Terra Sigillata Poster
18 x 21 in (46 x 53 cm)
"First drug preparation to be 'trade marked' with an official seal, Terra Sigillata, a medicinal clay, was marketed as early as 500 B.C., and for twenty centuries thereafter. it came from a pit on Lemnos, a Mediterranean island."
For as long as medicines have been developed, there have been businessmen nearby looking to profit off them. Long live the trade mark!
Born in Grand Rapids, Missouri in 1915, Robert Thom is a notable American illustrator. Thom is best-known for his historical scenes, as exemplified in this series of works, A History of Pharmacy in Pictures. This series was commissioned by Parke-Davis Company, a subsidiary of Pfizer, and was printed serially throughout the 50s. The 40 pieces were created in partnership with the Institute for the History of Pharmacy at the University of Wisconsin. Thom started his career as a commercial illustrator for Detroit Edison and General Motors in 1939. After six years, Thom left these companies behind and shifted to being an independent artist. Thom began taking commissions for paintings and attracted big-name clientele. An important contributor to American illustration, Thom’s realistic work can be seen at the Baseball Hall of Fame and the White House.
Artist: Robert A. Thom
Printer: Parke, Davis & Company