Sorry, folks, your otherwise dedicated blogger was out yesterday with a bad cold.  If only she’d had access to this fine medicinal liquid!

Chamberlain’s Pain Balm, manufactured in Des Moines, Iowa, would have cured what ailed me, and practically anything else wrong with me to boot.  According to the label, it is “The Great Household Remedy for rheumatism, neuralgia, sciatica, lame back, lumbago, gout, sprains, swellings, lameness, cuts, bruises, wounds and lacerations, burns and scalds, chilblains and frostbite, sore throat, quinsey and glandular swelling, headache, toothache, earache, soreness in the chest, pain in the back, cramps in the muscles, and all deep-seated or muscular pains.”  And you can use it to cure your horses, too!

This bottle of cure-all came from R.W. Vinson’s Pharmacy in downtown Rockville.  Vinson prepared and sold legitimate medicines (including prescriptions), but like modern drug store owners he also supplied over-the-counter popular remedies.  Although the contents of Chamberlain’s balm are a mystery, its primary ingredient is most likely alcohol – so yeah, you’d probably feel pretty good for a while after drinking this down, even if your frost-bitten toes didn’t actually recover.