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Object ID 002905

Object Name Penslar Buchu and Palmetto Compound

Object Desc An empty liquid laxative bottle.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY002626

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Medical


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Room 3, Shelf 4

Object Date

Start Year Range 1920

End Year Range 1940

Status On-Site Collection Storage

Object Keywords laxatives,bottles,Peninsular Chemical Co.,

Title Penslar Buchu and Palmetto Compound

Description This compound was made of buchu leaves, palmetto berries, dried cornsilk, couch-grass, tinct, and potassium acetate. Used as a laxative and kidney health. Adults and children could use it, with different doses. The label is a light blue-grey. The glass is clear and has Penslar molded in the back. On the bottom molded is P. 64


Approx Collection Date

Height 7.25

Length 3

Width 1.75

Depth 0

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Peninsular Chemical Co., Inc.

Maker Details The Peninsular Chemical Co. made Penslar brand products in Detroit. Founded in 1907, they produced many other healthcare items such as cold medicene, eczema ointment, poison oak remedy, various syrups, and hair tonics. Eventually they became national drugstores. They folded in 1965.

Maker Mark Penslar in red script and Penslar on the back


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Image Caption CMY2626



Date JAN 24,2015

Summary Good

Assessor Christine Jankowski

Notes The label on the bottle is slightly discolored and curling a little near the bottle. However, the lettering is readable. The cork is mostly gone and the liquid has been emptied. There is some dicoloration on the inside of the glass and a piece of cork is inside as well.


Date FEB 13,2015

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Room 3 from Bay View Pharmacy - automatic entry by admin

Date AUG 1,2015

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Room 3, Shelf 5 from Room 3 - automatic entry by admin

Date OCT 1,2015

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Room 3, Shelf 4 from Room 3, Shelf 5 - automatic entry by admin