Rexall Ninety-Three Hair Tonic

Rexall "Ninety-three" Hair Tonic was produced by the United Drug Company of Boston, Mass. The name, "Rexall," is derived from "Rx," the common abbreviation for prescription. In company promotional material, Rexall also meant "King of All." By 1909 the United Drug Company of Boston, Mass. was producing about 300 different Rexall Remedies, which were sold through the company’s franchised Rexall Stores.
Rexall "Ninety-three" Hair Tonic was marketed with a money-back guarantee under the slogan "Try It On Us!" Early advertising claimed to relieve scalp irritation, eradicate dandruff, and prevent baldness. Other advertisements claimed that the hair tonic was the choice of fastidious or particular people. This bottle probably dates to around 1920. Rexall "Ninety-three" Hair Tonic was sold into the 1930s.
The indications or uses for this product as provided by the manufacturer are:
Intended for such cases of Dandruff, Falling Hair, Scanty Hair Growth, Scalp Irritation, Temporary Loss of Hair and Hair Color, and such other affections of the scalp, as are benefittled by a tonic treatment.
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Object Name
hair tonic
hair care product
date made
ca 1920
United Drug Company
Physical Description
glass (container material)
cardboard (packaging material)
metal (container material)
overall: 22.5 cm x 8.2 cm x 5.6 cm; 8 7/8 in x 3 1/4 in x 2 3/16 in
overall, bottle: 9 in x 3 1/4 in x 2 1/4 in; 22.86 cm x 8.255 cm x 5.715 cm
overall, box: 5 in x 3 1/8 in x 2 1/8 in; 12.7 cm x 7.9375 cm x 5.3975 cm
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Boston
United States: Missouri, Saint Louis
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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