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S. O. S. Combination Internal and External

S. O. S. Combination Internal and External

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The indications or uses for this product as provided on its packaging: An astringent solution
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Object Name
otc preparation
Date made
ca 1930
ca 1920
S. Pfeiffer Manufacturing Company
Place Made
United States: Missouri, Saint Louis
Physical Description
cardboard box (overall packaging material)
glass bottle (overall packaging material)
outer box: 8 in x 3 3/4 in x 2 1/4 in; 20.32 cm x 9.525 cm x 5.715 cm
small box: 2 5/8 in x 1 1/2 in x 1 1/2 in; 6.6675 cm x 3.81 cm x 3.81 cm
small bottle: 2 1/2 in x 1 3/8 in x 1 3/8 in; 6.35 cm x 3.4925 cm x 3.4925 cm
large box: 5 3/4 in x 2 1/2 in x 1 5/8 in; 14.605 cm x 6.35 cm x 4.1275 cm
large bottle: 5 1/4 in x 2 3/8 in x 1 1/2 in; 13.335 cm x 6.0325 cm x 3.81 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Mary E. and Joseph F. Melfi, Jr., Tupper's Drug Store, Summerville, South Carolina
First Aid Products & Antiseptics
STD Drugs
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Health & Medicine
Balm of America
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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