from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An unctuous substance derived from petroleum: used for the same purposes as vaseline.


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  • The warmed albolene is now swabbed over the entire body of the infant

    The Mother and Her Child

  • When the nose becomes clogged it may be opened up by repeatedly disinfecting the inside of the nose with oily sprays such as simple albolene or camphorated-albolene spray.

    The Mother and Her Child

  • And while the first day's bath usually consists of sweet oil, albolene, or benzoated lard, if the new baby happens to come during the very warm days of July or August and the oil seems to irritate the soft downy skin, as it often does during those hot days, a simple sponge bath may be substituted.

    The Mother and Her Child

  • (this is done with a piece of cotton), the arm pits, the groins, behind the ears, between the thighs, the bend of the elbow, etc, must all receive the albolene swabbing.

    The Mother and Her Child


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  • "Soldiers were ordered to use germicidal mouthwash and to gargle twice a day. Iodine in glycerine was tried in an attempt to disinfect mouths. Vaseline containing menthol was used in nasal passages, mouths washed with liquid albolene."

    —John M. Barry, The Great Influenza (NY: Penguin Books, 2004), 218

    February 16, 2009