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From the Old Medicine Cabinet

Doan's Ointment

Doan’s Ointment

Fama Korn-Solv

Fama Korn-Solv

Salt of Lemons

Salt of Lemons

Zam-Buk Herbal Balm

Zam-Buk Herbal Balm

Zam-Buk Suppositories top of tin

Zam-Buk Suppositories top of tin

Zam-Buk Suppositories bottom of tin

Zam-Buk Suppositories bottom of tin

 

DESCRIPTION: old tins of Doan’s Ointment, Fama Korn-Solv, Salt of Lemons, Zam-Buk Herbal Balm, and Zam-Buk Suppositories
DATE: unknown, but maybe 1920s-1940s
CURRENT KEEPER OF THE ITEMS: Alan and Anthea Phillips
STORY/ABOUT: My family has inherited an old family bureau, you know the kind that has a stack of little drawers and pidegonholes in it (maybe I should document that one … another day). Along with the bureau came a bunch of stuff from its past owners. Items from a past era. In one of those little drawers I found a bunch of tins of ointment and so on, as photographed above.

While the photos above are ok in general, I thought I’d transcribe the details on them, as they are probably a little hard to read.

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DOAN’S OINTMENT for all itchiness of the skin. For piles, itching, bleeding or protruding. For eczema, and itching skin diorders.
Foster McClellan Co.
Sydney, N.S.W.
Directions for using Doan’s Ointment. For Piles, whether Itching, Protruding, Inward or Bleeding, Salt Rheum, Eczema, Pimples, Boils, Hives, Running Sores, and all Itching Skin Diseases.

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FAMA KORN-SOLV
Dissolves Corns and Callouses
The Friendly Societies Medical Association (Inc.)
King William Street, Adelaide
Easily Applied
One Shilling

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Essential SALT OF LEMONS. Poison. For removing iron mould, ink spots, fruit stains&c. from linen.
F.H. Faulding & Co.
54 Great Tower Street, London E.C.
Adelaide, Perth, and Sydney, Australia

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The great herbal balm ZAM-BUK for cuts, bruises, burns, scalds, sprains, piles, pimples, eczema, bad legs, ulcers, ringworm, chapped hands, rashes, sores, insect bites, chafings, chilblains, rheumatism, cold sores. Unequalled for Sportsmen. “Rub it in” as an embrocation.
Healing Soothing Antiseptic.

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Novel, sure and safe ZAM-BUK Suppositories
Prepared for the direct application to internal or blind piles, these Suppositories contain a large proportion for the invaluable Zam-Buk healing balm. Most soothing and curative.
Manufactured by C.E. Fulford (Australasia) Ltd.
Incorporated in England
Box 21, Crown Street, Sydney 1/6 per box

 

The Mystery Smoking Heirloom

vintage AIF cigarette case

vintage AIF cigarette case

vintage AIF cigarette case

vintage AIF cigarette case

vintage AIF cigarette case

DESCRIPTION: a silver (not true silver) cigarette case that measures 8cm wide by 11cm high, and is engraved with RHW, and has the Rising Sun emblem and “Australian Commonwealth Military Force” on the front bottom corner
DATE: unknown, but possibly around WW2 era
CURRENT OWNER OF THE ITEM: Alan Phillips
STORY/ABOUT: This is an item that we’re unsure of the origin of. Meaning we don’t know who it originally belonged to.

Seeing this item engraved with RHW, I assumed (rightly or wrongly) that it was my great uncle Harold Roy Winter’s, who was generally known as “Roy Harold Winter” while he was in the AIF during WW2.
However I spoke with my grandma about her brother, and she doesn’t ever remember him smoking, or having ever seen this item before. So while it is an assumption that it was his, I have no proof.

Still it is an heirloom, I’m just not sure whose, but I’m still recording it.

[Apologies for the poor photos - this was actually really hard to photograph]

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