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.

Date Made: ca 1930

Maker: Bayer Company, Inc.

Place Made: United States: New York, Rensselaer

See more items in: Medicine and Science: Medicine, Health & Medicine, American Enterprise, Balm of America

Exhibition: American Enterprise

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

Credit Line: Gift of Doris H. Bratten (Mrs. Roscoe C. Bratten, D.D.S.)

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: MG.312608.342Catalog Number: 312608.342Accession Number: 312608

Object Name: otc preparationOther Terms: Patent Medicines; Drugs; Non-Liquid

Physical Description: acetylsalicylic acid, 5 grains per tablet (drug active ingredient)Measurements: overall: 3/8 in x 13 7/8 in x 1 3/8 in; .9525 cm x 35.2425 cm x 3.4925 cm


Record Id: nmah_730633

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