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


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K & B Drug Stores

It is a well known fact that the C V S drug store chain swallowed up most of the small pharmacies throughout the US.

I still give credit to a small drug store chain started with a few pharmacies and grew-not as huge as CVS but still did a good job–called K&B Drug Stores started by Gustave Katz of New Orleans and Sydney Besthoff of Memphis in 1905. Growing at a small pace to 50- locations–in New Orleans and 135 other locations spread over six states including Louisiana,the chain finally sold out to Rite Aid in 1997 which also grew. The K & B chain opened its first ice cream factory and continued to open a film-processing lab,-eye exams,glasses and camera sales were also added. Up to date soda fountains were added and kept busy-eventually soda fountains of the present time vanished.




Many deaths from overdose on OPIOID DRUGS

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Many US newspapers continue publishing articles on overdose use of OPIODS–
No US government officials seem to stop Drug Publishers and Doctors writing
prescriptionsl for this DEATH painl pill!!
Perhaps public demonstratrions in major cities might result in putting a stop
to the many fatalities caused by taking this murder pill!!!


Life Stories Help the VA Improve Care

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Ringler’s bounc;ing step, red framed eyeglasses and ;flowered print shirets brightente colorless hallway atr the Madison VA Medical Center where he works.


The Man with a Hat

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Not long ago Judy my friend and I entered a senior dwelling called the Revitz House.

Everone was very friendly..

I met one gentleman, a Holocaust survivor who had many sad memories.

He wore a modern dress Hat.

Some time later,I again ran into this gentleman who again was still wearing a Hat.

In the future he was always friendly an ALWAYS wore a hat.

Last Sunday, I suddenly noticed his name in the Obiuary,stating he had passed aw

Judy and I plan to attend the “Shiva” this coming Sunday.


Marshall Hall Amusement Park

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Years ago DC area residents headed for the present SW Wharf area and got on a boat that would take them to Marshall Hall,a normal amusement park.

Eventually Marshal Hall closed its doors.

I recall that there were also midnight cruises-folks dancing to modern music.

The redevelopment of the SW waterfront has triggered huge crowds heading for new restaurants, and other amusement attractions


Old Corner Drug Store

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During the 40’s and 50’s there were probably 1000’s of small corner drug store throughout the US.

As we all know most of these small pharmacies including their soda fountains have been swallowed up by the CVS Drug Chain.

Looking back at an old corner drug store, there was most of the time a small fountain with the “Doc” filling a prescription in the back of the store. There were few women pharmacists and no Pharmacy technicians like today located in smaller chains including large super markets

that dedicated some of their store space to Pharmacy sections.

The many Pharmacy technicians receive some short Pharmacy training and then are allowed to fill prescriptions under supervision of their Pharmacist.

Looking back at the Soda fountains that vanished along with the small Drug stories there are many memories.

Many small Pharmacies were located near schools.

Some young men nursed their cherry cokes while they kept their eyes on the front door hoping that SHE wouldn’t  be with some other boy–Maybe the young lady would sit down next to them and share a drink or ice cream cone

Many moms entered the Drug Store top pick up prescriptions,tooth paste,mouth wash,aspirin , and shampoo.

The Pharmacist dispensed  advise and gossip,had knowledge of all neighborhood news ,,beside preparing  prescriptions for his customers.

The Corner Drug was where the Moms purchased their first home permanent and some of the Dads purchased their first rubber(known as condoms),or “Raincoats”.

Let us not forget that the CVS Drug Chain also purchased the Aetna Insurance Company,no doubt the largest Organization in that business.


Corner Drug Store

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Corner Drug Store

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1921 Tulsa race riots

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A deadly riot or Race Massacre whilch occurred on May 31, 1921 is probably unknown..to most people..
A white lynch mob apporoached a court house in Tulsa , Oklahoma where a black teenager was being jailed.
Some black war veterans attempted to protect the young man that resulted in the
death of approximately 300 black people and thousands viewed their homes destroyed by torches.

A Washington D.C. Post obituary page on Friday November 23  2018 published an article about Olivia Hooker who at 6 years old saw the massacre in which as many as 300 black people died.Thousands more saw their homes and livelihoods destroyed. Some people were burned alive, and 40 square blocks of business and residential property valued then at more than $1 million were destroyed.

Dr. Hooker later was among the first black women to serve in the Coast Guard and retired as an associate professor of psychology at Fordham University in New York. att age 103, she had also become one of the last known survivors of the Tulsa Race Massacre and an enduring witness to what is often regarded as the deadliest episode of racial violence  in American history-and one that was long an afterthought of history texts, if mentioned  at all.

On April 4, 1968 Doctor King’s sudden assassination triggered the D.C. Riot at which time my D.C. drug store on 14th Street, N.W. was burned down. One of my brother’s liquor store on D.C. was also burned down, and my other brother’s DC  5 and 10 was completely looted.

No one in my family of DC 68 riot victims ever re-opened.

This  coming April 4, 2019  marks  the 51st anniversary of the D.C. 68 Riot.





The Amazon Corporation Continues to Grow

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November 2018—-No doubt most  Americans have seen our Newspapers that have published the News that Amazon has decided to open two NEW LOCATIONS-One in Virginia and one in New York.

Many predictions of how this decision will affect local traffic and hiring of new employees have appeared in most News periodicals.

I live in a Maryland Adult facility that contains a separate mail room.

Many delivery notices attached to the mail boxes are visible to the residents informing them to pick up their purchases (no doubt from the Amazon Corp at the Main desk location).

I remember that many years ago many of the DC small drug stores established a small US Post Office section that received small and large postal packages.

Our main front desk area now resembles the mentioned US Post Office concessions that existed a long time ago.