Smelling Salts by Yardley

Smelling Salts by Yardley

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This object is one of over 700 medically related objects used on the set of the television show M*A*S*H. Most of these items are authentic medical instruments, supplies, and equipment from the 1950s.
M*A*S*H was an award-winning television show based on the bestselling novel and Oscar winning motion picture film of the same title. It portrayed the lives of doctors and nurses assigned to a fictitious medical unit, the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital, based in Uijeongbu, Korea during the 1950-1953 war. The program was initially broadcast from September 17, 1972 to February 28, 1983.
After the show ended in 1983, Twentieth Century Fox donated material from the two major sets, the “Swamp” and the “Operating Theater,” to the museum, along with scripts, photographs, and interviews with individuals who served in MASH units in Korea and Vietnam. See accessions 1983.0095, 1985.0335, 1988.0748, 1988.3163, and archival collection NMAH.AC.0117, for further MASH material.
Currently not on view
Object Name
otc preparation
place made
United States: New York, New York City
Physical Description
aqua ammonia; alcohol, 60% by volume (product active ingredients)
glass; plastic; paper (container materials)
overall: 2 1/2 in x 2 in x 1 in; 6.35 cm x 5.08 cm x 2.54 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Twentieth Century Fox
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Health & Medicine
Beauty and Hygiene Products: Cure-alls
M*A*S*H Television Series
Beauty and Health
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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I have a bottle exactly like the one you have pictured. I remember my mother using it on many occasions when she had a migraine and on me when I was hit in the head with a baseball bat (and knocked out) as a kid. Nowhere can I can that type of smelling salt nowadays. Is there any possibility that the recipe is available to make some or purchase same salts ?

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