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Artefact of the Month


Wonder Oil

 Wonder Oil
This month’s featured artefact is a bottle of “Wonder Oil”, c.1927.

History: Since 1927, this Canadian-made remedy has been available to relieve everything from internal ailments, such as Colds, Cramps, Colic Grippe, Diarrhoea and Dysentery, to external Lumbago, Neuralgia, Burns, Frostbites, Bruises, Sprains, Cuts, Scalds, and Tooth and Headaches. Wonder Oil was manufactured by the Dr. White Medicine Co., Ltd. in Winnipeg under the Proprietary Medicine Act. It was advertised as being “Good for Man or Beast”, because it contained “ALL NATURAL INGREDIENTS”, including a “Half Minim.” of Chloroform. The instructions on the box recommend a dose of one teaspoon for adults, with a two teaspoon maximum; and is to be given to children “in proportion”.

Today, Wonder Oil is produced by R.W. Packaging Ltd., in Winnipeg, under strict Heath Canada standards. It is still used as a natural remedy—but without the Chloroform.

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