McNess Mentholated Ointment

The indications or uses for this product as provided by the manufacturer are:
A highly medicated ointment for superficial varieties of simple open sores, minor cuts, burns, scalds, chapped hands.
DIRECTIONS: For external use, apply freely and if necessary bind up with a clean bandage, renewing once a day. For Nasal Irritations apply in the nostrils two or three times a day, inserting with the finger as far as possible. For Burns and Scalds, spread the Ointments on a clean cloth and bind up, renewing the bandage daily. For Blackhears apply freely at night. In the morning cover the face with towel wrung out of moderately hot water, renewing the towel frequently for ten minutes. Then wash off with clean, cool water and dry by patting with a soft towel.
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Object Name
otc preparation
date made
ca 1940
Furst-McNess Company
Physical Description
camphor (drug active ingredients)
menthol (drug active ingredients)
oil eucalyptus (drug active ingredients)
lanolin (drug active ingredients)
petrolatum (drug active ingredients)
overall: 3 cm x 9.3 cm; 1 3/16 in x 3 11/16 in
overall: 1 1/4 in x 3 5/8 in; 3.175 cm x 9.2075 cm
place made
United States: Illinois, Freeport
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Skin & Dermatology Drugs
First Aid Products & Antiseptics
Rubs, Liniments & Ointments
Health & Medicine
Balm of America
Beauty and Hygiene Products: Cure-alls
Beauty and Health
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Beauty and Hygiene Products: Cure-alls
Balm of America
Beauty and Health
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Gary P. and Sandra Baden
Additional Media

Visitor Comments

4/8/2015 5:51:06 PM
John Batiste
Why have this product not being sold anymore. I have used this McNess Mentholated Ointment for over 30 years and now I cant get it any more. Why?
10/28/2015 11:18:59 AM
Randy Gunter
We have taken over the operations of McNess products a few weeks ago and are looking at re-introducing the mentholated ointment to the line-up of products. If you keep an eye on we'll share more information when it happens. (Hope this doesn't come across as a blatant promotion, we genuinely have a lot of people asking about us supplying the product and we are working to do this.)
11/15/2015 1:09:05 AM
My mom has me on the internet looking for this product. We live in San Francisco bay area in California. She has a little left in a container and wants me to look for it and buy a few. Mom 84, Dad 91, and I have used this product for years. I asked her how she ever found it. She said they first saw an ad in a magazine years ago, before the internet. LOL Please bring it back. They don't make stuff like they use to . Thank you, The Alexander's Bay Area
4/17/2016 9:13:05 AM
I absolutely love this ointment! My great aunt had bought cases of these waaaaay back when the company was still pretty new & their are still several left! I have one in my work desk, my car, my parents house, best friends house and 2 in my bedroom.
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