Wednesday, February 4, 2009

1920s retail therapy

Taken in Washington, circa 1920: People's Drug Store, H and 8th Street N.E., night. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

There’s a full size version, as big as your screen, here. Note the snappy slogan “We deliver free – freely”. Also “The Velvet Kind pure ice cream”, “Rubber goods” and, above the display of cigars in the right-hand windows, the sign declaring, “Here is a good smoke – Helios”.

They don’t make them like that any more.

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