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George W. Merchant established his business in Lockport, NY. Souvenirs of the enterprise include stamps, trade cards, pamphlets, containers of various construction and embossed envelopes. Many of these are beautifully displayed on the web. Still more are on Matt's Antique Medicines.
Of Merchant's Gargling Oil, the Quack Doctor tells us:
"...It was mainly an external remedy for bruises, wounds, skin diseases, burns etc, but people could also take it internally to treat asthma, stomach cramps or any unidentified pains.
"Adverts gave the dose as 15-20 drops on sugar, and as the ingredients were petroleum, soap, ammonia water, oil of amber, iodine tincture, benzine and water, the sugar was no doubt a necessity."
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