Measles Vaccine 3 Poster Set for Pharmacy Windows


Measles Vaccine 3 Poster Set for Pharmacy Windows


Set of three posters for pharmacy windows titled "Measles Vaccine" printed in 1962. 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: "Progress report from your pharmacist: Measles Vaccine - Although 6 pharmaceutical manufacturers have been conducting independent research for the past 5 years, the measles vaccine expected in early 1962 might be delayed. 2 types of vaccine have been tested: Killed virus type...3 or more injections provide short immunity. Live vaccine type...has caused symptoms of natural measles and other complications. Constant research must be done to produce a more effective vaccine with fewer side effects." Side poster #1 reads: "Measles: 3 stages: 1. Incubation from contact to symptoms - 10 days. 2. Prodromal stage...inflammation of eyelids, sensitivity to light, bluish-white spots on inside of cheeks and lips, fever and cough. 3. Red rash." Side poster #2 reads: "Large scale vaccine tests. Field tests were recently made in Georgia, Seattle, Cincinnati, Rochester and Buffalo, on hundreds of children. Tests were first large-scale attempts to administer a killed virus measles vaccine in combination with a live virus vaccine."




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Image copyright Brian Silverstein, 2008.






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