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Object ID 003070

Object Name Father John's Medicine

Object Desc A box containing a bottle of cough and cold medicine.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY002764a-c

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 1955

End Year Range 1970

Status On Exhibit

Object Keywords cough syrup,cold medicine,Father John's Medicine,bottles,boxes,

Title Father John's Medicine

Description A red-orange box with black text. Features the image of Father John in a frame at the top. Text: Father John's Medicine Registered in U.S. Pat. Office For coughs due to colds A wholesome family medicine in use since 1855 Contains no alcohol nor drugs (surrounded in an encircling arrow) Prepared only by Father John's Medicine Co., In. Lowell, Mass., 01853 Net Contents 5 fl oz. The back label features the Fr. John story and claims for the syrup. Side labels include claims and ingredients. The bottle inside is amber with a cream colored screw-topped cap with similar asformentioned information printed on its label in black and white.


Approx Collection Date

Height 7

Length 2.5

Width 1.19

Depth 0

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details Box: 7.5 x 2.75 x 1.5

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Father John's Medicine Co., Inc.

Maker Details The company started in Lowell, Massachusetts back in 1855 when the ailing Fr. John stopped into George H. Carlton and Charles Hovey's drugstore and was given a tonic that cured him. The locals requested the tonic as "Father John's Medicine" and the druggists started to produce the cure, name and all. It is still being sold today.

Maker Mark Father John's Medicine Co., Inc.


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Image Caption CMY2764A-C



Date MAR 6,2015

Summary Good

Assessor Christine Jankowski

Notes The box has faded and as some wear to the edges. The bottle is in pristine condition, despite being opened. Contents are still inside the bottle, making it over half full.


Date AUG 1,2015

Summary Location change

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