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Welcome to the modern world - oldbloke's mutterings
October 22nd, 2010
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Welcome to the modern world
Do you remember when chemist's really were chemist's, not just a retailing chain with a sideline in medicines?
Our local Boots are dumbfounded by enquiries for pectolase (OK maybe that's a bit obscure) and potassium carbonate. It's not like "Oh sorry not enough demand to make it worth stocking", it's more "Don't even know what you're talking about".
Antibiotics still worked in the late 50s and early 60s, too.
I feel old.

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Date:October 22nd, 2010 03:56 pm (UTC)
IKWYM. If it hasn't got a brand name, they've got no idea what it is.

In 1970, when I was 20, I bought two mid-1950s military-surplus 6 volt 120 ampere-hour lead-acid batteries from a local dealer. They were for use in my radio station, and were still sealed up, having never had acid in them.

A local chemist - a proper one, as many still were in those days - was perfectly happy to order and sell me the necessary sulphuric acid (two or three gallons, IIRC), diluted to the required specific gravity of 1.260. They just took my order, then asked me to come back in a week's time to collect it. It came in one-gallon brown glass jars.

What a modern 'chemist' would make of such a request now, I hate to think - they'd probably call the police.
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