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Hicks Capudine Liquid

Hicks Capudine Liquid

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Usage conditions apply
The indications or uses for this product as provided by the manufacturer are: For relief of pain and discomfort in simple headaches and neuralgia, muscular aches and pains, aching discomforts accompanying colds. Tends to reduce fever.
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Object Name
otc preparation
Date made
ca 1930
Capudine Chemical Company
Place Made
United States: North Carolina, Raleigh
Physical Description
antipyrin, 15 grs. per fl. oz. (drug active ingredients)
caffeine (drug active ingredients)
bromides (drug active ingredients)
salicylates (drug active ingredients)
box: 5 1/2 in x 2 1/8 in x 1 1/8 in; 13.97 cm x 5.3975 cm x 2.8575 cm
bottle: 5 1/4 in x 2 in x 1 in; 13.335 cm x 5.08 cm x 2.54 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Gary P. and Sandra Baden
Pain & Neuralgia Drugs
Catarrh, Cough & Cold Drugs
Fever & Chill Drugs
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Health & Medicine
Balm of America
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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I am Henry T. Hicks’ great-grandaughter. The bottles and pamphlets have incorrectly spelled “Grippe,” which is what the flu was called back then. Somehow, it was never corrected!
Suzanne, My cousin just found one of these Hicks Capudine bottles she dug up in her backyard. One she added to her collection of bottles she has found. Is that word you are referring to called the "croup" ? I remember them saying growing up when they had the flu of the winter, "they're sick with the croup". D. Wilson
Hi, I am the great grandson of Henry Thomas Hicks the inventor of Capudine. Capudine was the second best selling headache remedy for decades reaching back to the 1890's. In 1912, the Hicks family moved into a 9 bedroom mansion at 327 Hillsborough Street in Raleigh. The home was converted into a law firm in 1964 and is still standing today. The home is schedule to be torn down to make way for a new development in 2019 or 2020. The Hicks home was one of only 2 homes at the time to have an elevator in it. The first home was the Biltmore Estate in Asheville and my great grandfathers home in Raleigh, the elevator was added to the home in 1933. Henry T. Hicks was married to Ida Snelling. They had two boys, William and Harry. William was my grandfather whom I never met, he died of TB in the late 40's. William had three sons, William, Henry (who was my father) and Robert Lansing. Capudine Chemical company was sold to another company in the 40's and remained a viable product to the market until the early 60's. This all ended with the invention of acetaminophen which cornered the headache market. Many people swear by the use of Capudine but the reality is that there is no proven evidence that my great grandfather had a reliable remedy. That being said, he sold an lot of this product over the years. He had 2 stores in Raleigh and was recognized as a pioneer in the evolution of the modern drug store as we know it today according an article from the News and Observer from 1964. Thanks for reading; I would be glad to fill in more blanks if there was any interest from someone.
Gerry, Thank you so much for such a wonderful fill in on your family’s history! My in-laws built a home about 30 years ago and kept all the bottles they found on the property during the building for decoration. I’m in the process of of cleaning these up and found a Hicks bottle, it says it was for headaches and “cripp”. I’ve never heard of cripp and thought it could have been a misprint for croup but wasn’t sure. I stumbled upon your comments in for search for cripp. Maybe you can clarify that for me? I’d also like to add I’m incredibly sorry they are tearing down his home for new development, I find it heartbreaking to see such pieces of history lost like that. Thank you for sharing your story and any insight you can share!
The museum I work at has unearthed more than 150 Capudine bottles beneath an old rural general store we own. We've found many artifacts in and around the store but why so many of these specific bottles under the store in the dirt?
We own a building in Guthrie Oklahoma that used to have a drug store. We found many pamphlets for this product in our building.They are quite interesting. They tell of many usages and also have section for "laundry List" including underwear, drawers and corset covers.
Just found a bottle of the capudine. The bottle reads "capudine for headahe" still has the cork too.

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