Danger: Poison! 3 Poster Set for Pharmacy Windows



Danger: Poison! 3 Poster Set for Pharmacy Windows


Set of three posters for pharmacy windows titled "Danger: Poison!" 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: "Danger: Poison! The skull and crossbones...ancient symbol of death...is used to signify the dangers of poisonous drugs and chemicals. Origin...During Great Plague (1665) death list carried skull and crossbones. Pirates instilled fear in their victims with "jolly roger" skull flag signifying death. Many old tombstones carried skull as emblem of death. Since 1830 - U.S. pharmacy laws have called for special labels, containers and other precautions for protection against poisonous substances. Remember! Any medicine can be poisonous in large doses." Side poster #1 reads: "Safety bottles and closures for poison. In the late 1800's these bottles were patented for containers of poison - bone-shaped bottle, coffin bottle, skull bottle. Ingenious stoppers denoted caution on poison bottles - "special turn" stopper, skull stopper." Side poster #2 reads: "Save Your Child - keep medicines out of reach. Most poison deaths each year are children under 5. Your pharmacist stores all poisons in a special cabinet beyond normal reach."




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Image copyright Brian Silverstein, 2008.






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Pinchak, Seymore Francis (Frank), 1922-2014, “Danger: Poison! 3 Poster Set for Pharmacy Windows,” American Institute of the History of Pharmacy Digital Collection, accessed March 2, 2024, https://aihp.omeka.net/items/show/254.