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.


Increase of Mergers

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It is quite obvious that many that many media articles have disclosed the mergers and acquisitions of large corporations.

A merger or acquisition is a combination of two companies where one corporation is completely absorbed by another

corporation. The less important company loses its identity and becomes part of the Aimportant corporation which retains its identity. A merger extinguishes the merged corporation ,and the surviving corporation assumes all the rights, privileges

and liabilitities of the meed corporation.

Regulation is based on the concern that mergers inevitably eliminate competition between the merged firms.

This concern  is most acute when the participants are direct rivals because courts often presume that such arrangements aare more prone to restrict output and to increase prices.The government carefully; scrutinizes  proposed mergers. On the other hand since the 1980’s, the federal government has become less aggresssive in seeking the prevention of mergers.

Having worked for District “Wholesale Drug Corporation,in DC, during the 50’s, and having owned and operated a

neighborhood drug store during the 60’s,I have observed the CVS pharmaceutical corporation acquire the Peoples

Drug store corporation.Also the Rite Aid corp acquired the Drug Fair chain in the DC area and lately the huge

Walgren drug chain acquired the Rite Aide chain.

Recently the following mergers have occurred.

The huge Pfizer pharmaceutical chain merged with alergan group valued at more than 150 billion would create world’s largest drug maker.

Anthem health insurer is buying King Cigna in $54.2 billion deal.US let’s AT&T buy Direct TV for $49 billion dollars.

Ahold NV and Delhaize group would create one of the biggest US supermarket chains.

Many media articles have quoted government officials state that small businesses have provided many jobs-I belive

that the increased growth of Amazon.Com that sells just about any products will force many small retailers out of business.

Amazon.Com doesn’t need to merge-recently it was announced that Amazon.Com will eliminate using the UPS delivering

their packages and acquire their own delivery vehicles.





Most folks have noticed price increase of eggs in Super Markets.

Recently, a friend and I noticed a similar type increase on the purchase of an egg omelette and some other egg specialties at a popular restaurant.

When I inquired about the small price increase of 63 cents on the invoice total, the cashier showed me a small

sign near the cash register that indicated “PRICE INCREASE ON some EGG SPECIALTIES  .63 -the cash register

receipt printed transaction .63 with a code number.

So what food item  price is going up next? Does anyone remember when the present cup of coffee now retailing close

to $3.00 sold for a DIME???



Price of Men’s Dress Shirts and Neckties at NORDSTROM’S

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Recently I had lost some weight and decided to purchase some new pants.

I had never bought clothing at Nordstrom’s located in the Montgomery Mall so I

visited their shop in this shopping center.

As a senior, I am quite aware that prices of all merchandise continues to go up,but how much should the price be for a pair of pants.?

I first asked the sales clerk if there were any sales on men’s pants, and received a negative reply.

We approached the pants department, and the clerk informed me that the pants were $90.00 a pair.

When I inquired if these pants were the least expensive for sale,-the clerk’s reply was yes.

I expected a price in the $40.00 to $50.00 range, but never expected the price quoted.

I then asked the clerk if I could see some men’s short sleeve dress shirts, and told that only long sleeve shirts were available.

I previously had some trouble with long sleeve shirts  but decided to go with the long sleeves=the clerk measured my arms and

then showed me the shirts–lowest price,$55.00.

I recalled that I hadn’t purchased any ties for a while, and also having been around for a few years, knew that the many ONE DOLLAR TIE STORES

had closed their doors many years ago, but was not ready for the $49.50 quoted price for what looked like a nice necktie.

I recall the I  was shocked when I recently purchased  an almond joy candy bar for $1.29 that used to be 5 or 10 cents, and also surprised, that

I had observed that at the present time, packs of cigarettes that I used to sell in a retail store for 25 cents, were being advertised for

$6.00 to$8.00 a pack,—perhaps it’s time to just forget about today’s high prices.

“I’ll take the shirt and tie I  told the clerk”, — The clerk put my shirt and tie in a bag, and said, you’ll still need $12.00 to complete the purchase.

I FORGOT to mention that I had recently received a NORDSTROM GIFT CARD from a family member which I gave to the clerk.

Perhaps I shouldn’t have mentioned that I intended to pay for my purchase with a gift card.