Called Farmacia Del Globo due to its pre-Civil War advertising posters and the legend of the “Bótica del Globo” or Balloon pharmacy, so called because of the Montgolfier hot air balloon hanging from the ceiling. Both the balloon and the posters were typical English pharmacy advertisements from the time
The balloon was a sign of distinction and was used by the first qualified English pharmacists to distinguish themselves from mere herbalists and drug stores. It was one of the few pharmacies in Madrid to offer “Permanent Service”, there would only have been five or six such pharmacies at the time. Fermín Puyol Díaz, one of its last working chemists, equipped the upper room with what has become a veritable museum of pharmaceutical products, with over forty thousand catalogued drugs, something which its present owner Lourdes Nestales would like to see operate as a pharmacy once more.