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Object ID 002929

Object Name Taurocol Laxative Tablets

Object Desc A small tin which once held laxatives.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY002641

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Medical


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 29,2015


Location Room 3, Shelf 4

Object Date

Start Year Range 1930

End Year Range 1960

Status On-Site Collection Storage

Object Keywords laxatives,tins,samples,Paul Plessner Co.,

Title Taurocol Laxative Tablets

Description A small sample-sized cream colored tin with navy blue writing: Taurocol (Torocol) Tablets Cholagogue-Laxatives." Supposed to aid bile and liver.The bottom of the tin lists the ingredients and the dosage, as well as the Paul Plessner Co. information.


Approx Collection Date

Height 0.31

Length 1.75

Width 1.25

Depth 0

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Paul Plessner Co.

Maker Details The company was established in 1910 in Detroit by Paul Plessner. Taurocol tablets were produced starting in 1915. Not much is known of the company post 1922.

Maker Mark Paul Plessner Co. on bottom


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Image Caption CMY2641



Date FEB 1,2015

Summary Good

Assessor Christine Jankowski

Notes The tin has few smudges and scratches around the lid, sides, and bottom. The writing on the tin is still ledgible and there is little discoloration. The inside still retains a metallic sheen and has a few smudges 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