Sozodont Powder for Cleansing the Teeth


Tin container with a “SOZODONT POWDER / FOR CLEANSING THE TEETH” inscription on the lid. The “GINNA & CO., N.Y.” inscription identifies the firm that made the tin. Sozodont—the term presumably comes from the Greek words for save and teeth—was created ca. 1859 by Roswell van Buskirk, a pharmacist in New Jersey. By the early 1870s, Sozodont had become a product of Hall & Ruckel, a wholesale druggist firm in New York City.

Ref: “Roswell van Buskirk,” American Druggist and Pharmaceutical Record 40 (1902): 346.

Maker: Hall & Ruckel

Location: Currently not on view

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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: MG.293320.0986Accession Number: 293320Catalog Number: 293320.0986

Object Name: oral hygiene producttooth powder

Measurements: overall: 1 1/8 in x 2 3/4 in x 2 in; 2.8575 cm x 6.985 cm x 5.08 cm


Record Id: nmah_1450470

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