Dewitt's Pine Tar Shampoo

Dewitt’s Pine Tar Shampoo was produced by E. C. DeWitt and Company of Chicago, Ill. The company marketed a variety of patent medicines beginning in the late 19th century, including Kodol pills for dyspepsia, One Minute Cough Cure, and Cascasweet for infants and children. The C. B. Fleet Company acquired E. C. DeWitt in 1990.
While the exact date of this shampoo is not known, the trademark of a sun with rays rising over mountains was first used by the company in 1906 and officially trademarked in 1908. Pine tar was commonly employed to treat skin irritation and to restore health to itchy and inflamed skin, while relieving discomfort.
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Object Name
hair care product
E. C. DeWitt and Company
Physical Description
cardboard (packaging material)
glass (container material)
paper (container material)
metal (lid material)
overall: 13.3 cm x 6 cm x 6 cm; 5 1/4 in x 2 3/8 in x 2 3/8 in
overall, box: 6 1/4 in x 2 3/8 in x 2 3/8 in; 15.875 cm x 6.0325 cm x 6.0325 cm
overall, bottle: 5 1/8 in x 2 1/4 in; 13.0175 cm x 5.715 cm
place made
United States: Illinois, Chicago
United States: New York, New York
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Hair Care Products
Health & Medicine
Hair Care Products
Beauty and Hygiene Products: Hair Care and Enhancement
Beauty and Health
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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 Gary P. and Sandra Baden
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