Sulfoam Shampoo

Sulfoam shampoo was produced by Lawrence Laboratories, of New York City. This medicated scalp treatment contained colloidal sulfur and lanolin to condition the scalp and cleanse the hair. It was used to treat dandruff, scalp itch, and dryness. Sulfur, which has antiseptic and skin softening properties, is used in many dandruff shampoos. Lanolin, or wool grease, helps to sooth and moisturize skin and hair. Sulfoam claimed to have a pleasing fragrance, unlike the sulfur with which it was made. In the mid-20th century, Sulfoam was often marketed with a picture of a nurse to reinforce the product’s medical claims.
Sulfoam first appeared in the 1940s and this bottle appears to date to that period. Sulfoam remains on the market today (2012) as a sulphur-based dandruff shampoo treatment, but the brand is now owned by Fougera Pharmaceuticals.
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Object Name
hair care product
date made
after 1945
Lawrence Laboratories, Inc.
Physical Description
paper (container material)
glass (container material)
cardboard (packaging material)
metal (container material)
overall: 14 cm x 7 cm x 4 cm; 5 1/2 in x 2 3/4 in x 1 9/16 in
overall, box: 5 1/2 in x 2 3/4 in x 1 5/8 in; 13.97 cm x 6.985 cm x 4.1275 cm
overall, bottle: 5 1/4 in x 2 3/4 in x 1 5/8 in; 13.335 cm x 6.985 cm x 4.1275 cm
place made
United States: New York, New York
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Hair Care Products
Health & Medicine
Hair Care Products
Beauty and Hygiene Products: Hair Care and Enhancement
Beauty and Health
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Hair Care Products
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 Sidney Glaser
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