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Object ID 000898

Object Name Dr. David Roberts Healing Powder

Object Desc Oval shaped tin with lid containing Dr. David Roberts Healing Powder. Tin is yellow with black writing and picture. Contents still inside.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY000814

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General Category History

Category Medical


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Hardware Store

Object Date

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End Year Range

Status On Exhibit

Object Keywords healing powder,powder,medicine,Dr. David Roberts Vet Co.,

Title Dr. David Roberts Healing Powder

Description Oval shaped yellow tin with black writing. Lid does not open. Says on the front "Dr. David Roberts Healing Powder" followed by a picture of him and his signature below it. Then "Prepared by Dr. David Roberts Veterinary Company Waukesha, Wisconsin, U.S.A.", "Price 25 cents". Its says "Healing Powder" along both sides. On the back, the ingredients are listed, as well as directions of use and the uses of the product such as surface wounds. Lid has nothing written on. Bottom is of gold color. Contents still inside.


Approx Collection Date

Height 4.75

Length 0

Width 2.5

Depth 1.25

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

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Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Dr. David Roberts Veterinary Company

Maker Details Waukesha, WIS. Dr. David Roberts was born in 1866 in Franksville, WI. He was recognized as a knowledgeable and competent veterinarian. In 1904, he incorporated the "Dr. David Robert's Veterinary Company" and employed over thirty people at his factory/office. The firm produced his animal medicines and sold them throughout the United States. Dr. Roberts also released his first book that same year called "Practical Home Veterinarian" which sold more than a million copies nationwide. He was named State Veterinarian in 1906 which required him to work out of the town of Madison. In 1908 he was succeeded by his brother and went back to his practice and business in Waukesha. By 1910, the "Dr. Roberts Stock Farm" had been established and was billed as "the most modern barn in the Midwest. He became quite wealthy selling his medicines. In 1951 he died. Dr. Roberts' patent medicines are well known today for their uniformity. Most products have the distinctive bright orange label with his picture.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY814



Date AUG 7,2013

Summary Poor

Assessor Samanta Pugh

Notes Container has a lot of rust on the surface, the bottom and the lid. Lid no longer opens and it is not closed all the way down on right side. There are a lot of black smudges all throughout container's surface. There is a slight dent on the back upper part of container, one tiny on the front upper part on word "David" and another one on the picture on the front where also a large scratch is located revealing a silver color underneath. Several areas have scratches from small to larger ones. Reading is still not affected too much by scratches and spots, only on the back at the last paragraph of Directions there is a stain on parts of 6 different words that make reading more difficult.