The Best Nurser

The Best Nurser

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Description
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)
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
Infant Feeder
infant feeder
date made
ca 1891
maker
The Gotham Co.
place made
United States: New York, New York City
Physical Description
glass, ?, transparent (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 2 1/4 in x 3 1/2 in x 6 3/4 in; 5.715 cm x 8.89 cm x 17.145 cm
overall: 5 in x 3 3/8 in x 2 1/2 in; 12.7 cm x 8.5725 cm x 6.35 cm
ID Number
MG.M-07363.04
catalog number
M-07363.04
accession number
220980
220980
Credit Line
Estate of Robert Vinson, through Mr J. Vinson Peter; Accession 220980 (1958)
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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