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Cut Rate Drugs: 1941

Cut Rate Drugs: 1941

September 1941. "South Royalton, Vermont. Storefronts on the main street." Medium format acetate negative by Jack Delano for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.


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The Martin Block (constructed in 1887 upon the ashes of a fire that destroyed the village's commercial core) was replaced by the Crawford Block in 1959 - the same year that Dr. Dana Emerson Dearing (Tufts College of Dentistry Class of 1904) was laid to rest in the main South Royalton cemetery, a decade after the death of his wife May. Dr. Dearing had been an officer in numerous agricultural or natural associations in the White River valley. (The presence of an IOOF hall, next to the Crawford Block in part of the original 1887 commercial redevelopment that remains standing, makes this an official Shorpy photo.)

Belt Drive Drill?

Taking a peek through the window of Dr. Dearing's office window I spy something that looks suspiciously like a belt drive dental drill. Those of us of a certain age may not want to be reminded of slow speed drills and a lack of novocaine. I was always fascinated by the spinning belts.

De rigueur

Of course Dr. D.E. Dearing was a Dentist. Visiting his office was no doubt de-de-de-delightful.

I wonder if that's Martin

Watching over his block.

Money Well Spent

I've shopped in the last store on the right. I believe the cashier's name is Patreon.

Is this the spot?

The brickwork is redone and the building has been renamed, but this could be it.

[It is the same spot but a newer, shorter, building. - Dave]

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