Peterson's Ointment (Free Sample)

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The indications or uses for this product as provided by the manufacturer are:
Cures eczema, bleeding and itching piles, and old sores, burns, sore nipples, salt rheum, tired and tender feet, corns, catarrh, chafing
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1925
Peterson Brothers
place made
United States: New York, Buffalo
Physical Description
tin (container material)
overall: 3/8 in x 1 1/4 in; .9525 cm x 3.175 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Rubs, Liniments & Ointments
Skin & Dermatology Drugs
Foot Products
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
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Health & Medicine
Balm of America
Beauty and Health
Data Source
National Museum of American History


I completely agree. The formula is NOT the same. The color of the product was slightly beige, if not gray. It is now thick, and not as THICK, but creamier. The first time I saw Peterson's used in 1989, a softball player had slid into a base, and had a scrape with sand imbedded. Peterson's was slapped on, and gauze wrapped around it. 4 hours later, the gauze unwound; the gauze was full of the sand the ointment had pulled out of the wound. I ordered it a couple weeks ago. A large can. It doesn't smell as strongly of camphor or eucalyptus. It is too thin. I am disappointed.
When I was a little girl my Dr Peterson peddled his ointment through his practice. He said it was a mighty cure all to just about anything that ailed you.
Petersons Ointment is still sold today... Has the formula or ingredients changed much since 1925?
"I do not know about since 1925, but I know the formula has been watered down since the 1980's. When I first started using it, it worked for three days, without reapplying. In the early 2000's, I noticed I had to reapply 3 times a day. Despite the formula being weaker, it has tripled in price since the 1980's and it is owned by a different company. Having said that, it is still a hundred times more effective than Preparation H."

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