16
Jan

PHOTOS OF MY BROTHER PHIL’S DRUG STORES AND DOX LIQUOR

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 On September 14, 2009, I posted memories of my brother’s three drug stores–Standard Pharmacy 7th and S Street,N.W., Economy Pharmacy, 9th and U Street,N.W., and Boyd’s Pharmacy, Georgia and Kenyon Street,N.W., and Dox Liquor on 7th and S Street,N.W., across the street from the previous drug-liquor store.

  As previously mentioned, the original Standard Pharmacy, 7th and S Street,N.W., also had a liquor department. However, when my brother decided to build across the street, a D.C. governing department, informed him, he could not combine the pharmacy items with the liquor.

   Because my brother as a pharmacist was always addressed as “DOC”, he called the liquor store, “DOX LIQUOR.”

 On one sales promotion, my brother invited the former heavy weight boxing champion of the world, Joe Louis. His photos appear.

Links to the photos of my brother’s drug stores and “DOX” liquor follow:

Picture of Phil, Joe Louis and wife Lil

Picture of Phil in front of Dox Liquor

Picture of Phil’s wife Lil working the cash register

Picture of Joe Louis at Dox Liquor

Picture of Joe Louis and Phil at Dox Liquor

Pictures of Dox Liquor Advertisements

Picture of Doc’s employees at Boyd’s Pharmacy

Picture of Boyd’s Pharmacy (outside)

Picture of Boyd’s Pharmacy (inside)

Picture of Standard Pharmacy 7th and S Street

17
Jun

ART OF SHAVING AND HAIR CUTS

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RECENTLY WHEN WALKING DOWTOWN DC  BETWEEN 17TH ST NW AND 18TH, I NOTICED A BUSINESS CALLED “THE ART OF SHAVING” THAT DID NOT HAVE

THE APPEARANCE OF A NORMAL BARBER SHOP.

I WALKED IN AND INQUIRED ABOUT THEIR SHAVING ADVERTISEMENT.

I WAS TOLD THAT THIS BUSINESS OFFERED THE BEST SHAVING FOR MEN AVAILABLE,BY EXPERIENCED OPERATORS-THE ADVERTISED PRICE  OFFERED

A ROYAL SHAVE WITH A STRAIGHT RAZOR $55.00, TRADITIONAL SHAVE $35.00, HAIR CUT $40.00,BEARD/MOUSTACHE TRIM $35.00

I RECALLED MY SHAVING DAYS WHEN I WAS A WORLD WAR II VETERAN–WE USED A SHAVING BRUSH, A GILLETTE RAZOR AND SHAVING SOAP- NO SHAVING

BOMBS ,LIKE RISE, BARBASOL , OLD SPICE ETC. AND QUITE OFTEN THERE WAS NO HOT WATER AVAILABLE.

I REMEMBER ONE GI WHO JUST SHAVED HIS  CHIN!!

ALSO, I REMEMBER GROWING UP IN SW D.C.,713 4 1/2 STREET ,NEXT DOOR TO SAM’S BARBER SHOP–HAIR CUTS ABOUT 25 OR 35 CENTS. ONE BARBER WHO WORKED

FOR SAM, HAD ONE LEG, AND SLEPT IN THE BARBER SHOP DURING THE NIGHT.

WHEN THE BARBER SHOP CLOSED DURING THE EVENING HOURS, THIS BARBER (I FORGOT HIS NAME) WOULD PLAY SOLITAIRE, ON A LEDGE OF THE FRONT

WINDOW. HE DIDN’T LIKE FOLKS LOOKING AT HIS GAME,BECAUSE OCCASIONALLY HE WOULD “CHEAT” A BIT.

TODAY, JUNE 17, 2014 I PAY $16.00 FOR A MAN’S HAIR CUT PLUS A TIP-TOTAL USUALLY AMOUNTING TO AROUND $20.00

YES, THAT’S A BIT HIGHER THAN 35 CENTS–BUT– I UNDERSTAND THAT THE PRICE OF WOMEN’S HAIR CUTS FLUCTUATE FROM AROUND $20.00 TO

A HUNDRED BUCKS DEPENDING ON WHERE THEY GO AND THE SIZE OF THEIR PURSE.

I RECENTLY ASKED MY BARBER WHAT HE CHARGES FOR A SHAVE-HE SAID ABOUT $20.00 BUT NO STRAIGHT RAZORS USED!!

YES -THINGS CHANGE!!!

P.S. I JUST RECALL AN ARMY GI HAIRCUT JOKE–AFTER A GI RECENTLY INDUCTED INTO THE ARMY WAS DIRECTED INTO A HAIRCUT FACILITY TO RECEIVE

A GI HAIRCUT (A HAIRCUT THAT DOESN’T LEAVE MUCH HAIR ON THE CUSTOMER’S HAIR) WAS ASKED THE USUAL QUESTION BY THE BARBER–DO YOU

WANT ANYTHING ON YOUR HAIR??(LIKE HAIR TONIC OR SPRAY)-THE SCALPED CUSTOMER’S REPLAY WAS -NO, MOST OF MY HAIR IS NOW ON YOUR FLOOR!!!!

31
May

VISITING DC PERMANENT NEIGHBORHOOD SIGNS

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The DC Government has established an organization that has erected many  beautiful permanent street signs that contain historical photos and written  articles in different neighborhoods of  the nation’s capital.

The above organization called Cultural Tourism has erected four historical signs with which I am personally  connected.

Three of these signs display a tragic historical event that occurred in Washington, DC during the evening of April 4, 1968. On this mentioned date, the unexpected assassination of the great leader of the civil rights movement Doctor Martin Luther King,occurred,that triggered the DC 68 riot. Unfortunately, during this riot, my DC drug store, Smith Pharmacy,located at 2518 14th Street,NW, and my brother Phil’s building,at 7th and S Street,NW leased to a liquor store operator, were  burned down.

My brother Sam’s neighborhood 5 and 10 located at Georgia Avenue and Lamont Street,NW. was completed looted,with his

entire store merchandise, stolen. All the above mentioned signs are displayed near the former businesses mentioned.

Another sign on display near 4th and G Street SW,displays the work place of my Dad,who was in the business of slaughtering

chickens,ducks, and turkeys,in a specific method, that prepared kosher poultry for his customers.My Dad worked in a SW DC

market store. Fortunately, none of the businesses were harmed during the DC 68 riot.

All the DC neighborhoods where my family members operated businesses have been redeveloped where new residential buildings,

and modern large retailers have established new retail operations.

The SW neighborhood has a water front that is presently being developed into a new beautiful location featuring new buildings

and restaurants, and is certain to attract many visitors.

 

 

 

 

 

31
May

THE WALMART CHAIN CONTINUES TO OFFER NEW SERVICES FOR THEIR CUSTOMERS

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MAY 2014–

Recent newspaper articles have reported that the huge Walmart variety chain has added the following services in their

retail establishmenets–Offering Auto Insurance, Offering transfer of cash to recipients similar to the money transfer operation

offered by the well known Western Union organization, and believe it or not “BANKING SERVICES”.

What other products or services will they offer in the future?

Perhaps Walmart with create an operation similar to Amazon Dot Com.

Oh Yes, the Walmart Chain has opened huge stores in the nation’s capital in DC in neighborhoods that where only small

businesses were located.

As once previously mentioned, perhaps, this huge chain will open Auto dealerships, offering free prizes of merchandise

now on sale in their present stores, with every purchase of a new automobile.

04
Apr

HERE WE GO AGAIN—REMEMBERING THE DC 1968 RIOT –APRIL 4, 1968—TODAY IS APRIL 4, 2014

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YES, HERE WE GO AGAIN–TODAY IS APRIL 4, 2014–THE 46TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE DC 68 RIOT AT WHICH TIME MY DRUG STORE, SMITH PHARMACY WAS

FIRST LOOTED AND THEN BURNED DOWN ON ARIL 4, 1968.

I INVITE EVERYONE TO CHECK  MY POST DIRECTORY TO VIEW THE OTHER POSTS WHICH RECORD MEMORIAL DATES OF THIS IMPORTANT

DATE, APRIL 4 1968. WITHOUT A DOUBT IT IS TIME TO FORGET THE RIOT –UNFORTUNATELY, SOME BAD MEMORIES DO NOT FADE AWAY.

DOC LARRY

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15
Mar

LOOKING BACK AT SMALL BUSINESSES–THEIR EXISTENCE AND THEIR TERMINATIONS

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Like most seniors, I remember growing up in a neighborhood during the 30′s,  where there was a small grocery on just about every corner, many of whose proprietors  moved into a residence and opened their business in the living room, and lived either behind or above the grocery.Small men and women clothing shops, hardware, tailor shops, liquor stores,candy stores,drug stores,shoe repair shops,butcher stores, pop and mom  shops occupied many neighborhoods, and like the small groceries, owners  slept behind or above their businesses.

As time went on, a few large department stores, 5 and 10 variety shops, jewelry stores, super markets, and drug stores opened in the downtown sections of large cities. Most of these

larger retailers restricted their products to what their type of business normally offered for sale.

Around the mid 50′s a few super markets added pharmacies, and health and beauty aids like tooth paste, aspirin, cosmetics, mouth washes etc.

In the Washington DC ,Maryland, Virginia areas some of the small chain drug stores, like Peoples and Drug Fairs, added the sale of groceries,toys, cleaning supplies to their inventory.

More large types of retailers opened their doors in the suburbs of many larger cities as many Americans purchased and rented homes in these suburbs,

Many folks began using credit cards to pay for their purchases which resulted in larger  increases of merchandise sold.

During the 50′s I worked for  a  Drug wholesaler who supplied pharmaceuticals, health and beauty aids, patent medicines to the hundred of small drug stores in the DC area.

As time went on, the Peoples pharmacy chain sold out to the CVS drug chain, and the Drug Fair pharmacy chain sold out to the Rite Aide drug store chains.

Many of the small drug stores could  not compete with these chains and slowly started to close their doors.

Likewise, many small groceries,men and lady shops, shoe shops, and jewelry shops followed suite, abd were forced to close.

Many gas stations started to sell candy bars, soda, coffee, and snacks, discovering that these products were welcomed by gas purchases.Many greeting card and gift shops closed their doors, when the well known Hallmark greeting card chain commenced selling greeting cards to the CVS drug store chain, located near the card shops.

The growth of giant business continued when Service Corporation International commenced to purchase small funeral homes and cemeteries throughout the US.

Additional well known discount corporations, like Wal-Mart, Costco price clubs, that sold a large variety of merchandise has continued to grow.

With the growth of computers, the Amazon.Com corporation first began selling books on line, at a discount, and gradually continued to offer just about any type of merchandise for

sale, enabling the public to make purchases without visiting a brick and mortar star.

At thise time 2014, there began the merging and buy outs of big box corporations of all kinds–Supermarkets Safeway and the Albertons chain merged, Men’s Wearhouse, Jos A. Bank,

giant menswear corps merged, Staples stationery announced it is closing 225 stores by 2015,and the Radio Shack appliance chain is closing many shops.

SO WHO IS GOING TO SELL WHAT PRODUCT IN THE FUTURE???

WILL MOST PRODUCTS ONLY BE SOLD FROM YOUR COMPUTER ON LINE????

WILL SOME BILLIONAIRS CONSTRUCT GIANT VARIETY STORES WHERE YOU CAN PURCHASE AN AUTOMOBILE, BOAT OR EVEN AN AIRPLANE????

TIME WILL TELL

 

 

 

 

 

 

13
Feb

THE CVS DRUGSTORE CHAIN ENDS CIGARETTE SALES

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THE CVS DRUGSTORE CHAIN THAT OWNS AND OPERATES 7600 PHARMACIES HAS ANNOUNCED IT WILL STOP SELLING CIGARETTES.

THIS DECISION ACCORDING TO ITS EXECUTIVES  WILL RESULT IN A $2 BILLION A YEAR LOSS IN ITS ANNUAL SALES.

THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE CVS CHAIN WAS PUBLISHED IN THE WASHINGTON POST ON FEBRUARY 6, 2014, AND MENTIONED THAT THIS DECISION

WAS MADE THAT MIGHT  RESULT IN THE PUBLIC RECOGNIZING  THE CVS CHAIN AS A FULL-FLEDGED HEALTH CARE PROVIDER.

LOOKING BACK, I SOLD MANY CIGARETTES IN MY RETAIL CAREER, WHEN I OWNED AND OPERATED A DRUG STORE IN DC, A LARGE GIFT SHOP IN A MARYLAND

HOTEL GIFT SHOP, AND IN NEWS STANDS LOCATED IN OFFICE BUILDINGS.

I CLEARLY RECALL PURCHASING CIGARETTES FOR APPROXIMATLY $2.00 A CARTON, (20 CENTS A PACK, RETAILING THIS PRODUCT FOR APPROXIMATELY 25 CENTS.)

AT THE PRESENT TIME, 2014,RETAILERS SELL CIGARETTES FOR APPROXIMATELY $6.00 TO $8.00 A PACK.

I ALSO REMEMBER SELLING LOOSE CIGARETTES FOR APPROXIMATELY A COUPLE PENNIES  WHEN I WAS A YOUNGSTER, HELPING MY BROTHER PHIL, WHO OWNED SOME PHARMACIES.

WHEN I WAS STATIONED IN AUSTRIA, DURING WORLD WAR II, I NEVER SMOKED,BUT DO REMEMBER ACQUIRING TWO (2)   PAINTINGS FOR  TWO CARTONS

OF CIGARETTES.

ALTHOUGH IT IS A KNOWN FACT THAT SMOKING MANY CIGARETTES,CAN RESULT IN THE SMOKER’S DEATH,MANY INDIVIDUALS NEVER STOP THIS DANGEROUS

HABBIT.

IT WILL BE INTERESTING TO OBSERVE IF OTHER FACILITIES THAT SELL CIGARETTES WILL ELIMINATE THIS PRODUCT FROM ITS INVENTORY OF ITEMS OFFERED

FOR SALE.

 

02
Dec

CANDY BARS,SANDWICHES,CIGARETTES

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AS AN OFFICIAL SENIOR CITIZEN, I AM AWARE THAT PRICES CONTINUE TO ESCALATE.

ONE DAY,NOT TOO LONG AGO, I STOPPED AT A CVS DRUG STORE,(FORMERLY PEOPLES DRUG STORE)FOR SOME) ASSORTED PRODUCTS.

I PAID FOR MY PURCHASES,TO THE CLERK AT THE FRONT OF THE PHARMACY,AND NOTICED THE HUGE DISPLAY OF CANDY BARS.

I HADN’T PURCHASED  A CANDY BAR FOR A LONG TIME,AND DECIDED IT WAS TIME TO ENJOY MY FAVORITE SNACK-AN ALMOND JOY.

I CHECKED MY RECEIPT T AND SAW A $1.19 CHARGE,ASSUMING THAT THE CLERK HAD PROBABLY MADE AN ERROR WHEN HE RECORDED THE SALE.

I ASKED THE CASHIER-”WHAT ITEM WAS $1.19? “YOUR CANDY BAR,!! I RECALLED SELLING CANDY BARS FOR A DIME, WHEN I OWNED AND OPERATED A

NEIGHBORHOOD DRUG STORE A LONG TIME AGO,AND KNOW THAT PRICES OF MERCHANDISE ARE RISING, BUT $1.19 FOR AN ALMOND JOY WAS HARD TO BELIEVE.

I NEVER SMOKED,BUT DEFINITELY REMEMBER PAYING $2.00 FOR  A CARTON FOR CIGARETTES,(10 PACKS TO A CARTON),AND CHARGING AROUND 25 OR 30 CENTS FOR A PACK OF SMOKES,SO WONDERED AND ASKED THE CLERK THE PRICE OF PACKS OF CIGARETTES.”WHEN HE RESPONDED ANY WHERE FROM $6.00 TO $8.00 A   PACK, I WONDERED, WHAT WILL THESE AND OTHER ITEMS, SELL FOR, 10 OR 20 YEARS FROM TODAY???

I HAD GOTTEN USED TO PAYING AROUND $7.00 FOR A TUNA OR EGG SALAD SANDWICHES IN MOST FACILITIES,BUT HAD NEVER CHECKED THE PRICE OF THE ABOVE MENTIONED ITEMS.

ITEMS.

 

 

 

 

 

11
Sep

REMEMBERING PENTAGON TERRORIST ATTACK ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2013

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Today is September 11, 2013 and time again to remember the terrorist attacks,that occured in some  US cities on September 11, 2001.. I especially will recall the terrorist attack on the Pentagon, recognized as the largest office buildingin the world, because in 1942, I began working on the premises of this great structure, when its construction was in its early stages of construction. .After graduating from Central High School in D.C  in 1941, I applied and was hired as a clerk-typist by the US Engineers, in 1942. I was directed to report to a small building located on a portion of the Pentagon’s present location,in Virginia.. I was surprised when I was directed to a small wooden structure,on a huge tract of vacant ground  near  additional small Lincoln type shacks.I met my future supervisor who informed me that all the construction employees, like carpenters, electricians, sheet metal workers, etc would daily report to the shack to have  their beginning working hours  recorded by time keepers. Later in the day, US timekeepers would again check on the many construction workers.   My job was to type up separate time sheets for the employees. I remember that the 1942 pay scale for carpenters was $1.62 per hour.  The prime contractor for this huge project was the John Mcshain corporation who coordinated the construction details with the US EngineerI observed the growth of this structure,until March 1943, when I was inducted into the Army.When 5 Hijacker terrorists flew an American Airlines plane into my area of previous employment, killing 59 on board,and 125 building employees, on September 11,2001,  I was shocked.After getting my Army discharge in 1946, I visited the completed giant building, and recalled the days when the Pentagon began its growth.around 1942..Although working a short period on the Pentagon site, I enjoyed the job, and will never forget its unexpected deadly attack.

 

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07
Aug

WHEN GAMBLING LOTTERY GAMES WAS ILLEGAL

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AROUND 1946, I OCCASONALLY HELPED A FRIEND IN HIS MEN’S SHOP. MY FRIEND’S FATHER ACCEPTED BETS ON THE NUMBERS GAME WHICH WAS ILLEGAL AT THIS TIME.

THIS LOTTERY GAME WAS LIMITED TO BETTING ON THREE (3) NUMBERS IN ANY SEQUENCE,LIKE STRAIGHT OR IN COMBINATION.WINNING NUMBERS WERE OBTAINED THROUGH  SOME “FORMULA”DERIVED  FROM  RACE TRACK PAYMENTS  IN DIFFERENT AREAS.INDIVIDUAL BACKERS ACCEPTED THE BETS AND PAID THE WINNERS APPROXIMATELY 600 TO ONE.

THERE WERE NO LOTTERY MACHINES .AN INDIVIDUAL DRESSED AS A LABORER WOULD PICK UP THE BETS,DAILY;..THE WRITERS RECEIVED A COMMISSION ON THE AMOUNTOF CAPITAL COLLECTED. PERIODICALLY I RECALL SEEING A WELL DRESSED INDIVIDUAL CONVERSING WITH MY FRIEND’S FATHER,WHO I WAS TOLD WAS

AN EMPLOYEE OF THE LOCAL POLICE STATION. LIKE TODAY, MANY AMERICANS HOPED TO ACQUIRE MONEY WITHOUT WORKING.

RECENTLY, GAMBLING CASINOS,OFFERING MULTIPLE GAMES OF CHANCE  HAVE BEEN ALLOWED TO OPEN THEIR DOORS IN MARYLAND,,ATTRACTING MANY CUSTOMERS.

THINGS CHANGE!!

02
Aug

MY BIG 90 PARTY

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I want to thank all my friends who attended my Big 90 party,on Sunday July 21st,2013–Yes time flies, it’s hard to believe that I have been around for 90 years,and experienced good

days and bad days–I also thank HASHEM, MY GOD, for enabling me to still be around.

It was a great party, and I thank all my family members,and my BETTER HALF, and dear COMPANION JUDY,FOR MANY YEARS, who worked very hard to make this party

the greatest one I have ever had.

DAD   AND LARRY