Powdered Aloes, One of the Ingredients in Compound Cathartic Pills


One of twenty-nine (29) specimens illustrating the manufacture of pills and tablets donated by Eli Lilly and Company in 1921 for the pharmacy exhibits. The specimens illustrate the ingredients used to produce Phenasbic Tablets (see M-01196 through M-01201) and Compound Cathartic Pills (see M-01206 through M-01214) as well as various steps in the manufacturing process for these products. The specimens were exhibited along with photographs of the Lilly manufacturing plant in Indianapolis, Indiana. Both products are laxative, or cathartic, medicines used in chronic constipation.

The exhibit as described in the 1922 Smithsonian Annual Report: “It has not been so many years ago since all pills and tablets used in medicine were made by hand. Necessity, the mother of invention, created the demand for machines to do this work, and an exhibit was installed during the year to give an idea of the workings of a modern pill and tablet manufacturing plant. For this Eli Lilly & Co., of Indianapolis, Ind., contributed 29 specimens and 14 photographs. With the compound cathartic pill and the phenasbic tablet as types, each progressive step - weighing, mixing, kneading, shaping, and coating - have been illustrated so that each process can be easily understood.”

Date Made: 1920-1921

Maker: Eli Lilly and Company

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Indiana, Indianapolis

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Credit Line: Gift of Eli Lilly and Company

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: MG.M-01208Catalog Number: M-1208Accession Number: 66991

Object Name: pharmaceutical

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b3-cce3-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1880096

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