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Object ID 002899

Object Name Gold Medal Haarlem Oil Capsules

Object Desc A small sealed box of oil capsules.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY002620

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Medical


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Bay View Pharmacy

Object Date

Start Year Range 1909

End Year Range 1940

Status On Exhibit

Object Keywords capsules,diuretics,laxatives,Gold Medal Haarlem,

Title Gold Medal Haarlem Oil Capsules

Description This small box contains capsules to be a diuretic for the kidneys. It is a cream box with blue and gold lettering. The box opens like a box of matches. The box is sealed on one side and feels heavy enough that capsules should be inside. Adults should take one capsule with water three times a day before meals. Excessive doses or prolonged use may caue kidney inflammation. Adults should not take this if they have kidney irritation. The capsules are made of sulphuretted oils of turpentine, linseed, and peppermint.


Approx Collection Date

Height 1.9

Length 2.75

Width 1.5

Depth 0

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Gold Medal Haarlem Oil Corp.

Maker Details The corporation was located in Jersey City, NJ. However, upon further investigation of the GMHOC shows that in 1909, they submitted the laxatives to the Bureau of Chemistry and Dept. or Agriculture. They found the product was in violation of the FDA Act of 1906 and demanded changes to its claims, names, and ingredients.

Maker Mark Gold medal seal with laurel in center


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Image Caption CMY2620



Date JAN 23,2015

Summary Good

Assessor Christine Jankowski

Notes This small box only has a few smudges and slight discolorations. The number 35 is written in a red colored pencil or crayon. The box is sealed, and it feels like ther are still capsules inside of it.