Chelf's C. C. Comp'd

The indications or uses for this product as provided on its packaging:
A mild laxative; efficacious in flatulence, excessive gas in stomach, headaches, neuralgia, head colds
Currently not on view
Object Name
otc preparation
Date made
after 1929
Chelf Chemical Company
Physical Description
acetanilid u.s.p. (drug active ingredients)
overall: 13.9 cm x 5.4 cm; 5 1/2 in x 2 1/8 in
overall: 5 1/2 in x 2 1/4 in; 13.97 cm x 5.715 cm
Place Made
United States: Virginia, Richmond
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Indigestion & Nausea Drugs
Pain & Neuralgia Drugs
Catarrh, Cough & Cold Drugs
G.E. Damon Collection
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Health & Medicine
Balm of America
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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Visitor Comments

7/18/2013 2:26:23 PM
I found a bottle that has Chelf's, CELERY-CAFFEIN, COMP'D, CHELF CEM. Co. Richmond VA on it. Can you provide any informaiton as to the date this product could have been available. Judging form other bottles that I have found this probably was a early 1900 product.
7/18/2013 2:27:33 PM
National Museum of American History
We also have a bottle of Chelf's Celery Caffein Compound in our collection. It is an earlier version of the product pictured here. The cobalt blue bottle is embossed on the back, has a cork stopper and a paper label. The printed paper label can provide a lot of information to help with dating. Our bottle's label clearly states "New Label Adopted October 1st, 1908." The label also states the amount of acetanilid present, a requirement of the 1906 Food and Drugs Act. I have not found a reference to Chelf's Compound before this time, although celery remedies of all sorts were popular in the late 19th century (celery colas, tonics, bitters and so on). By 1929, the date of the bottle pictured here, Chelf's Celery Caffein Compound has been become Chelf's C. C. Compound. The printed paper label no longer features a stalk of celery, although it does say "Flavored with Celery." Each ounce still contains 15 & 3/10 grains acetanilid, a dangerous drug. Better to stick with celery.
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