A Century of Syringes

Since the hypodermic syringe was in invented in 1853, Morphine and Heroin Addicts have been determined to stick them in their veins, no matter the cost. These beautifully crafted, glass, antique syringes conjure romantic imagery of our junky forefather’s injection rituals and the lengths they went through to find the most direct and efficient way to  administer their Drug of Choice – Heroin. They found the syringe to be the ideal means to an end.  Yet, the mere thought of the syringe causes others to cringe. Somehow, they’ve become the ultimate divider.  A line that most refuse to cross, or even approach. The difference between “us” and “them”.  Their users are persecuted, ostracized and often imprisoned. And once choose to take that step, there’s no going back. They leave their mark on those who use them, ensuring that their.  But to those who do not have such social hang-ups, they are the means to

Probably every junky who has picked up a needle has fantasized about using, or at least owning, an authentic turn of the century glass heroin syringe. I admit, I certainly have. It’s titillating just looking through these pictures, imaging the ritual that their use and up-keep demanded.  Though they might not meet modern hygiene standards, the detail and craftsmanship of these syringes make the modern disposable feel cheap and ceremonial. Though their large gauge needles might make some modern junkies of less resolve might reconsider their RoA of choice. Would you be among the original junkies and brave the time honored practice of injecting with one of these antique syringes? I’d like to think I would. But maybe somethings are better left to fantasy.

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