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Cholera Morbus Cure Labels


Held at: Science History Institute Archives [Contact Us]315 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

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Cholera Morbus is an obsolete term for a gastrointestinal ailment characterized by fever, diarrhea and vomiting. It was believed to be caused by eating infected foods. The bottle labels represent different brand names, but all promise the same relief.

Collection consists of five small text labels printed on white paper which were for affixing to bottles of Cholera Morbus cures. The labels range in size from 4 1/2 inches to 3 inches. Four of the labels have gummed backs, the remaining label is on plain paper. The names of the products are Original Cholera Balm, McLaughlin's German Cholera Balm, McLaughlin's Magic Relief, Wade's Magic Oil, and Cholera Mixture.

The Cholera Morbus Cure Labels were purchased by the Science History Institute (formerly the Chemical Heritage Foundation) in February 2007.

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Finding Aid Author
Finding aid created and encoded into EAD by Jahna Auerbach.
Finding Aid Date
September 2022
Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions on the materials for research purposes and the collection is open to the public.

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The Science History Institute holds copyright to the Cholera Morbus Cure Labels. The researcher assumes full responsibility for all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.

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