Diabetes Museum/ Pictures of Old D Equiptment

I love the Diabetes Museum. I hope you will too.


As scary as that stuff looks, it's amazing that it was created!  I see those before and after pictures and I am beyond grateful that these products were developed and look how far it's all come in just the past 20 years!

Wow.  Really kind of puts things into perspective.  I'm very grateful for all of the progress we've made.

I am wondering how in the world you would use that glucometer from the 1960"s???  Thank goodness we don't have to sharpen our syringes!  Look how far we have come!  It's amazing to see these pictures!  Thanks for sharing!!

Wow, this is AMAZING! Thank you! My Grandpa is type 2, but I'm pretty sure he had the One Touch II when I was little (before I was diabetic). I remember getting the tissue for him to wipe the blood off his finger. I was born in 1992, and that's in the 1990's section. It's really cool to see how things progressed!

I went back and looked further at some things here....OMG!  I remember the Autolet!  That was my first finger stick machine!  Does anyone remember a needleless (SP?) way to inject insulin???  I forget what it was called, but I had one....it was pressurized.  I didn't use it very long.  I had some bad reactions to it, as far as I can remember.  Looking at all of these pictures brought back some not so fond memories.  But they are really neat to see!  Thanks Richard!

So many familiar things I haven't seen in AGES... thanks for sharing the link, Richard!  I used the One Touch II meter for many, many years - actually up through the early 2000's.  My new endocrinologist at the time flipped when he saw what I was using to check my BG levels... ha!  It got me a free, new meter from him! 

The oldest photos got to me. My daughter was getting that thin and when I think about parents having to deal with this before insulin well it breaks my heart.

This is a great collection of pictures, but, leave it to me, I discovered a historical error. The pre-1960 collection shows a Joslin 50-year medal. But the 50-year medal didn't come into existence until after 1970, 50 years after the discovery of insulin in 1921. I believe there was a 25-year medal that required lots of medical tests, but the pictures of the medal in the pre-1960 collection are definitely pictures of a 50-year medal.

thanks for posting is Richard! i think that this was very interesting, and reminded how fortunate we are with our technology today! 

Thanks for sharing! Those photos really brought back memories (I was diagnosed in '65). Keep up the good work! You are the lifeline of this site!

I am pleased that all of you enjoyed the Diabetes Photo Museum. It is an ongoing project and there will be many more pictures and discussions in the months ahead. I have several more to add, when I get the time.

The One Touch II photos bring back fond memories from summer camp. I had it at home, but for some reason, it reminds me of camp.(:

What brings back bad memories are those autolet injector things. I remember hiding from my Mom when she first brought one home!!

I'm surprised there are no chemstrip photos, I feel like I used those for years! Did anyone else?

Sarah, I used "Tes Tape" for many years. It was a roll of yellow tape in a plastic container. It turned various shades of green, The darker the green, the higher the urine sugar. It was a poor estimation of blood sugar on many occasions. If I tested at noon and I had not passed any urine since 8 AM then the sugar in my urine at 8 AM would show up on my test at noon. I could be having a low and the tape would still show high sugar.

I checked the pictures out and have one question. Were you guys being treated by Barbers???? Just kidding LOL

Hi Keith! Are you referring to the years that bleeding was used to treat certain diseases? Lol!

When doing the research for my book I did find references to doctors who prescribed bleeding as a treatment for diabetes. Removing the blood containing high sugar so new fresh blood would replace it. I am glad that was no longer being done when I was diagnosed in 1945.

Yea, I was just couldn't stop myself. LOL You are lucky, you didn't survive on the Allen diet. Sounds horrible also. Looking at the picture kind of reminded me of Trapanning (spelling?) tools you know the ones for cutting holes in the skull to relieve pressure.


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