Standard Radium Solution for Drinking (ca. 1915 - 1920)

This bottle (empty) of radium water was produced by the Standard Chemical Company of Pittsburgh. To view the contents of a photographic album showing the operations of Standard Chemical, click here.

If you look closely, you can see that the label is hinged at the right. In fact the hinge is perforated so that it can be torn off. The portion of the label that would remain attached to the bottle is very similar except that none of the text from "DOSE" on down is included. This is a little odd because there would be nothing on the bottle to indicate the manufacturer.

The label accurately claims that it contained two micrograms of radium element. This would equate to two microcuries of radium-226. the amount of radium-228 would be somewhat less.

A company advertisement featuring the "Standard" Radium Solution stated that "Each bottle contains two micrograms radium in 60 cc. aqua dist. Maximum-equilibrium constant of radium emanation [radon], 5400 mache units." One mache unit represented 364 pCi of radon per liter. 

Other fine products from the company: "Standard" Radium Solution for Intravenous Use "in ampulles of 2 cc. N.P.S.S. containing 5, 10, 25, 50 or 100 micrograms element" and the  "Standard" Radium Compress."

Size:  4 1/2" high

According to the advertisement it would help with "Subacute and Chronic Joint and Muscular Conditions. High Blood Pressure. Nephritis. The Simple and Pernicious Anemias."

Donated by Richard Scherberger.

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