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Bottled Up

The lobby of UConn’s Pharmacy/Biology building is lined with beautiful and mysterious bottles from the 1600s to mid-1900s. They held remedies in the form of liquids, salves, and powders.

The bottles shown below are from the early 1900s, excepting cannabis, which is likely from the 1880s-90s. The cannabis bottle (in center) would have held a mixture of alcohol, medicine, and cannabis to alleviate body pain, according to former pharmacy professor Allan Viner ’59 (PHARM).

Click the icons on the bottles to reveal more information.

Photo by Peter Morenus

Glass continues to play an integral role in the pharmaceutical universe, so much so that UConn uses a glassblower to create custom glasswork when necessary.

See for yourself:


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