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Peoples Drug No. 3: 1920

Peoples Drug No. 3: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "People's Drug Store, 14th and U." Your Hypo-Cod headquarters. National Photo Co. Collection glass negative. View full size.


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Ruskin could have used that nuxated iron

Nuxated iron was often prescribed to treat impotence. It was a mixture of "organic iron" and a stimulant derived from nux vomica: strychnine.

I guess it'd be handy for the bachelors too.

John Ruskin Cigars

In his writings, Ruskin denounced tobacco as a curse. These cheap "El Ropos" were on the market from 1890 until the 1950s.

Dan and John

What're the Blues Brothers doing here?

Send that man to the second floor!

A most unfortunate juxtaposition: John Ruskin's 1848 marriage was annulled on grounds of impotence. There were rumors at the time that he had run in terror from the honeymoon suite. Later he offered to prove his virility in court; one would like details of that, but the offer was not taken up.

Bachelors: Second Floor

I'm rather interested to find out what happens to the bachelors when they visit the second floor (sign on the left).

John Ruskin had been dead for 20 years at this point. I am more familiar with him as a writer and critic, but it looks like they're selling postcards with art by him?


I found this blog entry about this remedy.

[The "articles" linked to were thinly disguised ads that appeared in dozens of newspapers. The Hypo-Cod campaign, which pushed what was basically cod liver oil as a "flu tonic" in the aftermath of the influenza epidemic, marked the emergence of People's Drug as a major advertiser in the Washington Post. Below, an example from this series. Click to enlarge. - Dave]

"Come up and see my etchings"

It must have been awfully handy for those Bachelors on the second floor to have a drugstore right downstairs!

Some prefer Hypo-Cod, but for me

... Nuxated Iron fills the bill!

Bachelors, Second Floor

... Old Maids on 3. Step to the rear of the car, please!

Sign o the times

Maybe if the Hypo-Cod thing doesn't work out, we can reopen the cafe and dairy lunch.

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