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Object ID 002951

Object Name Fruitola

Object Desc A bottle of liquid laxative.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY002660

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 1910

End Year Range 1940

Status On Exhibit

Object Keywords laxatives,bottles,Pinus Medicine Co.,medicine,

Title Fruitola

Description A clear glass bottle which contains a very small amount of liquid at the bottom. There are two labels on the front and back, and both sides are embossed. The front label has the name, the manufacturers, and the medical claims. The back label includes the directions. One side is embossed with "Fruitola" and the other with "Pinus Medicine Co., Monticello, Ill., U.S." The original cork is still on the bottle.


Approx Collection Date

Height 7.5

Length 2.06

Width 1.38

Depth 0

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Pinus Medicine Co.

Maker Details Not much is known about the company's origin, aside that it was located in Monticello, Illinois and Los Angeles. Fruitola (or Fritola) and Traxo were products of this company. Even when it was in production, its claims were scrutinized by those in the medical field and they claimed it to be nothing more than "oil and anise powder."

Maker Mark Pinus Medicine Co. embossing on side


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Image Caption CMY2660



Date FEB 8,2015

Summary Good

Assessor Christine Jankowski

Notes The labels have discoloration all over, yet the text is still ledgible. The glass does not appear to have any chips or scratches. The inside still contains some of the liquid.


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 Status change

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

Date OCT 1,2015

Summary Location change

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