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Dufilho Pharmacy: 1936

Dufilho Pharmacy: 1936

New Orleans circa 1936. "Dufilho Pharmacy, 512 Chartres St." Plus bills of the hand- and -board variety. Photo by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.



I was shocked to see that this building still exists! Even knowing how well New Orleans hangs onto these vintage structures, it was in such rough shape 76 years ago that I was sure it had been razed by now. Looks like a great restoration.

more on Ella

There was also a famous movie based on the strip, starring Colleen Moore.

666 Colds Fever

Sounds kind of ominous. Think I'll just tough it out without the medicine, thank you.

Prescriptions filled elsewhere.

It's now the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum.

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Federal Theatre Poster

The WPA poster on the derelict building announces a production of the WPA Federal Theatre Playhouse at 2301 Tulane Avenue. "Art and Mrs. Bottle" was first produced in London in 1929, and in New York in 1930, starring Jane Cowl and the young Katherine Hepburn. Its author, I was surprised to find, was Benn Wolfe Levy (1900-1973), a British playwright who was married to the American actress Constance Cummings, and who later served in the House of Commons from 1945 to 1950 as the Labour Party Member for Eton and Slough. The Federal Theatre project also produced his 1932 comedy "The Devil Passes."

[Poster available here. - Dave]

Ella Cinders!

I was not familiar with Ella Cinders. It appears she was a long running syndicated comic strip. Famous enough to be hawking oil.

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