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Medicine Bottle from Newhall Pharmacy
Newhall, California

Medicine bottle (balsam of Peru) from Newhall Pharmacy, 1930s (possibly 1920s). The pharmacy was located inside the Swall Hotel.

Balsam of Peru is derived from the trunk of the Central and South American myroxylon tree. Medicinally, it's used as a salve. It's also used as a fragrance in perfumes and soaps, and as a flavoring in food and beverages.

Photo contributor Jeanne Feeney says it was her grandfather's, that he used it on cuts and scrapes, and that it "smells wonderful."

A photograph from World War I in France is attached to the bottle; names on the back include Langley Willett, Tedrick (maybe Fedrick) Davis, and a third name that's indecipherable. The handwriting on the back is that of Jeanne's great-uncle Don Sackrider, who came to Newhall in 1923 to recover from tuberculosis that he'd contracted during the war. He didn't recover.


Jf3001: 19200 dpi jpeg from digital image by Jeanne Feeney.
SWALL HOTEL / NEWHALL PHARMACY

• Swall Family
• Swall-Gulley Store
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1920

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Medicine Bottle 1920s-30s


Jones Family Proprietors 1920s-60s
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1931

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~1952 x2

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Pharmacy (Int/Ext) 1952 x3

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