Powdered Aloes, One of the Ingredients in Compound Cathartic Pills

Powdered Aloes, One of the Ingredients in Compound Cathartic Pills

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One of twenty-nine (29) specimens illustrating the manufacture of pills and tablets donated by Eli Lilly and Company in 1921 for the pharmacy exhibits. The specimens illustrate the ingredients used to produce Phenasbic Tablets (see M-01196 through M-01201) and Compound Cathartic Pills (see M-01206 through M-01214) as well as various steps in the manufacturing process for these products. The specimens were exhibited along with photographs of the Lilly manufacturing plant in Indianapolis, Indiana. Both products are laxative, or cathartic, medicines used in chronic constipation.
The exhibit as described in the 1922 Smithsonian Annual Report: “It has not been so many years ago since all pills and tablets used in medicine were made by hand. Necessity, the mother of invention, created the demand for machines to do this work, and an exhibit was installed during the year to give an idea of the workings of a modern pill and tablet manufacturing plant. For this Eli Lilly & Co., of Indianapolis, Ind., contributed 29 specimens and 14 photographs. With the compound cathartic pill and the phenasbic tablet as types, each progressive step - weighing, mixing, kneading, shaping, and coating - have been illustrated so that each process can be easily understood.”
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
pharmaceutical
date made
1920-1921
maker
Eli Lilly and Company
place made
United States: Indiana, Indianapolis
ID Number
MG.M-01208
catalog number
M-1208
accession number
66991
Credit Line
Gift of Eli Lilly and Company
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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