Canthrox Granular Shampoo

Canthrox was sold by H. S. Peterson and Company of Chicago, Ill., from 1909 until the mid-1930s. The product was marketed to prevent dandruff, falling hair, and graying. Canthrox was always packaged in a tin box. In 1911 a tin of Canthrox, good for fifteen shampoos, cost fifty cents. It was advertised as a "pleasure and a delight," and would clean your hair "Completely, thoroughly and satisfactorily—yet easily and gently."
The company claimed that hair shampooed with Canthrax would dry more quickly and streak-free. In the mid-to-late 1920s, this quick-drying quality was used to appeal to women with the new short haircuts, or "bobs." Canthrox would "Make the bob more becoming." Advertisements often appeared in newspaper ‘amusement’ sections alongside news of the latest movies and plays and the celebrities who had helped popularize the bobbed style.
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Object Name
hair care product
date made
ca 1930
H.S. Peterson & Co.
Physical Description
paper (packaging material)
metal (container material)
overall: 8.4 cm x 2.4 cm x 3.1 cm; 3 5/16 in x 15/16 in x 1 7/32 in
overall: 3 1/2 in x 2 1/4 in x 1 1/2 in; 8.89 cm x 5.715 cm x 3.81 cm
place made
United States: Illinois, Chicago
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Hair Care Products
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Hair Care Products
Beauty and Hygiene Products: Hair Care and Enhancement
Health & Medicine
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
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