Camphor 3 Poster Set for Pharmacy Windows


Camphor 3 Poster Set for Pharmacy Windows


Set of three posters for pharmacy windows titled "Camphor" printed in 1959. 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: "Camphor - Crude distillation of this oriental drug still prevails although some camphor is prepared synthetically from turpentine." Side poster #1 reads: "Drugs from all parts of the world enable your pharmacist to meet the exacting requirements of modern medicine." Side poster #2 reads: "Here your pharmacist prepares a prescription for the eye...using camphor for its antiseptic value."

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Image copyright Brian Silverstein, 2008.






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