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Object ID 002888

Object Name Black-Draught Granulated

Object Desc Orange cardboard box containing Black-Draught Granulated laxative.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY002615

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General Category History

Category Medical


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Bay View Pharmacy

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Status On Exhibit

Object Keywords laxative,medicine,pharmacy,M.A. Thedford & Co,Chattanooga Medicine Co.,

Title Black-Draught Granulated

Description Orange cardboard box containing Black-Draught granulated senna laxative. Box features a black ink image of a landscape on one side, and image of bearded man on the other. Printing on box states that it contains 22 1/2 grams, and cost 25-cents. Manufactured by the Chattanooga Medicine Company, "successors to M. A Thedford & Co. of Chattanooga, Tenn." Side of the box has directions for use.


Approx Collection Date

Height 2.5

Length 0

Width 1.5

Depth 1.25

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

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Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker M. A Thedford & Co

Maker Details Two Union army veterans, Z. C. Patten and T. H. Payne, wasted little time getting in on the patent medicine action. After they were mustered out of the army in Chattanooga, they remained in the city and opened a stationery business and soon after purchased the Chattanooga Times, which was burdened with debt. The ambitious Patten then bought the recipe for Thedford’s Black Draught, a laxative tea first formulated in the 1840s by Dr. A. O. Simmons and then passed to Simmons’ son-in-law, J. H. Thedford in the mid-1850s. Patten then began selling Black Draught through his Chattanooga Medicine Company, concentrating his sales in country stores that dotted the landscape of the ex-Confederacy, with a few border-states added for good measure. His association with the Times provided an ideal venue for advertising. The company’s Black Draught and Wine of Cardui (for female complaints) become Southern staples.

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Image Caption CMY2615



Date JAN 22,2015

Summary Very good

Assessor Molly Hannan

Notes Box has some white residue on outer surfaces, but is in overall very good condition. Still sealed and contains its original contents.