Streets of Glesca ...........Bridgeton
|Bridgeton Cross... State Studio & Grierson's the chemist
London Road, the famous State Studio, just about
every house in
had at least one photograph from this
Have a look at the back of some of your old photos, the State Studio
stamp will be there!
|Photo below shows there has been little change to the
building, but the State Studio and chemist are no more.
from messsageboard June 2003, Bob Hay, Australia
Wull, just about everybody would have photos from that wee photo shop.
Probably standing beside a pedestal with imitation flowers and a
background of somewhere in Italy!
But next to the State Studio was Grierson's the chemist.
Anyone remember the giant jar in the window and shelves of jars with
strange sounding names...The Pharmacopia.
There were three cures I remember from those days in the '40's which
covered every conceivable ailment:-
1. A two bob bit to keep down the lump if you'd fallen off a dyke or a 'hudgie'
2. A big spoonfull of castor oil for just about anything, but especially,
as my mother would instruct
"tae make ye dae somethin'" (The mind
boggles). My mother firmly believed that any accident caused
constipation and that only a large spoonful of
castor oil would remove 'the offending matter'
3. thirdly, but not least, a bottle of Angiers emulsion from Grierson's
the Chemist to get you through the
winter.God knows what was in the bottle of funny green
This was still in the days remember, that if medicine didn't taste
horrible, then it didn't do the job.
Grierson used to sell a concoction called Hartshorn oil, which smelled
like a cross between ammonia and turpentine, and made your eyes water,
which my Dad had to go round every year before November came in, and rub
into my old Grandpa's back before he put his long johns on for the winter,
which went through till about April or May.
He lived by that old Scots saying 'Dinae cast a cloot till May is oot'.
from messsageboard June 2003, GlescaPal Wilma, Canada
Bob - You were honoured. A two bob bit, I can only remember them using a
from messsageboard June 2003, GlescaPal Bob Hay, Australia
probably right Wilma, but I'm allowing for inflation!....and yet I seem to
remember it had to be silver to make the lump go down."