Lysoform Bottle | Ding des Monats November 2020

Thing of the Month November 2020
Lysoform Bottle

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Lysoform Bottle. Design: unknown, Lysoform Dr. Hans Rosemann GmbH, Berlin, 1920s. Collection Werkbundarchiv – Museum der Dinge, Berlin. Photo: Armin Herrmann, 2020.

The green, octagonal bottle made of pressed glass with a ribbed bakelite cap from the 1920s served as a container for the disinfectant Lysoform. The product name appears diagonally in bright yellow cursive and as a relief on the back of the bottle. The label shows a female silhouette with an apron, bending over a person lying in bed with a nurturing gesture. Above the scene, set in a round arch, the headline "For protection against infection" is displayed. A series of adjectives – "harmlessly fragrant and refreshing" – promises confidence in the product among potential consumers. Next to the centered illustration is a reference to the versatility of the product: "For health and skin care. For child care. Against perspiration and to eliminate bad smells."

The preparation "Lysoform", a mixture of liquid soap with formaldehyde which was new at that time, was developed by the pharmacist Dr. Hans Rosemann.  He patented it in 1900 and founded the company of the same name. Lysoform was used as a disinfectant in hospitals as well as in private households. It was already advertised a hundred years ago as an effective protection against the Spanish flu. To this day, Lysoform Dr. Hans Rosemann GmbH distributes numerous products from the fields of disinfection and antiseptics.

The Lysoform bottle is part of our Collection of Crisis, which was created on the occasion of the current pandemic and is constantly being expanded.