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Vit-O-Net notebook of testimonials
Biomed.0403  
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Description
A salesman's notebook consisting of a hardcover binder, embossed Vit-O-Net, which contains testimonials dated 1920-1925 for the Vit-O-Net electric blanket manufactured in Chicago. The first document is a photograph of a woman looking at the blanket unfurled on a bed. There are testimonials from hospitals, doctors and nuns describing various ailments the blankets was used to treat. Also a receipt from one of the hospitals. The pages are laminated to cloth backs, except for three typescript paper copies at the end. Hospitals include: Jamestown General Hospital, The Rockefeller Institute, Johnston Emergency Hospital, Pittsburgh Homoeopathic Hospital, Mary's Help Hospital, Dr. Kinney's Infirmary, Mary Immaculate Hospital, Jewish Maternity Hospital, The Maternity Hospital in Cleveland, Mercy Hospital, Detroit Osteopathic Hospital, South Highlands Infirmary, Union Hospital, Columbus Radium Hospital and more.
Background
William F. Craddock et al of Chicago received U.S. patent no. 1,456,223 for "Electrical blanket and the like" on 22 May 1923. In advertisements of the time, Vit-O-Net was billed as a "health garment" that, through magnetic wires, would draw poisons out of the body and "stimulate new life." In the annual report of the Federal Trade Commission for 1930-1931, docket 1679, an order entered 7 July 1930, required the Vit-O-Net Corporation, engaged in the manufadcture of an electric blanket designated the 'Vit-O-Net,' to cease and desist from representing that such blanket is endorsed or recommended by prominent physicians, scientists, etc., and that it has any therapeutic value except as a heating pad."
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1 unknown (23 leaves)
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