This object is one of 39 objects from the Estate of Robert W. Vinson donated to the Smithsonian in 1958. Robert William Vinson (1872-1958), known as “Doc” or “Doc Willie” Vinson, ran Vinson’s Pharmacy in Rockville, Maryland, from the early 1900s until 1957. The store was built in the 1880’s and located on the corner of Montgomery Avenue and Perry Street, across from the Montgomery County Court House, and was reported to be a popular gathering place for local politicians. It closed after Mr. Vinson’s death and many objects and furnishings, some dating to the years prior to Mr. Vinson’s ownership, were donated to the Montgomery County Historical Society Stonestreet Museum, as well as to the Smithsonian. An ornate 1914 soda fountain from the drugstore was installed in the Rockville public library. Highlights in the Smithsonian collection include glass apothecary bottles, a "Konseal" Filling and Closing Apparatus, and two pharmacy counter displays: “Munyon’s Homeopathic Home Remedies” and “German Household Dyes.”

Reference: Buglass, Ralph. Rockville, 2020. Print. (Images of America Series)

Maker: Whitall, Tatum and Company

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

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Credit Line: Estate of Robert Vinson, through Mr J. Vinson Peter

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: MG.M-07367Catalog Number: M-07367Accession Number: 220980

Object Name: Jar, Ointmentjar, apothecaryointmentOther Terms: Ceratum; Jar, Ointment; Pharmaceuticals; Drugs; Non-Liquid

Measurements: overall: 4 1/2 in x 2 7/8 in; 11.43 cm x 7.3025 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a5-50c1-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_717715

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