Cushman's Menthol Inhaler


Glass inhaler tube with paper label housed in a two-piece small metal canister. The paper label reads “Cushman’s Menthol Inhaler / VINCENNES, IND.” and “PATENTED / JAN. 5, ’86 / NOV. 2, ’86.” Henry Depuy Cushman (1846-1900), the inventor of this inhaler, was a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Pharmacy. He owned a drugstore at Three Rivers, Mich., and promoted menthol as a cure for various ailments. By mid-1895 the business was listed as the Cushman Manufacturing Company of Chicago, Ill. and Vincennes, Ind., and by 1898 it was renamed the Cushman Drug Company of Vincennes, Ind.

Cushman advertised his inhaler as a "remedy for the immediate relief and cure of neuralgia, headache, catarrh, asthma, bronchitis, sore throat, earache, toothache and all diseases of the throat and lungs." It sold for 50 cents in 1886. The product was still being advertised in 1941 for the 'relief of head colds, sinus, catarrh, hay fever and throat irritation" and still manufactured by the Cushman Drug Company, Vincennes, Ind.

Ref: Henry Depuy Cushman, Headache, Neuralgia, Hay Fever, Asthma, Sick Headache, Cold,. . . (1886).

Henry D. Cushman, “Inhaler,” U.S. Patent 333,608 (Jan. 5, 1886).

Henry D. Cushman, “Inhaler,” U.S. Patent 333,609 (Jan. 5, 1886).

Henry D. Cushman, “Inhaler,” U.S. Patent 351,744 (Nov. 2, 1886).

Henry D. Cushman, “Inhaler,” U.S. Patent 476,131 (May 31, 1892).

Henry D. Cushman, “Apparatus for Making Menthol Crystals,” U.S. Patent 402,907 (May 7, 1889).

Date Made: after 1895ca 1900Patent Date: 1886-11-021886-01-05

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Indiana, Vincennes

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Credit Line: Estate of Cassie Mason Myers Julian-James

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: MG.M-11453Catalog Number: M-11453Accession Number: 70138Patent Number: US351744AUS333609A

Object Name: inhalerOther Terms: Patent Medicines; Drugs; Non-Liquid

Measurements: overall: 3/4 in x 4 1/4 in x 3/4 in; 1.905 cm x 10.795 cm x 1.905 cm


Record Id: nmah_717212

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