Bayer-Tablets of Aspirin

The indications or uses for this product as provided on its packaging:
Used since 1900 for the relief of Pain and Discomfort in Simple Headaches and Neuralgias, Head Colds, Muscular Aches and Pains, and as a gargle for relief of minor throat irritations. Does 1-2 tablets with water 3 to 4 times daily as required. Genuine Bayer Aspirin Tablets are made exclusively by the Bayer Company, Inc., Originators of Aspirin.
Aspirin, acetyl salicylic acid, was developed in the late 19th century at the Bayer company in Elberfeld, Germany. In 1900, Bayer received a patent for the drug in the United States and also registered the trademark name, Aspirin. The patent expired in 1917, and the trademark was partly struck down in a 1921 court ruling. The judge ruled that the aspirin name had passed into the public domain and that packages of 50 or less tablets could be sold to the public as "aspirin" by any manufacturer. The red script "Genuine," featured on this tin, appeared in Bayer Tablets of Aspirin advertising shortly after the 1921 ruling and was incorporated in the product label.
Object Name
otc preparation
date made
ca 1930
Bayer Company, Inc.
Physical Description
acetylsalicylic acid, 5 grains per tablet (drug active ingredient)
overall: 3/8 in x 13 7/8 in x 1 3/8 in; .9525 cm x 35.2425 cm x 3.4925 cm
place made
United States: New York, Rensselaer
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
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Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


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