Dispensary/Chemist/Pharmacy/Farmacia/Drug Store: what do you call it?

Whatever name you use, I think (hope) the place you go to get medicine, etc., isn’t quite like this.

The photos are from the wonderful Herberton Village Museum. Have I told you lately how much I love that place?

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Mother’s little helper.

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Small wonder it worked so well!

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Some of you will recognise these offerings:

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And, if you overdid it with the Chocolax, you might appreciate one of these:

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21 responses to “Dispensary/Chemist/Pharmacy/Farmacia/Drug Store: what do you call it?

  1. My grandma told me her mother used to give the babies laudanum (she pronounced it lodnum) to get them to sleep. She overdid it once and grandma’s baby sister slept for 2 days!


  2. Andante

    All teachers deserve a good (alcoholic) drink at the end of the day – Spritz with Aperol is good, but a whisky without anything else but fresh air helps, too. “Mother’s little helper” -for Mum, keeping the kids quiet, was often in Victorian times liberally laced with alcohol or laudanum / opium. At least it kept ’em quiet!
    There’s at least one museum collection in England similar to that one, think it was started by the Opie family, all the old packaging you could possibly think of.
    Pharmacy jars of all eras do seem to survive quite well in museums, and even still can be seen purely decoratively, we’re sure, in modern chemists in Britain.
    -But of course they’re nicest in Venice. Isn’t almost everything?

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  3. Caroline

    Very funny!

    Although I thought mother’s little helper was something for mum herself to knock back! (Gin or valium?) I find a Campari spritz numbs the pain!

    Those ceramic jars etc are quite similar to ones you see in old pharmacies here, aren’t they? Some still working like that shop near Ca’ d’Oro and some not, like the one on San Servolo. It would be interesting to know where the Australian ones were made – maybe you could sneak a look underneath them the next time you are there? 🙂


  4. A magnificent collection. The Prince of Wails made me laugh. So did mother’s little helper. Morphine indeed. Fabulous. Bring it back immediately.


    • I’ll bet it worked a treat, Andrew. I think you, Mrs Ha and your cameras would find a lot to capture in this place. Then you could have some damper with Cocky’s Joy. Yumm-o.


  5. I see you’ve gone potty Yvonne 😉 Hugs. xox ❤


  6. Yes, and don’t forget the benefits of lighting up a ‘Camel’ cigarette. Pilots could bravely drop their bombs after having had a healthy smoke. “Nerves of steel” was all due to the ‘Camel’.
    Lovely pictures.


  7. Wow, that place is really well done.


  8. I did see a farmacia in our beloved Venezia where the windows looked a bit like that.
    Heaven’s….thought I didn’t remember any of those old things until I saw the Ipana…..what ever happened to Ipana?


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