Rawleigh's Medicated Ointment

The indications or uses for this product as provided by the manufacturer are: For minor injuries of the skin. For superficial burns and scalds, bruises, blisters, chafing, minor nasal irritations and congestion due to head colds, chapped hands and lips, headache, minor rectal irritation, sun burn, muscular soreness, insect stings (non-venomous). Useful for men, women and children when a soothing, medicated ointment is desired for personal use. Excellent to use after shaving.
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Object Name
otc preparation
date made
ca 1940
W. T. Rawleigh Company
Physical Description
camphor (drug active ingredients)
menthol (drug active ingredients)
oil of eucalyptus and phenyl (drug active ingredients)
mercuric chloride (drug active ingredients)
refined petrolatum (drug active ingredients)
paraffine (drug active ingredients)
cocoa butter (drug active ingredients)
ceresin (drug active ingredients)
overall: 3 cm x 9 cm; 1 3/16 in x 3 9/16 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
Catarrh, Cough & Cold Drugs
Rubs, Liniments & Ointments
Health & Medicine
Skin & Dermatology Drugs
First Aid Products & Antiseptics
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

7/19/2013 10:12:04 AM
I had to laugh when I saw this because my grandparents use it religiously, and as a result I have several tins of it at home. And to be honest... it does kind of clear the head when I have a cold! A visit to their website is interesting, they still sell the ointment and rubs, but along with chicken stock, vanilla, and toilet bowl cleanser. Who knew? All with the original packaging!
10/28/2015 10:42:58 PM
Marilyn Guy
Hi, I am 70 years old and Rawleigh's has always been used by our family since my child hood. I am currently residing in Queensland and have a distributor at our Caloundra markets of a Sunday. I have always believed that your product came from New Zealand. On my jars I have that they are made in Wellington New Zealand. My new batch now says USA! Is it that your product is no longer produced in Wellington and that all products now are imported from USA?
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