Medicine bottle (balsam of Peru) from Newhall Pharmacy, 1930s (possibly 1920s). The pharmacy was located inside the Swall Hotel.
Balsam of Peru is derived from the trunk of the Central and South American myroxylon tree. Medicinally, it's used as a salve. It's also used as a fragrance in
perfumes and soaps, and as a flavoring in food and beverages.
Photo contributor Jeanne Feeney says it was her grandfather's, that he used it on cuts and scrapes, and that it "smells wonderful."
A photograph from World War I in France is attached to the bottle; names on the back include Langley Willett, Tedrick (maybe Fedrick) Davis, and a third
name that's indecipherable. The handwriting on the back is that of Jeanne's great-uncle Don Sackrider, who came to Newhall in 1923 to recover from tuberculosis that
he'd contracted during the war. He didn't recover.