Alter Road Drug Co. Muriatic Acid - Detroit
This vintage poison label dates to the 1920s – 1930s and measures 2.4” Wide x 1.4” High. The label is from the Alter Road Drug Company of Detroit, Michigan. They must have been a nice sized operation since they have two (2) phone numbers on the label, 9361 and 9362. They were located near the intersection of Kercheval Avenue and Alter Road. It is the part of Detroit that borders Grosse Pointe, and represents a poorer part of town. The hardware store from the movie Gran Torino is close to here.
Muriatic acid is a strong, corrosive, inorganic acid (HCl) and another name for Hydrochloric Acid. It is one of the most corrosive acids and particularly distructive to cellulose and human skin. It is used for metal, brick, and concrete cleaning and maintaining swimming pools, as well as, processing leather and making PVC piping. Interestly, it is also appears in gastric acid to help digest food. Now where's my Tums.
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