By Garland Pollard
It was apparently one of those genius products that really worked, and still might have a market today if you could find it.
In the early 20th century, Antiphlogistine was one of the old remedies for boils, poison ivy and chest congestion, first used in 1893 and created by Denver Chemical of New York. The initial trademark application reads:
(EXPIRED) IC 005. US 006. G & S: MEDICINAL PREPARATION POSSESSING CURATIVE PROPERTIES AND BEING A CURATIVE REMEDY FOR INJURIES AND ACUTE AND CHRONIC INFLAMMATORY AFFECTIONS. FIRST USE: 18931001. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 1893
The product apparently changed.
On the United States Patent and Trademark site, the second version of the product was apparently first marketed in 1948.
(EXPIRED) IC 005. US 018. G & S: MEDICINAL PREPARATION POSSESSING HEALING PROPERTIES AND BEING A HEALING PREPARATION FOR INJURIES AND ACUTE AND CHRONIC INFLAMMATORY AFFECTIONS, AND ALSO FOR A MEDICATED RUB. FIRST USE: 19421101. USED IN ANOTHER FORM THE WORD “ANTIPHLOGISTINE” HAS BEEN CONTITUOUSLY USED AND APPLIED BY THE APPLICANT TO ITS MEDICINAL PREPARATION SINCE ON OR ABOUT OCTOBER 1, 1893. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19421101
Somehow Church & Dwight owned the trademark, but it died, and was revived in 2010 by W.F. Young, Incorporated, 302 Benton Drive East Longmeadow Mass., 01028
Online, there are many who search for the product. The poultice version is apparently sold in Canada, or here, but only to be used with horses, though many use it apparently for themselves.
Love for some readers to help out as to how to get this product, or tell readers which formula is which. Do you need to smuggle it to the U.S.? Or is the animal version the same as the human. After all, isn’t a mentholated poultice a mentholated poultice?