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August 29, 2011

The Antikamnia Chemical Company’s Skeleton Calendars of 1899 and 1900

These fantastic images come from Antikamnia Skeleton Calendars, put out by the Antikamnia Chemical Company, St. Louis, MO.

Antikamnia’s analgesic compound, which was never patented, was marketed as a ‘proudly ethical drug’ and used to treat headaches, fever, stomach aches, nervousness, insomnia and ‘the blues’. It was claimed to be a new synthetic coal-tar derivative but in fact contained almost 50% acetanilid, which was sometimes mixed with codeine or quinine.

The Antikamnia Chemical Company hired local physician-artist Louis Crucius to do the art for the calendars. Crucius was also a pharmacist, and did the “Skeleton Sketches” drawings while working at a pharmacy. Five years worth of the calendars – 1897, 1898, 1899, 1900, and 1901 – were printed.


  1. As a reader of your site and How to be a Retronaut I have noticed that you are re-blogging a lot of their posts without crediting them. That's widely considered as bad form which is a shame as I'm a fan of your site.

  2. A very good article. I am looking for is information. Thank you very much for the great article .We are encouraged to write this great article came out agai

  3. The artist who did these is named FRUSIUS......YOU CAN GOOGLE HIM. Have loved his
    work for decades.




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