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Pa-Pay-Ans Bell Indigestion Pills

This is a box of Pa-Pay-Ans Bell indigestion pills, manufactured by Bell & Company Inc., located in Orangeburg, NY. The pills are contained in this small tin box that slides to open. The instructions advise the consumer to take two to four tablets to address "indigestion, pain flatulence, nausea, vertigo, vomiting of pregnancy, alcoholism, seasickness". This particular container is a physician's sample box, featuring yellow with green and red print. There is some rusting and chipping of the paint.

Ingredients in the pills consist of papaw, melon, willow charcoal, sodium bicarbonate, and flavoring. It even specifies that the pills are "remarkably efficient" and "pleasant to take - absolutely harmless". It also mentions that a bottle of 100 tablets can be purchased at local druggists for 75 cents.


This product received approval via the Food and Drug Act of June 30, 1906, with a guarantee from the company as well as a serial number 2388.

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