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We Deliver Free-Freely: 1920

We Deliver Free-Freely: 1920

Washington circa 1920. "People's Drug Store, H and 8th Street N.E., night." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

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The People's Choice

Pan around the Google street view, and you'll see why People's No. 5 is no longer in business; there's a huge Rite-Aid Drug Store right across the street!

[But how are they when it comes to trusses and Rubber Goods? - Dave]

Seen Better Days

Thanks to the columns on the PNC bank to the left, we can identify this old building, still standing near the corner of 8th and H.

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A People's Person

So many fond memories of People's Drug Stores. Part of my very young years (about 35 years after the photo) were spent in Washington, D.C. Going to the local People's was a treat. My grandfather would take me there for a Coke. My first wristwatch (Snow White -- and I still have the little porcelain figurine that came with it) was bought at People's.


My impression is that this store looked better at night than in the daylight.

Check Please!

Looking through the door, there is a sign behind the flag that says something about "Checks" and below it, what appears to be the word "Here." There is a word before "checks" -- normally, I'd fill it in with "Order checks here" but it doesn't look like the ending for "Order." Also, people didn't really use checks at this point, did they?

[The sign says "Soda Checks Here." A prepaid book of coupons. - Dave]

Lil' Shop O' Horrors

So, will it be a sampling of some "Rubber Goods" for later? Or a visit to the scary second-floor dentist?

Hmmm. I'll pass.

We always sell the best...

... Mothproofing bags and a whole lot of cigars.

The dentist next door is being squeezed out of business.

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