Pyramidon Tablets


Cardboard box with labels that read in part “Pyramidon / REG. U.S. PAT. OFF. & CANADA / 1O Tablets / 5 grains / Brand of / Aminopyrine” and “WINTHROP CHEMICAL COMPANY, INC. / NEW YORK, N.Y. WINDSOR, ONT.”

Pyramidon, a remedy against fever, rheumatism, and neuralgia, was developed in Germany, introduced to commerce in 1896., and received a U.S. patent in 1897. The H. A. Metz Laboratories, Inc., obtained the right to sell pyramidon in the United States, in 1912, and applied for a trademark on the term in 1923.

Ref: Friedrich Stoltz, “Pyrazalon Compound and Process of Making Same,” U.S. Patent 579,412 (March 23, 1897), assigned to the Farbwerke, Vormals Meister, Lucius & Brüning.

“SUE OVER ‘PYRAMIDON’,” New York Times (Feb. 9, 1930), p. N1.

Collection: Reid DrugstoreMaker: Winthrop Chemical Company

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: Canada: Ontarian, WindsorUnited States: New York, New York City

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Credit Line: Gift of Blanche E. Reid

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1984.0351.130Accession Number: 1984.0351Catalog Number: 1984.0351.130

Object Name: otc preparationpharmaceuticalOther Terms: otc preparation; ?; Patent Medicines; Drugs

Measurements: overall: 6 cm x 1.5 cm x 1.5 cm; 2 3/8 in x 9/16 in x 9/16 inoverall: 5/8 in x 2 1/2 in x 5/8 in; 1.5875 cm x 6.35 cm x 1.5875 cm


Record Id: nmah_737831

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