Gentry Brothers Mange Remedy Shampoo and Tonic

The Gentry Brothers Famous Show was a large American circus that began as a dog show in 1887 and ran until 1916. They were based out of Bloomington, Ind. In 1912 they started the Gentry Brothers Remedy Company which aimed to conduct "a manufacturing business and sell remedies and medicines for man and beast..." The business was dissolved in the late 1950s.
The exact manufacture date for this bottle is unknown, but the amber bottle, cork, and label style point towards the early years of the date span, 1912-1950s. Mange affects both humans and animals and their close proximity in a circus environment may have prompted the development of this shampoo.
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Object Name
hair care product
Object Type
date made
Gentry Brothers Remedy Company
Physical Description
glass (container material)
paper (container material)
cork (container material)
overall: 14.2 cm x 6.3 cm x 4.2 cm; 5 9/16 in x 2 1/2 in x 1 5/8 in
overall: 5 1/2 in x 2 1/2 in x 1 3/4 in; 13.97 cm x 6.35 cm x 4.445 cm
place made
United States: Indiana, Bloomington
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Beauty and Hygiene Products: Cure-alls
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
Beauty and Hygiene Products: Cure-alls
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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