Friday, June 25, 2010

fun with labels

Since I love vacation so much, I think I will post about it one more time. Sort of. For over 20 years we have spent our vacations in St. Augustine, Florida. It is a place I hold near and dear to my heart. The photo above is a necklace that I got this year while we were there and I think it sums it up pretty well for me. St. Augustine a beautiful old town (the oldest town in the U.S.) and it is chock-full of history. The most historic area of town still has cobblestone streets and a lot of original buildings including the oldest wooden schoolhouse. While we were walking through one day we stopped into The Old Drugstore. I remember going when I was a little girl but did not remember anything about it. As we walked in I was amazed by the walls full of old bottles of elixirs, tonics, tinctures and beauty products. I could have spent the whole day just reading labels. I wanted to share a few with you...
What would you do with these? I can't even begin to imagine.

I'm thinking that something that requires me to take a dessert spoonful three times a day has to work. I mean, really, how could it not? Plus, it is famous...

Does anyone else have a problem with the word "tincture?" I sounds like it hurts.

Hemaboloids? Arseniated? No thanks.

This one wins for clearest instructions ever!

The middle bottle boasts that it prevents hair from falling out. I wonder if that is still true.

What exactly is hair dressing? No matter, the packaging is perfect.

Who wouldn't want to be Polly Peachtree? She sounds splendid.

This is isn't from the drugstore, but is a little charm of the oldest wooden schoolhouse (kinda fitting for a homeschool mom since our "schoolhouse" is old and wooden). Isn't it adorable?


sew nancy said...

I was only there for a day trip once but, remember it as being a really nice old town.

The schoolhouse charm is perfect. Do you have a bracelet for it?

One of my brothers always used to buy old bottles at antique stores on our family vacations. I have a few of them now and have become quite taken with them with or without the labels.

I especially love the glass and tins you showed that have graphics of children or woman on them but also enjoy looking at the lettering on the others as well. The old lettering is so beautiful on them.

Thanks for sharing them. I very much enjoyed this post.

mary anna said...

I absolutely love them all! Very interesting!

thefabledneedle (jen) said...

i really love the old-timey labels, the girlier the better! :)

Charmed Earth said...

Wow! We vacation there every year, too! Do you have favorite places to thrift? I'd love your suggestions--we leave next week!

Anonymous said...

Fantastic pictures! Thanks for sharing.

BTW, for my daughter's K homeschool year, we're doing an herbal unit. Our first month is on echinacea and we're making a tincture. I agree the word is a bit off-putting, though!

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