Thursday, June 19, 2014

AlphabeThursday - E is for Eyewash Cup

Last week I started taking objects out of our “Doctor’s Office” exhibit.  I photographed them, updated the collections database, and got them ready for Collections storage.  Hopefully by January 2015, when we close the Museum, the exhibit area will be ready for the demolition crew.    


This cobalt blue eyewash cup was in the Doctor’s Office.  I decided to search online and learn a little more about it.  Most surviving eyewash cups are made with colored glass; some have stems like this one, some without.  You can buy one like it on Ebay for about $50.  


Around 1937, Wyeth Laboratories in Philadelphia registered a weak boric acid solution called Collyrium. It refers to a solid medication that you dissolved in fluid for cleaning the eye.  The medicine came in blue bottles with a matching stopper and eye wash cup.  Nowadays, people just use eye drops!


Stop by Ms. Jenny’s site, …off on my tangent… 
and see what other words begin with the Letter E.

14 comments:

Sarah~Magnolia Surprise said...

Oh, yuck, I can't imagine using one of those! But I'm glad it wasn't something going on with your eyes, like I first thought when reading your title! That's too bad about the museum closing -- guess I missed that information somewhere.

carol l mckenna said...

colorful and creative post for E ~ thanks, sorry to hear the museum is going to be demolished? ~

artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

pasqueflower said...

The glass is a beautiful shade of blue! Not sure I'd have enjoyed an "eye wash," though!

edenhills said...

How interesting!

Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said...

eye wash cups are good. I don't have one, last week, I was weeding, and a speck of dirt fell into my eye, I wish I had a cup.

Gattina said...

How interesting ! Have never seen such a thing !

Lmkazmierczak said...

Cool...had not known about eye wash cups. Good luck with your project!

Cristina Pop said...

Such an interesting and colorful post! I didn`t know that there was such a thing as eye wash cup!

Kathleen said...

Fascinating! Thanks for sharing the information. I have a little clear eye cup that is very similar.

Betty said...

I've seen those cups at flea markets and antique malls. Someone had to tell me what they were.

iHanna said...

Oh isn't research a fun thing to do, just looking stuff up and reading about them makes me happy. And your blue eyecup drawing is nice too!

Splendid Little Stars said...

interesting!

close the museum??!

Judy Nolan said...

Interesting bit of history! But I must have missed something--what's the demolition all about?

Jenny said...

How fun!

I used to collect these! I have a box of them somewhere in the garage!

This sounds like an exceptional project!

Thanks for linking for the letter E!

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