Scott's Emulsion

Scott's Emulsion

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Usage conditions apply
The indications or uses for this product as provided on its packaging:
Scott's Emulsion, Active Ingredient Cod Liver Oil, four times easier to digest than plain Cod Liver Oil.
Guarantee: We guarantee that Scott’s Emulsion when assayed biologically contained sufficient Vitamin A and Vitamin D units to meet the daily dosage requirements of the Council of Pharmacy and Chemistry of the American Medical Association and furnishes full minimum daily requirements for these vitamins if taken as recommended below.
Children: Scott's Emulsion should be given to children to help build resistance to rickets and to aid in growth of bone structure and development of teeth.
Adults: In cases where there is a lack of Vitamin A, Scott's Emulsion presents a palatable way in which to help overcome this deficiency, and help build resistance to colds.
As a Year Around Tonic: Scott's Emulsion is an excellent protection against deficiencies in Vitamin A and D which may occur at any season of the year.
Dosage: Adults and Children: 1 tablespoonful two or three times daily after meals.
Object Name
otc preparation
Object Type
OTC Preparation
date made
ca 1950s
Eno-Scott & Bowne
place made
United States: New Jersey, Bloomfield
Physical Description
cod liver oil (product active ingredients)
cardboard (overall material)
glass (overall material)
metal (overall material)
box: 7 1/2 in x 2 1/2 in x 1 3/8 in; 19.05 cm x 6.35 cm x 3.4925 cm
bottle: 7 1/2 in x 2 7/16 in x 1 3/8 in; 19.05 cm x 6.19125 cm x 3.4925 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Richard W. Pollay
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Though I will be 80 years old in just a few months, I still remember the brown bottle and the label with the huge fish quite well. As a youngster, growing up in South Carolina, my mother had me take Scott's every day for years. I had no problem taking it. To me, the taste was fine. On the other hand, my mom also had me take something named Walpole (or Walpole's) Tonic. It tasted nasty to me, and I hated taking it. It was a solution high in Iron. For years now, I've had to deal with "iron overload" (Hemochromatosis). It seems unlikely, but I cannot help but wonder whether taking so much "extra" iron in my youth contributed in some way to my developing the problem I have today. (None of my five older siblings have ever developed the disorder.)
From our family genealogy, I discovered that an ancestor of mine, Matthias Dodd (1794-1863), retired to Bloomfield, NJ in 1858 and lived on Orange Street near his boyhood home where Scott & Bowne, makers of Scott's Emulsion, was located. I grew up in the 50's but have no recollection of ever having to take Scott's Emulsion.
I too am doing family research involving Scott's Emulsion. My paternal grandfather, Ernst Paul Münch, spent much of his career with Scott & Bowne, beginning in 1902, developing business opportunities for the firm, first throughout Central & South America, then in Switzerland. I have extensive journals and even photographs of some of his business journeys - fascinating. (An uncle also worked at S&B in Bloomfield, NJ for a time as a chemist). I also have a small collection of ephemera related to the company and some of their products. One engraving of the "fisherman" you refer to has a notation that it is a "Scene taken from life on the coast of Norway." The engraving was created by Major, Knapp & Co. of New York NY and copyrighted in 1884. Happy to accept any questions I might be able to help with. I am also interested in learning more about the history of the company which had many offices around the world (Southall/London, Frankfurt, New York, etc.). Sadly, I have had great difficulty in finding appropriate resources to search.
took this Vit in my early age, hardly got sick. I am now 61, just finish my executive check up, everything is green. Gave it to my kids, same story: now I am looking for it online want to give it to my grandson.. I am from the Far East one of the 3rd world countries..
I took this every day as a kid. Hard to get out of the bottle it was so thick. Never had a cold though. I am now 72.
Hi there, I am currently researching my family ancestry and it has been suggested that the man with the fish on his back used to advertise Scots Emulsion is my Great Great Grandfather Alexander Robertson (known locally as Sandy Hall). He was a prominent fisherman in the town of Berwick upon Tweed on the England / Scotland border and lived between 1829-1911. A poster to the Facebook site Berwick upon Tweed Family History group recently posted the following:- " Sandy Hall" is on two photos of Greenses fishermen, one at the fishermens seat, and the other at the Ballast Quay. My dad remembered him and said he was pictured with a large cod over his shoulder, this being used to advertise a brand of cod liver oil called Scott's Emulsion. I understand that he received a payment for this. From what research I have been able to make with regard to the product and its advertising it does seem remote that the image of the man with the fish was indeed Sandy Hall, however it is just possible that in your archives you may have some information that can confirm or deny the suggestion. I look forward to hearing from you and thank you in advance for your time. Many thanks. John Cooke Hartlepool England
Mary I have read in an article that the man on the picture had captured a record size fish and that mr. Scott of the cod liver oil company seen him up in a fishing town in the Arctic Circle. I don't remember the name of the city but Mr Scott had seen a man carrying a record size cod fish they called it something else however he got a photographer immediately to take his picture they should be in archives of newspapers and it should be in other archives of the city where the prize-winning fish was caught. I would like to wish you good luck on finding the answers to your family heritage.
I grew up in the 1950's. My mother gave me this every day. I didn't think it tasted that bad.
This product was one of the nostalgic everyday occurrences growing up in San Francisco in the late '50's. I also gave it to my children.
I grew up in the 1980's and my grandmother would give my brother and I one spoonful of Scott's Emulsion every day, followed by a lemon wedge. I guess my mother and her brothers used to complain about the taste so my grandmother started this practice. I didn't think it tasted that bad by itself though. Good memories.
Hi, I grew up with Scott's Emulsion. Back in 1969 when I was in a primary school, my nose always running with blood. My mum had me drink Scott's Emulsion for months till I grew stronger. And I was thousand miles away from Bloomfield, NJ. I was in a small island in Riau Archipellago, in Indonesia, near Singapore. Thank you Scott. Best regards, Joni
Back in the 50's my grand ma used to give us this. Palatable is hardly the word I would use. My gag reflex started immediately but I had to swallow any way, guess that's why at 70 yrs I'm so healthy.
Hello When I was young we used to live in Mexico and my mom used to give us Emulsion Scott even though we didn’t have a lot off money she managed to give us this vitamins, the flavor was not as tasty as today but still we would take it almost ever day, That kept us healthy and strong. Now I live in the United States and I’m a grandma my mom passed away 2 years ago but still I remember that vitamin taking it and did good for our health. A month later she passed my granddaughter Rebecca was born prematurely it was a hard time but also brought healing to my loss. I heard a story about a child that was very ill in New York due to bronquitis and her immune system being weak, And just by taking Emulsion Scott got better and eventually became very healthy, so on one of my trips to Mexico i brought that wonderful medicine (vitamin) and since my birthday granddaughter has grown healthy and very smart by the way. I truly believe this great vitamin is essential to every child. I’m a true believer.
My mom used to take this and said it was a drug. Plus they took it daily at school. It was something that they would take at school and the "administrators" would wait, until you swallowed it all.
I have a Scott's Emulsion Good Luck Pocket piece bearing the Fish and Fisherman trademark on one side and the word PROSPERITY across the other plus other wording around the rim. The item appears to be brass. Since the trademark was issued in 1912 the piece could not be older than that. I am very interested when the first of these was produced. I am a native Bluenoser from Nova Scotia and I am very interested in the age of this particular item and the history of its use. Can anybody be of help.
I love to purchase some for my grandchildren and my family. My mom used to give us Scott’s emotions all the time. We grew up on that and never got sick
I would like to find this Scott’s Emulsion we took in our childhood years! Dad called it Sculsh-a-mulsh” and said it was Liquid Gold! He lined us all up in a row to get our tablespoon for the day. There were at least 6 of us born in 1950-1957 who took it. I looked for it in 1980 to give my daughter and back then it was still being sold in the drug stores. I will be 70 this year and would like to take it myself again. I hope to find it! Amazon has it but not sure it is the authentic Emulsion.
Hello, I grew up in Bloomfield, NJ and my mother worked for Eno, Scott & Bowne in Bloomfield. In front of their headquarters on Orange Street in Bloomfield was a larger-than-life bronze statue of the "man with the fish on his back". The statue disappeared around the time of the company's takeover by Beecham's. Researching the fate of this statue might be a good avenue of historical research. I can only hope it is in a private collection somewhere rather than having been melted down for the metal content. Thank you,
Good morning Richard, My name is Susan Alys Scott. I am the first born of Donald P. Scott. I am one the heirs of the estate and I am not aware of a large statue. I remember as a child the mini statues. We had a fire in Malibu. On my 18 birthday it burned. My stepmother stole most of our birthrights. I have new paper articles, framed calendars from 1890s if they could be displayed I'm interested in donating to a museum. My Grandmother was a humanitarian and donated to start childrens hospital in New York. Her name was Stella Scott. Thank you for your memory I will in touch with the executor.
Scott's Emulsion practically saved my health, born back in the day when many people did not know the value of vitamins and minerals. Thank GOD for my Mom and her love for us !

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