Mothersill's Seasick Remedy

Mothersill's Seasick Remedy

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Usage conditions apply
The indications or uses for this product as provided by the manufacturer are:
Relieve as well as prevent seasickness, trainsickness, nausea or headaches caused by motion, climbing, etc.
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Object Name
otc preparation
Other Terms
?; Patent Medicines; Drugs
date made
ca 1920
Reid Drugstore
Mothersill Remedy Company, Ltd.
place made
Canada: Ontarian, Montreal
United Kingdom: England, London
Physical Description
cardboard (container material)
wax paper (container material)
overall: 1 1/4 in x 2 1/8 in x 5/8 in; 3.175 cm x 5.3975 cm x 1.5875 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Blanche E. Reid
Indigestion & Nausea Drugs
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Health & Medicine
Balm of America
Reid Pharmacy, Clifton, Illinois
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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Mentioned in "Send For Me", a historical fiction novel by Lauren Fox, near the beginning of Section Three, as Annelise battles seasickness on her first day in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.
Mothersills mentioned on page 358 of “The Splendid and the Vile” by Erik Larson in reference to Winston Churchill in early 1941 preparing to board a ship in bad weather. It’s Chapter 72 entitled TO SCAPA FLO.
En la película LAS NUEVAS AVENTURAS DE TARZAN (THE NEW ADVENTURES OF TARZAN (1935), aparece una caja de mothersill seasick remedy, en la mano de uno de los personajes, que viaja en un buque rumbo a Guatemala, acompañado del chimpancé Cheeta.
Mentioned in ‘Kathleen and Frank’ by Christopher Isherwood (1971: Curtis Books, USA). “My dear, we had rather a rough crossing yesterday but thanks to Mothersill I didn’t feel a qualm.” (p. 426)
Mentioned in a short story 'The Shadow in the Looking-Glass' in the collection of stories 'Women Are So Serious' by Pamela Frankau published 1932: 'Here's the Mothersill, dear boy.' 'Thanks,' said Peter dubiously. He's about to leave on the boat-train from Waterloo to Southampton and on to New York.
Maurice Griifiths, in his 1932 collection of stories about his sailing exploits on the East coast of England, "The Magic Of The Swatchways", mentions Mothersill in a story entitled "Enough to Try a Saint", the events described being of the summer of 1928.
Mothersill's is mentioned in "The Adventures of Sam Spade: The Gutting of Couffignal" when Sam is told he will be taken by speed boat to Couffignal Island: "The Cora M. I'll be there -- with my pockets full of Mothersill's!" Originally broadcast October 4th, 1946.
Mentioned in "The Adventures of Augie March," by Saul Bellow, chapter 25, when Augie is sent to sea during WWII. "I came on deck from an all-night bout of seasickness - - the Mothersills pills, even, hadn't helped..."
"As a cultural cross-reference, "What do you think about Mothersill's sea-sick pills? " is a lyric line in the song "Conga " from the Broadway show, "Wonderful Town, " which setting takes place in the mid 1930s in New York City."

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