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Brown glass bottle of 'Bipulverette Thyromang' pills, London, England, 1920-1940

The word “PALATINOIDS” is moulded on to the side of this brown glass bottle. Palatinoids were made and advertised in the USA by Oppenheimer, Son and Co from the 1890s. Palatinoids are soluble casings which are used to preserve drugs. They protect their contents from contact with the environment, which leads to spoiling. They also make swallowing pills easier. In advertisements, Palatinoids were said to cope well in both extreme heat and extreme cold.

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Glossary: bottle

Vessels having a neck and mouth considerably narrower than the body, used for packaging and containing liquid and dry preparations

Glossary: tablet

Also known as a pill, it is made by compressing a powdered form of one or more drugs. It is usually taken by mouth, but may be inserted into a different body cavity.