RPS Pharma Scene #20 - Christmas Past, with the Aural Apothecary

It's Christmas, so, we've invited our friends from the Aural Apothecary podcast to join us - hurrah!

Together with host Catherine Walker from the RPS Pharmacy Museum, and RPS Chief Scientist Professor Parastou Donyai, they take a fun and festive look at some questionable pharmacy ads for products that probably wouldn't make it past advertising standards today.

From soaps shaped like long-lost TV icon "Mr Turnip" to crazy party packs, relax and re-live the "good old days" of Christmas pharmacy gifts.

See all these "classic" 1950s ads below...

About the Aural Apothecary

Jamie, Gimmo, and Steve the Chemist have been offering their authentic yet light-hearted take on the world of medicines, pharmacy and healthcare since February 2021. 

If anyone can provide us with some big laughs about pharmacy, it's this comic trio!

About Professor Parastou Donyai

Professor Parastou Donyai, BPharm (Hons), BSc (Hons) Psych (Open), PhD, PGCertEBM, PGCertPsychTher, PGCertTLHE, PGDPRM (Open), MRPharmS, FHEA, MBPsS, is Chief Scientist for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS).

As well as being a pharmacist, Parastou has formally trained in psychological theory and research methods. Parastou divides her time between the RPS and King’s College London as Head of Pharmacy and Professor of Behavioural Pharmacy, having previously worked at Reading School of Pharmacy as Professor of Social and Cognitive Pharmacy for 14 years.

The "classic" 1950s Christmas ads discussed...

  • 1 The Vacco Tea Flask
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    ad for Vacco Tea Flask
  • 2 Suba Seal Lavender Hot Water Bottle
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    ad for Suba Seal Lavender Hot Water Bottle
  • 3 The Spa Major Nail Brush
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    ad for the Spa Major Nail Brush
  • 4 Dunlop Children's Hot Water bottle
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    Dunlop Children's Hot Water bottle
  • 5 Mr Turnip Soap
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    ad for Mr Turnip Soap
  • 6 Toni Curlers
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    ad for Toni Curlers
  • 7 Brylcreem
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    ad for Brylcreem
  • 8 Four Seasons Party Pack
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    ad for Four Seasons Party Pack
  • 9 Aspro
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    ad for Aspro

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