Elm's Astringent Botanic Elixir

The indications or uses for this product as provided by the manufacturer are:
Cures ringworm and other diseases of the scalp; eradicates dandruff and removes itching and irritation of the skin; promotes the growth and strength of hair.
Currently not on view
Object Name
hair care product
hair dressing
date made
after 1893
overall, box: 7 1/2 in x 2 1/2 in x 2 3/8 in; 19.05 cm x 6.35 cm x 6.0325 cm
overall, bottle: 7 3/4 in x 2 3/8 in x 2 3/8 in; 19.685 cm x 6.0325 cm x 6.0325 cm
place made
United States: Missouri, St. Louis
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Beauty and Health
Health & Medicine
Beauty and Hygiene Products: Hair Care and Enhancement
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Beauty and Hygiene Products: Hair Care and Enhancement
Beauty and Health
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Robert Grodanz, David's Pharmacy, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Additional Media

Visitor Comments

11/19/2016 12:42:02 AM
Jane Lindberg
This product was produced by my great-grandfather, James C. Elms', business! I have an original circular for the product framed in my home (as does my sister and my late brother's wife). James C. Elms was my father's mother's father. (My father was William Morgan Ward Sr.; and his mother was Blanche Elms Ward.) James Elms was originally from England and came to the U.S. where he continued in the same line of business, making many trips back to England by boat over the ensuing years. His home in St. Louis was set on a hill from where an individual could see all the way to the St. Louis riverfront in the distance. We have a very good picture of him in the family. There was an effort in recent years by a cosmetology group to turn the home into a museum of cosmetology, but they were unable to raise sufficient funds to do so, and the house was subsequently torn down. Please let me know if you are interested in either a copy of the circular or of his picture. It has been great fun to find that his product made it into the Smithsonian collection! Sincerely, Jane Ward Lindberg
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