Finding Aid for the Album of Printer's Samples of Drug Labels Biomed.0722

Finding aid prepared by Shira Peltzman, 2020.
UCLA Library Special Collections
Online finding aid last updated 2020 December 4.
Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
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Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
Title: Album of printer's samples of drug labels
Source: Selvaggio, Marc (Bookseller)
Identifier/Call Number: Biomed.0722
Physical Description: 1 unknown (30 leaves)
Date (inclusive): circa 1890-1910
Physical Location: Stored off-site. All requests to access special collections material must be made in advance using the request button located on this page.
Language of Material: Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Unprocessed collection. Material is unavailable for access. Please contact Special Collections reference ( for more information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Marc Selvaggio from the Franklin E. Murphy, M.D. Fund, 2019.

Processing Information

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UCLA Catalog Record ID

UCLA Catalog Record ID: 8875353 

Scope and Contents

Collection of 317 original printed bottle, box, and pill box labels, on 30 leaves, from an unknown printer. Includes 215 labels mounted on scrapbook leaves and 122 tipped on, usually with a "fan" arrangement, so one can see all of the variants of a particular design. Covers a wide range of products: pills for many different ailments as well as syrups and elixirs of all sorts. Many incorporate art nouveau designs, and often with added silver or gold gilt. Most of the labels also incorporate an American eagle design--one that was commonly used in French advertising material to indicate "English spoken here" for English-speaking visitors; but in this case perhaps to suggest sale or use in the American market, or to suggest to an American visitor in a French pharmacy that this was a bona fide safe product. The album binding is stamped "G.G. on the front cover.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Selvaggio, Marc (Bookseller)