Henrard Bros. Apothecary by WinonaCookie

One can only wonder what manner of strange concoctions Emile Henrard must have sampled to result in not one, but three horned offspring, but the 1830 Revolution had turned Brussels into a rather stressful place. No matter; by the turn of the century, the old apothecary had retired and turned his business over to his three sons, Anatole, Alphonse and Alcazar. The young men wasted no time in packing up their potions and elixirs and boarding an ocean liner for America, believing that, in the land of the free, where all men were created equal (even those with horns), their collective peculiarity would prove less of a hindrance. Of course, they could not have been more wrong, as they realized when they were abruptly awoken in the middle of the night by a drunken Texan rancher wielding a branding iron and hooting “Yee haw!!”. Narrowly escaping, they forged ahead nonetheless and set up shop in a charming Victorian building in Brooklyn where oddness was, if not exactly embraced, taken in stride. They named it Emile Henrard Pharmacy in honor of their poor father, whose wife still had not spoken to him in 35 years. Even their good looks and charming natures could not obscure their peculiarities and the brothers remained bachelors. That is not to say they were not much beloved and wildly successful, however, as the quality of their colognes, tinctures, patent medicines and cosmetics have never been equaled

When Ramona Szczerba (a.k.a, Winona Cookie) is not being a psychologist in private practice in San Diego,she enjoys creating whimsical children’s illustrations in watercolor, but also loves working with collage and assemblage. Her artwork and short stories have appeared in several publications including The Steampunk Bible and can be seen at www.winonacookieillustration.com. Originals available – check www.winonacookie.etsy.com for availability.
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  • CrimsonLotus
    CrimsonLotusover 6 years ago

    Your works are visual and literary feasts… absolutely divine.

  • Cleburnus
    Cleburnusover 6 years ago


  • WonderlandGlass
    WonderlandGlassover 6 years ago

    my only regret is that it is not possible to animate the image here on rb- reminiscent of the fine graphic works presented by the Monty Python troupe, your work IS, as mentioned above, a feast. Thank you! Peace

  • WinonaCookie
    WinonaCookieover 6 years ago

    Thanks so much CrimsonLotus, Cleburnus and WonderlandGlass – your comments are much appreciated! (I love Monty Python!)

  • Delany Dean
    Delany Deanalmost 6 years ago

    Wonderful (and very, very funny, too)!

  • Thanks, Delany :-).

    – WinonaCookie

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