`Tabloid' medicine chest in metal case, containing materia medica in glass stoppered jars (Pts 4 - 38), by Burroughs Wellcome & Company, London, England, 1900-1909. Used by Teddy Roosevelt on African Expedition, 1909.
This chest was given to Teddy (Theodore) Roosevelt (1858-1919), the 26th President of the United States. When Roosevelt’s presidential term ended in 1909, he went on safari to Africa to hunt game. He also brought back specimens for the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC. As malaria was common in Africa, the case is full of quinine based anti-malaria products – many of which have been used.
Burroughs, Wellcome & Co gave ‘Tabloid’ medicine chests filled with the company’s products to influential people and high profile expeditions in a shrewd attempt to advertise their product.
- Materia Medica & Pharmacology
- Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
- Object Number:
- A700000 Pt3
- brass (copper alloy), cotton (thread), glass, incomplete, mahogany (wood), materia medica, nickel plated, paper (fibre product) and steel (metal)
overall: 210 mm x 400 mm x 305 mm, 12.38 kg
overall (open): 135 mm x 810 mm x 415 mm,
- medicine chest
- furnishing and equipment
- furnishing - artefact
- case furniture
- Loan, Wellcome Trust