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Three medicine bottles and an ink bottle – part of my small collection.
The slightly opaque bottle on the right has a bit of a story behind it.
When I lived on Great Barrier Island off the coast of North Island, New Zealand, our property used to be part of the Blackwell Farm, an early settler from the late 1800’s early 1900’s. In those days, alcohol was expensive and hard to come by so people who would normally look for liquor, ordered cases of Davis’ Vegetable Pain Killer. Boy, did it kill the pain – it was opium based !
On Blackwells Farm they had a farmhand by the name of Johnny – no other name was ever known although he came from the Channel Islands in England.
Johnny was an avid user of Davis’ medicine and became known as ’ Johnny Painkiller.’ When he died he was buried in a beautiful little private churchyard owned by the Blackwell family – you can see the tombstone today. The only inscription says ’ Johnny.’
The bottle was found in an outcrop of rocks just to the back of our house in Blackwell Drive. The fact that it was not smashed tells me it could have been placed there, probably by Johnny himself.
The small ink bottle was found while builders were digging the foundations on the waterfront for a new set of apartments in Paihia, Bay of Islands, New Zealand. It was unopened but the ink had turned to hard little lumps.
Lumix GH2 at 25mm, exposure 1.6s, f/7.1, iso160, tripod used.
From a single RAW image.