If you're anything like me (or anywhere near the same age) you probably miss once-familiar names, places, and things from your past. You know, names like Marathon, Treets, Opal Fruits, etc., or places such as Safeway, Woolworth's, Fine Fare, John Menzies, and various others. And what about the original Germolene ointment, not to be confused with the new cream that's replaced it? What most people might not realise is that the original ointment is yet available, but it costs an absolute fortune, though I read somewhere only recently that it can be acquired with a doctor's prescription. Whether that's true or not I couldn't say, but I'll ask my doctor the next time I have to see him.
Anyway, I bit the bullet and forked out for a tube on eBay, now manufactured by another company (presumably under licence) and it arrived at Castel Crivens yesterday. Germolene has, due to various mergers and buyouts, been produced by different pharmaceutical companies over the years (or in some cases the same ones with different names), but I won't bore you with all the details (nor bore myself by paying them more than superficial attention), which you can read for yourself on Wikipedia. Suffice to say, unless they're connected in some way, the cream is made by one company, the ointment another.
What a delight it was to smell that distinct aroma (known as oil of wintergreen) when I opened the tube, and I straightway found an excuse to apply it to a few minor scuffs and abrasions on my arms and legs, incurred as a result of my clumsiness. I've also got a hint of a pimple on my beak, so I dabbed a bit on to that as well. Until 2014 it was possible to purchase both versions of Germolene from any UK chemists, but then the original simply disappeared. Up to that point, I'd buy a tube to refill an old Germolene tin I'd bought sometime in the late '70s or early to mid '80s, and that's what I did when the new tube arrived - filled my old tin. That still left around half the contents in the tube though, so I've got plenty to last me for a good wee while.
That brings me to another 'medicine' - Golden Eye Ointment. I remember having this applied to my eyes as a child when I had an infection, and, having a tendency to be regularly afflicted with conjunctivitis and blepharitis over the years, I've also used it as an adult. I had a minor eye irritation recently and tried to buy a tube, but was told in every chemists I went in to that they didn't stock it - some assistants didn't seem to even know what it was. I've checked the Internet and it seems readily available at a reasonable price, so I'll be buying some of that before very long. I've still got the last tube I bought, but it expired in 2006 so it's not safe to risk using it.
Before we go, let's take a look at Germolene New Skin. This is a product for applying to cuts and scratches, and which forms an artificial 'skin' over them to protect them. Personally, I don't like sticking plasters, so when I first discovered this back in the late '70s or early '80s I bought one right away. In the photo below, the one on the left may well be the first (if not, the second) one I ever bought. The bottle is now empty, so I bought another one a few weeks back and that's it on the right of the photo.
Anyway, I've probably milked this topic for all it's worth (if not more), so I'll call it quits for the moment. However, let me ask - is there anything you miss from your long-ago days that you'd like to see or smell again, and which is no longer around? And do you remember the smell of the original Germolene ointment? Tell all in the comments section.