One of the highlights of the recent trip to the USA was the Pharmacy Museum in New Orleans. A little unobtrusive shop front, bit dusty and unimposing. It was five dollars to get in - the best five dollars we spent in our entire trip. The person in charge was worth the money alone- a young man in his very early twenties with a chiselled face and jet black hair. He had walked straight out of an Edgar Allen Poe novel. Or off a hammer horror stage set. He took our five dollars and rang it up on an antiquated bronze till. He handed us a laminated guide and away we went. ( We started upstairs as some children- very noisy children and their equally loud mothers had appeared and I thought I should keep away from them as their were sharp instruments at hand.)
Louis J. Dufilho, Jr. of New Orleans was the first to pass the new licensing examination for pharmacists and that made this shop, the first United States apothecary shop to be use standard remedies and adequate treatments of choice.
Even in those days the power of celebrity could be used to sell lotions and potions.
Alcohol might not take the pain away but it helps you to forget it.
Early spectacles. The discs in the cream box are the early separate corrective lens used to ascertain the final prescription.
A collection suitable for any small Belgian detective.
It might look like an instrument of torture but I think it's for eyedrops.
A very precise set of scales
I have a modern version of this but mine looks so boring compared to this.
A portrait of one of the funders- I think he had been hitting the hair restorer..
A maternity situation- all laid out... until you realise what the chair in the far corner was for...
Hot water and towels Betsy!!!
You can fill in the blanks here....
An old wheelchair...
Probably still accurate.
Forceps haven't changed that much
An old till
The paper rolls are actually individual paper cards, rounded off with constant use. They are the prescription records hanging on copper wire.
What a great place to set a novel!
Caro Ramsay 21 10 26