Aspirin 3 Poster Set for Pharmacy Windows


Aspirin 3 Poster Set for Pharmacy Windows


Set of three posters for pharmacy windows titled "Aspirin" printed in 1961. 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: "Aspirin: Thousands of years ago, salicylate drugs prepared from willow bark were used to control pain. Aspirin is a salicylate drug. Pure aspirin was first made in 1853. It was not until 1898 that its pain killing power was discovered. It has been produced in the United States since 1915. Use has increased each year: Over 16 billion tablets annually." Side poster #1 reads: "Aspirin Rules: 1. Consult your physician if aspirin is needed to control same pain over several days. 2. Aspirin will irritate stomach ulcers. 3. Large overdoses can kill. 4. Use to control fever only after consulting your physician." Side poster #2 reads: "Danger: Because of over familiarity in the home, careless storage of aspirin accounts for many deaths among children. Keep ALL medicines out of reach of children."




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Image copyright Brian Silverstein, 2008.






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Pinchak, Seymore Francis (Frank), 1922-2014, “Aspirin 3 Poster Set for Pharmacy Windows,” American Institute of the History of Pharmacy Digital Collection, accessed May 20, 2024,