Beautiful certificate from the Norwich Pharmacal Company
issued in 1933. This historic document was printed by Hamilton Bank Note N.Y. and has an
ornate border around it with a vignette of a group of allegorical people. This item has the signatures of the Company's President and Secretary and is over 79 years old.
Pepto-Bismol was invented in 1901 by a doctor in New York, as a response to cholera infantum, an illness which caused severe diarrhea and vomiting. The forumula, which he originally called Mixture Cholera Infantum, consisted of pepsin, bismuth salicylate, zinc salts, salol and oil of wintergreen, and a colorant to make it pink. Norwich Pharmacal Company sold his formula as "Bismosal: Mixture Cholera Infantum". They renamed it to Pepto-Bismol in 1919 in order to sell it to adults.
1885 Rev. Lafayette Moore entered the business world with a Gelatin Pill Coater and Pill Cutter in one room over carpenter shop on Mitchell St., Norwich, NY. The business was called "L. F. Moore, Pill Manufacturer" Rev. Moore's Gelatin Pill Coater presently at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
1890 The Norwich Pharmacal Company is incorporated.
1919 Company's product Bismosal is renamed Pepto-Bismol
1939 Norwich Pharmacal stock listed on New York Stock Exchange.
1969 The company merged with Morton International, Inc., forming a new corporation, Morton-Norwich Products, Inc.
1982 Company now called Norwich Eaton Pharmaceuticals, wholly owned subsidiary of the Procter & Gamble Company.