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Object ID 001115

Object Name Vaseline

Object Desc Glass jar with a metal cover containing Vaseline with petroleum jelly.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY000977

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Medical


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Bay View Pharmacy

Object Date

Start Year Range

End Year Range

Status On Exhibit

Object Keywords Vaseline (brand),petroleum jelly,first aid,medicine,Chesebrough Manufacturing Co.,drugstores,jars,

Title Vaseline

Description Glass jar containing petroleum jelly. This glass jar was orginially sold for 5 cents. On the bottom of the jar, it has raised letters stating that it was made in New York by the Chesebrough manufacturing company. On the orginial label it states that the Vaseline can be used for minor cuts, burns, skin irritations, etc. Written in small letters on the side of the label, it states that Vaseline is registered with the U.S. Patent Office and other primary countries throughout the world. Jar has a metal lid that is blue and cream colored. The lid cannot be removed at this time.


Approx Collection Date

Height 2.5

Length 0

Width 0

Depth 0

Diameter 1.75

Circumference 6.5

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details The lid's height is .5 inch. The diameter of the lid is 1.5 inches. The circumference of the lid is 5.25 inches.

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Chesebrough Manufacturing Company

Maker Details The Vaseline journey started in 1859, when a 22 year old chemist from Brooklyn, New York named Robert A. Chesebrough, went to Pennsylvania to investigate an oil well. The oil industry was in its infancy, and Chesebrough, like many, was hoping to earn profit out of it. By 1870, Chesebrough was marketing his petroleum jelly product by the name of Vaseline, and within ten years, the productís increased exposure and popularity meant that almost every household in America had a jar of Vaseline. Chesebrough expanded his business to Canada, the United Kingdom and various British colonies all over the world. During the First World War, Vaseline had been used by the U.S. soldiers for cuts and bruises and to prevent sunburn. And many medical officers kept tubes of Vaseline with them to treat minor cuts or burns. During the Second World War, Vaseline was commissioned to produce a sterile antiseptic wound dressing containing petroleum jelly. It is still being made today.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY977



Date JAN 2,2014

Summary Excellent

Assessor Brooke Uhl

Notes Label has minimal edge wear.


Date JAN 2,2014

Summary Status change

Notes Status changed to On Exhibit from On Exhibit - automatic entry by admin

Date JAN 2,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Bay View Pharmacy from Bay View Pharmacy - automatic entry by admin