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Prescription Envelopes Collection
Biomed.0603  
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"John K. Crellin notes that 'While the history of advertising medicines in Britain has attracted much interest, the prescription envelope has rarely been noted. It has attracted interest as ephemera, for which see "The Chemist and his Stationery. The Prescription Envelope, the Label and the Letterhead" in: Chemist and Druggist 159 (1953): 603-606 [unsigned, but presumably by Arthur Wright, owner of a large collection of Prescription Envelopes]. The article notes that the envelope continued after the advent of the National Health Service in 1948, albeit in smaller numbers for private prescriptions The article bemoans the loss of "typographical or design interest" and that as "an 'art form' if they could be called that, prescription envelopes maybe considered dead.' Source "The Humble Prescription Envelope in the British Medical/Pharmaceutical Marketplace" in: Pharmacy in History, Vol. 49, No. 4 (2007), pp. 131-138. In 2002 the Wellcome Library exhibited: "The chemist's shop: advertising from shops and advertising for shops from 1860-1945." For further references see also William Helfand's review of "Receptkuverter" by Hans-Otto Loldrup in: Pharmacy in History, Vol. 40, No. 2/3 (1998), p. 116."
Extent
1 unknown (148 envelopes)
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