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Various Vicks Vaporubs

Ann M.

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Mar 7, 2020
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Thanks! It's a beautiful color! I love the "Vicks bottle dating guide" posted. Very helpful. I think I may have one of each, along with the tiny sample tin sent out to mothers of small children..possibly in the 40's?Found one of those still in the original mailer. Sold it as ephemera, but wish I'd kept it now to add to the Vicks bottle collection!
 

Ann M.

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Mar 7, 2020
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The sample tin was sent out to households in a small mailer box. Included the sample tin and a brochure about Vapor Rub. I wish I had kept it but sold it as ephemera last spring. Love the sample tins. I have a fairly large collection of tins as well as antique bottles. Love them! Dr. Jaynes made a variety of wooden, cardboard and metal lithographed tins. I have about 12-15 of those, some in boxes with brochure and some with pills still inside. They're very attractive and great lithographs!
 

jarhead67

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Sep 29, 2012
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Vicks VapoRub was THE most widely used remedy during the Spanish Flu of 1918, both at home and in hospital. It put them on the map, so to speak, and they continue in business today because of it. You can research some interesting info on it's popularity of the time and it's connections to that outbreak. Ironically, it's not being advised for use with this current virus.
 

kjfrey55

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Mar 7, 2020
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Wow, that's very interesting and obviously timely. I'll have to look up why it's not being advised now.

*Update - a quick Google check actually has several reports of people using it or suggesting it's use. Mainly to help control symptoms so that people don't feel so bad. I didn't see one about not using it.
 
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