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Object ID 003127

Object Name Alvita Tonic Tablets

Object Desc A cardboard box of tonic tablets.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY002819a-d

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 1920

End Year Range 1930

Status On-Site Collection Storage

Object Keywords quack medicine,tablets,vitamins,tonic,California Alfalfa Products,

Title Alvita Tonic Tablets

Description A white cardboard box with a slide/drawer. The sleeve of the box features red, green, and black designs and text. Around the sleeve, it lists the ingredients, the price, the manufacturer information, claims, and directions. Alvita is in red script on the top and sides of the sleeve. Inside, there is a folded pamphlet with directions and product information. There are dark reddish-brown tablets inside.


Approx Collection Date

Height 1.81

Length 3.25

Width 2.13

Depth 0

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker The California Alfalfa Co.

Maker Details The company was created in Pasadena, California prior to 1923. Sued by FDA in 1930 for misbranding of the Alvita tablets.

Maker Mark The California Alfalfa Co.


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Image Caption CMY2819A-D



Date MAR 20,2015

Summary Good

Assessor Christine Jankowski

Notes The box is discolored from age and dust. There are a few tears on the sleeve of the box. The pamphlet and tablets are still inside are in good condition.


Date AUG 1,2015

Summary Location change

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