Lucky Tiger Hair Tonic

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Lucky Tiger Dandruff Remedy was first marketed around 1917 by the Lucky Tiger Dandruff Company of Kansas City, Mo. In the early 1920s, the company, now Lucky Tiger Remedy Company, was in the hands of Pleasant Stephen Harris, part owner of the successful Harris-Goar Company stores. The Lucky Tiger products were popular in barbershops, and in 1935 Harris trademarked the brand and began to market nationwide.
Advertising in the 1950s emphasized sex appeal, including an offer for free Lucky Tiger Pin-Up Girl posters for the well-groomed man’s "Tiger Lair." Although the products became less popular after hair styles changed in the 1960s, Lucky Tiger brand is still available in 2012, and includes a line of "Barber Shop Classics."
This bottle of Lucky Tiger Hair Tonic was likely produced in the early to mid-1950s. Around 1949 the company began a marketing campaign that touted the "3-purpose Hair Tonic." Purpose one was to "wake up the scalp;" purpose two was to "kill the germs that cause dandruff;" and purpose three was to "groom hair perfectly." While the packaging has changed over the years, Lucky Tiger 3-Purpose Hair Tonic is still available in 2012.
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1950-1955
Lucky Tiger Manufacturing Company
place made
United States: Missouri, Kansas City
Physical Description
glass (container material)
cardboard (packaging material)
paper (container material)
plastic (container material)
alcohol 55% (drug active ingredients)
sodium salicylate (drug active ingredients)
ozyquinoline phosphate (drug active ingredients)
overall, box: 5 7/8 in x 2 1/4 in x 1 1/2 in; 14.9225 cm x 5.715 cm x 3.81 cm
overall, bottle: 5 1/2 in x 2 1/4 in x 1 1/4 in; 13.97 cm x 5.715 cm x 3.175 cm
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catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
The Fournet Drugstore Collection
Hair Care Products
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Hair Care Products
Beauty and Hygiene Products: Hair Care and Enhancement
Beauty and Hygiene Products: Marketed to Men
Health & Medicine
Beauty and Health
Data Source
National Museum of American History