Phillips Milk of Magnesia

Title

Phillips Milk of Magnesia

Subject

Medicine
Internal Medicine

Description

Phillips Milk of Magnesia is actually still in production under the same name. Unlike a lot of medicines of this period, it actually does have scientifically proven uses as a laxative and antacid. It was originally produced by an Englishman, Charles Henry Phillips in Stamford, Connecticut, and is essentially just a mix of magnesia hydrate and water.
The most common, "iconic" bottle associated with it is colbalt blue, reflected in the modern product's color as well, but ours is aqua.
On the bottom of the front, it says it was patented Aug. 21 1886. Interesting, the Society for Historical Archeology, which wrote a comprehensive report on the variations of Phillips bottles, does not list this specific variant with the 1886 patent. However, the design matches bottles produced 1900-1906. It was also sold in tablet form, in smaller bottles.
The advertisement, sourced from ebay, is from 1907.

Source

https://sha.org/bottle/pdffiles/MilkOfMagnesia.pdf
https://connecticuthistory.org/phillips-milk-of-magnesia-originated-in-stamford/
https://www.ebay.com/itm/165297256364?mkcid=16&mkevt=1&mkrid=711-127632-2357-0&ssspo=39x_jKG6Q8C&sssrc=2047675&ssuid=oktwj65urba&widget_ver=artemis&media=COPY

Publisher

Phoenix Project

Date

1900-1906.

Contributor

Emmett Cantkier

Format

Weight: 315.1g
W: 78mm
H: 17.5cm
L: 56.3mm

Type

Glass
Bottle

Identifier

p47, ACC 133

Coverage

9DA89

Collection

Citation

“Phillips Milk of Magnesia,” The Phoenix Project , accessed May 29, 2024, http://martaphoenixproject.gsuanthropology.com/items/show/77.

Output Formats

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