Q-Ban Hair Tonic

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Q-Ban Hair Tonic was produced by Q-Ban Hair Laboratories, Hessig-Ellis Drug Company of Memphis, Tenn. The Q-Ban trademark was registered by the company in 1919, but they claimed to have been producing the product since 1900. By 1939 the trademark was in the hands of another company.
Most advertising for this product falls between 1914 and 1924. "Sunshine and Air are free," ran one advertisement in 1917, but "with Q-Ban Hair Tonic you can restore vigor and beauty to your hair and get ‘Back To Nature.’" A 1920 advertisement claimed Q-Ban Hair tonic "checks falling hair, dandruff, bald spots, and gray."
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1914-1924
Hessig-Ellis Chemists
place made
United States: Tennessee, Memphis
Physical Description
glass (container material)
cardboard (packaging material)
paper (container material)
overall, box: 7 1/2 in x 2 3/8 in x 1 3/4 in; 19.05 cm x 6.0325 cm x 4.445 cm
overall, bottle: 7 5/8 in x 2 3/8 in x 1 3/4 in; 19.3675 cm x 6.0325 cm x 4.445 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Mario Cassinelli, Jr.
Hair Care Products
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Hair Care Products
Beauty and Hygiene Products: Hair Care and Enhancement
Health & Medicine
Beauty and Health
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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