Hidden in Plain Sight:
The Material World of Early Springfield


Druggists' vials

c. 1810-1850
Recovered from Edwards Place privy
Collection of the Illinois State Museum

These small, cylindrical bottles were druggists' "phials" (vials). They would be filled with medicine by a doctor or druggist and marked with a paper label, much the same as the orange plasitc medicine bottles used by drugstores today.