Glass bottle of compressed pills

Made:
1900-1910
maker:
Burroughs Wellcome and Company Limited

Round glass bottle with cork stopper, 1/6 full of compressed white pills. Labelled 'Tabloid' Calomel'. Stored inside the 'Livingstone' 'Tabloid' medicine chest. Produced by Burroughs Wellcome and Company Limited, England 1900.

This battered medicine chest was taken by Algot Lane, a Swedish-American explorer, on his 1911 expedition to the Amazon jungle in Brazil. Lange wrote a book about his exploration of the area in 1912 called In the Amazon Jungle: Adventures in the Remote Areas of the Upper Amazon Basin. Unsurprisingly, the chest contains is a large amount of quinine to help prevent and treat malaria, which was common in that area.

The medicine chest was advertised as the ‘Livingstone’ chest after David Livingstone (1813-1873). It was made by Burroughs, Wellcome & Co, who provided medicine chests suitable for a wide range of expeditions – these were often provided free of charge for publicity reasons. It is pictured here with another ‘Livingstone’ medicine chest from the same expedition (A700016).

Details

Category:
Materia Medica & Pharmacology
Object Number:
A700027/12
type:
bottle
credit:
Wellcome Trust