Indian Gift 3 Poster Set for Pharmacy Windows


Indian Gift 3 Poster Set for Pharmacy Windows


Set of three posters for pharmacy windows titled "Indian Gift" printed in 1955. These "ethical displays" were designed and written by Frank Pinchak, a pharmacist from Paterson, New Jersey. Published by his company Professional Advancement Plan, Pinchak sold the posters to pharmacists around the country. He donated the posters to the American Institute of the History of Pharmacy in 2013. The main poster reads: "Indian Gift. For countless centuries the Indian people have used snakeroot to treat a variety of diseases." Side poster #1 reads: "Only recently, purified extracts of snakeroot are proving to be one of the most important therapeutic developments in the history of psychiatry." Side poster #2 reads: "In search of new drugs. Colleges of pharmacy and the pharmaceutical industry...are now exploring the properties of old plant drugs, some of which are even mentioned in the Bible."

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Image copyright Brian Silverstein, 2008.






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Pinchak, Seymore Francis (Frank), 1922-2014, “Indian Gift 3 Poster Set for Pharmacy Windows,” American Institute of the History of Pharmacy Digital Collection, accessed March 2, 2024,