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Object ID 002971

Object Name San-Tox Saline Laxative

Object Desc A cardboard box with a glass bottle of saline laxative inside.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY002679

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 1912

End Year Range 1930

Status On-Site Collection Storage

Object Keywords laxatives,bottles,De Pree Chemical Co.,

Title San-Tox Saline Laxative

Description A cardboard box with faded blue coloring. An image of a nurse holding a box of the laxative is on the font. Below her are a list of claims and manufacture information. "SanTox Saline Laxative" is on both sides of the box. The back lists claims and a satisfaction guarantee. The bottle is clear glass with a metal screw-topped cap and still has liquid in it.


Approx Collection Date

Height 4.88

Length 2

Width 2

Depth 0

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker De Pree Chemical Company

Maker Details Originally founded in Holland, Michigan in 1906 by James De Pree. The company moved its general offices to Chicago in 1912. They are also known for creating a formaldehyde fumigator and other San-Tox products. The FDA charged them with misbranding in 1916. The company was bought in the 1930s by J.B. Laboratories and they used the DPCCo. identity and San-Tox until around 1942.

Maker Mark The De Pree Chemical Co.


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Image Caption CMY2679



Date FEB 15,2015

Summary Poor

Assessor Christine Jankowski

Notes The box has been damaged on the front of the box: there is a tear across the image of the nurse. The box is being held up by tape. It is extremely fragile to remove the box and evluate the bottle. There has been water damage, and mold is growing on it. Discoloration is prevalent.


Date FEB 19,2015

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Room 3 from On-Site Storage - automatic entry by admin

Date AUG 1,2015

Summary Location change

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