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Harry Harper Ink was a very influential man in Canton, Ohio. He was the inventor of the patent medicine Tonsiline. Tonsiline was the
first proprietary remedy for the specific relief of sore throats. It's trademark was a long necked giraffe, and the distress of a sore
throat sufferer was compared to that of a giraffe. Used by thousands all over the country for years after its introduction in 1892,
Tonsiline helped make the fortune of Ink who devoted some of his money to the creation of an apple orchard. In 1914 he purchased
233 acres of farmland to the northwest of Canton fronting on the present Fulton Road. There he planted over 13,000 trees between
1915 and 1917.
At the same time his residence, designed by Guy Tilden, was erected in the Aplink Orchards, and occupied in late 1916. The
eighteen room house is as different from the tall, vertical Sherlock and Case homes as the nineteenth century is from the
twentieth. The strongly horizontal lines of the Ink Mansion recall the Prairie houses of the Chicago School on one hand, and seem to
foreshadow the 'ranch style' of the 1950's on the other.

He was also a philanthropist, who donated to Canton the Palace Theatre, and land for the establishment of the H. H. Ink Park, just to
name a few of his philanthropic activities:
"In Downtown Canton, Ohio, a standing room only crowd welcomed the opening of Harry Harper Ink’s million dollar vaudeville and
movie palace on Monday, November 22, 1926. The Theatre was a gift to the community from (the) Canton entrepreneur and
industrialist businessman. ... He owned the Canton-based Tonsiline Company, makers of a cough syrup formula marketed in a
unique giraffe-shaped bottle. The two giraffe plaques located above the proscenium arch are reminiscent of this motif."
The theater was designed by John Eberson of Chicago, who in the 1920s was focusing on building “atmospheric” theaters
throughout the country. Many Canton theater-goers have gazed into the “starlit” sky above the Palace’s seats, with clouds creating
a “dream effect.” The Palace still has the original cloud machine that makes the clouds continuously march across the sky. The
Palace still has its Kilgen Pipe Organ, one of the few left in the country. The Palace itself is one of only about 100 of Eberson’s
“atmospheric” theaters still standing (in case you might care to visit it sometime).
Tonsiline  Click on pictures to enlarge
H.H. Ink
The Druggist
Canton
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