Odontoline, local anesthetic, 1905

Odontoline, local anesthetic, 1905

donated in 2017 by M. Roeder

Odontoline is a local anesthetic used in the early 20th century by dentists. Advertisements can be seen in the American Dental Journal and The Practice Dental Journal.


1. Cocaine, 1%

2. Adrenaline Chloride

3. Supradrenalin
It is a blown in mold (BIM) bottle, apparent by the lip, with an applied lip. Frosted gladd provides for an air-tight seal, which allowed for the preservation of a sterilized solution, which was then boiled and sent to dentist to use in-office. It sold for $2 for 5 ounces, 50 cents per ounce, sample ounce 25 cents.
It claims to work within minutes, considered overall safe with minimal after effects. To use, clean the gums with Listerine, the force solution into peridental membrane using a sterilized metal syringe, wait 2-4 minutes, then excavate, grind and remove. “There are no bad effects of any kind.”

In 1912, an advertisement was published in the Journal of the National Dental Association, stating that there are now two formulations, one with cocaine, and the other with novocain (procain), stating “which base, as you probably know, does not require a narcotic form”

•Antiseptic Anesthetics 

The only local anesthetic that you 
can use in quantity without dan- 
ger to your patient. 
Odontolene is boilea and sealed in 
air tight packages. No danger 
from infection, no sloughing, 
no bad after effects. 
Odontolene is guaranteed. If the 
results arc not perfectly satis- 
factory your money will be 

No. 1. That Odontoline is the only local anesthetic, in the strict sense of the word, because it is localized when it is injected into the soft tissue, and is confined in a small area; no part of it is taken up by the blood and carried into the general circulation. 

No. 2. That Odontoline is absolutely safe in all cases, because it is confined in a small area, because it does not reach the circulation and heart, and because it comes away with the hemorrhage after extraction.

No. 3. That Odontoline can be injected at the neck of the tooth into the peridental membrane; after waiting two minutes the most sensitive cavity can be excavated and prepared for filling without pain. This, in no way, endangers the life of the pulp or will it cause any unpleasant after-effects.

No. 4. That Odontoline can be injected at the neck of the tooth; after waiting two minutes the same tooth (say first molar) can be ground down and prepared for shell crown without pain; paint the finished stump with nitrate of silver and the live pulp will not suffer.

No. 5. That Odontoline can be injected and relieve the most obstimate case of toothache immediately. We refer to badly conjested pulp that will not yield to ordinary treatment. 

No. 6. That with Odontoline any and every tooth can be extracted absolutely without pain. Because the 1 per cent of cocaine is confined in a very small area; none is lost in the surrounding tissue; consequently you get the full effect. In other words, the maximum amount of anesthesia with a minimum amount of cocaine.

No. 7. That Odontoline should be injected into the peridental membrane for all operations on the tooth; this insures rapid anesthesia, much less pain to the patient and quicker healing of the parts after the extraction. Do not overlook this point; it is of vital importance.

No. 8. That Odontoline should be injected with a heavy all metal syringe, using a sharp reinforced needle. We suggest an all metal syringe because it can be thoroughly cleaned and kept clean. See that your needle is sharp; after using it, boil in water, dry and put in a bottle of absolute alcohol.

No. 9. That Odontoline will reach you aseptic, the solution is carefully sterilized, then sealed air tight in glass-stoppered bottles, which have been boiled in filtered water. The greatest care is exercised in producing an aseptic solution.

No. 10. That Odontoline costs more to manufacture than any anesthetic ever placed on the market. It contains Adrenalin Chloride and Suprarenalin, both expensive drugs. 

No. 11. That Odontoline is non-secret; we furnish the formulae; in fact, we want every user of Odontoline to be familiar with it. This always inspires confidence in Odontoline and places the operator in a position to use it intelligently.

No. 12. That Odontoline sells for  One ounce 5O cents, Five ounces $2.00


American Dental Journal, 1905, https://archive.org/stream/0641298.0004.012.umich.edu/0641298.0004.012.umich.edu_djvu.txt

“Facts Worth Knowing”, The Practice Dental Journal, Volume 12, 1912,



john ching worm lozenges, 1800

john ching, chemist & apothecary, london

worm lozenges, prepared by the inventor & patentee

ingredients: panacea of mercury, white sugar, saffron, spring water (evening dose contains jalap)

advertisement circa early 1800s

advertisement circa early 1800s

advertising coin  "the best medicine in the world. i ching patentee for worm lozenges, sold in boxes at 3/6 packets 1' and in small packets at 6" each"  "by every principal medicine vender in the kingdom"

advertising coin

"the best medicine in the world. i ching patentee for worm lozenges, sold in boxes at 3/6 packets 1' and in small packets at 6" each"

"by every principal medicine vender in the kingdom"

peeling skin, a symptom of mercury poisoning, especially in children

peeling skin, a symptom of mercury poisoning, especially in children

atomizers, 1920s-1940s

devilbiss no. 127 atomizer, bell-shaped with bulb and plastic tip

devilbiss no. 127 atomizer, bell-shaped with bulb and plastic tip

In the small number of years I have been collecting, I have already accumulated four atomizers. I had never heard of or seen an atomizer before I met Evelyn, a retired pharmacist in Davie, FL. I found her through an antique shop in which I asked the owner if they were selling any pharmacy antiques. She said no, but that there was a pharmacist who used to have a booth there. After they gave me and my dad her contact information, we were soon driving to her house to shop through some of her private collection.

Evelyn had a level of collectible I had not even considered before... documents, devices, higher priced bottles, etc. I was in heaven and ended up leaving with $200 worth of antiques, Two of these were the DeVilbiss Atomizer No. 12 and No. 127.

devilbiss atomizer, umbrella-shaped green base with gold tip

devilbiss atomizer, umbrella-shaped green base with gold tip

divilbiss atomizer no.12 with original box

divilbiss atomizer no.12 with original box

I couldn't have spent more than $20 for them. They seemed fascinating, and I wondered why I had never seen them before, not in books or movies or photographs.

Once I got into ebay purchasing many years later, I came across another atomizer for sale. This one wasn't DeVilbiss, however, but it came in its original box with paperwork. And for a bargain price of not more than $9 including shipping, I decided I could have regrets later.

The most recent atomizer is Dr. Dobell's atomizer No. 125. It was sold by People's Drug Store, a chain in Washington, DC.

dr. dobell's atomizer no 125 with paperwork and box

dr. dobell's atomizer no 125 with paperwork and box

atomizer ad

atomizer ad

1953 devilbiss ad

mercirex advertisement, 1940s

April 201.JPG

display states:

mercirex (soap and cream)

local home treatment

helped this boy obtain comforting relief from herpes


an ideal home treatment for local skin irritations

complete package $1.00

separate jars- regular size 0.75, trial size 0.35, soap-per cake 0.25

Very little information can be found on Mercirex. Its advertising seemed to peak in the early 1940s but the ads were not large or eye-catching... just a small blurb on mercirex being used for pimples, eczema and psoriasis. I can only find information regarding its active ingredient, acetanilid(e) 1/2%, which was used as an analgesic and antipyretic. In 1886, it was first marketed in the oral drug Antifebrin. However, oral usage decreased after reports of cyanosis. It was used topically up until the late 1940s when the advent of more modern, manufactured drugs took place.

mercirex ointment  with box

mercirex ointment  with box

bovinine, 1927




Front of Label Reads:

" A food tonic possessing the beneficial properties of blood serum and rich in haemoglobin.


alcohol 12 per cent

The nutritive constituents of the blood of


with glycerine and sodium chloride

registered 1879 & 1889

Directions:  for adults, one teaspoonful to one tablespoonful in a glass of milk  or other fluid four times a day

for children, ten drops in each bottle of milk during the first year, increasing by ten drops in milk, four times a day, for each year thereafter.

prepared only by:

The Bovinine CO.


Principal office New York

Depots, London, Paris & Christiana."

Back of label reads:


is a valuable


for use as a readily assimilable form of nourishment in


convalescence from acute diseases




gastro intestinal disorders

cholera infantum


mal-nutrition & marasmus

nervous exhaustion

old age & conditions of low vitality


typhoid & other fevers

and as a FOOD TONIC in wasting diseases

keep well corked"

Side of label reads: "Always dilute the dose with twice or thrice the quantity of milk or other fluid, adding a little salt and pepper, if the condition of the patient will permit. Keep in a cool place."


bovinine ad, 1885

bovinine ad, 1885

bovinine ad, 1885

bovinine ad, 1885

bovinine trade card, 1890

bovinine trade card, 1890

bovinine ad, 1909

bovinine ad, 1909

bovinine ad, 1920

bovinine ad, 1920