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William H. Trueman collection of dental advertisements

Ms. Codex 1760

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Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Creator:
Trueman, William H., 1842-1927
Title:
William H. Trueman collection of dental advertisements
Date:
circa 1900
Call Number:
Ms. Codex 1760
Extent:
0.1 linear foot (1 volume)
Language:
English
Abstract:
This album contains about twenty reprographic copies of dental advertisements (published between 1767 and 1828) collected by William H. Trueman (1842-1927). Trueman, a graduate of University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, practiced dentistry in Philadelphia for over fifty years and was an authority on the subject of dental history. The images in this album primarily advertise the services of individual dentists, and together provide information about this profession in the late eighteenth century United States.
Cite as:
William H. Trueman collection of dental advertisements, circa 1900, Ms. Codex 1760, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania
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Biography/History

William H. Trueman was born in England in 1842 and moved with his family to the United States at age four. He began his dental training early, under Dr. Henry Winterbottom of Philadelphia, in 1857. Trueman later attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine (known then as the Dental Department of the University of Pennsylvania) and went on to practice dentistry in Philadelphia for the next five decades. Interested in the history of dentistry (an obituary describes him as an “authority” on the subject), Trueman chaired a committee on the history of dentistry and helped to edit a three volume History of Dental Surgery published in 1910. William Trueman was married to Mary Stewart Trueman, and passed away in 1927. Source: "Dr. William H. Trueman."  The Journal of the American Dental Association, Volume 14 , Issue 11 (1927): 2104. Retrieved from: http://jada.ada.org/article/S1048-6364(27)11024-5/abstract

Scope and Contents

This album contains about twenty reprographic copies of early American dental advertisements and other texts and images relating to dental history. The advertisements featured in the album were published in late eighteenth and early nineteenth century newspapers including the Pennsylvania Chronicle and Universal Advertiser, the  Pennsylvania Journal and Weekly Advertiser, the Baltimore  Republican, the Boston  Columbian Centinel and the  Saturday Evening Post. Most of these clippings extol the skill of a particular dental surgeon or the value of a product like “Venus Tooth Powder.” One clipping, originally published anonymously in a 1784 issue of the  Pennsylvania Journal and Weekly Advertiser, is a sarcastic invective against “a certain BARBER in  Arch-street” which accuses the practitioner of “mischief… lies [and] insolence.” The remaining reprographic copies included in the album depict a woodcut of “Appolonia, the Patron Saint of Dentistry” found in a Spanish dental treatise from 1557, two pages of a sixteenth century medical text (in Latin) which relate to tooth extraction, and two portraits of French dentists (Ambroise Pare and Joseph Lamaire). This album was put together by William H. Trueman (1842-1927), a dentist interested in the history of his profession. The volume is undated, but the brand of the album itself (“The Rembrandt Album” by Williams, Brown & Earle) is advertised in a 1899 magazine,  The Photo-Miniature, so it is likely the collection was put together around that time. Most of the images are captioned with their source, and there are a few empty pages at the back of the album.

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Publication Information

University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts,  2016 April 13

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Rive Cadwallader

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Copyright restrictions may exist. For most library holdings, the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania do not hold copyright. It is the responsibility of the requester to seek permission from the holder of the copyright to reproduce material from the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Source of Acquisition

Transferred from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, 2015.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • International dental journal (New York, N.Y.).
Form/Genre(s)
  • Advertisements
  • Albums
  • Reprographic copies
Subject(s)
  • Dentistry--History

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Collection Inventory

Volume

Album containing advertisements, circa 1900.

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