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Thermometer & Case
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Title: Thermometer & Case
Identifier: 2006.1.44 a-c
Donor: Geoffrey Sayers
Item Date: 1920
Creation Date: 2012
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: A silver coloured metal tube with lid containing a glass mercury thermometer. The graduations are from 95 to 110 degrees Farenheit. The marks to 98.6 degrees are in black and above that in red. Temperature marks 100 and 105 are almost worn away - part of the '0' of 100 and '5' of 105 are barely visible. The thermometer is triangular in shape. One side is coloured white to make the thermometer easier to read. On this side is printed "OIE MIN MADE IN ENGLAND FOR TAMBLYN LTD 59181".

Tamblynís was a chain of drug stores founded by Gordon Tamblyn in 1904. Gordon Tamblyn was born in Belwood in 1878. He was trained as a druggist and worked at a pharmacy in Toronto until he had saved enough money to purchase his first store. His first store called "Tamblynís Cut Rate Drugs" was located in what is now the Beaches neighbourhood in Toronto. In 1904 the neighbourhood was still on the fringes of the city was used mainly as a summer cottage destination. The store not only sold drugs but also had a Soda Fountain to sell ice cream and beverages to the summer crowds. Tamblynís methods of selling larger quantities at lower prices and having delivery boys of bicylces proved to be successful and by 1907 he was able to open a second store. In 1911 Tamblyn incorporated his business and brought in outside investors so tha he could expand further. By the 1920ís there were 60 Tamblyn stores most within Toronto and the surrounding area. Tamblyn was known to be a neat freak and a micromanager. His stores were kept perfectly organized and clean and he insisted that each store be exactly the same as the next. He even insisted that all his employees have a standard appearance. Tamblyn died suddenly in 1933 and none of his 4 children took any part in the business after his death. The store chain survived the war years and the depression and in 1960 the chain was purchased by Westons Limited. Westons was not successful with the chain and it was sold to the British "Boots" chain and then to Pharma Plus in 1989. http://www.wellingtonadvertiser.com/index.cfm?page=colDetail&itmno=192
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