Radway's Ready Relief

Radway's Ready Relief

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The indications or uses for this product as provided on its packaging:
A counter-irritant liniment and a carminitive. Used externally, "RRR" warms and reddens the skin, stimulating local circulation, thereby tending to relieve muscular pain and give a general feeling of ease and comfort. Taken internally, its effect is warming, stimulating the sense of well-being by its action as a reflex stimulant.
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Object Name
otc preparation
Date made
ca 1920
Radway and Company
Place Made
United States: New York, New York City
Physical Description
alcohol 27% (drug active ingredients)
oleoresin capsicum (drug active ingredients)
ammonia (drug active ingredients)
camphor (drug active ingredients)
potassium carbonate (drug active ingredients)
castile soap (drug active ingredients)
overall: 6 1/8 in x 2 1/8 in x 1 1/8 in; 15.5575 cm x 5.3975 cm x 2.8575 cm
bottle: 5 1/2 in x 1 7/8 in x 1 in; 13.97 cm x 4.7625 cm x 2.54 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. James Harvey Young
Skin & Dermatology Drugs
Skin & Dermatology Drugs
Rubs, Liniments & Ointments
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Health & Medicine
Balm of America
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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Page 5 of Gordon Rhea's "To The North Anna River" relates the story of Newton Kirk, a Union soldier badly wounded at Spotsylvania on 5/12/1864. He "swallowed the concoction" and reflected that "It warmed me up nicely... It was worth it's weight in gold."
From the Journal of an overland journey to California 1852. Henry and Jane Bradley. Beinecke Library Yale: April 1st Went to Rockton this day seventeen miles. Started at 8 o’clock a.m. Ground frozen and rough travelling. It snowed some in the a.m. frequent squalls in the p.m. and froze gloves. Jane had a sore throat with cold chills and fever last night. Throat some sore today but better than last night. Evening her throat is sorer. Stayed all night with Mr Kimball. Mrs Kimball was very kind to me. She put some of Radway’s Ready Relief and it helped it some.
I discovered a reference to this from the diaries of Rev. George N. Smith, Northport MI, January 1854: "I went to see Gezhikannung [Indian] who has been sick for a long time, carried him a bottle of ready Relief, he is to pay Mr. Dame for it."
I have a newspaper from the Galveston Daily News dated May 26,1885 that has an advertisement for this product and also Sarsaparillian Resolvent and regulating pills.

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