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


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.






World War II Book by Daniel B. Drooz–American Prisoners of War in German Death,Concentraton, And Slave Labor Camps

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The history of World War II has been explored and written about by many people.

Some were about  personal experiences, some chronicled the history of groups, some explored the consequences of actions taken during or after the war. There are however areas that have been ignored and the story of the Alllied Prisoners in Buchenwald,, Auschwitz,

Sachenhausen and other death, concentration and slave labor camps such as Berga is one of the stories that has not, until now, been written.

Berga, a Concentration, slave labor camp was located near the Buchenwald Concentration Camp in Germany.Many of thel


Many American prisoners of War were sent there. Doctor Drooze stated that the US government denied, at the time, and still does today, that there were ever US prisoners in Nazi death, concentration and slave labor camps.

The US government failed to recognize the sacrifice of the men who were therwe and the hundreds who died in the camps.Many Jewish prisoners were in these camps,some were there for other reasons,still suffered and many continue to suffer today.

GI’s in German hands were starved, tortured, executed, and used as ezpeerimental test subjects in Geerman science records.

The German records  document that American POW’s were held in the following concentration and death camps: Dachau, Bergen-Belsen, Auschwitz, Buchenwald, Berga, Mauthausen, Nordhausen Aachen  and many other horrible prisons.

During World War II, I was a member of the 542d FA BN, 42d Infantry Rainbow Division that arrived in Marseilles on January 18, 1945. I knew a soldier, Morton Brooks, who was a member of one of the Rainbow Division Infantry Rainbow units.

He was captured in France and sent to Berga concentration camp and  related being often beaten by the Nazis. while working near one of their wines.

Mort recalled that the food they were given was horrible–Breakfast was a cup of ersatz coffee, a brown liquid,lunch was soup with something in it. Dinner was brown bread divided among  a number of men.

Most of the prisoners were ordered to drill blasting holes in mines. Then after the explosion, pick up the debris and load it into dumpsters. We pushed the dumpsters along a track  and then tipped  the waste rocks into a river.

After a week or two in the mines, men began to die. Dysentery and Pneumonia started to kill men off. After a while, many of the GI’S became weaker and weaker. Men were dying more frequently. They were also beng shot, beaten to death and starved.

Additional history  of American Prisoners of War in German concentration Camps will be continued.












Amazon Sales-Amazon’s future?????

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A Washington Post article by Rachel Siegel dated October 26, 2018 recently posted the following message-“Amazon sales rise 29% but miss expectations”.

Amazon.com sales climbed 29 percent to $56.6 billion in the third quarter,the technolology giant announced Thursday but missed expectations despite its broadly popular discount event, Prime Day.

The company brought in a record of $2.9 billion in profit.

As the former proprietor of a small drug store, Smith Pharmacy in Washington, D.C. that was forced to close its doors,I have observed the growth of CVS Pharmacy Corporation, and the shutting down of most small independent pharmacies.

I wonder what will Amazon acquire next?

Recent news reported the shutting down of many shopping centers, as well as many Sears stores, 5 and 10’s and most Mom and Pop retail establishments.

I repeat–what what will Amazon acquire next? Maybe some additional super markets?????




Milk Shakes price history

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It’s no big secret that most products including food etc continue to escalate.

I recall selling milk shakes in my drug store, Smith’s Pharmacy at our soda fountain for 25 cents during the 60’s.

Not long ago I  ordered a milk shake in a popular diner that charged around $6.50

Most of the time in most locations when milk shakes were sold, the customer received a metal container filled with the shake and a glass in which to pour the popular drink.

About a week ago I stopped in a popular restaurant with my son that  normally sold great food at rather high prices.

My son recommended the Banana shake which I ordered.

The shake was served shortly by a young lady–I quickly observed that something important was missing–a glass that always arrives with the milk shake container.–Possibly she thought that I would drink the shake right from the container-??

I contacted the waitress and explained the missing utensil–she brought a glass and presented the bill of around $7.00 for this old drink.

It appears that this food establishment was NOT the place to order a milk shake.



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As Amazon grows adding new items to sell,when does he stop ?

No one knows but some day I hope a competitor will arise, and offer competition , providing better service corporations or selling better products.






I worked for District Wholesale Drug 52 0 Street, Washington, D.C.  from 1950 to 1959.

District Wholesale provided pharmaceuticals and health and beauty aids normally sold in Drug stores, to the hundreds of small independent pharmacies in the Washington, D.C. area,,during the 50’s and 60’s.

District Wholesale was a distributor of Eli Lilly pharmaceuticals  such as insulin and other drugs. .The small drug stores  who needed Eli Lilly pharmaceuticals could  not purchase these drugs direct from the manufacturer. The pharmacies could only obtain Lilly drugs from District Wholesale or Gilpin  Drug wholesalers

As time progressed the CVS Drugstore  Chain bought the Peoples  Drug store chain, and another Drug store chain, Rite aide,

purchased  the Drug Fair Pharmacy Chain.  Another corporation formed a new smaller drug chain Dart Drug.

As these Drug store chains grew, the smaller pharmacies could not compete, and began to close their doors.

Later on, District Wholesale merged with an out of town Drug Store wholesaler.

In time, District Wholesale closed and the Gilpin Wholesalers went bankrupt.

Large Super Markets also opened Pharmacies in their stores.

Many large pharmacies also opened grocery departments.

When the large 5 & 10  stores shut their doors, many small businesses followed suite.

Today as we all know, the AMAZON ON LINE CORPORATIO

















ReDistricted, a retelling of Smith’s Pharmacy by cartoonist Gordon Harris

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Cartoonist, Gordon Harris, recently portrayed the final moments of Smith’s Pharmacy, Larry Rosen’s 14th Street Northwest drugstore (1959 to 1968), in comic book form.  Please visit the link on Mr. Harris’ website here: www.redistrictedcomics.com/smiths-pharmacy








Tonight, November 6, 2016, my dear friend Judy, and I attended the annual Kristallnacht Memorial Service, held at Leisure World, a well-known senior center in Silver Spring, Maryland.For those folks who are not familiar with the above Memorial service, an incident known as “Kristallnacht,”,  in which Nazis in Germany, torched  synagogues, vandalized Jewish homes,schools and businesses,and killed close to 100 Jews. Some 30,000 JEWS were arrested and sent to Nazi concentration camps.Many speakers, some Holocaust survivors, historians, Rabbis, chanted prayers, and I, one of the former American soldiers, a member of a liberating Army unit, the 42d Infantry Rainbow Division, recognized as one of the divisions  that liberated  the Dachau concentration camp  on April 29, 1945 spoke on”We Remember  the  Six Million”  (Total Jews killed during the Holocaust) (recognized murdered amount by registered Historians)”. Fred Firnbacher, a Leisure World resident has been the Program Coordinator of this interesting service for many years.

Larry Rosen







Remembering my father and Warrant Officer Mr. Charles L. Brown Personnel Officer Chief 542d FA Batallion 42d INFANTRY RAINBOW DIVISION

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On September 4, 2016 I went to the B’nai  Israel Synagogue on Montrose Avenue to recite Kaddish (Hebrew

Prayer for my Dad’s Yahrzeit (Memorial date for my father who passed away on August 19, 1944).

On that date I remember receiving a Red Cross telegram when stationed in Ft. Sill, Oklahoma during my

Army career,that read “Come Home At Once-Father seriously Ill”.Ft Sill is a permanent Artillery headquarters.

I applied and received a furlough and proceeded to a nearly railroad station. I purchased my train fare to

Washington,D.C. where my Dad had died.

While waiting for my train to arrive, I decided to phone my residence. Jean Gordon, my sister-in-law’s sister

answered the phone and informed me that my Dad had passed away–she inquired if I could rush home because the funeral was going to take place on August 20th.

I told Jean, that I would attempt to catch a plane because a train trip would last about three (3) days.

I phoned the nearest Airport and discovered that I had a problem,–a plane could get to D.C. but I did not

have enough cash for the flight.

I visited the local Red Cross,and was told that they did not lend money for plane trips-so- I rushed back

to my military headquarters and informed Mr. Charles L. Brown, my personnel Officer Chief of my financial

problem–Without any hesitation he lent me the necessary  funds and I was able to arrive home in time for

my father’s funeral.

Some time after my Army discharge on April 4, 1946, I attempted to locate and thank Mr. Brown again for

his important loan.

I contacted my Rainbow Division personnel young lady who had records of all discharged Rainbow Division


Because his name was such a popular one, to this date, I’m still checking-no luck!!




Reb Gedalia-Rabbi George Rosenthal

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Some time ago while attending services at the Ohev Sholom-the National Synagogue, at 16th and Jonquil

Street, N.W. D.C. I spoke to a lady, mentioning that I had grown up in  SW D.C.

She stated that she had a cousin, George Rosenthal who once lived there whose grandfather Rabbi Horwitz

was the first Rabbi of a SW synagogue, Congregation Talmud Torah on E Street S.W.

I responded that I remembered him, and hadn’t seen him since 1943 when I joined the US Army.

Ms Marda Brown, Mr. Rosenthal’s first cousin,gave me his phone number in West Hartford, Connecticut

and I contacted him.

I phoned him, and he remembered me and also many of the former SW residents-and I was surprised to

hear that he had become a Reformed Rabbi.

We exchanged many Emails and many memories dealing with experiences recalled after leaving SW.

About three months ago, when I hadn’t received any responses to a few emails, I phoned the Rabbi and

received a message that the phone was out of service.

I phoned the office of the Assisted Living facility where Reb Gedalia has resided and was told he had moved

out and left no forwarding address.

His cousin Marda also hadn’t heard from him.

I googled “Rabbis West Hartford, Connecticut, and received a message from another Rabbi in that state

informing me that he knew Rabbi Rosenthal, and had heard he had fallen and was in a nursing facility,and

fortunately gave me his contact phone number.

I phoned and reached the Rabbi,and like about 5 friends of mine, including myself, he mentioned that  he had

fallen .

I phoned him some time later, and received a message from his healthcare agent, that he wasn’t doing that well.

On March 21,2016 I received the news from Faith Helene,his healthcare agent that he had died on Sunday

March 20th 2016.

I sent a message of consolation to the funeral home.

The DC SW neighborhood where the Rabbi and I had lived, was completely redeveloped in the late 50’s

and at the present time the entire SW waterfront is undergoing a huge development that will feature condos,

and many retail establishments.

Many former SW residents whom I knew have passed away.