995.4.68: Anatomical Stamps, 1921-1950

Additional Images

995.4.68: Anatomical Stamps. Body, anterior view
Image No. 3371 Body, anterior view; Photographer: Helen Kingsley

Object Description

Anatomical stamps for diagnosis and pathological records. Consists of eighteen rubber stamps each with a wooden base and handle, one rubber stamp with a lead base and a wooden handle and two metal stamps each on a wooden block base; one lead and one copper alloy. Labels ‘C.W.MACK TORONTO RED HANDLE CUSHION REG’D 1925 PATENTED’ attached to parts t and u. Owners name ‘A M DAVIDSON’ scratched into the varnished surface of parts c, d and k, and ‘DR DAVIDSON’ written in pencil on the back of parts v and w. A sales catalogue No. 10 from ‘BARTON MFG. CO. NEW YORK’, with thirty seven pages of anatomical stamp illustrations, 1:1 size of actual stamp. Parts a and b [largest of the stamps] dimensions given.

Object Classification

Accession Number: 995.4.68
Collection: Anatomy & Pathology
Date: 1921-1950

Object Dimensions

  • Length: 19.4 cm
  • Width: 8.2 cm
  • Depth: 9.6 cm

Object Parts

  • a) Body stamp with handle, anterior view
  • b) Body stamp with handle, posterior view
  • c) Body stamp, anterior view
  • d) Body stamp, posterior view
  • e) Body stamp with handle, anterior view
  • f) Body stamp with handle, posterior view
  • g) Head stamp with handle, anterior view
  • h) Thorax stamp with handle, posterior view
  • i) Abdomen stamp with handle, lateral view
  • j) Body stamp with handle, anterior view
  • k) Body stamp with handle, anterior view
  • l) Sales catalogue
  • m) Left leg samp with handle, anterior view
  • n) Leg stamp with handle, posterior view
  • o) Handle
  • p) Skeleton stamp with handle, anterior view
  • q) Pelvis stamp with handle, anterior view
  • r) Pelvis stamp with handle, horizontal view
  • s) Handle
  • t) Body stamp with handle, posterior view
  • u) Body stamp with handle, anterior view
  • v) Body stamp; anterior, posterior and lateral views
  • w) Body stamp; anterior, posterior and lateral views
  • x) Anatomical stamp with handle

Object Materials

  • copper alloy,
  • ink,
  • lead,
  • metal,
  • paint,
  • paper,
  • printing ink,
  • rubber,
  • steel,
  • textile,
  • varnish,
  • wood

Acquisition Detail

  • Manufacturer of part l) : Barton MFG. Co.
  • Manufacturer of part t) : C. W. Mack Company Ltd. (and part u)
  • Owner: Dr. Andrew Davidson
  • History of Use: Used by Dr. Andrew Davidson [1885-1972] a military doctor and a noted dermatologist who served in both WW1 and WW2. He served in France as an officer [Captain] for the Royal Army Medical Corps (1915-1917) and in the Canadian Army Medical Corps (1917-1919), specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of venereal and skin diseases. In 1939, he returned to active military service with the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel and was involved in the institution of the PULHEMS system. This is a system for classification of soldiers, the acronym stands for: P – physical capacity, U – upper extremity, L – locomotion, H – hearing, E – eyesight, M – mental capacity, S – stability of emotions. After the war, Dr. Davidson moved from Winnipeg to Vancouver, where he was in practice in association with his son, Dr. Kenneth Davidson. In 1947, Dr. Davidson was elected as the founding president of the Canadian Dermatological Association, and was a winner of the Sabouraud Medal for research in dermatology.