Morehead's Magnetic Plaster

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Morehead's Magnetic Plaster
Medical Claims "The Great Strengthener and Pain Destroyer" would effectively "magnetise all pain" from the applied area
Creator(s) D.C. Morehead
Year created ~1849
Vendors D.C. Morehead; Hall & Ruckel [1]

Morehead's Magnetic Plaster was a body plaster that was produced by D.C. Morehead as a pain relief remedy in mid-to-late 19th century, promoted as affecting healing magnetism. Among the philatelist set, "Morehead's Magnetic Plaster" is notable for its 1¢ stamp, issued through 1849, a quantity of 196,200 thought to be in existence.[2]


Oleson's "Secret nostrums and systems of medicine" (1890) reports the formula as being "tar and extract of belladonna, each in equal parts", though the claim is prefaced as being hearsay.[3]


  1. Entry on the status of "Morehead's Magnetic Plaster", p. 338 ( in "The Pharmaceutical Era", v.16, September 10, 1896 edition
  2. Morehead's Magnetic Plaster & Morehead's Neurodyne,, 
  3. Charles W. Oleson, "Secret nostrums and systems of medicine: a book of formulas", p. 123; "Morehead's Magnetic Plaster" (