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Ayer's Cathartic Pills

Ayer's Cathartic Pills

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Description
The indications or uses for this product as provided on its packaging: Cathartic
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
otc preparation
Date made
ca 1900
1910-1920
Associated Name
Dr. J. C. Ayer and Company
Tupper's Pharmacy
maker
Dr. J. C. Ayer and Company
Place Made
United States: Massachusetts, Lowell
Physical Description
paper (overall packaging material)
jalap (drug active ingredients)
ginger (drug active ingredients)
aloes (drug active ingredients)
gamboge (drug active ingredients)
colocynth pulp (drug active ingredients)
podophyllin (drug active ingredients)
oil peppermint (drug active ingredients)
oil spearmint (drug active ingredients)
Measurements
overall: 1 1/4 in x 2 1/4 in x 7/8 in; 3.175 cm x 5.715 cm x 2.2225 cm
ID Number
1980.0698.011
accession number
1980.0698
catalog number
1980.0698.011
Credit Line
Gift of Mary E. and Joseph F. Melfi, Jr., Tupper's Drug Store, Summerville, South Carolina
subject
Laxatives
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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