Tin - Henry Francis & Co Chemists, Francis' Voco Jubes, Melbourne, circa 1920s Object Reg. No: HT 25020

Tin of Francis' Voco Jubes, made by Henry Francis & Co Chemist in Melbourne, circa 1920s. The tin is empty.

These jubes or lozenges, made to treat coughs, colds and other throat illnesses, were promoted particularly to singers and public speakers, and were advertised as being 'free from all dangerous drugs'.

The Henry Francis Chemist business has a long, well respected history in Melbourne, and it made a range of products through its history, including cough lozenges and vitamins. The business began in 1860 when Henry Francis bought a pharmacy in Bourke Street, Melbourne. This pharmacy passed to Henry's son George. In 1919 David Cossar bought the business from George Francis. Subsequently the Henry Francis Chemists business was passed down through the Cossar family until around the end of the twentieth century. By 1972 there were 25 Henry Francis branded pharmacies across five Australiain states, with 15 of these attached to Myer department stores. In 1982 Henry Francis Chemists became a franchise and the pharmacies were operated outside the Cossar family.
Tin with lid hinged at the back. Top has printed packaging information featuring blue and white background with blue and white text and a photo reproduction of a woman in an oval frame at left. The tin is empty.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Unknown
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 20 mm (Height), 80 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: healthcare medicine, chemists, pharmacies, throat lozenge containers, performers, advertising, packaging, containers, domestic medicine
Themes this item is part of: Domestic & Community Life Collection, Medicine in Society Collection
Primary Classification: MEDICINE & HEALTH
Secondary Classification: Domestic Medicine
Tertiary Classification: (to be classified)
Inscriptions: Top of tin, printed mostly on pale blue background in dark blue text: '[at left, photographic reproduction of woman in gold rimmed oval frame] / FRANCIS' / [dark blue background with white text] VOCO JUBES / FOR ALL / THROAT AFFECTIONS, HUSKINESS, COUGHS, / TICKING IN THE THROAT, CATARRH, ETC / ESPECIALLY RECOMMENDED FOR SINGERS AND PUBLIC SPEAKERS. / FREE FROM ALL DANGEROUS DRUGS. / DIRECTIONS. One to be sucked slowly every half hour.'

Top of tin, lower section, printed mostly on white background with dark blue text: 'HENRY FRANCIS & CO / CHEMISTS, / MELBOURNE & ADELAIDE.'
Model Name/Number: Voco Jubes
Manufacturer: Henry Francis Chemists, Victoria, Australia, circa 1920s
References: http://www.pharm.monash.edu.au/125/stories/cossarf.html accessed 3 August 2010.

Sharpe, D and Sharpe K, Pharmacy Families, Henry Francis in Australia 1849-1999, 1999.

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