Richard Christopher supplied the liquid medicines to his customers in glass bottles, often with dose graduations, usually in teaspoons, on the side. He had drawers full of printed labels for all sorts of medicines and bearing his name.
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The bottles were normally returned when empty. Christopher would employ a young boy to go round on a bicycle to deliver orders and to collect used bottles and wash them back at the shop. Wartime shortages meant there was greater need for the bottles to be returned.