Porter's Pain King Salve

Porter's Pain King Salve

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Usage conditions apply
The indications or uses for this product as provided by the manufacturer are:
For cuts, bruises, sores, wounds, burns, boils, piles, felons, lumbago, chapped and cracked skin. Also to relieve cold on the chest, and spasmodic croup. For stock cuts, scratches, collar and saddle galls, bruises, sore teats on cows, caked udder.
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Object Name
otc preparation
veterinary preparation
Object Type
OTC Preparation
date made
after 1916
George H. Rundle Company
place made
United States: Ohio, Piqua
Physical Description
chloretone, 4 gr to ounce (drug active ingredients)
overall: 1 1/8 in x 3 1/2 in; 2.8575 cm x 8.89 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Richard W. Pollay
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Health & Medicine
Beauty and Hygiene Products: Cure-alls
Beauty and Health
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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Like the other folks above, Pain King Salve was used in our family. I was born in the 50's and my sisters and I all keep a tin in the medicine chest. Nothing works better on minor infections and things you need to "draw", like pimples, boils, deep splinters, etc.
My grandmother was born in Solomons, Maryland on a dairy farm in 1916. I was born in the 70s and distinctly remember this being what was used for everything (similar time what I use Neosporin for mostly). My grandsons’ father just said something to me about how great Neosporin is and he wondered what they used “back in the day”. As soon as he said that this came to mind and also my sense of smell. I remember exactly how it smelled. For years I wasn’t sure what it was really called because of my grandmother’s accent, but when I learned to read I realized she was saying Pain King Salve. Great memory!
This was a staple in our home growing up. Our first aid kit consisted of Mercuricome, Vicks vapor rub and Pain King Salve. My mother would not of been without it. I am 85 years this year and I agree with the other comment, a trip down memory lane. Wish they still made this!
This was a stock item in our medicine cabinet when I was growing up I am now 75. It worked very well on cuts scrapes ect thanks for a trip down memory lane.

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