Armistead’s Ague Tonic Mouse Trap Tilt Toy

Found among other junk is a promotional advertising toy. It is a mouse in a meat storage room that you have to get into the mousetrap. The mouse has a little ball under it that it rolls on. The clear cover is close enough to keep it from flipping over, yet still slide around. There is a tiny little metal flap on the trap. It keeps the mouse in the trap unless you give it a little shake. But it also makes it a little harder to get into the trap without a shake as well.

The Armistead’s Ague Tonic label on the back and the pork meat on the inside show the connection of two businesses at William M. Akin & Company. Established in 1848 by William M. Akin Sr..

armistead ague tonic toy front armistead ague tonic toy back

Inside it says: D.R.P.N 149257
The back label reads:
“Armistead’s Ague Tonic”
“Cures Your Chills.”
“Famous as a General Tonic”

Armistead’s Ague Tonic was created in the medicine manufactory William M. Akin & Company which was also also a pork packing establishment.
Source: Evansville, Indiana History Database

In May of 1929 the tonic product was ordered to be destroyed when federal chemists found a shipment of Armistead’s Ague Tonic to consist of “quinine sulphate, extracts of plant drugs, sugar, alcohol and water, flavored with cinnamon.” The label claimed the tonic was “without any of quinine’s bad effects” and could be “given to the most delicate child” and that one need not “hesitate to take large and frequent doses” as it was “absolutely harmless,”.
Source: PDF: Journal Of the American Medical Association

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