Mecca Ointment


Mecca Ointment

Mecca Ointment is the product name of a first aid ointment used for the temporary relief of pain and/or itching associated with minor burns, sunburn, minor cuts, scrapes, insect bites and for the temporary protection of minor skin irritations. Mecca is a white petrolatum-based topical cream. The formulation contains the medicinal ingredients Phenol 0.5%, Camphor 0.5% and Zinc Oxide 1.25%.

Contents

History of Mecca Ointment

Analytic chemist Albert D. Foster created the formula for Mecca compound in 1898.[1] Foster was one of the founders of the Foster-Dack Company (Chicago), the original producers of Mecca Ointment. The Foster-Dack Co. first sold Mecca in the United States in the later part of the 19th and early 20th Century. Mecca was introduced into Canada in the early 20th Century. There is also some evidence to suggest that Mecca Ointment was available in England and Scotland in the early 20th Century.[2] The Foster-Dack Co. was the proprietor of Mecca Ointment until the company was dissolved on March 10, 1970.[3]

In 1972, the Canadian trademark for Mecca Ointment was transferred to The Mentholatum Company of Orchard Park, New York, USA. [4] The Mentholatum Company discontinued Mecca in early 2004.[5] On February 8, 2011, Vintage Brands Ltd. acquired all the intellectualy property rights connected to the Mecca product from The Mentholatum Company.[6]

Notable Dates in the History of Mecca Ointment

1898 Albert D. Foster, an analytic chemist, created the formula for Mecca Compound. Foster, along with Eugene William Peterson Sr., founded the Foster-Dack Company in Chicago, Illinois, USA sometime in the late 1800's. The US office was located at 3148 Cottage Grove in Chicago, Illinois.[7]

1907 On January 18, 1907, the Foster-Dack Company was incorporated in Canada.[8] The Canadian office was located at 337 King St. W. in Toronto, Ontario.[9]

1920 The Foster-Dack Co. published an information pamphlet entitled "Mecca Ointment - The Household Remedy." An original copy of this pamphlet is archived in the Patent Medicine Collection of the Health Sciences Library at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.[10]

1921 "Mecca Compound" was registered as a trademark with the United States Patent and Trade Office (USPTO) by the Foster-Dack Company.[11]

1922 On February 24, 1922, the Mecca trademark was registered in Canada by the Foster-Dack Company.[12]

1929 On December 7, 1929, the Foster-Dack Company of Chicago incorporated. The shareholders were A.D. Foster; his three daughters, Alice Foster McKesson, Jessica Foster and Grace Foster; Eugene W. Peterson Sr.; and Eugene W. Peterson Jr.[13]

1970 The Foster-Dack Company Ltd. was dissolved on March 10, 1970.[14]

1972 In February 1972, the Canadian trademark for Mecca was transferred to The Mentholatum Company.[15]

2004 The Mentholatum Company discontinued the production and sale of Mecca Ointment.[16]

2011 On February 8, 2011, Vintage Brands Ltd. acquired all intellectual property rights connected to the Mecca Ointment product from The Mentholatum Company.[17]

References

  1. ^ "Mecca Ointment: the household remedy" Foster-Dack Co. Ltd., 1920. Retrieved from McMaster University Health Sciences Library, Health History Rare Book Room, Ephemera QV 772.F754m 1920.
  2. ^ "Mecca Ointment: the household remedy" Foster-Dack Co. Ltd., 1920. Retrieved from McMaster University Health Sciences Library, Health History Rare Book Room, Ephemera QV 772.F754m 1920.
  3. ^ "Mecca Ointment: the household remedy" Foster-Dack Co. Ltd., 1920. Retrieved from McMaster University Health Sciences Library, Health History Rare Book Room, Ephemera QV 772.F754m 1920.
  4. ^ Canadian Trade-Mark Data for Registration #TMDA030456, Application #0107944. Canadian Intellectual Property Office, Trade-Mark Database, Industry Canada (2011). Retrieved from http://www.ic.gc.ca/ in March, 2011.
  5. ^ "Where can I purchase Mecca?" in Frequently Asked Questions, The Mentholatum Company of Canada, http://www.mentholatum.ca/faqs.html. Retrieved March, 2011.
  6. ^ "Vintage Brands Ltd. Announces Aquisition of Mecca Ointment Intellectual Property Rights", Vintage Brands Ltd., March 28, 2011, http://www.vintagebrands.ca/press.html. Retrieved March, 2011.
  7. ^ "Mecca Ointment: the household remedy" Foster-Dack Co. Ltd., 1920. Retrieved from McMaster University Health Sciences Library, Health History Rare Book Room, Ephemera QV 772.F754m 1920.
  8. ^ Articles of Incorporation, Summary of the State of Affairs, Letters Patent - January 18, 1907, Ontario#0000000071, The Foster-Dack Co. Ltd., Retrieved by request from the Ontario Ministry of Government Services, 99 Wellesley St. W., Toronto, ON M7A 1W3, on April 5, 2011.
  9. ^ "Mecca Ointment: the household remedy" Foster-Dack Co. Ltd., 1920. Retrieved from McMaster University Health Sciences Library, Health History Rare Book Room, Ephemera QV 772.F754m 1920.
  10. ^ "Mecca Ointment: the household remedy" Foster-Dack Co. Ltd., 1920. Retrieved from McMaster University Health Sciences Library, Health History Rare Book Room, Ephemera QV 772.F754m 1920.
  11. ^ Illinois Trademark/Service Mark Database (2011). Mecca Compound, Registration Number 004311. Retrieved from http://www.ilsos.gov/trademarksearch/.
  12. ^ Canadian Trade-Mark Data for Registration #TMDA030456, Application #0107944. Canadian Intellectual Property Office, Trade-Mark Database, Industry Canada (2011). Retrieved from http://www.ic.gc.ca/ in March, 2011.
  13. ^ Articles of Incorporation for the Foster-Dack Company, State of Illinois, Office of The Secretary of State. Retrieved from the Division of Archives & Records, Illinois State Archives Building, Springfield, Illinois, February, 15, 2011.
  14. ^ Certificate of Dissolution, Certificate Number 10341, Foster-Dack Company, on March 10, 1970; Articles of Dissolution of Foster-Dack Company (Form BCA-80). State of Illinois, Office of The Secretary of State. Retrieved from the Division of Archives & Records, Illinois State Archives Building, Springfield, Illinois, February, 15, 2011.
  15. ^ Canadian Trade-Mark Data for Registration #TMDA030456, Application #0107944. Canadian Intellectual Property Office, Trade-Mark Database, Industry Canada (2011). Retrieved from http://www.ic.gc.ca/ in March, 2011.
  16. ^ "Where can I purchase Mecca?" in Frequently Asked Questions, The Mentholatum Company of Canada, http://www.mentholatum.ca/faqs.html. Retrieved March, 2011.
  17. ^ Canadian Trade-Mark Data for Registration #TMDA030456, Application #0107944. Canadian Intellectual Property Office, Trade-Mark Database, Industry Canada (2011). Retrieved from http://www.ic.gc.ca/ in April, 2011.

External links


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Mecca (disambiguation) — Mecca or Makkah most probably refers to: Mecca (Makkah al Mukarramah) in Saudi Arabia, the holiest site in Islam. Makkah Province, the province surrounding that city. Mecca, a place or goal around which an activity or interest is centred, derived …   Wikipedia

  • balm — 1. SYN: balsam. 2. An ointment, especially a fragrant one. 3. A soothing application. [L. balsamum, fr. G. balsamon, the balsam tree] b. of Gilead an oleoresin from Commiphora opobalsamum (family Burseraceae), probably the myrrh of the Bible;… …   Medical dictionary

  • balsam — balsamaceous /bawl seuh may sheuhs/, adj. balsamic /bawl sam ik/, adj. balsamy, adj. /bawl seuhm/, n. 1. any of various fragrant exudations from certain trees, esp. trees of the genus Commiphora, as balm of Gilead. Cf. balm (def. 1). 2. the… …   Universalium

  • Abies balsamea — Balm Balm (b[aum]m), n. [OE. baume, OF. bausme, basme, F. baume, L. balsamum balsam, from Gr. ba lsamon; perhaps of Semitic origin; cf. Heb. b[=a]s[=a]m. Cf. {Balsam}.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Bot.) An aromatic plant of the genus {Melissa}. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Balm — (b[aum]m), n. [OE. baume, OF. bausme, basme, F. baume, L. balsamum balsam, from Gr. ba lsamon; perhaps of Semitic origin; cf. Heb. b[=a]s[=a]m. Cf. {Balsam}.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Bot.) An aromatic plant of the genus {Melissa}. [1913 Webster] 2.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Balm cricket — Balm Balm (b[aum]m), n. [OE. baume, OF. bausme, basme, F. baume, L. balsamum balsam, from Gr. ba lsamon; perhaps of Semitic origin; cf. Heb. b[=a]s[=a]m. Cf. {Balsam}.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Bot.) An aromatic plant of the genus {Melissa}. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Balm of Gilead — Balm Balm (b[aum]m), n. [OE. baume, OF. bausme, basme, F. baume, L. balsamum balsam, from Gr. ba lsamon; perhaps of Semitic origin; cf. Heb. b[=a]s[=a]m. Cf. {Balsam}.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Bot.) An aromatic plant of the genus {Melissa}. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Balsamodendron Gileadense — Balm Balm (b[aum]m), n. [OE. baume, OF. bausme, basme, F. baume, L. balsamum balsam, from Gr. ba lsamon; perhaps of Semitic origin; cf. Heb. b[=a]s[=a]m. Cf. {Balsam}.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Bot.) An aromatic plant of the genus {Melissa}. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Dracocephalum Canariense — Balm Balm (b[aum]m), n. [OE. baume, OF. bausme, basme, F. baume, L. balsamum balsam, from Gr. ba lsamon; perhaps of Semitic origin; cf. Heb. b[=a]s[=a]m. Cf. {Balsam}.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Bot.) An aromatic plant of the genus {Melissa}. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Populus balsamifera — Balm Balm (b[aum]m), n. [OE. baume, OF. bausme, basme, F. baume, L. balsamum balsam, from Gr. ba lsamon; perhaps of Semitic origin; cf. Heb. b[=a]s[=a]m. Cf. {Balsam}.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Bot.) An aromatic plant of the genus {Melissa}. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English