February 7, 1907

February 7, 1907

This is the gloriously appointed Chemist Shop of Mr Jones on the Quay in Waterford City. Having explored Mr Jones’ shelves, I think that the next time I go into a modern chemist/pharmacy for "Tablets of Compressed Drugs", the experience will be a little boring by comparison.

See the comments below for discussion on, and adverts for the weird and wonderful products on sale in this veritable Aladdin’s Cave of early medicaments, some of which are still on our shelves today!

Date: Thursday, 7 February 1907

NLI Ref.: P_WP_1656

15 thoughts on “February 7, 1907

  1. debcronem

    what an elegant place!

  2. artland

    This is a wonderful shot!
    You are invited to post it to:


  3. Jo Hedwig Teeuwisse
    Jo Hedwig Teeuwisse says:

    Ah when shops still looked like shops, when shopkeepers still looked like shopkeepers and when customers could actually get something now very rare and hard to find; Service and Quality.

  4. Niall McAuley
    Niall McAuley says:

    I remember 4711. Haven’t seen it for many years.

  5. John Spooner

    As seen in the cabinet (bottom right)


  6. John Spooner

    Oriental Tooth Paste (3rd cabinet from right, 2nd shelf down)

  7. Tyler Linner - now on Ipernity
    Tyler Linner - now on Ipernity says:

    I’ll bet they had some scary chemicals and even narcotics in there!

  8. John Spooner

    Zam-Buk, (extreme bottom right)
    Cuts, bruises, sores, burns, sores, piles, pimples, excema, rheumatism, sciatica, bad legs, sore heads and backs, chapped hands. "Rub it in".

    1s 1½d per box, or 2s 9d for large family size.

    And still available today

    [click on image for original size]

  9. Jo Hedwig Teeuwisse
    Jo Hedwig Teeuwisse says:

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] I still use 4711 🙂
    But I’m a bit old fashioned.

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    idakoos.com t-shirts and more says:

    Really love these old pictures

  11. swordscookie

    I remember Zam Buk but I haven’t seen it in donkeys years! Terrific shot and so clear. I can’t wait to have the time to trawl through it and see what is to be seen. Welcome back Carol, hope you had a good time?

  12. National Library of Ireland on The Commons
    National Library of Ireland on The Commons says:

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnspooner] Zam-Buk still available! Thank you so much for these lovely ads, John. Love the simplicity of the ad for Zox – take it "and away the pain will go"…

  13. National Library of Ireland on The Commons
    National Library of Ireland on The Commons says:

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/swordscookie] Great time, thanks! Though it was a training course, hence Busman’s Holliers… 🙂

  14. swordscookie

    Under the bottles of Cod Liver Oil are bottles of "Chemical Food!" when I was a kid my sister who was married with kids of her own gave them Cod Liver oil and "Parrishes Food" daily. If I had the misfortune to be in her home visiting I was dosed as well – yeuch – I can still taste the darned stuff. I wonder are Chemical and Parrishes one and the same? You can obviously see things a lot better than us Carol but the selection of items on display here is brilliant. Lavender water, Bay Rum, Calverts soap??? A cornucopia of old memories!

  15. National Library of Ireland on The Commons
    National Library of Ireland on The Commons says:

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/swordscookie] To modern eyes, an absolute Aladdin’s Cave! Think you’re right about the Parish’s and Chemical Food. Apparently it was also known as Parish’s Chemical Food – it was to add iron. Am I the only person in the Northern Hemisphere never to have been given Cod Liver Oil as a child? I’m always telling my mother I was neglected, and finally here’s my proof! 🙂

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