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Chinese shop sign, 1850-1930

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Shop signs such as this one were hung outside pharmacies selling traditional Chinese remedies. This example has an old moustached man on one side and a younger man on reverse. Both are surrounded by Chinese and Japanese writing advertising the pharmacy of Lim Ha Poi. His shop offered prescriptions and help for venereal and sexual diseases from seven qualified doctors.

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Glossary: advertisement

A public notice or announcement especially one advertising goods or services in newspapers, on posters, or in broadcasts

Glossary: pharmacy

The preparation and medicinal dispensing of drugs.