Ayer's Hair Invigorator

Ayer’s Hair Invigorator was produced by the Ayer Company of Lowell, Mass. It contains capsicum, the same compound found in hot peppers. This was intended to stimulate the scalp. The exact date of this product is not known, but it appears to be a modification of an early Ayer product, Hair Vigor. It probably dates to around 1920, after the passage of the 1906 Pure Food and Drug Act, which required labels to list a product’s alcohol content.
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Object Name
hair tonic
Object Type
Dr. J. C. Ayer and Company
Physical Description
blue (container color)
glass (container material)
paper (container material)
overall: 18.8 cm x 6.1 cm x 4.7 cm; 7 3/8 in x 2 3/8 in x 1 7/8 in
overall: 7 1/2 in x 2 3/8 in x 2 in; 19.05 cm x 6.0325 cm x 5.08 cm
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Lowell
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Hair Care Products
Health & Medicine
Hair Care Products
Beauty and Health
Beauty and Hygiene Products: Hair Care and Enhancement
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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 Mario Casinelli
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