Monday, April 16, 2012

Vintage Drugstores

I have to say that with all these large chain drugstores today that sell practically everything, I miss the good old fashioned and personalized customer service of days gone by.  Sure, you have a few still in existence today, but that is it...a few.  Sometimes, although not always, the larger and more popular a store becomes, the less time they make for the customers, and I think this is a big mistake.


Up until the last several years, drugstores were selling cigarettes...however, this stopped when it was mentioned that they were there for the health of the individual.  I have never smoked, so this didn't affect me, but even some smokers I know told me that they thought it was a good thing that the drugstores stopped selling cigarettes, as they were trying to quit smoking.


In the past, the old drugstores had a soda fountain where you could order food or beverages, and it was always fresh and the prices were pretty good.


Here are some photos of vintage drugstores.






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11 comments:

  1. Oh yeah, I remember those days well! Soda fountains and staff that knew you by name and really cared.

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  2. Wonderful photos you have shared today. I love to shop online at Vermont Country Store. It has many vintage/old-fashioned items still available.

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  3. Funny the sure cure. Was this advertised like that?

    Greetings,
    Filip

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  4. Hi everyone, thanks for your responses. Filip, it seems to have been advertised like that, the sure cure. I laughed when I saw it. :)

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  5. I remember these drugstores well. Growing up, I loved to sit at the counter of the soda fountain and have milkshakes. You could also watch them while they cooked your food. I wonder if there are any left like this? Truly gone with the wind....

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  6. once in a while we stumble upon an old one, in our travels. a mom and pop operation that has not given in to the commercial chains.

    there is one in ocean grove, new jersey that has all the old memorabilia on the walls, a soda fountain counter and some of the old fixtures too!! you would love it!!

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  7. Those look just a little before my time, but maybe not by a lot on a couple of them!

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  8. Drugstores and soda fountains were unknown over here but I used to read about them and saw them portrayed in films. They seemed to be places where teenagers hung out. I read/watched with envy.

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  9. We didn't have drug stores like those, so I don't remember them other than on American movies. We had and still have Chemist shops. For years they only sold drugs and medical stuff but now they sell a variety of items.

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  10. big corporations have taken over the small business owner.. we must try to shop and support these special hands on shops over these big corporate bullies.

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  11. Hello,
    We are a team of cegep students and we are looking for an old-fashioned store, in order to film a few reconstitutional shots for a film. Do you know any place in Montreal or Laval that has kept its old loook? Thank you very much!

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