Percy Skuy, Collector
Percy Skuy (born February 17, 1932) came to the pharmaceutical company of Janssen-Ortho as an licensed pharmacist, a company specializing in the manufacure of family planning products as well as gynecological therapeutics. Within the framework of a career trajectory which began as a sales representative and ultimately proceeded to heading the company (Skuy was president as of 1973), Percy was able to accumulate a large collection of historical contraceptives and founded his own small museum in Ontario, Canada. The brochures and posters of the museum became renowned for their astounding aesthetic quality and creative harmony, making 'unspeakable' objects eyecatching.
Percy served as a member of the board and chairperson of the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers of Canada (PMAC) as well as the Canadian Foundation for the Advancement of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Marketing Club of Ontario. In addition to his industry functions, Percy took on further responsibilities in regard to Canadian health care and was advisor to the Ministry of National Health and Welfare concerning questions of pharmaceutical research.
A few years ago, Percy Skuy donated his collection of close to 700 historical contraceptives to the Dittrick Medical History Center of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.