Monday, September 21, 2009

ALBANY MEDICATED TOILET PAPER


This is one of our oldest specimens, dating from the mid-1880s judging by the dates on the top. This puts it less than 10 years after rolled/perforated toilet paper appeared, when hygienic value was a common theme among the toilet tissue manufacturers. It's in a sealed canister which has never been opened. The manufacturer makes some pretty impressive claims regarding its quality and medicinal - below the images is a transcript of the printing on the canister, with the position of each block of text corresponding to that of the image on which it appears.

THIS
PAPER WILL BE
FOUND INVALUABLE AS
A PREVENTIVE AND CURE FOR
- HEMORRHOIDS -
AND IS THE ONLY REALLY
MEDICATED TOILET PAPER
EVER PRODUCED, MANUFACTURED ONLY BY THE
ALBANY PERFORATED WRAPPING PAPER CO.
ALBANY, N.Y., U.S.A
Price per Roll of 1000 sheets,
FIFTY
CENTS.

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