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2003/194/2 Medication and packaging, 'Vincent's Powders ', medicated powder / paper, made by Nicholas Pty Ltd for Vincent Chemical Company Pty Limited, Cjadstone, Victoria, Australia, 1975-1985. Click to enlarge.

'Vincent's Powders' medicated powder in packaging

Made
The analgesic Bex Powders, pink Vincent's Powders or, generically, 'APC powders' are Australian cultural icons, prominent among this country's repertoire of self-prescribed over-the-counter medications popular in the mid-20th century. And while everyone knew that the combination of aspirin, phenacetin and caffeine in Bex and Vincent's Powders was used by Australian housewives to help them get through the day, it took a doctor newly arrived from South Africa in the 1960s, Priscilla …

Summary

Object No.

2003/194/2

Object Statement

Medication and packaging, 'Vincent's Powders ', medicated powder / paper, made by Nicholas Pty Ltd for Vincent Chemical Company Pty Limited, Cjadstone, Victoria, Australia, 1975-1985

Physical Description

A box of 'Vincent's Powders'. The cardboard Vincent's Powders box in printed in the distinctive blue, yellow and cream livery of this brand. It contains 12 doses of analgesic powder, each individually wrapped in a paper. Text on the box indicates that 'Each powder contains Salicylamide 168 mg Aspirin 504 mg Caffeine Citrate 168 mg'. There are dosage instructions and the powders are recommended for 'the symptomatic relief of headache, nerve and muscular pain, rheumatism, lumbago, neuritis, toothache, period pains, sleeplessness due to pain, colds and influenza'.

Marks

Trade mark and instructions for use printed on top and base.
Text inscribed on front panel "Nicholas / 12 POWDERS / (within trade mark/logo) GENUINE / (PINK) / VINCENT'S / POWDERS / REGISTERED TRADE MARK / Each powder contains: / Salicylamide 168mg / Aspirin 504mg / Caffeine Citrate 168mg".

Dimensions

Height

35 mm

Width

82 mm

Depth

33 mm

Production

Notes

According to the packet the powders were:
Made in Australia by Nicholas Pty.Ltd. 699 Warrigal Rd., Chadstone Victoria 3148 for Vincent Chemical Company Pty.Limited N.S.W. Australia.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Overseas Medical Mission, St Vincent de Paul Society, 2003

Acquisition Date

12 November 2003

Cite this Object

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'Vincent's Powders' medicated powder in packaging 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 17 October 2021, <https://ma.as/341257>

Wikipedia

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