Dr. King's Pills

Dr. King's Pills

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Usage conditions apply
The indications or uses for this product as provided on its packaging: For temporary constipation and biliousness
Currently not on view
Object Name
otc preparation
Other Terms
Patent Medicines; Drugs; Non-Liquid
Date made
ca 1930
H. E. Bucklen & Co.
Place Made
United States: New York, New York City
United States: Missouri, Saint Louis
Physical Description
cardboard box (overall packaging material)
glass bottle (overall packaging material)
cascara (drug active ingredients)
podophyllin (drug active ingredients)
aloin (drug active ingredients)
strychnine sulphate (drug active ingredients)
capsicum (drug active ingredients)
overall: 1 1/8 in x 3 1/8 in x 1 1/8 in; 2.8575 cm x 7.9375 cm x 2.8575 cm
bottle: 1 in x 2 3/4 in x 1 in; 2.54 cm x 6.985 cm x 2.54 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Mary E. and Joseph F. Melfi, Jr., Tupper's Drug Store, Summerville, South Carolina
Indigestion & Nausea Drugs
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Health & Medicine
Balm of America
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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I live in a rural area. Back in the day, it was customary to throw your trash away in the trees behind your house. I have been digging up bottles for about 3 years now on the land we recently purchased. I happen to find one of these today. I love the thrill of what I might find next. I have found bottles from the 1860s as well.
I had just recently found one of the Dr. King's pills bottles at our camp, Did the research and was cool to find out information on it!

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