Vestiges of Hudson’s past can appear in surprising ways. Yesterday it popped up in the form of three vintage pharmacy bottles that I found at everyone’s favorite thrift store, The Second Show (519 Warren Street) . The labels were in such good condition that store manager Carole Lavender and I first wondered if they were genuinely old. But the name and address on them, Wardle Bros., 1-3 Warren Street, belonged to a bona fide Hudson establishment; assistant store manager Bobbi Bush recalled it being in existence until the mid seventies or so.
Further confirmation took place when I googled the company and found two items of interest: a label for one of the pharmacy’s perhaps more popular concoctions, below, and a 1914 article about its industrious founder, Arthur Wardle, published in the “Notable Successes and How Achieved” section of The Practical Druggist. –Scott Baldinger