Musterole was used regularly in our house when I was a child in the 1940s.
This chest rub, similar to today’s Vicks VapoRub, was invented by a cousin of my mother’s who lived in the Cleveland area. In fact, my mother was named in the cousin’s will and received $50 a month for many years as a result.
Musterole was clearly profitable at the time, but to my knowledge it no longer exists.
I used the mild children’s version of Musterole on my doll in August 1942. The smell was awful, which explains the look on my face. I don’t know what happened to the doll after that, but I suspect my mother did a cleanup job for me.
Patricia Filipiak • Carolina Beach, North Carolina