Life in the Balance 3 Poster Set for Pharmacy Windows

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Life in the Balance 3 Poster Set for Pharmacy Windows

Description

Set of three posters for pharmacy windows titled "Life in the Balance" printed in 1960. 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: "Life in the Balance. Torsion Balance the modern prescription balance used by your pharmacist in preparing your prescriptions is so sensitive that it will record the weight of a single word written on a piece of paper. Weights - ancient Roman coin weight, avoirdupois weights (1303), apothecary weights (1750), wire weights (1795), metric weights." Side poster #1 reads: "Evolution of the balance: 5000 B.C. - the ancient neck yoke led to the development of the equal arm scales used in weighing goods. 100 B.C. - The Greek suspended balance was a step to greater sensitivity." Side poster #2 reads: "Balance Principles: Hand Balance 1500 - A portable type using a pin principle. Knife Edge 1700 - Angled edge assured greater accuracy. Torsion Balance 1900 - Employs taut wires for needed preciseness."

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Image copyright Brian Silverstein, 2008.
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eng

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fpp-31-balance-4

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Original Format

Citation

Pinchak, Seymore Francis (Frank), 1922-2014, “Life in the Balance 3 Poster Set for Pharmacy Windows,” American Institute of the History of Pharmacy Digital Collection, accessed September 28, 2022, https://aihp.omeka.net/items/show/262.