Cotton

We’ve been continuing to go through some of my grandmother’s things. She really never could bring herself to throw out a lot or to believe that things wouldn’t remain good on a shelf forever.

Cotton
Cotton

This one was a surprise to me. I thought that cotton balls had been part of medical kits for as long as cotton had been or at least since the turn of the 20th century, but I just discovered that isn’t right. That cotton used to come in one big lump and you broke off pieces as needed according to my mother. This was still in the back of my grandmother’s medical cabinet.

Does anybody else remember this?

UPDATE: Since Nancy mentioned one of these in her comment, I decided to add this link to the post:
http://mentalfloss.com/article/31157/11-memories-not-so-modern-medicine

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Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

One thought on “Cotton”

  1. Yep, when I was growing up in the 60s we always had the cotton roll in the medicine chest. And the roll of gauze! And merthiolate (sp?). I remember having skinned knees with a bright red coating of merthiolate, applied with a big wad of cotton torn from the roll!

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