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Object ID 003031

Object Name Ovalyn Bullets

Object Desc An oval shaped red tin that once held suppositories.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY002724a-b

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 1930

Status On Exhibit

Object Keywords suppositories,tins,Ovalyn Laboratories,medicine,

Title Ovalyn Bullets

Description An oval shaped red tin which once held suppositories. The lid of the tin features a blue globe with a nurse holding a bloody bandage roll with the phrase "Ovalyn to heal the world of all its sores and wounds." Lists manufacturer information, trade mark, and claims. The inside of the lid lists instructions for the bullets. The bottom of the tin has trompe-l'oeil curtain around its edge and on the bottom lists directions and price.


Approx Collection Date

Height 1

Length 3

Width 2.25

Depth 0

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Ovalyn Laboratories

Maker Details Ovalyn Laboratories was founded in the spring of 1921 by Arthur and Madge Ebert, and John J. Kempf. The company was located in Milwaukee. It was listed in the official gazette of the U.S. Patent Office in 1922. Aside from suppositories, the company also produced ointments and salves. Nothing is known about the company past WWII.

Maker Mark Ovalyn


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Image Caption CMY2724A-B



Date FEB 27,2015

Summary Good

Assessor Christine Jankowski

Notes The tin has some wear on its edges and some spotting on the lid. The bottom has some scratches. The inside has some smudges, but the metal still shines.


Date MAR 13,2015

Summary Location change

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

Date MAR 15,2015

Summary Status change

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