Object StatementPackaging for proprietary pharmaceutical, 'Fink's Compound Syrup of Hypophosphites Nerve & Brain Tonic', cardboard, maker unknown, place of production unknown, possibly 1955-1975
Physical DescriptionPackaging for proprietary pharmaceutical, 'Fink's Compound Syrup of Hypophosphites Nerve & Brain Tonic', cardboard, manufacturer and place of manufacture unknown, [1955-1975].
The buff-coloured cardboard box printed in red, black and green would have contained a bottle of 'Fink's Compound Syrup of Hypophosphites Nerve & Brain Tonic'. Text on the box informs that the preparation is 'valuable in pulmonary complaints, colds, bronchitis, asthma, constipation, debility, weakness and wasting diseases' Moreover it is 'an excellent tonic for those who are run down, or suffering from mental depression, excessive brain work, nervous exhaustion, loss of energy'. It is also 'valuable for weakness, loss of appetite, poorness of blood, nervousness, headaches, worry, neuralgia, irritability'.
The label also informs that 'this mixture contains 0.0042 per cent strychnine, and in conformity with the Poisons Act is labelled 'POISON', but is perfectly harmless if taken according to directions'.
MarksText inscribed on front panel of packaging "FINK'S / IMPROVED COMPOUND / SYRUP / OF / HYPOPHOSPHITES / NERVE / AND BRAIN / TONIC / An Excellent Tonic / for those who are run / down, or suffering / from Mental Depres- / sion, Excessive Brain / Work, Nervous Ex- / haustion, Loss of / Energy. / Valuable for Weak- / ness, Loss of Ap- / petite, Poorness of / Blood, Nervousness, / Headaches, Worry, / Neuralgia, Irratibility. / Gives New Life to / the System."
Text inscribed on each side panel "FINK'S / IMPROVED COMPOUND SYRUP OF / HYPOPHOSPHITES / NERVE & BRAIN TONIC / Valuable in Pulmonary Complaints, COLDS, BRONCHITIS, ASTHMA, / CONSUMPTION, DEBILITY, WEAKNESS, and Wasting Diseases. / THIS MIXTURE INCLUDES 0.0042 PER CENT. STRYCHNINE AND IN CONFORMITY WITH THE POISONS ACT / IS LABELLED POISON, BUT IS PERFECTLY HARMLESS IF TAKEN ACCORDING TO DIRECTIONS."
Text inscribed on back panel "FINK'S / COMPUND / SYRUP / OF / HYPOPHOSPHITES / NERVE / AND / BRAIN TONIC".
Text inscribed on top and bottom panels "FINK'S / Compound / Syrup / of / Hypophosphites."