We had spent most of the day at the recent Caloundra show and were getting tired and ready to go home. I told my wife, Karen, that I just wanted to say goodbye to some of my collector friends from Melbourne, who each year make the pilgrimage to Queensland to sell a few bits and pieces at this show. Karen was patiently waiting for me while I was having a good old natter to my friends when she spotted a book for sale on their stall. She eagerly waited for me to finish talking to announce her discovery, knowing full well that this was just the sort of item that I had been looking for for my pharmaceutical collection. Needless to say, I also got excited about her find and had to have it for myself. I didn't even quibble over the price and was only too happy to buy it from my friends. I would never have known what I had almost missed if I hadn't gone back to say goodbye to them.
The book has nicely decorated page edges. Edge decoration or fore-edge painting is the decoration of the edges of the pages of a book, visible when the book is closed.
Below are some photos of some of the pages of this book. It is interesting to note that there are many different names signed at the ends of each prescription. This seems to indicate that there were a number of different pharmacists using the same book. I would expect this to be the case in a chemist shop today but not in an early pharmacy of the 1920s. Maybe this book actually came from a large pharmacy right in the city that employed a number of different pharmacists? Another interesting thing to note is that the pharmacy was obviously open on Christmas day as evident by the number of prescriptions issued on the 25th of December.
Look out for this book on my Pharmacy Dispensing Department display at the September 22nd Antiques & Collectors Fair at Morayfield Leisure Centre later this year. This fair will be hosted by the Queensland Historical Bottle & Collectables Club.