C.G. Griswold's Family Salve, or Plaster

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The indications or uses for this product as provided by the manufacturer are:
For corns, callouses, warts, hangnails, insect bites, and general use.
Currently not on view
date made
before 1955
Griswold Salve Corporation
place made
United States: Connecticut, Hartford
Physical Description
paper (container material)
oleate of lead (drug active ingredients)
overall: 4 3/4 in x 3/4 in; 12.065 cm x 1.905 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Richard W. Pollay
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


Griswold plaster also removed deeply embedded splinters. It was like magic! I have one tiny piece of griswold plaster left that is used for that purpose...nothing else is as effective. Lead based or not, it’s great stuff!
I remember my first mother-in-law had a package that she had kept long after production stopped. She swore by it, and I used it for splinters. It was fantastic. I also have a remnant that I've kept from the time that I found it, still stocked on a druggist's shelf, before I moved to Pennsylvania in 1986. For what limited use it had, I can't imagine what the big deal was about the lead content.

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