Antikamnia Chemical Company Calendars

The Antikamnia company marketed an analgesic powder to pharmacists and druggists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries using these wonderfully morbid calendars. The name of the company actually means “opposed to pain". 
The company came into existence around 1890 Saint Louis, Missouri, America, but never patented its medicine which was described as a coal-tar derivative. The Antikamnia Chemical Company was later shut down after failing to disclose the active ingredient of their pain-relieving products which was actually a banned substance called Acetanilide marketed as a proudly ethical drug and used to treat headaches, fever, stomach aches, nervousness, insomnia and ‘the blues’ and was sometimes mixed with codeine and quinine. The toxic effects of Acetanilid were exposed in 1907 in the California State Journal of Medicine article titled ‘Poisoning by Antikamnia’ and the company was prosecuted by the government in 1914 for violating the disclosure terms of the Food and Drug Act of 1906.
These fantastic calenders were issued from 1897 until 1901 with each panel depicting fantastic and comical skeletons dressed in different styles and occupations all faithfully reproduced by World of Art for your pleasure and interest
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