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THE ANTIKAMNIA CALENDAR FOR 1900. Copyright 1899 by Antikamnia Chemical Co., St Louis, U.S.A. Forbes Boston.
1900. Calendar, 252 x 175 mm, comprised of six chromolithographs on card printed by Forbes of Boston, with printed advertisements on each verso; a few minor surface abrasions and some light browning and soiling, otherwise bright and fresh, retaining the original hanging cord ties at head; a good example. A wonderfully macabre promotional device, issued by the Antikamnia Chemical Company, the renowned Missouri firm, to promote their pain medication (Antikamnia = 'opposed to Pain'). The striking chromolithographs are the work of Dr Louis Crusius (1862-1898), after his own original water-colour drawings. Born in Wisconsin Crusius was the oldest of nine children, and at fifteen he became a printer's apprentice in the newspaper office of his father who published the local German daily. From there he spent some time in Texas to work in the drugstore of his uncle, a physician and pharmacist. In the early 1880s he moved to St. Louis, Missouri where he graduated from the St. Louis College of Pharmacy in 1882. For a time, he was part owner of the drugstore of Scheel and Crusius at the corner of 14th Street and Clark Avenue, with Gustav Scheel, his brother-in-law. 'The show-windows of his drug store always displayed six or eight of his comic water-colour sketches. None of these remained more than a week of so, being replaced by newer creations. The partnership continued until he graduated from the St. Louis College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1890 and entered the practice of medicine. He was lecturer and professor in histology at the Marion Sims Medical College, a precursor to the S … [Click Below for Full Description]
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