08
May

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.

08
May

Corner Drug Store

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08
May

Corner Drug Store

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28
Feb

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.

 

 

 

22
Nov

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.

 

 

 

 

02
Nov

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

27
Oct

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?????

 

 

21
Jul

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.

12
May

Amazon

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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.

 

 

29
May

DISAPEARANCE OF WASHINGTON D.C. AREA WHOLESALE DRUG CORPORATIONS

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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

SELLS EVERYTHING.

 

 

WHAT’S NEXT????

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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