Wampole's Preparation

Wampole's Preparation

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Usage conditions apply
The indications or uses for this product as provided by the manufacturer are:
Tonic, stimulant
Currently not on view
Object Name
otc preparation
Other Terms
Date made
after 1926
Henry K. Wampole and Company
Place Made
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Physical Description
alcohol 12% (drug active ingredients)
cod liver oil (drug active ingredients)
fluid extract of wild cherry (drug active ingredients)
compound syrup of hypophosphites (drug active ingredients)
box: 8 3/4 in x 3 3/8 in x 2 3/8 in; 22.225 cm x 8.5725 cm x 6.0325 cm
bottle: 8 3/8 in x 3 1/8 in x 2 1/8 in; 21.2725 cm x 7.9375 cm x 5.3975 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Tonics, Minerals & Vitamins
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Health & Medicine
Balm of America
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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First made in Canada in Perth, Ontario in 1893.
I tore down a old house and found a 7/8ths full bottle in the box and have it in my whatnot cabinet. I wonder if H Walpole made a lot of Money with his preparation?
I too, am in my 80's and was "raised on" Wampole's extract .I credit it in some small way to this long healthy life. I feel that it helped me through those young years when Mom (and I suppose all mothers) boiled our vegetables and then dumped all that mineral/nutrient rich water into the slop pail and (virtuously) fed us what was left -. yet they made tea and drank the water and discarded the leached out solids.. What were they thinking?? We've come a long way baby..
This tonic had a presence in our home all our growing-up years. My father always kept it and had all children (11 of us) take it regularly. I would like to get an empty bottle that contained it, or, at least get a picture of it for keeps. I am now 85 years old, and oh! how I remember it. It was a good-tasting tonic.

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