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Novocain Powder, 1 oz.

Maker:
Winthrop Chemical Company  Search this
Measurements:
overall: 3 3/8 in x 1 7/8 in x 1 7/8 in; 8.5725 cm x 4.7625 cm x 4.7625 cm
Object Name:
pharmaceutical
Associated place:
United States: Louisiana, Saint Martinville
Credit Line:
The Fournet Drugstore Collection
ID Number:
1985.0475.726
Catalog number:
1985.0475.726
Accession number:
1985.0475
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
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http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ad-a2a7-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1424999
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Betasynplex, Synthetic Viatmin B Complex Factors

Maker:
Winthrop Chemical Company  Search this
Measurements:
container: 9.7 cm x 8 cm x 4 cm; 3 13/16 in x 3 1/8 in x 1 9/16 in
Object Name:
OTC Preparation
otc preparation
vitamin/mineral product
Object Type:
Nutritional Products
Associated place:
United States: Louisiana, Saint Martinville
Credit Line:
The Fournet Drugstore Collection
ID Number:
1985.0475.922
Catalog number:
1985.0475.922
Accession number:
1985.0475
1985.0475
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National Museum of American History
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http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a0-e1e2-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_210205

Penicillin Sodium

Maker:
Winthrop Chemical Company  Search this
Physical Description:
penicillin sodium (overall active ingredients)
Measurements:
overall: 6.6 cm x 3.5 cm x 3.5 cm; 2 5/8 in x 1 3/8 in x 1 3/8 in
overall: 2 5/8 in x 1 3/8 in x 1 3/8 in; 6.6675 cm x 3.4925 cm x 3.4925 cm
Object Name:
Antibiotic
biological
anti
antibiotic
Object Type:
Drugs
Associated place:
United States: Louisiana, Saint Martinville
Date made:
1945-1946
Expiration date:
2 July 1947
Product expiration date:
1947-07-02
Credit Line:
The Fournet Drugstore Collection
ID Number:
1985.0475.063
Accession number:
1985.0475
1985.0475
Catalog number:
1985.0475.063
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National Museum of American History
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EDAN-URL:
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Penicillin Sodium

Maker:
Charles Pfizer and Company  Search this
Winthrop Chemical Company  Search this
Measurements:
overall: 6.6 cm x 3.5 cm x 3.5 cm; 2 5/8 in x 1 3/8 in x 1 3/8 in
overall: 2 5/8 in x 1 1/4 in x 1 3/8 in; 6.6675 cm x 3.175 cm x 3.4925 cm
Object Name:
antibiotic
biological
Object Type:
Drugs
Associated place:
United States: Louisiana, Saint Martinville
Date made:
1945-1946
Product expiration date:
1947-07-02
Credit Line:
The Fournet Drugstore Collection
ID Number:
1985.0475.064
Accession number:
1985.0475
1985.0475
Catalog number:
1985.0475.064
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
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EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_213835
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Salyrgan-Theophylline

Maker:
Winthrop Chemical Company, Inc.  Search this
Measurements:
overall: 1.5 cm x 11 cm x 5 cm; 9/16 in x 4 5/16 in x 1 15/16 in
overall: 2 in x 4 3/8 in x 5/8 in; 5.08 cm x 11.1125 cm x 1.5875 cm
Object Name:
otc preparation
pharmaceutical
Object Type:
Drugs
Associated place:
United States: Louisiana, Saint Martinville
Credit Line:
The Fournet Drugstore Collection
ID Number:
1985.0475.694
Catalog number:
1985.0475.694
Accession number:
1985.0475
1985.0475
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
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http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a1-3748-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_335361
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Creamalin

Maker:
Winthrop Chemical Company, Inc.  Search this
Measurements:
overall: .08 cm x 5.4 cm x 4.1 cm; 1/16 in x 2 1/8 in x 1 5/8 in
Object Name:
otc preparation
Place made:
United States: New York, New York City
Canada: Ontarian, Windsor
Date made:
c. 1955
Subject:
Sterling Drug Collection  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of The History Factory
ID Number:
2001.0314.447
Accession number:
2001.0314
Catalog number:
2001.0314.447
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746aa-b7a8-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1218724

Creamalin

Maker:
Winthrop Chemical Company, Inc.  Search this
Measurements:
overall: 12.5 cm x 5.4 cm x 4 cm; 4 15/16 in x 2 1/8 in x 1 9/16 in
Object Name:
otc preparation
Place made:
United States: New York, New York City
Canada: Ontarian, Windsor
Date made:
c. 1955
Subject:
Sterling Drug Collection  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of The History Factory
ID Number:
2001.0314.448
Accession number:
2001.0314
Catalog number:
2001.0314.448
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746aa-b995-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1218726

Abasin

Maker:
Winthrop Chemical Company  Search this
Measurements:
overall: 2 3/8 in x 5/8 in; x 6.0325 cm x 1.5875 cm
Object Name:
otc preparation
ID Number:
MG.M-10257.15
Catalog number:
M-10257.15
Accession number:
241521
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a5-5e65-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
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Euphagin

Maker:
Winthrop Chemical Company  Search this
Measurements:
overall: 11 cm x 5.2 cm x 3.5 cm; 4 5/16 in x 2 1/16 in x 1 3/8 in
Object Name:
otc preparation
Place made:
United States: New York, New York City
Canada: Ontarian, Windsor
Date made:
c. 1944
Subject:
Sterling Drug Collection  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of The History Factory
ID Number:
2001.0314.567
Accession number:
2001.0314
Catalog number:
2001.0314.567
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746aa-b5b4-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1218713

Sajodin - for Treatment of tuberculosis and thyroid disease

Maker:
Winthrop Chemical Company  Search this
Physical Description:
calcium iodobehenate (drug ingredient)
Measurements:
overall: 7 cm x 3.8 cm x 2 cm; 2 3/4 in x 1 1/2 in x 13/16 in
Object Name:
otc preparation
Place made:
United States: New York, New York City
Canada: Ontarian, Windsor
Date made:
ca 1944
Subject:
Sterling Drug Collection  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of The History Factory
ID Number:
2001.0314.572
Accession number:
2001.0314
Catalog number:
2001.0314.572
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The Antibody Initiative
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746aa-b6b3-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1218719

Vigantol

Maker:
Winthrop Chemical Company  Search this
Measurements:
box: 2 5/8 in x 1 1/8 in x 1 1/8 in; 6.6675 cm x 2.8575 cm x 2.8575 cm
bottle: 2 3/8 in x 3/4 in; 6.0325 cm x 1.905 cm
Object Name:
otc preparation
Vitamin/Mineral Product
Place made:
United States: New York, New York City
Canada: Ontarian, Windsor
Date made:
c. 1937
Subject:
Sterling Drug Collection  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of The History Factory
ID Number:
2001.0314.606
Accession number:
2001.0314
Catalog number:
2001.0314.606
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746aa-b249-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1218803
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Acidol

Maker:
Winthrop Chemical Company  Search this
Measurements:
overall: 9.3 cm x 4.8 cm x 3.2 cm; 3 11/16 in x 1 7/8 in x 1 1/4 in
Object Name:
otc preparation
Place made:
United States: New York, New York City
Canada: Ontarian, Windsor
Date made:
ca 1940s
Subject:
Sterling Drug Collection  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of The History Factory
ID Number:
2001.0314.720
Accession number:
2001.0314
Catalog number:
2001.0314.720
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746aa-b32f-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1221567

Creamalin tablets

Maker:
Winthrop Chemical Company  Search this
Measurements:
overall: 8.2 cm x 1.8 cm; 3 1/4 in x 11/16 in
Object Name:
otc preparation
Place made:
United States: New York, New York City
Canada: Ontarian, Windsor
Date made:
ca. 1940
Subject:
Sterling Drug Collection  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of The History Factory
ID Number:
2001.0314.723
Accession number:
2001.0314
Catalog number:
2001.0314.723
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746aa-e09e-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1221579

Creamalin capsules

Maker:
Winthrop Chemical Company  Search this
Measurements:
overall: 12.5 cm x 5.6 cm x 3.8 cm; 4 15/16 in x 2 3/16 in x 1 1/2 in
Object Name:
otc preparation
Place made:
United States: New York, New York City
Canada: Ontarian, Windsor
Date made:
ca. 1944
Subject:
Sterling Drug Collection  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of The History Factory
ID Number:
2001.0314.724
Accession number:
2001.0314
Catalog number:
2001.0314.724
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746aa-dc05-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1231580

Sajodin Brand of Calioben

Maker:
Winthrop Chemical Company  Search this
Measurements:
overall: 12.8 cm x 2.8 cm; 5 1/16 in x 1 1/8 in
overall: 5 in x 1 1/8 in; 12.7 cm x 2.8575 cm
Object Name:
otc preparation
Object Type:
Drugs
Credit Line:
Gift of Mario Cassinelli, Jr.
ID Number:
1984.0782.183
Accession number:
1984.0782
Catalog number:
1984.0782.183
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a0-de1d-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_210064
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Creamalin

Maker:
Winthrop Chemical Company  Search this
Measurements:
box: 3/4 in x 3 3/8 in x 3/4 in; 1.905 cm x 8.5725 cm x 1.905 cm
bottle: 3 1/4 in x 3/4 in; 8.255 cm x 1.905 cm
Object Name:
otc preparation
ID Number:
1981.0895.031
Accession number:
1981.0895
Catalog number:
1981.0895.031
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a5-9977-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_731267
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Creamalin

Maker:
Winthrop Chemical Company  Search this
Measurements:
outer box: 1 3/4 in x 3 3/4 in x 7/8 in; 4.445 cm x 9.525 cm x 2.2225 cm
box: 3/4 in x 3 1/2 in x 3/4 in; 1.905 cm x 8.89 cm x 1.905 cm
bottle: 3 1/4 in x 3/4 in; 8.255 cm x 1.905 cm
Object Name:
Aluminum Hydroxide Gel
pharmaceutical
otc preparation
ID Number:
1981.0895.032
Accession number:
1981.0895
Catalog number:
1981.0895.032
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http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a5-9da0-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_731279
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Sterling Drug, Inc. Records

Creator:
Sterling Drug, Inc.  Search this
Winthrop Chemical Company  Search this
Bayer Company  Search this
Donor:
History Factory (Chantilly, Virginia)  Search this
History Factory (Chantilly, Virginia)  Search this
Names:
Eastman Kodak Co.  Search this
Extent:
120 Cubic feet (261 boxes, 16 map-folders)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Business records
Brochures
Advertisements
Manuals
Catalogs
Price lists
Financial records
Photographs
Press releases
Newsletters
Clippings
Date:
1867-1993
Scope and Contents:
The collection contains domestic and foreign advertising for both pharmaceutical and consumer health care products; sales and marketing materials for pharmaceuticals aimed at physicians, such as brochures, package inserts, reports, catalogs, price lists, manuals; the company's business and administrative papers, including annual reports, news releases, clippings, newsletters and publications, financial and corporate files, histories, and photographs.
Arrangement:
The collection is divided into four series. In most instances, original folder titles were retained. In circumstances where there was no folder title, the processing archivist created one derived from the nature of the materials. The contents of some folders were combined.

Series 1: Products, 1946-1948

Series 2: Advertising, 1902-1984

Series 3: Sales and Marketing, 1881-1979

Series 4: Corporate, 1896-1993
Historical:
Sterling Drug was founded in Wheeling, West Virginia in 1901 by two childhood friends, William E. Weiss and Albert H. Diebold, to manufacture and sell a pain-relieving preparation called "Neuralgine." The company's original name was Neuralgyline. Within a few years, Weiss and Diebold realized that expansion required more product lines and that this would be best obtained by acquisition. This policy continued throughout the life of the organization. At least 130 companies were acquired directly or indirectly between 1902 and 1986. In 1913, Weiss and Diebold established intangible assets (trademarks, patents, and copyrights) and tangible assets (offices and plants). By 1914, the company set-up proprietary agencies for overseas trading. Weiss and Diebold changed the name of the company in 1917 from Neuralgyline, which was difficult to say, to Sterling Products.

Sterling Products benefited from World War I. Because supplies of drugs from Germany were cutoff by the Allied blockade, they established the Winthrop Company to manufacture the active ingredients. After the war, Sterling acquired the American Bayer Company in December 1918. They established a separate subsidiary, the Bayer Company, to market Bayer Aspirin. During the 1930s, Winthrop made Sterling a leader in the pharmaceutical field with such renowned products as Luminal, the original phenobarbitol; Salvarsan and Neo-Salvarsan, the first effective drugs in the treatment of syphilis; Prontosil, the first of the sulfa drugs; and Atabrine, the synthetic antimalarial that replaced quinine during World War II. The company expanded overseas in 1938, and eventually operated about seventy plants in about forty countries. Sterling was especially profitable in Latin America. By 1942, the use of Sterling Products as a name was confusing and could not be licensed to conduct business in some states. Therefore, the company namechanged to Sterling Drug, Inc.

In 1988, in order to avoid a hostile takeover by Hofmann-LaRoche, Sterling became a division of Eastman Kodak and remained one until 1994 when Kodak disposed of its health-related businesses. This left Sterling broken up with Sanofi purchasing Sterling's ethical business; Nycomed of Norway purchasing the diagnostic imaging; and SmithKline Beecham purchasing the worldwide over-the counter pharmaceutical business.

Source

Collins, Joseph C. and John R. Gwilt. "The Life Cycle of Sterling Drug, Inc." Bulletin for the History of Chemistry, Volume 25, Number 1, 2000.
Related Materials:
Materials at the Archives Center, National Museum of American History

NW Ayer and Sons Incorporated Advertising Agency Records (AC0059)

Warshaw Collection of Business Americana, Series: Patent Medicines (NMAH.AC.0060)

Parke-Davis Company Records (NMAH.AC.0001)

Norwich Eaton Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Records (NMAH.AC.0329)

Syntex Collection of Pharmaceutical Advertisements (NMAH.AC.0821)

Garfield & Company Records (NMAH.AC.0820)

Materials at the National Museum of American History

Smithsonian Libraries Trade Literature Collection

Division of Medicine and Science holds artifacts related to Sterling Drug, Inc. that include a banner, flag, product packaging, memorabilia, a colander, and a soap dispenser. See accessions 2001.0314, 2004.0129, and 2018.5001.
Provenance:
Collection donated to the Archives Center by the History Factory through Bruce Weindruch (President and CEO), in 2001.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research, but is stored off-site and special arrangements must be made to work with it. Unprotected photographs must be handled with gloves.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Antibiotics  Search this
Anesthesia  Search this
advertising  Search this
Analgesics  Search this
Barbiturates  Search this
Medicine  Search this
Pharmaceutical industry  Search this
Genre/Form:
Business records -- 20th century
Brochures
Advertisements -- 20th century
Manuals
Catalogs
Price lists
Financial records
Photographs -- 20th century
Press releases
Newsletters -- 20th century
Clippings
Citation:
Sterling Drug, Inc. Records, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0772
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Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0772
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Guaiacose

Maker:
Bayer Company  Search this
Winthrop Chemical Company  Search this
Physical Description:
liquid guaiacol somatose (drug active ingredients)
Measurements:
overall: 14.3 cm x 6.4 cm x 3.4 cm; 5 5/8 in x 2 1/2 in x 1 5/16 in
Object Name:
otc preparation
Place Made:
United States: New York, New York City
United States: New York, Rensselaer
Date made:
after 1927
Subject:
Respiratory & Asthma Drugs  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Edward Mogull
ID Number:
MG.M-12151.20
Accession number:
271464
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a8-9d16-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_715567

Adalin

Associated Name:
Winthrop Chemical Company  Search this
Bayer  Search this
Maker:
Winthrop Chemical Company  Search this
Measurements:
overall: 2 5/8 in x 1 5/8 in x 3/4 in; 6.6675 cm x 4.1275 cm x 1.905 cm
Object Name:
Pharmaceutical
pharmaceutical
Place made:
United States: New York, New York City
Subject:
Psychiatric Drug  Search this
ID Number:
MG.M-10257.09
Catalog number:
M-10257.09
Accession number:
241521
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a5-3308-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_716253
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