Antique collection turns into poster series

March 19, 2007

What started as an innocent hobby has become a full-time and expanding art business for Philip McCarthy. The founder of Apothecary Images, McCarthy began collecting antique and historic pharmacy items nearly 20 years ago. "Pharmacists invited me into their basements to see their antique and historic items," he explained. "I fell in love with anything related to pharmacy."

Now those images have become the basis of a poster collection at Apothecary Images. The company now sells photographic images of antique pharmacy equipment to pharmacy schools, hospitals, and pharmacies.

The company will also sell a watercolor painted by the dean of the School of Pharmacy at Virginia Commonwealth University, Victor A. Yanchick, Ph.D. All proceeds from sales of the painting will go to a pharmacy scholarship.