Rexall Ninety-Three Hair Tonic

Description
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.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1920
maker
United Drug Company
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Boston
United States: Missouri, Saint Louis
Physical Description
glass (container material)
cardboard (packaging material)
metal (container material)
Measurements
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
ID Number
1979.0798.227
accession number
1979.0798
catalog number
1979.0798.227
Credit Line
Gift of Gary P. and Sandra Baden
subject
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, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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