The topic of urban exploration can be a controversial one. Many people don’t abide by trespassing at all, even if it’s to understand more about history. But, the urban explorers of today are often very respectful of historic buildings, seeking to understand not only history, but also perhaps why the building was left. Some explorers even find a deep connection with the former occupants of an abandoned building, despite having never met.
Other times, it’s just fun to see what’s inside a long-empty building: like a time capsule. With any kind of store it can be a little bit surreal to see products that will never again be sold, sitting on shelves as if customers will come in buy them. Have a look with us at a very interesting abandoned pharmacy.
It looks these sliding doors once had glass fronts and locks on them.
Many pharmacies today sell cigars, so this is not such an unusual sight.
Of the many compounds on the shelf is terpini hydras, a crystal substance made from dissolving turpentine in alcohol and nitric acid. Terpini hydras was once mixed with heroin to create a cough elixir. In more recent years it is mixed with codeine for the same purposes.
Most pharmacies today would have no use for a huge jug of pure acetone, but back in the old days it was different story. Acetone is still used in making pharmaceutical formulations during manufacture, now this typically done in a pharmaceutical lab these days and not at the nearby pharmacy.
Remember when stores sold film and pharmacies would process your film on site or send it off for you to be developed? Kodak Verichrome Safety film was discontinued in 1956, so perhaps the box was being used to hold something else handy for the pharmacist.
Old fashioned skin creams and medicines on this shelf are not limited to human ones and include hexyltan jelly, mange medicine, and antacids.
Chloride of mercury sits on a shelf alongside various cold and cough medicines. Chloride of mercury is a corrosive substance which was once used to treat syphilis topically, as well as pinworms and other skin afflictions. This bottle is labeled as a “mild” formulation.
Judging by the calendar it looks like 1976 was the last year this little pharmacy may have been open.
As with many abandoned spots that are shared on social media or photography sites, the location is not freely shared lest someone come and do harm to or destroy the empty building. Still, it’s wonderful to bear witness to history in this way through these photos shared by Flickr user Phillip from Poughkeepsie.