Leeches and Snuff

Niagara Apothecary Museum, Niagara-on-the-Lake (April 2009).

Speaking of ‘beautiful interiors’ (see yesterday’s post about Deyrolle), I recently came across a leaflet from the Niagara Apothecary Museum in Niagara-on-the-Lake, in one of my attempts to keep piles of papers and books in our flat to a manageable level. (It never works.) We stumbled in there during one of our visits to E.’s native Ontario last summer, having found it closed to the public around Easter the year before. It is Canada’s oldest apothecary – a pharmacy that operated between 1820 and 1964 – now restored to its 1869 state.

Niagara Apothecary Museum (September 2010).

What you will see there are the original interior fittings; most of the original drug jars and bottles, imported from Britain at around 1835; rows of patent and proprietary remedies, some claiming to be miracle cures for everything from hair loss to tuberculosis; and displays explaining that many pharmacies of this period, especially in frontier settings, functioned as general stores, selling spices, household supplies, leeches, tobacco, snuff, shoes and paints among other items.

See, now I can put that flyer in the recycling.

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