Tuesday, August 14, 2007

apothecary shop

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Visits to historical spots such as the Lincoln Museum in Springfield, Illinois or Mark Twain's boyhood home bring a realization that in those days many children did not survive their childhoods.

Mary Todd Lincoln lived in mortal fear for her children after one of her sons died. She pretty much kept them prisoners in their own home.

Samuel Clemens mother attempted to keep the children inside during a virulent outbreak of the measles in Hannibal, Missouri. Samuel Clemens, a young boy at the time decided that enough was enough, and that he was tired of the drama and suspense. He marched up to the house of his friend, who was bedridden with measles, effectively exposing himself to the disease. He did catch the measles and was very sick.

Pictured above is the restored apothecary shop with sold the patent medicines his mother poured down his throat. It was mostly alcohol I'm told.


Marvel said...

Thank you for your very interesting site and the wonderful photographs. Much enjoyable reading!

karl said...

the artful glass work is just another example of what was important. beauty in the everyday life should be more important today.

Jessica said...

What a cool picture. I have got to get a better camera. That depth of field is amazing!

Suzanne said...

Thanks for the comments.

Karl - I agree. The most common objects should be beautiful.

Jessica - I have lots of cameras, just ask the farmer. I can't remember which one was used to take this photo but it was either a Fuji FinePix S5000 or a Nikon D70.

Laura said...

Can you tell me about the tall glass thing behind the blue bottle on the counter? It looks like it is on a pedestal. Do you know what it is called? I have one, but can't seem to find it online anywhere.