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Hall's Vegetable Sicilian Hair Renewer
Japan, Holland, America, Persia, and Spain

Artist/maker unknown, American. Printed by Knapp & Co., Lith., New York, 1800 - 1871.

Geography:
Made in New York, United States, North and Central America

Date:
Late 1880s - early 1890s

Medium:
Chromolithograph (trade card)

Dimensions:
Sheet: 3 9/16 x 8 1/16 inches (9 x 20.5 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
1989-8-77

Credit Line:
The William H. Helfand Collection, 1989

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  • PublicationPicture of Health: Images of Medicine and Pharmacy from the William H. Helfand Collection

    "Five attractive faces" from Japan, Holland, "dear America," Persia, and Spain, "differing widely in their graces," illustrate the virtues of Hall's Vegetable Sicilian Hair Renewer, a product that promised to thicken hair, restore gray hair to its original color, cure dandruff, and prevent baldness. Reuben P. Hall, its manufacturer, had obtained the formula, as he testified, from a destitute sailor whom he had befriended; the product contained sulfur and lead acetate as hair restoratives in addition to glycerin, boroglycerin, capsicum, rosemary, bay rum, and tea in a solution of 15 percent alcohol. William H. Helfand, from The Picture of Health: Images of Medicine and Pharmacy from the William H. Helfand Collection (1991), p. 111.