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No Refills: 1939

No Refills: 1939

January 1939. "Vacant drugstore. Mound Bayou, Mississippi." Ballad of the sad pharmacy. Photo by Russell Lee, Farm Security Administration. View full size.

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Sole Owner

As such, alas, B.A. Green cannot blame an unimaginative board of directors or a peculating CFO for the demise of his business.

Ten years after

The sign painter's tag shows 1929, and the photo 1939. Between the brick posts appear to be gas pump mounts. Apparently the addition of fuel sales couldn't help this establishment. Probably should have called out the sign painter to update up that sign.

Out on Old Hwy 61

Mound Bayou is oldest all-black town in U.S., founded in 1887 by ex-slaves from a local plantation. More info here.

Unusual Candies!

I've never heard of Hollingsworth Candies, but here's the back of one of their candy boxes (found via Google) describing what's inside. Evidently they were located in Augusta, Georgia.

The grand-daughter of the founder posted on the site where I found the box image, and another relative of a long-time employee there stated she had the company recipe book. Pretty nifty in case you crave a Crispette!

That is such an interesting photo; the front door appears to be open, and I can't imagine what the purpose of those three bricked columns was. Could gas pumps have been between them? Looks like something was.

Sign Painter, Drugs and Gasoline

It says "Wallis 11-26-29" under the drugstore sign. Wallis was probably the sign painter and he did his artwork in November 1929, 10 years earlier. Also the three columns might have supported a portico. Was the building a gasoline station before it was a drug store?

Why Was It So Unusual?

Selling Hollingsworth's Candies. Maybe this is why Green & Thomas went out of business.


A hand-split shingle roof, don't see too many of them these days.

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