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An item so rare, that only 13 results through Google come up for "Hazol Menthol Plaster" (with the quotation marks). If the internet is to be believed, then this is the only known specimen to exist. This antique 6-inch tube contains the original internal product, so it's not just a pretty medical can sitting on a shelf. Inside contains one large 6" x 8" perforated adhesive bandage that would have been used to treat "nerve disorders, severe aches, pains & stitches, backache, rheumatism, neuralgia and headache" according to the outer label. Prepared by Davis & Lawrence Company, manufacturing pharmacists, New York and Montreal. Other Davis & Lawrence adverts suggest that this Hazol-Menthol-Plaster alleviates symptoms of "Lame Back, Sciatica, Pleurisy, Lumbago and Faceache" among other painful affections. Instructions are printed in blue on the back of the bandage itself; also included is a paper sheet with directions which is also original.
Not much else is known about this product other than occasional newspaper advertisements were taken out between 1913 and 1917, some offering free samples to those who sent away for it (along with a 5 cent stamp to cover shipping). This canister may indeed be one of these samples since there's only enough room for one 6x8 bandage. Full one-yard rolls could have been purchased for $1.00 and the smaller size for 25 cents, available from dealers directly or via mail order.
Condition: Very nice museum-quality item despite being a hundred years old. Tube is made out of cardboard; label has a tiny tear. Metal ends including cap are beginning to rust. Inner bandage is unused but no longer emits an aroma of menthol.