Thompson's San Cura

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The indications or uses for this product as provided on its packaging:
A most excellent combination of vegetable medicines for scrofula, erysipelas, syphilis, salt rheum, pimples, boils, and all impurities of the blood. As a spring medicine for removing biliousness, preventing and relieving constipation, in conjunction with Thompson's Dandelion and Mandrake Pills, it will be found invaluable, increasing the appetite and strengthening the system. In all skin diseases or eruptions it should be used with San Cura Ointment.
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Date made
after 1906
Thompson Medical Company
Place Made
United States: Pennsylvania, Titusville
Physical Description
alcohol 25% (drug active ingredients)
box: 8 1/2 in x 3 1/4 in x 2 in; 21.59 cm x 8.255 cm x 5.08 cm
bottle: 7 1/2 in x 2 7/8 in x 1 1/2 in; 19.05 cm x 7.3025 cm x 3.81 cm
ID Number
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catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. James Harvey Young
Blood & Liver Drugs
Skin & Dermatology Drugs
STD Drugs
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National Museum of American History


I live in Pittsburgh, PA. My hunting camp is in Titusville, PA. I subscribe to the Titusville Herald Newspaper. I was reading the historical news they print in their newspaper. I thought this news article would be appreciated. I was curious about what San Cura is from reading the article, which led me to this site. I thought it was interesting that this product was made in Titusville. 100 years ago Aug. 25, 1917 The reception given last evening at the YWCA building for the Titusville young men who have enlisted or have been drawn for service in the world war, was one of the most successful affairs of the kind ever held in the city. The association building was elaborately decorated with flags, and the boys who are going to the front to defend their country and the principles of democracy were given the best time that the members of the YWCA were able to give them. Comfort bags were presented to the boys from Titusville who are soon to leave for the front. These bags were made by the girls of the YWCA and the articles in them were purchased with funds raised by the girls. Each comfort bag contained, among other things, three varieties of pins, three kinds of buttons, a pencil, a package of chewing gum, a comb, a trench mirror, a box of San Cura ointment, a pair of shoe strings, a pack of playing cards and numerous articles which will surely be appreciated by the soldier when he gets to the trenches
I am 69. As a child we always had San-Cura Oithment in our medicine cabinet. It always drew out the infection. I still had a jar of it in my cabinet when I sold my house and moved to Toronto. I brought it with me. Last night I was looking at a minor infection on a finger and remembered that jar. I put some on my finger with a band-aid. Within 10 minuted the throbbing had stopped. This am tall the blood is drawn from under the fingernail and the black and blue is almost gone. It still works after 60 years.

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