• Image of 'Osteomalacia'
  • Image of 'Osteomalacia'

The English entrepreneur; Joseph Nathan, and the man behind Glaxo, began as a 'merchant trader, importing and exporting goods ranging from whalebone to patent medicines, trading out of New Zealand'. Discovering and securing the rights to the American process to dry milk, the company began producing dried milk at Bunnythorpe factory in New Zealand in 1904 and in 1937, opened its first milk-drying factory in Britain, at Driffield, in Yorkshire.

The Glaxo company is reported to have built new research facilities in 1935, called 'Glaxo Laboratories'. Glaxo’s first pharmaceutical product was the extraction of vitamin D, branded as Ostelin liquid, in 1924. This was an 'anti-rachitic', to prevent Osteomalacia; 'a defective bone growth deformity seen mostly in children, caused by a deficiency of vitamin D, usually as a result of inadequate dietary intake or lack of exposure to sunlight'.

Glaxo Baby Foods sales continued to grow in the years following World War I. Their new and improved baby formula 'Ostermilk';
'with its added supplements of iron and vitamins A, C and D', is reported as having 'soon surpassed all competing baby formulas, on a world wide scale.'

Marketed through the publication of 'The Ostermilk Baby Book for Mothers in Many Lands'; offering a practical guide to child care, in it could be found the Glaxo slogan, "Builds Bonnie Babies," and the "Ostermilk age", "A wonderful age", a time when all ostermilk babies were "healthy and contented" and the "wise mothers who always choose Ostermilk" were "happy and free from anxiety".

Source: http://www.fundinguniverse.com/company-histories/glaxo-holdings-plc-history/

Dimensions: H 57cm W 21cm D 21cm

Mixed Media:
Vintage Composition Doll,
Vintage 'Ostermilk' Tin,
Vintage Jelly Moulds,
Vintage Posser,
Vintage Dariole Tin,
Vintage Miniature Fluted Sweet Tins,
Vintage Brioche Tin,
2 x 15W Coloured Bayonet Cap Pygmy Lamps,
Old English Antique Brass Bayonet Cap Lamp holders,
3 Core Dark Brown Silk Covered Flexible Cable,
Junction Box,
Tough Plug fitted with a 3 Amp Fuse,
Threaded Bar,
Various Nuts, Bolts, and Washers,
PAT Tested.

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