RS74a Dalley’s Magical Pain Extractor


Henry Dalley established business as a merchant in New York City in 1839 introducing a medicinal concoction which he called Dalley’s Magic­al Pain Extractor. But the product met with little success at first, and Cornelius Dalley, disheartened, died in 1852. The business was taken over by Cornelius V. Clickener, wholesale druggist of New York City who in 1855 published a 24-page booklet extolling the virtues of the Dalley’s Magical Pain Extractor. Henry Daley Jr. assumed control of the firm in 1865, and the following year he introduced Dalley’s Horse Salve (which was also promoted for use on cows, sheep, pigs and dogs). The firm was taken over by Lewis T. Lazell of New York City about 1880 and the pro­ducts were continued until the end of the 19th century.

(Holcombe, Henry w., American Philatelist, 53: 570-574, 648-650, June­July, 1940; see also Gerald Carson, p. 51)



Size of engraving 81 x 20mm. Three-quarters portrait of Mr. H. Dalley to left upon the hatched ground of an oval disk which is placed low down in the centre of a colorless ellipse of which the upper and lower curves project a trifle. Above, in an arched line of outlined and exteriorly shaded Roman capitals, “Dalley’s Magical Pain Extractor”; below, in a curved line, at left “The Genuine”; at right, “has This” in colored and exteriorly shaded block capitals, under which, in a straight line, at left, is “Private” and at right “Stamp.” in shaded Roman capitals. There are foliated ornaments at each side of the oval disk and these inscriptions are ornamented with colored dashes. Upon the colored spaces between the curved ends of the ellipse and the frame at top and bottom is, at left, above, “25 Cts.” at left below “50 cts.”; at right, above, “& $100”; and below “A Box”, in colorless numerals and Roman capitals. At the left end is a colorless semi-circular disk inscribed in a curved line of shaded Roman capitals “One Cent”; the words being separated by a large, shaded, numeral of value. To left of this, in a marginal label of solid color, is Mr. Dalley’s signature in facsimile. At right, upon a similar disk except that it also in eludes the space which, at left, is colored, is a shaded numeral of value at left of which, in a curved line of shaded Roman capitals, is “U. S. Internal”; crossing the numeral in a straight line of shaded block capitals is “Revenue.” ; and at right of that, in a curved line of Roman capitals “One Cent.” Trefoil ornaments are added at the inner corners of these semicircular disks and small foliated ones in the outer corners of the right hand one. An outer line of color completes the design.

An Historical Reference List of the Revenue Stamps of the United Stamps: Including the Private Die Proprietary Stamps

Boston Philatelic Society
Salem, Press of Newcomb & Gauss, 1899

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First issued May, 1865. Last issued May, 1865.



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