DeWitt's Carbolized Witch Hazel Salve

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The indications or uses for this product as provided by the manufacturer are: For superficial cuts, minor burns, bruises, contusions, and minor scalds. Also non-venomous insect irritations.
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Date made
ca 1940
E. C. DeWitt and Company
place made
United States: Illinois, Chicago
Physical Description
extract witch hazel (drug active ingredients)
benzocaine (drug active ingredients)
carbolic acid 1% (drug active ingredients)
overall: 13 cm x 3.7 cm x 2.7 cm; 5 1/8 in x 1 7/16 in x 1 1/16 in
box: 5 1/8 in x 1 3/8 in x 1 1/8 in; 13.0175 cm x 3.4925 cm x 2.8575 cm
tube: 5 in x 1 5/8 in x 1 in; 12.7 cm x 4.1275 cm x 2.54 cm
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Credit Line
Gift of Gary P. and Sandra Baden
Rubs, Liniments & Ointments
First Aid Products & Antiseptics
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


I have an old round 2 0z. can of "Cole's Carbolized Salve" made by the J.W.Cole Co in Chicago 12, Illinois. It contains Zinc Oxide, Lanoline, Phenol, Calendula, Witch Hazel and Petrolatum. I don't recall where we got it but my husband and I are guessing one of our parents in the 1960's or so. I used some today; first time I recall ever using it. Hope it works.
"Our family used this salve through out the 1950's and 1960's. Our name for it was "Black Stuff ". It fixed all the cuts , bruises, rashes, and anything else effecting our skin. It was the "fix everything " ointment! Does any company make a similar product?"

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