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

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

WWW.LARRYROSEN.ORG

EMAIL LAZER66@MSN.COM

 

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

31
Jul

Riot

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Forty five years since the riot etc

15
May

MEMORIES OF A WORLD WAR II VETERAN WHOSE FIRST NAME IS DAVID

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A WORLD WAR II VETERAN WHO WAS A MEMBER OF MY DIVISION, THE 42D RAINBOW,WAS CAPTURED BY THE GERMANS DURING WORLD WAR II,AND RELATED

HIS MEMORIES TO ME.

I ARRIVED IN MARSEILLES, FRANCE IN DECEMBER 1944, AS A MEMBER OF ONE OF THE THREE RAINBOW INFANTRY REGIMENTS. WE WENT INTO COMBAT IN FRANCE

IN DEFENSE OF THE STRASBOURG AREA..

ON JANUARY 9,, 1945, I WAS WOUNDED TWICE AND THEN CAPTURED BY THE NAZIS.

I WAS TAKEN TO A NEARBY FARMHOUSE TO BE INTERROGATED. A GROUP OF FIVE OR SIX GERMAN OFFICERS SAT BEHIND A LONG TABLE. I REFUSED TO ANSWER

ANYTHING EXCEPT MY NAME, RANK, AND SERIAL NUMBER–”DAVID R. WILLETTS, SERGEANT, 33560297. THE INTEROGATING OFFICER BECAME VERYP IRRITATED

WITH ME. HE SPOKE GOOD ENGLISH.

HE CONTINUED IN A HIGH VOICE–”YOU ARE JEWISH! THIS WASN’T A QUESTION. IT WAS A STATEMENT, AND HE WAITED FOR A REACTION FROM ME. MY HAIR WAS

LONGER THAN USUAL:I HAD A SHORT BEARD  AS PROTECTION FROM THE COLD: I HAD A DARK COMPLEXION AND A NAME LIKE “DAVID” THESE FEATURES MUST

HAVE INFLUENCED HIS DIAGNOSIS.

“NO SIR, I AM NOT A JEW”, I REPLIED. “I AM AN AMERICAN”! I REALIZED THAT THE PURPOSE OF THIS INTERROGATION HAD SUDDENLY CHANGED. THE OTHER

MEMBERS OF HIS PANEL AT THIS TIME BEGAN TO TAKE NOTES AND SHOW INCREASED INTEREST. THEN BEGAN A BARRAGE OF QUESTIONS:WHAT IS YOUR MOTHER’S NAME? WHERE WERE YOU BORN? DO YOU HAVE A FAMILY. THESE QUESTIONS WERE ASKED IN RAPID SUCCESSION. I THOUGHT IT WAS NECESSARY TO REPLY.

APPARENTLY NOT SATISFIED YET, THE OFFICER CONTINUED HIS INTERROGATION. WHAT IS YOUR FATHER’S NAME? WHERE WAS HE BORN? THE INTERROGATION

CONTINUED FOR AT LEAST 15 MORE MINUTES, WITH THE SAME ALSO NEW QUESTIONS BEING ASKED OVER AND OVER. HAD I NOT BEEN TELLING THE TRUTH, I WOULD’HAVE BEEN IN VERY BIG TROUBLE. A WHISPERED CONVERSATION AMONG THE PANEL OFFICERS THEN TOOK PLACE. I HAD A TERRIBLE FEELING THAT

SOMETHING MORE OMINOUS WAS BREWING AND WAS ABOUT TO HAPPEN.

AT A NOD FROM THE SUPERIOR GERMAN OFFICER, THE GUARD OPENED A DOOR TO ADMIT A GERMAN PRIVATE, WHO LOOKED LIKE HE HAD JUST RETURNED

FROM THE BATTLEFIELD. HE WAS BANDAGED ACROSS THE BUTTOCKS.AS HE LOOKED AT ME, HE SUDDENLY POINTED HIS FINGER AND SHOUTED, “DAS

IST ER! HE’S THE ONE. APPARENTLY HE HAD BEEN TOLD TO IDENTIFY ME.IT APPEARED THAT I WAS TO BE BLACKMAILED OR COERCED INTO A CONFESSION.

THAT THEY WANTED. DIDN’T YOU BAYONET HIM IN THE BUTTOCKS? THIS WAS BAD, REALLY BAD. THEY WERE AFTER MY LIFE, I REALIZED,BUT THEY WANTED

IT TO APPEAR MILITARILY JUSTIFIED. I WAS AWARE OF WHAT HITLER WAS DOING TO ALL JEWS,AND THE APPROACH OF THE INTERROGATION REALLY SHOOK ME

UP. THE PRIVATE AGAIN POINTED AT ME AND REPEATED, “ER HAT ES GEMACHT! HE DID IT.!

AFTER A BRIEF CONSULTATION WITH THE OTHER MEMBERS OF HIS TEAM, THE INTERROGATING OFFICER THEN SAID TO ME-”IF THE AMERICAN ARMY ALLOWS

YOU TO COMMIT THIS ATROCITY, WE CAN RETALIATE.

HE SNARLED TOME, “YOU WILL BE CALLED OUT LATER TONIGHT AND SHOT!” TAKE HIM AWAY, HE TOLD THE GUARD AT THE DOOR.

I WAS THEN PRODDED AND PUSHED OUTSIDE IN THE DARKNESS, AND LOCKED ALONE IN WHAT APPEARD TO BE AN OLD, EMPTY,TOOL SHED NEXT

TO THE BARN WHEERE MY BUDDIES WERE. A GUARD WAS STATIONED AT THE DOOR TO PREVENT MY ESCAPE. WOULD MY FAMILY EVER KNOW WHAT HAD

HAD HAPPENED TO ME.?

A COMMOTION SUDDENLY BROKE OUT IN THE FARMYARD, AND THERE WAS A LOT OF YELLING AND CONFUSION.  GUARDS HERDED DTHE OTHER PRISONERS

TOGETHER FOR A QUICK VACATING OF THE PREMISES, AND THERE WAS LOUD SHOUTING.

I KICKED THE DOOR OPEN AND MIXED WITH THE DEPARTING GROUP. SOON I WAS MARCHING AWAY WITH THE REST OF THE PRISONERS, GETTING FARTHER AND

FARTHER AWAY FROM THAT FARMYARD.WE MARCHED SEVERAL HOURS,REACHED A RAILROAD STATION AND LOADED INTO BOXCARDS,AND FINALLY ARRIVED AT STALAG 4-B,ONE OF THE LARGEST GERMAN CAMPS IN WORLD WAR II.

FINALLY I WAS LIBERATED BY THE RUSSIAN ARMY ON APRIL 23, 1945.

I THANKED GOD, REALIZING HOW CLOSE I CAME TO BEING SHOT—

BECAUSE MY FIRST NAME WAS DAVID!.

 

18
Dec

Snuff, square yarmulkes and bar mitzvah memories

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Washington Jewish Week

February 9, 2006

To prepare me for my bar mitzvah back in the 1930s, I had a good teacher — my father, Moshe Aharon Rosen. In addition to being a shochet and mohel, my father established a cheder in one room of our home, teaching forthcoming bar mitzvah boys how to read Hebrew and preparing them for their haftarah.

Tuition was $1 a week.

We lived at 713 4th St., S.W., in D.C., the former residence of Rabbi Moshe Yoelson, whose son was the famous movie actor Al Jolson.

Empire chicken and turkey products were not yet on market shelves. Housewives had to purchase live chickens and take them to the schochet of their choice — or have the chickens delivered (no charge).

I remember delivering chickens to Rabbi Joshua Klavan’s residence on F Street S.W. to schecten and fliken, to slaughter and pluck. The charge was 15 cents. Going rate for a bris was $10.

My dad was a very active member of Talmud Torah, served as recording secretary, read the Torah every Saturday, blew the shofar on the High Holidays and davened Mincha every Yom Kippur.

I don’t remember the subject of my bar mitzvah speech, but definitely recall that I did not have to dodge any candies. In the 1930s, candy, if available, was only eaten, never thrown.

All the b’nai mitzvah wore a plain square yarmulke, now out of style, rather than the present imprinted kippah. I’m still researching who changed the style, when and why.

The custom at our shul, Talmud Torah, was that immediately following his haftarah portion, the “new man” would walk back to the rear of the synagogue, through the lobby and upstairs to the women’s section, locate and kiss his mother, and then return to the men’s section.

The standard bar mitzvah kiddush menu featured herring and onions, kichel, wine, liquor and usually tomato sardines.

During my youth, I can’t recall attending any gala bar mitzvah celebrations like today’s events featuring a gourmet meal, fancy deserts with dancing, candlelight services, games, balloons, table setting, etc.

Rabbi Klavan, whose son, Hillel, is rabbi emeritus of Ohev Sholom Talmud Torah, officiated at my service. His sermons were delivered in Yiddish and when he walked past a seated congregant, that person would show respect by rising from his bench.

There were two items always on the bima table that have vanished today. The first was a container of snuff (pulverized tobacco inhaled through the nostrils), called smek tabak in Yiddish. Perhaps snuff was popular because obviously no one could light a cigarette on the Sabbath.

The second bima item no longer seen was a leathery-type paddle resting on a leathery base. On the first day of each new month, and on special festival, the shamas (sexton) would strike the base with the paddle announcing, for example, a prayer that might be said only during certain times of the year.

Larry Rosen

Rockville