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Object Name Syringe, Dose
Common Name Syringe for livestock
Catalog Number 1992.18.2
Date ca. 1950
Material(s) Glass; steel; rubber; cardboard
Dimensions H-6.5 W-3 D-1.25 inches
Description This is a chrome plated steel syringe with three oval cutouts in the sides with glass windows. It has a red rubber plunger and the stem is marked in cc's with a thumbscrew to control dose. The tip unscrews and a needle fits onto the nozzle. There is also a blue and white cardboard box with a plastic tray inside that contains three hypodermic needles of various sizes.
Notes From donor's letter, "Gruesome as the needle and syringe seem to us, they made possible a profitable hog and cattle operation in this state. Prior to cholera immunization a hog farmer could lose hundreds of his swine in a matter of days. At the same time black leg and bangs disease could devastate his cattle. The ownership of the syringe and needle plus inexpensive vaccines saved the livestock farmer costly vetenarian fees to protect his herds. These particular tools were owned and used by Wesley and Barney Atcher of Hardin County. They owned and operated 300+ acre farm which they partially heired from their parents and purchased the remainder from their sisters. They lived on this farm all their lives and farmed it until their deaths in 1987 + 1988 respectively. It is located just west of US 31W near the south city limits of Radcliff and north city limits of Elizabethtown." Donor was their sister.
Collection 15KHS Museum Collection
People Atcher, Wesley
Atcher, Barney
Hardin County
Subjects Syringes, Hypodermic
Needles, Hypodermic
Veterinary medicine
Veterinary drugs
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS