Taylor's Oil of Life - for Man or Beast

Taylor's Oil of Life - for Man or Beast

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Usage conditions apply
The indications or uses for this product as provided on its packaging:
For human flesh: cuts, burns, bruises, chilblains, frost bites, chapped hands, sore throat, diphtheria, rheumatism, piles, ear ache, etc. Internally: coughs, colds, croup, whooping cough, phthistic, asthma and kidney affections.
For horses: botts, belly ache, yellow water, coughs, colds, and horse distemper. Nothing like it for heaves and all sores, corks, galls and barbed wire fence cuts and flesh wounds of all kinds, and the scratches. For cattle: horn distemper, caked bags, cracked teats, etc.
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Object Name
otc preparation
veterinary product
date made
ca 1900
G. C. Taylor Company
place made
United States: New York, Fairport
box: 10 3/4 in x 3 5/8 in x 2 3/8 in; 27.305 cm x 9.2075 cm x 6.0325 cm
bottle: 10 1/2 in x 3 1/4 in x 2 in; 26.67 cm x 8.255 cm x 5.08 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. James Harvey Young
First Aid Products & Antiseptics
Veterinary Products
Skin & Dermatology Drugs
Catarrh, Cough & Cold Drugs
Respiratory & Asthma Drugs
Rheumatism & Arthritis Drugs
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National Museum of American History
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My grandfather, Emit U. Myers, used to make batches of Taylor's Ointment in a converted circa 1900 washing machine. He always told us he knew the formula but when the company was sold he was sworn not to reveal it to anyone and he kept that oath until his death. I have a bottle of the ointment in my medicine cabinet. When the oil was combined with Vaseline petroleum jelly it was sold as well. I used to have an original jar of the salve but my wife accidently dropped it breaking it in several pieces. Taylor's Oil was the only medicine my mother used as a child. My brother, sister, and I have used it throughout our lives and it has fantastic healing properties. I wish I still had the original jar my wife dropped.

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