Albany Medicated Toilet Paper

This is one of our oldest specimens, dating from the mid-1880s judging by the dates on the top. This puts it less than 10 years after rolled/perforated toilet paper appeared, when hygienic value was a common theme among the toilet tissue manufacturers. It's in a sealed canister which has never been opened. The manufacturer makes some pretty impressive claims regarding its quality and medicinal - below the images is a transcript of the printing on the canister, with the position of each block of text corresponding to that of the image on which it appears.

Intro
Springfield Oval
PERFORATED TOILET PAPER
PATENTED
JULY 20, 1871
FEB. 13, 1883
JULY 15, 1884
MEDICATED
Paper properly medicated is of great value in surgical
practice, but the attempts to produce a Medicated
Toilet Paper have resulted only in a so-call-
ed article, differing in no way from ordinary
paper. That Toilet Paper as a vehicle for remedies
for Hemorrhoids would be of great value in that
regular application woild be assured, is ob-
vious, and innumerable attempts have
been made to medicate it, but hith-
erto without success. Its light-
ness seeming to preclude appli-
cation to the finished sheet, all
attempts have been made thro'
the admixture of drugs with
the pulp. As many of the most
valued agents will not unite
with water, few are available,
and of those only the cheapest,
on account of the excessive amount of
water with which the pulp is diluted, pre-
paratory to passing to the forming machinery,
where all water is removed, carrying with it all that
may have been added with a view of medicating. Only
a trace is discoverable by chemical analysis. So fre-
quent were the calls received by us for a Medicated
Toilet Paper, that we instituted a series of experiments
THIS
PAPER WILL BE
FOUND INVALUABLE AS
A PREVENTIVE AND CURE FOR
- HEMORRHOIDS -
AND IS THE ONLY REALLY
MEDICATED TOILET PAPER
EVER PRODUCED, MANUFACTURED ONLY BY THE
ALBANY PERFORATED WRAPPING PAPER CO.
ALBANY, N.Y., U.S.A
Price per Roll of 1000 sheets,
FIFTY
CENTS.
to determine if such an article could be produced, and
if so, whether we could discover a rapid process and
machinery to manufacture it at a cost that would place
it within the reach of the general public. The first we
have demonstrated as practicable. The second, also, so
far as the process and manufacturing by machin-
ery, and we believe that it will be conceded
that the value of the product, con-
sidered the price, is remarkably
low. There will be no ques-
tion as to its being medi-
cated; its appearance ind-
cates it, and as a matter of
fact fully twenty per
cent of its weight is
due to the remedial
agents it contains.
Only those indorsed [sic] by the
medical profession are used, and of
these the most valued. The incorporation
of so large a percentage with the paper neces-
sarily increases its cost, but our process is so rapid,
and the machinery so efficient, that there is little
additional expense. We offer this paper at a very
slight advance over the price of our plain paper, making
due allowance for the actual cost of the remedial agents


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