05 May 13, 2016

New Exhibit Explores Fire at OSH

05, 13, 16|Announcements, Artifacts, History, Museum|0 Comments

The Museum opened its latest exhibition Fire! at OSH in our rotating exhibit gallery today and will be on display until May 2017. Featuring objects from the Museum's collection, Fire! highlights fire prevention and fire [...]

12 December 13, 2013

Cupid Repaired, 1963

12, 13, 13|Artifacts, Buildings, History, News from the Past, People, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Fifty years ago today, this news story appeared in the Oregon Statesman newspaper: After being knocked over twice by vandals, this statue-fountain of cupid was replaced on the Oregon State Hospital grounds Thursday by Donald [...]

10 October 5, 2012

Artifact T2009.002.399

10, 05, 12|Artifacts, ID This Artifact|0 Comments

T2009.002.399 This item was found in the Gold Room of the Oregon State Hospital.  Do you know what it is, what it does or where it might have been used in the hospital?  Leave [...]

08 August 26, 2012

Shampaine Company Operating Table

08, 26, 12|Artifacts|2 Comments

The property tag on this operating table shows it was used at the Oregon State Hospital, but beyond that we didn’t know too much more about it. So we decided to do some investigating. A little crawling around on the floor revealed a manufacturer’s tag that reads: “Made by the Shampaine Company, St. Louis Missouri, U.S.A.  Model No. S-1502. Serial No. 527.  Patent Nos. 2,416,410; 2,501,415; 2,532,677.  Other patents pending.” […]

07 July 9, 2012

Tennis Racket, 2012.001.006

07, 09, 12|Artifacts|0 Comments

With Wimbledon wrapping up, we thought we would highlight this very interesting piece of tennis history found in the recreational therapy supplies at the Oregon State Hospital.  The most striking feature of this wooden tennis racket (2012.001.006), is the color portrait of a young woman named Maureen Connolly, at one time one of the most accomplished tennis players in the world. Before the Williams Sisters, Graff, Navratilova and even Billie Jean King, Maureen “Little Mo” Connolly became the first woman ever to win a Grand Slam — winning all four Grand Slam events in a calendar year — which she did in 1953.  Did we mention she was just a teenager at the time? Her accomplishments are incredible considering the length of her career.  A horse riding accident, led to her retirement from tennis at the tender age of 19, just two weeks after she won her third consecutive Wimbledon title. […]

06 June 11, 2012

Artifact Spotlight: T2009.002.0386

06, 11, 12|Artifacts|0 Comments

  These plates were inventoried in the Gold Room in 2010.

04 April 30, 2012

Lipiodol Lafay

04, 30, 12|Artifacts, History|0 Comments

T2009.002.487 and T2009.002.467 are boxes of Lipiodol Lafay distributed by the E. Fougera & Co., Inc made in cooperation with the Andre Guerbet & Company.  "A stable iodine addition product of poppyseed oil" used for [...]

04 April 16, 2012

Television Unveiled

04, 16, 12|Announcements, Artifacts, Museum|0 Comments

At the last museum board meeting, this newly restored television set was presented.  The television appeared in the baseball scene of the film “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” where the character McMurphy famously announces the game watching its blank screen.  Recovered from the trash after the filming, the television was donated to the museum for use in its displays. […]

04 April 9, 2012

Bird’s Eye View

04, 09, 12|Artifacts, Buildings, History|0 Comments

T2009.002.427.109 Aerial Photograph, Oregon State Hospital, sometime between 1951 and 1973.  Photograph from the collections of the Oregon State Hospital.  Image is taken from the southwestern corner facing towards the northeast.  The large white building [...]

11 November 7, 2011

Applebaum Suppository Machine

11, 07, 11|Artifacts|1 Comment

The device pictured to the right is a suppository making machine.  It, along with two additional molds, were found in a case that was moved from the old Fairview Hospital to OSH when Fairview was closed and added to the material stored in OSH’s “Gold Room” for historic artifacts. The machine was patented in 1924 by Samuel K. Applebaum.  The inscription on the device’s frame reads: “Applebaum Suppository Machine MFD. By Druggists Appliance MFG. Co., Port Richmond, N.Y. Pats. Pending.”  It is possible that this machine was made prior to the 1924 patent issue date.[1]  The web-based Museum of Historical Medical Artifacts has a machine that looks very similar dated at about 1925. In his patent application, Applebaum explains his machine and the reason for his improvements to the general practice of suppository making: This invention relates to improvements in apparatus by means of which suppositories and like medicaments are molded and particularly to improvements in the parts of such machines that are immediately involved in the molding operation.  It has been a common practice for pharmacists, […]