Balsamic salve advertisement, ca. 1860

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A small yellow newspaper item from the mid 1800s advertises John Young Merrill's homemade balsamic salve. The advertisement reads:

"Balsamic Salve.

"A perfect and safe remedy for poisons, burns, scalds, cuts, bruises, chaped hands, chafes, all humorous sores, salt rheum, scaled head, cold and fever sores, any eruption of the skin, &c.

"Prepared and put up by J.Y. MERRILL, Leeds, Maine.

Price, 15 cents per box."

John Merrill, who lived in Leeds, sold this salve to individuals as well as through the newspaper, as noted in his diary of 1860.

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About This Item

  • Title: Balsamic salve advertisement, ca. 1860
  • Creation Date: circa 1860
  • Subject Date: circa 1860
  • Location: Leeds, Androscoggin County, ME
  • Media: Printers ink on paper
  • Dimensions: 6 cm x 8.5 cm
  • Collection: Merrill Family Collection
  • Object Type: Text

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Leeds Historical Society
553 North Road, Leeds, ME 04263
(207) 524-2324

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