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Object ID 004029

Object Name Puretest Epsom Salt

Object Desc Puretest epsom salt tin with product inside. Seal sticker is attached on top lid but has been broken. Metal container is white and blue with rusting.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY004017

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 1920

End Year Range 1939

Status On Exhibit

Object Keywords Puretest brand,epsom salt,Rexall,United Drug Company,medicine,

Title Puretest Epsom Salt

Description 16 oz metal container of Puretest epsom salt - salt is still inside. The container is white and blue in color and has some rusting throughout. There is a small dent on the lower left corner of the lib with some missing paint. The steal sticker attached to the lid is faded and browning and has some tearing around edge of the container and has been broken. The paper sticker seal is also white and blue; having blue stripes along the top and bottom, the middle label reads " The Seal of/ Puretest/ Quality" On the front of the metal container the labels are printed directly onto container "Puretest / Epsom Salt / The Rexall Store / Packed by/ United Drug Company" On each side of the container there are statements describing what the product is and what it is used for. On the back side the labels read "16 oz. UC 1055 / Puretest Epsom Salt / Magnesium Sulphate, U.S.P. / Directions" Toward the bottom of the label it states that the product was "Packed by / United Drug Company"


Approx Collection Date

Height 4

Length 0

Width 3.5

Depth 2.5

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker United Drug Company

Maker Details In 1902, Louis K. Liggett persuaded 40 independent drug stores to invest $4,000 in a retailers' cooperative called United Drug Stores, which sold products under the Rexall name. After World War I, the cooperative established a franchise arrangement whereby independently owned retail outlets adopted the Rexall trade name and sold Rexall products. The company was based in Boston, in an area now occupied by Northeastern University.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY4017



Date MAR 12,2016

Summary Fair Condition

Assessor Nicole Burdick

Notes Metal container is somewhat rusted and scratched. The lid has a small dent on the lower left corner. Some of the paint is missing from worn edging. Seal sticker is attached to the lid and wraps down to the sides of the container but the sticker has been broken so that the lid could be removed. Sticker is worn and browing with some tearing .


Date MAR 12,2016

Summary Status change

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

Date MAR 12,2016

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Bay View Pharmacy from On-Site Storage - automatic entry by admin