Dr. Blumer's Heal-O-Line Drug Label

SKU: ULB1128 $0.85 USD

Historic Overview

This vintage drug label measures 4.1” Wide x 2.25” High and we believe it dates back to the 1910s. According to the label the Heal-O-Line salve was healing “of the highest order for Burns, Wounds, Strains and Sprains, Sunburn, Chilblain, Skin Diseases and Piles.” It also claimed to be very effective as a Massage Cream. It was distributed by the Lincoln Chemical Works of Chicago, Illinois. 

Lincoln Chemical Works was established in 1886 and had an extensive product line of toiletries and remedies that they encouraged every day workers to sell for them in their spare time, somewhat like Mary Kay Cosmetics. An ad in Popular Mechanics Magazine from 1922 read, “BIG Money Makers. Large factory offers you big profits on 150 fast sellers. Toilet gift sets, flavoring extracts, remedies, soaps bring you $8.00 to $25.00 daily. Howe of Illinois makes $4.00 an hour. Sample outfit free to workers. Lincoln Chemical Works”.


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Green Soap, Southwood Drugs, New Jersey
This is a very unique label for the drug trade and the only one like it I have come across. The label is printed in tan, red, and gold. The gold is used for the Southwood Drugs logo. This is very fancy for a drug label from the 1960s. The label measures 2.75" Wide x 1.5" Tall and is for Comp. Tinct. of Green Soap, N.F. which is used as a local cleaner for minor skin irritations. It is actually more commonly used as a tattooist's soap. Piercers and tattoo artists use it to prep skin, remove soil, blood, and ink, and as a soak for surgical instruments. In the late 1940s, Philip Grolnick and his younger brother, Abe, opened Grolnick Drugs at Broad and Susquehanna Streets in North Philadelphia. In 1958, they moved their business to Woodbury Heights and operated Southwood Drugs until 1977 when it was sold. Mr. Grolnick continued to work there until he retired at 87. Philip died at the age of 100. The Grolnick brothers had kept "profile cards" on their customers and noted when a patient had a bad reaction to a drug, years before New Jersey began requiring pharmacists to do so. They mixed the drugs themselves and stressed personal service, which enabled them to cultivate a loyal clientele in the face of rising competition from drug chains and discount houses. Their store also offered a soda fountain and an assortment of gift items. Their biggest business day each year was Dec. 24, when the store accommodated a surge of last-minute Christmas shoppers. A staff of about 12 gift-wrapped even the smallest present at no charge. When the employees went home at 6 p.m. to spend Christmas Eve with their families, the Grolnick brothers, who were Jewish, recruited their relatives in Philadelphia to handle the final waves of customers until the store finally closed at 11 p.m. WE GUARANTEE OUR LABELS TO BE AUTHENTIC AND AS DESCRIBED!

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