Danderine

Danderine

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Description
Danderine Scalp Tonic was first marketed around 1895 by the Knowlton Danderine Company of Chicago, Ill. The trademark was registered in 1908, after the company became part of the Neuralgyline Company (soon to become Sterling Products) of Wheeling, W.Va. In the early 1900s, the company used celebrity endorsements including those of Miss Jessie Bartlett Davis, a famous opera singer, and many members of the House of Representatives.
Advertisements usually featured women with floor-length, wavy hair, often accompanied by personal testimony. Elias W. Knowlton’s young daughter, Frances Marie, also appeared in advertising and on the box. During this period, the Danderine slogan was "Grows Hair and We can Prove it!" Danderine was still being sold as late as 1945 and was later followed by Double Danderine, which claimed to kill the dandruff germ on contact. Double Danderine was sold from about 1940 through 1963. The Danderine trademark was last owned by Medtech Laboratories of Cody, Wyo.
In the 1920s, Danderine was marketed as a "Beauty-Tonic," "To Beautify your Hair" and make it "twice as heavy and plentiful." This box dates to that period.
The indications or uses for this product as provided by the manufacturer are:
Intended to Assist in Cleansing Dandruff from the Scalp, thus Aid in Stopping Falling Hair and Assisitng the Growth of Hair.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
after 1918
maker
Knowlton Danderine Co.
Sterling Products Inc.
place made
United States: Illinois, Chicago
United States: West Virginia, Wheeling
Physical Description
wax (container material)
cork (container material)
cardboard (packaging material)
glass (overall material)
paper (packaging material)
Measurements
overall, box: 6 5/8 in x 2 1/2 in x 1 5/8 in; 16.8275 cm x 6.35 cm x 4.1275 cm
overall, bottle: 6 in x 2 3/8 in x 1 5/8 in; 15.24 cm x 6.0325 cm x 4.1275 cm
ID Number
1979.0798.235
accession number
1979.0798
catalog number
1979.0798.235
Credit Line
Gift of Gary P. and Sandra Baden
subject
Hair Care Products
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
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Beauty and Hygiene Products: Hair Care and Enhancement
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Beauty and Health
Data Source
National Museum of American History