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Object ID 002205

Object Name Help Nature Tablets

Object Desc Yellow box containing Help Nature Tablets and paper informational leaflet. Manufactured by

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY001694a-c

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Medical


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Room 7, Shelf 17

Object Date 1920s

Start Year Range

End Year Range

Status On Exhibit

Object Keywords pharmacy,medicine,Chambers Medicine Co.,Help Nature brand,boxes,

Title Help Nature Tablets

Description Small yellow box with red writing containing 19 brown tablets. Manufactured by Chambers Medicine Co. in St. Louis, Mo., Help Nature tablets were "for the stomach, kidneys, liver and blood." The bottom of the box states they are useful for "constipation, dyspepsia, rheumatism, impure blood, skin diseases, La Grippe, etc." and gives dosage instructions. The box sold for thirty cents. Inside the box is a folded piece of paper warning purchaser of counterfeits, dosing instructions (which are different than those on box bottom), and a money back guarantee.


Approx Collection Date

Height 0.5

Length 1.75

Width 0

Depth 1.5

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details Above measurements are of the box. Paper insert measures 5.25" x 4.5". Each tablet is approximately 3/8" across

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Chambers Medicine Co.

Maker Details Chambers manufactured a series of medicines. In 1936, court records show Chambers products seized and later destroyed, found to be fraudulant and misleading. Analysis of the Help Nature Tablets showed that they consisted essentially of phenolphthalein, and plant drugs including a laxative plant drug. Said article was alleged to be misbranded further in that the following statements borne on the box labels, regarding its curative and therapeutic effects, were false and fraudulent: "For Dyspepsia. Better Than Pills for Liver Trouble. For the Stomach, Kidneys, Liver and Blood." On October 26, 1936, no claimant having appeared, judgments of condemnation were entered and it was ordered that the products be destroyed.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY1694a-c



Date MAY 16,2014

Summary Very Good

Assessor Molly Hannan

Notes Box is in excellent condition, with virtually no discoloration or edge wear. Box contains 19 pills, unsure as to how many it originally contained. Paper leaflet inside is folded and is discolored.


Date MAY 16,2014

Summary Status change

Notes Status changed to On Exhibit from On-Site Collection Storage - automatic entry by admin