Printed in centre on lid of tin is a drawing of Dr. Chase (presumably); arranged around it are the words, "DR. A. W. CHASE'S // ANTISEPTIC // [drawing] // SOOTHING – HEALING // OINTMENT // NO. 4973 THE PROPRIETARY OR PATENT MEDICINE ACT. 3/4 OF 1% CARBOLIC ACID" on the bottom: "DR. CHASE'S // OINTMENT // For Eczema, Hemorrhoids or Piles and // other Irritations of the skin, Poisoned // Skin, Insect Strings, Inflamed Eyelids, Bar- // bers's Itch, Sore Feet and Toes, etc. // Manufactured by // EDMANSON BATES &CO., LIMITED // Sole Distributors // The DR. A. W. CHASE MEDICINE Co., Ltd. // Toronto, Canada // Indications completes en francais dans // la circulaire au toue de la voite."
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Dr. A. W. Chase's Ointment. National Museum of American History.
Why the appeal? A study of almanacs advertising Dr. Chase's patent medicines, 1904–1959. Denise Maines.
The indications or uses for this product as provided by the manufacturer are: Is an antiseptic, soothing and healing treatment for every form of itching skin diesease, eczema, salt rheum, itching, bleeding and protruding piles, pimples, black-heads, old sores, poisoned skin, hives, insect bites, inflamed eyelids, itch, barber's itch, sore feet and toes, chilblains and frostbites.
Patent medicines were advertised, and presumably consumed, with much vigour in the late-19th and early-20th centuries.
In 1904, the original product line included Dr. Chase's Nerve Food, Liver Cure, Backache Plasters, Ointment, Catarrh Cure, Syrup of Linseed and Turpentine and Kidney-Liver Pills. Somewhere between 1924 and 1927, Dr. Chase's Liniment was added to this list, and Mouthwash was sold between 1927 and 1938. Paradol, a painkiller, was introduced in the 1950s and D.M.H Cough Syrups, Cold Tablets and Enerjets emerged in 1959. Though Backache Plasters were not advertised in the 1930s, they were included in the 1950s, so that the list of medicines sold by Dr. Chase's Medicine Company in 1959 contains all of the original product line with only minor modifications to a few of these products, as well as the new arrivals.