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Usage conditions apply
The indications or uses for this product as provided by the manufacturer are: 1 1/4 tspn to 1 pint of water makes a liquid germicide and antiseptic wash; for general disinfecting purposes about the household, use 3 tspn to 1 pint of water
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Object Name
otc preparation
Date made
after 1929
Vapo-Cresolene Company
place made
United States: New York, New York City
Physical Description
coal tar (drug active ingredients)
water: 1% (drug active ingredients)
cardboard (packaging material)
paper (label material)
glass (container material)
cork (lid material)
box: 8 1/4 in x 2 3/4 in x 2 3/4 in; 20.955 cm x 6.985 cm x 6.985 cm
bottle: 8 1/4 in x 2 1/2 in x 2 1/2 in; 20.955 cm x 6.35 cm x 6.35 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Howard Kouzel
Respiratory & Asthma Drugs
Catarrh, Cough & Cold Drugs
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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