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Pocket inhaler, London, England, 1901-1918

The rubber bungs were placed up the nose to inhale menthol from the glass bottle. Menthol is a peppermint-scented natural oil used as a pain reliever and to unblock the nose. It is taken to treat common colds and flu. The inhaler comes with a bottle for menthol and fits into a pocket-sized case. The inhaler was made by S Maw & Son and could be bought at most pharmacies. This example was originally purchased from a pharmacy in Kensington, London.

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    Glossary: inhaler

    A device for breathing in a drug in order to deliver it to the airways or lungs.