SHORPY Historic Photo Archive & Fine-Art Prints
The Shorpy Archive
9000+ fine-art prints suitable for framing. Desk-size to sofa-size and larger, on archival paper or canvas.
Join and Share

Support Shorpy

Shorpy is funded by you. Help by purchasing a print or contributing. Learn more.

Social Shorpy


Join our mailing list (enter email):

Member Photos

Photos submitted by Shorpy members.

Colorized Photos

Colorized photos submitted by members.

About the Photos

Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

© 2019 SHORPY INC.

[REV 25-NOV-2014]

JUMP TO PAGE   100  >  200  >  300  >  400  >  500  >  600

Peoples Drug No. 2: 1921

Peoples Drug No. 2: 1921

Washington, D.C., circa 1921. "People's Drug Store, 7th and E Sts." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

To stay online without a paywall or a lot of pop-up ads, Shorpy needs your help. (Our server rental alone is $3,000 a year.) You can contribute by becoming a Patron, or by purchasing a print from the Shorpy Archive. Or both! Read more about our 2019 pledge drive here. Our last word on the subject is: Thanks!

The Lions and Sashes Survived!

Careful examination of the building (from another angle) shows the continued vitality of those lion faces and stone "sashes":

Insurance man

The man in the third floor window of the Washington Insurance Agency appears as if he is looking right down at the person taking this photo. I like the looks of the old building so much better.


Devoting a full window to cigars shows where the profits are.

Shorpy Detective Agency

Pre air conditioning, awnings were a key method of temperature control. They're also a good way of identifying south-facing sides of buildings for Shorpy Detective Agency operatives.

Dick Tracy villains

Two Face and the One Legged Blur!

Security Chain

This might be the first time I can remember seeing a bicycle chained to something in these early Shorpy photographs! Must be a bad neighborhood?

Like the Cheese Shop sketch

The display windows of People's Drug Store No. 2 are certainly uncontaminated by drugs.

All grown up now

Still there at 7th and E, but taller.

[Must be all those vitamins. - Dave]

View Larger Map

Ubiquitous Awnings

Awning sales and service must have been big business back then.

SHORPY OLD PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

Syndicate content RSS | Contact Us | Privacy Policy | Photo Use | © 2019 Shorpy Inc.