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


Remembering memories of my Army Service1943 to 1946

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After being sent to Camp Gruber, Oklahoma, my army unit
was activated and called the 42d Infantry Rainbow Division.
I had first been shipped to Camp Wolters,Texas in March 1943
where I received Infantry training. Later I attended a specialty
section of clerks, cooks, auto mechanics and truck drivers.
Because I had previously worked as a Clerk-Typist for the US
Engineers in Virginia, that supervised the work records of
employees involved with the construction of the Pentagon
Building, I was told to report to the personnel section of the
542d Field Artillery Battalion.
I first became a Battery Clerk of Headquarters Battery, 542d
Field Artillery Battalion and later promoted to Personel Tech Sergeant of this department.
We accompanied the Artillery section that engaged in combat
not real far from Marselles, France.
After World War II ended, our battery was shipped to Saint
Gilgen, Austria,located not far from Salzburg,Austria.


Drug Stores eliminate Zantac heartburn off shelves

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The former well known heartburn Zantac, has been eliminated
and removed from shelves by popular Pharmacies such as CVS,Walgreen, and Rite Aide.
According to a popular newspaper, it announced that a well
known cancer -killing chemical linked to liver cancer may be
contained in this pharmaceutical.
According to the newspaper, the FDA has been asking well
known chain drug stores to test this popular drug,and send
important samples..



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Samuel “Doc” Eisenberg, 98, a Russian immigrant who founded Plain Old Pearson’s Wine & Liquor in D.C.,and who built  it into one of the largest volume stores in the area

died Oct 30 at Sibley Hospital.

“Doc” founded the store about 71 years ago,and became a wildly successful merchant who offered discount prices, innovative merchandising, and humorous, opinionated newspaper advertisements.

He did whatever would help sell beer, wine and spirits,, including special appearances by a billy goat and by the Budsweiser Clydesdales. He photographed 10 “mystery men in Lone Ranger-style masks,whose mission was to sneak looks at competitors’ prices all over town.A chalkboard “stock exchange” updated those prices three times a day.

Doc ran a six-part series of ads to tell the story of the rise from a $20-a-day business in the tiny corner of a drug store to $2,000,000 a year.

Born in the Ukranian town of Rovno in 1906, Mr. Eisenberg came to Washington with his family in 1918.As a teenager, he sold newspapers on the streeet for 2 cents, a penny less than the other  newsboys, who promptly beat him up.

He graduated from Eastern High School, and from George Washington University as a pharmacist. In 1933, he married and bought Pearson’s Pharmacy at 2448 Wisconsin Avenue. According to the Prohibition-era laws, customers could buy liquor if they had a prescription, so Doc cleared a shelf for liquor. That prescription was soon outselling all others;luckily, prohibition was repealed at the end of the year.

He opened “Pearson’s Annex,”, the liquor emporium, a few doors away from the pharmacy seven months later. He owned both businesses until the 1940’s, when he sold

the pharmacy to concentrate on the renamed annex, which reflected his “plain  old style” of sales. But he kept his pharmaceutical nickname, “Doc”.

Mr. Eisenberg put his son in charge of the wine selection. The time was right;wine prices were starting to escalate. By 1961, Plain Old Pearson’s hit on a new retailing idea-a futures market on cases of wine. Its ads featured Walter boarding a TWA jet to Europe, with a blank check in his hand, to buy up cases of the most promising vintages.

He was an “UNUSUAL DOC”


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World War II Book by Daniel Drooz

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Changes on F Streer N.W/ Washington,DC busiiness activity

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During the 40’s and 50’s my friends and family members used to walk
up and down F Street,N.W. Washington,D.C. from 9th and F St NW to about 14th and F St NW visiting the many different retail businesses.
On recent visits to F Street I observed that most of the retailers had vanished, replaced by office buildings.

An unusuall memory I recall is that in the 40’s -50’s I saw a
legless man sitting on the sidewalk and small monkey solicit money
from pedestrians, in a cup and give cash to the legless gentleman.
Another hugh ehange is that movie theaters on F Street like the Capital
and Earle now called the Warner only charged one dollar $1.00 to enter
the movie house and enjoy a movie and stage show or different orchestras.
I remember seing Benny Goodman and his band doing a great job.
I also remember visiting a little “tavern” hamburger facility” dishing out
great hamburgers-small- but tasting very good.
A short time ago I read a a Washingtonl Post article that mentioned
that the legless gentleman was Mr. Brnstein and his monkey called
The Monkey man died in 1979 in Pensacola,Florida,,and news announced
-he had passed away leaving a large estate.


Walking on downtown F Street N.W.

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Kindly transfer blog posts “Walki;ng on downtown F Street,N.W.August 26,2019 to Larry’s blog www.larryrosen.org wrote draft wrote
aaround 11:a..m.
I hit Dashboard-Larry Rosen to reach my BLOG www.larryrosen.org kindly publish-I couldn’t find “PUBLISH” heading thanks Larry Rosen


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.