Ointment pot base (left) and perfume bottle (right)

 In Philadelphia the "unworthy poor" such as unmarried pregnant women were turned away from hospitals with no other option than to seek care at the infirmary of Almshouses.Medicine bottles and ointment pots, such as the artifact in this exhibit, were uncovered in the excavation of the Philadelphia Almshouse. (Katkins and Allitt 2014).

Temple Anthropology Laboratory and Museum 

Gladfelter Hall- Lower Level, Temple University

1115 Polett Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19122



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