and furniture stores.


Dr. Williams Pink Pills for Pale People

Dr. Williams Pink Pills for Pale People
Creator: W.T. Hanson Company
Date: 1915
Round wooden pill container marketing (and originally containing) Dr. Williams Pink Pills for Pale People. Containing a combination of iron oxide and Epsom salts, Dr. Williams' Pink Pills were marketed to Civil War veterans with digestive problems, malaria, wounds, and emotional disturbances. Later advertisements claimed the pills were a remedy for many female ailments and could restore the blood and nerves. They were marketed through Dr. Williams' Medicine Company (the trading arm of G. T. Fulford & Company) of Schenectady, N.Y.


Gavitt's Drug Manufacturing Company display, Topeka, Kansas

Gavitt's Drug Manufacturing Company display, Topeka, Kansas
Date: Between 1890 and 1919
This photograph shows a display for Gavitt's Drug Manufacturing Company in Topeka, Kansas. Signs in the display advertise, "Over 100 Standard and Proprietary Remedies," and a "Modern Medical Tablet Machine." William Gavitt ran a large mail-order medicine company.


I. W. Day to Governor George W. Glick

I. W. Day to Governor George W. Glick
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1879-1883: Glick)
Date: August 29, 1884
Dr. I. W. Day of McPherson writes to Governor George W. Glick expressing support for pardoning Dr. J. B. Curtis of Lindsborg, who was prosecuted for violating Kansas' prohibition law by prescribing beer to a patient. Dr. Day describes his professional evaluation of the patient's symptoms as recorded in the court testimony, and explains that he believes the patient really was sick and that beer was an appropriate remedy. This letter is an example of the controversies that arose over an exception in the state's alcohol prohibition law which allowed the use of alcohol for medicinal purposes. Some people believed that doctors were prescribing alcohol without a real medicinal need, and some doctors and druggists were prosecuted for alleged violations of the alcohol prohibition law.


J.R. Watkins Medical wagon, Eureka, Kansas

J.R. Watkins Medical wagon, Eureka, Kansas
Date: Between 1900 and 1909
This black and white photograph shows a group of gentlemen, possibly a salesman and customers, standing beside a horse-drawn J.R. Watkins Medical Company wagon near Eureka, Kansas. There is also a young boy in the photograph. The company, founded in 1868 by Joseph Ray Watkins from Plainview, Minnesota, sold medical liniments and salves from the back of a horse-drawn wagon. One sign indicates they sell stock and poultry tonic. There are several cloth sacks and buckets on the ground beside the wagon.


J.R. Watkins Medical wagon, Eureka, Kansas

J.R. Watkins Medical wagon, Eureka, Kansas
Date: Between 1900 and 1919
This black and white photograph shows a couple standing beside a J.R. Watkins Medical wagon with sampling cases near Eureka, Kansas. The medical company, founded in 1868 by Joseph Ray Watkins from Plainview, Minnesota, sold medical liniments and salves from the back of a horse drawn wagon. The company may have sold supplies for animals as well as humans because a bucket in the front of the photograph is labeled "stock tonic" and the wagon has "stock and poultry tonic" on it.


Living charter members of the Kansas Pharmaceutical Association

Living charter members of the Kansas Pharmaceutical Association
Date: 1937
This page from the Kansas Pharmaceutical News shows photographs of the only four charter members of the Kansas Pharmaceutical Association still living in 1937. The association was founded in 1880. The four charter members are John Schmitter of Gypsum, L. D. Havenhill of Lawrence, A. J. (Gus) Saur of Wichita, and Matt Noll of Atchison.


Medicine tin

Medicine tin
Creator: Mentholatum Company
Date: between 1906 and 1935
Small round tin of Mentholatum. Cover illustration of a young girl dressed as a nurse. Manufactured by the Mentholatum Company of Wichita. The company was originally founded as the Yucca Company in 1889 by Albert Alexander Hyde (1848-1935) and two partners as a manufacturer of soaps, shaving creams, and perfumes. In 1894 Hyde developed Mentholatum ointment, which was an immediate success and quickly became the company's top selling product. In 1903 Hyde organized a second office in Buffalo, New York to handle sales and distribution east of the Mississippi River. In 1906 the business was renamed The Mentholatum Company and it stopped producing any other products. In 1909-10 they built a large factory in Wichita at 1300 E. Douglas, the City's first steel-reinforced, poured-concrete structure. They built a second factory in Buffalo in 1919. After Hyde's death in 1935 the company headquarters were relocated to Buffalo.


Patent medicine drummer, Alma, Kansas

Patent medicine drummer, Alma, Kansas
Date: Between 1910 and 1930
This photograph shows a view of a patent medicine drummer (salesman)in front of an unidentified house in Alma, Kansas. The sign on the salesman's horse-drawn wagon reads, "Dr. Miller's Remedies." A man holding a case is visible in front of the wagon, and a woman and a girl are visible sitting on the edge of the porch of the house.


Pharmaceutical salesmen, Wichita, Kansas

Pharmaceutical salesmen, Wichita, Kansas
Date: Between 1930 and 1959
This photograph shows a group of 14 pharmaceutical salesmen for McKesson-Potts posing outside of a building in Wichita, Kansas. The sign on the door behind the men reads, "McKesson Service, The Standard of Quality." The street location is identified as 117 North Santa Fe.


Raccoon Plaster, Lawrence, Kansas

Raccoon Plaster, Lawrence, Kansas
Creator: Lawrence Studio
Date: Between 1900 and 1919
These photographs from a glass plate negative show two young men with an automobile, parked on the streets of Lawrence, Kansas, advertising for "Raccoon Plaster". The product promised to treat the troublesome corns of the feet. A free sample could be obtained by writing to the company in Le Roy, New York.


Seelye's Almanac, Health Guide, and Cook Book; Abilene, Kansas

Seelye's Almanac, Health Guide, and Cook Book; Abilene, Kansas
Creator: A. B. Seelye's Medicine Company
Date: 1903
These images show the booklet titled Seelye's Almanac, Health Guide, and Cook Book, published by A. B. Seelye Medical Company in Abilene, Kansas. The approximately 50-page booklet contains advertisements and testimonials for Ner-Vena, Wasa-Tusa, Magic Cough and Consumption Cure, Seelye's Wintergreen Ointment, Wintergreen Soap, A. B. Seelye's Happy Life Pills, Seelye's Universal Stock and Poultry Powder, Horse Liniment, Seelye's Hair Tonic and Restorative, and other remedies. There are also advertisements for powdered spices, flavoring extracts, and household recipes. Almanac information about such things as calendars, phases of the moon, and weather forecasts are also included. The cookbook section begins on page 41.


Snowden-Mize Drug Company trade letter, Atchison, Kansas

Snowden-Mize Drug Company trade letter, Atchison, Kansas
Date: April 9, 1931
This trade letter is one example of those distributed by the Snowden-Mize Drug Company in Atchison, Kansas. It appears to be a wholesale price list for retail drug stores to order supplies from. The products on the list suggest the manner in which drug stores were also convenience stores selling many items besides medical products. Items on the list include pencils, erasers, ginger ale, chocolates, photographic film, toothbrushes, soda fountain glassware, fountain pen ink, baby food, pharmaceutical chemicals, prescription bottles, flashlight batteries, antiseptic, shaving cream, and golf equipment.


Swift and Holliday, Wholesale Druggists; Topeka, Kansas

Swift and Holliday, Wholesale Druggists; Topeka, Kansas
Date: 1892
This image is an advertisement for Swift and Holliday, Wholesale Druggists, located at 523 Kansas Avenue in Topeka, Kansas. The advertisement originally appeared in Volume 4 of the Kansas Medical Journal in 1892, and promotes "Elastic stockings made to order," and "Surgical instruments and physicians' supplies." A drawing of a woman is visible on the left side of the advertisement, and it shows the various products offered for sale.


T.V. has nothing on Old Doc's medicine show, Hutchinson, Kansas

T.V. has nothing on Old Doc's medicine show, Hutchinson, Kansas
Creator: Hutchinson News-Herald
Date: December 30, 1951
This newspaper article describes the strange entertainment activities that accompanied the sales of medical remedies at medicine shows, particularly the show of "Dr. Corn." The article describes Dr. Corn's downfall after accepting Ish Rock as a partner in entertainment, and their activity selling tickets to view a fake animal called a pollimazuke.


The O'B-- Special patent medicine advertisement, Beloit, Kansas

The O'B-- Special patent medicine advertisement, Beloit, Kansas
Creator: D. S. O'Brien, M. D.
Date: Between 1901 and 1920
This image shows a brochure advertising The O'B-- Special patent medicine sold by D. S. O'Brien, M. D., of Beloit, Kansas.


Tonsillotome

Tonsillotome
Creator: Chas. Truax & Co.
Date: between 1887 and 1920
Tonillotome for performing tonsillectomies. Steel rod with a ring at the end. Pulling back on the handle draws a guillotine-style blade across the ring to excise the tonsil. A skewer can also be extended across the ring to hold the tonsil in place during the procedure and extract it with the instrument. Charles Truax and Company was founded in Chicago in 1887 as a partnership between Charles Truax, Frank C. Greene, and Charles W. Bassett. Sometime after 1893 the name was changed to Truax, Greene & Company, and the business was dissolved in 1920.


Traveling medicine salesman, Larned, Kansas

Traveling medicine salesman, Larned, Kansas
Date: Between 1880 and 1900
This photograph shows a traveling medicine salesman in his horse-drawn buggy. The sign on the buggy reads, "Dr. Machin's KKK Special Prescriptions, Extracts, and Spices. D. W. Hart, Salesman. Larned, Kansas."


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