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People's Drug No. 7: 1920

People's Drug No. 7: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "People's Drug Store, 11th & G streets, night." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.


They'd have to sell a lot of "juvenile candies"

to pay that electric bill!

Covered Up

I lament that store windows have in general declined in their displays, at least around here. I see so many drug stores, corner grocery stores etc. that have their windows plastered with posters (mostly faded) advertising phone calling cards.

Outside lights

Somebody opened the right hand door while this was being taken, creating quite an interesting effect with the interior lights!


I'd like some "toilet articles," please.

Window Displays

have come a long way since this sad looking grouping. The "Fresh Salted Peanuts" stuck to the outside of the glass is a nice touch, too.

Great shakes

In the early 1980s I worked near a People's Drug Store in Foggy Bottom. There was still a lunch counter (where I discovered that their chocolate shakes were the best cure for a hangover).

I used to tell my sister, who was away at college, that I was eating lunch at the "People's counter" and finally she asked, "What is that? Some kind of communist place?"

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