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Pharmaceutical Labels

Date
1886-1949
Reference
WF/M/GB/27
Part of
Wellcome Foundation Ltd
  • Archives and manuscripts

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Description

**PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS SERIES IS NOT FULLY CATALOGUED, ONLY A FEW ITEMS ARE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC. RESEARCHERS WITH ENQUIRIES SHOULD CONTACT THE MANUSCRIPTS AND ARCHIVES DEPARTMENT**

Primarily examples of labels for company products, retained in chronological order of production. Labels for product bottles or boxes were printed in-house. This is a comprehensive set of examples which show product names and often give dosages. The labels were then pasted onto the bottles - in the early years by hand rather than machines. This job was carried out by 'girls' (women usually between the ages of 14-18) with an older woman supervising. Women were deemed to be more suited to this precise small scale work.
The items in the volume consist of printed sheets, where more than one type of product label was printed on the sheet. These were possibly proof sheets for aditing by the Advertising Department with the final sheets being for one product. The labels were pasted into the volumes in chronological order, sometimes with the date indicated.
Occasionally items appear that are not labels but other BW printed material such as circulars. Where this is the case the catalogue indicates this clearly.

PRINTING CONVENTIONS
Most labels for 'Tabloid' products appear printed on blue paper.
Most labels for 'Soloid' products appear on red paper.
Most labels for poisons appear on green paper.
Colours used in other labels and items vary widely.
Sometimes Tabloid products are given a number as well as a name, for example Morphine Sulphate No. 4 and Morphine Sulphate No. 5. These numbers are given in descriptions. Numbers could be used to indicated that there was a difference in strength or concentration between two or more products.

Publication/Creation

1886-1949

Physical description

7 items

Arrangement

In some cases the description for a single guard book has been limited by the number of characters the CALM cataloguing system can take in a single field. This has necessitated the describing of one volume in two parts, in some cases. Where this has happened it is clearly indicated.

Ownership note

Please see main WF collection description (ref. 'WF').

Languages

  • English

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