1897 Ad Sozodont Toothpaste Capitol Building Washington - ORIGINAL OLD4


This is an original 1897 black and white print ad for Sozodont, a dentifrice from Hall & Rucked with a nice illustration of the Capitol Building in Washington D.C.


This 114+ year old Item is rated Very Fine. No creases. No tears. No water damage.

  • Product Type: Original Print Ad; Grayscale
  • Grade: Very Fine
  • Dimensions: Approximately 2.5 x 7.5 inches; 6 x 19 cm
  • Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
  • Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)

Sozodont. In 1859, New Jersey native Roswell van Buskirk created the dentifrice Sozodont, which came in a spray bottle and could be applied to toothbrushes to achieve optimal oral hygiene. The product got its name from the Greek word sozo Òto saveÓ and dontia Òteeth.Ó Sozodont advertising claimed to preserve the teeth, harden the gums, prevent tartar and stop tooth decay. The company attained endorsements from reputable dentists, chemists and physicians, advocating the products effectiveness. However, later claims founded the dentifrice actually stained teeth a dark yellow and destroyed tooth enamel, attesting that the alkaline base was too strong for general everyday use. Hall & Ruckel of New York City and London, England took over the manufacturing of Sozodont and changed the name to Van BuskirkÕs Fragrant and Antiseptic Sozodont.

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