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The Antikamnia Calendar 1903

Hyde, Helen, 1868-1919]

Published by [St. Louis] (1903)

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Item Description: [St. Louis], 1903. Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. Stiff printed card. Approximately 20 x 27cm. Watercolor by Hyde on front depicting a young Chinese boy titled "His First Temple Offering (The Joss Stick)." On the reverse is a printed calendar around the edges and promotional claims for Antikamnia, a patent medicine pain reliever. Minor chipping around the edges. Bookseller Inventory # 23088

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The Antikamnia Calendar, 1902

Antikamnia

Published by Antikamnia Chemical Company, St. Louis, MO (1902)

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Item Description: Antikamnia Chemical Company, St. Louis, MO, 1902. Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good+. Illustrated by Hyde, Helen (illustrator). This is an advertising calendar produced for the Antikamnia Chemical Company. It pictures a young Japanese girl reading a book on its front; it also has an image of a five-grain Antikamnia tablet highlighted at the bottom left. The calendar, which measures 8x10-3/4", has the months of the year on the back, as well as advertising copy advocating the merits of the five-grain tablets. The Antikamnia Chemical Company made its appearance around 1890 in Saint Louis, Missouri. The trademark was registered that year, but the medicine was never patented. This pain-reliever was apparently mixed with codeine, which is addictive, quinine, and several other items either singly or in combination. Antikamnia was still "riding high" in 1902, when this calendar was produced, but was to virtually collapse with passage of the Pure Food and Drugs Bill in 1906. ABOUT THE ARTIST: One of the best known and most successful American printmakers of the early twentieth century, Helen Hyde (1868-1919) found her identity in Japan where she lived for most of the fifteen years between 1899 and 1914. Arriving in Japan in 1899 she persuaded Kano Tomonobu, the ninth and last master of the Kano school of painting to instruct her in the mysteries of the Japanese brush. Hyde proved such an apt pupil that she took first prize in an annual competition of Japanese painters for her brush drawing, Monarch of Japan. This picture is one of her watercolor images, and is signed in the printing plate. The calendar is printed on heavy cardboard and has rounded edges. It has a 1/4" hole at the top for hanging, and a few lightly rubbed areas along left and bottom edges, has an inconspicuous bump at the bottom left tip, and a few very small scratches to the surface which look more like white cat hairs. Overall it is in VG+ condition. SCAN upon request. Bookseller Inventory # 28684

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Antikamnia Calendars for 1897, 1898, 1900 & 1901.

Published by St. Louis, MO: 1896-1900. (1900)

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Item Description: St. Louis, MO: 1896-1900., 1900. 250 x 178 mm. 22 chromolithographs on card printed by G.H.Buek & Co, NY, text on verso, 6 each for the first 3 years & 4 for the last. (a piece chipped from corner & upper edge 2 of the cards - no loss of image, cord ties present for 3 sets but mostly torn through connecting holes). Antikamnia ('Anti-Pain') Chemical Company issued these calendars to medical professions to advertise the company's pain medication. The chromolithographs are by Louis Crusius [1862-1898] after his own original watercolour drawings and one after a design by Zim (Eugene Zimmerman [1862-1935]. Crusius was a physician/pharmacist and amateur artist who was also a faculty member of Marion-Sims College of Medicine (later the St. Louis University School of Medicine). His sketches, a striking combination of the comical and the macabre, were used in a total of five calendars by the company. Our set is missing that for 1899. The images depict skeletons in contemporary dress: a physician, baby, lawyer, farmer, female cyclist, golfer, tramp, journalist, gentleman, policeman, clown, drunk, banjo player, pharmacist, &c. The Company boasted in their 1901 calendar that "nothing ever issued by [them] has met with such uniform and unqualified approval" and that "the rare ability of giving to the human skull, life-like facial expression was original with and exclusively the art of Dr. Crusius and stamped him a genius of more than ordinary merit." Antikamnia Chemical Company was founded in circa 1890 in St. Louis, Missouri. Their analgesic compound, which was never patented, was marketed as a 'proudly ethical drug' and used to treat headaches, fever, stomach aches, nervouseness, insomnia and 'the blues'. It was claimed to be a new synthetic coal-tar derivative but in fact contained almost 50% acetanilid, which was sometimes mixed with codeine or quinine. The toxic effects of acetanilid were exposed in a 1907 California State Journal of Medicine article, 'Poisoning by Antikamnia', and the company was prosecuted by the government in 1914 for violating the disclosure terms of the Food and Drug Act of 1906. Bookseller Inventory # elala3724

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