Thursday, May 24, 2012

Vintage Drugstore/Pharmacy

When I was a little girl, pharmacies were much different than they are today!  For one thing, back then, there was a soda fountain in the pharmacy where you could order a soda, milkshake or even a meal.  The atmosphere was warm and friendly, and often the sales clerks and pharmacist got to know the customers well and addressed them by their names. (e.g. Mr. Smith, Mrs. Jones, etc.)  Perhaps there may still be some pharmacies today with a soda fountain and counter on the premises, but none that I know of in my area!  I really miss the soda fountain...

I found some photos on the web of vintage pharmacies and pharmaceuticals that I thought I would share here with you all.

The first photo is of a vintage drugstore and the soda fountain.  

Next photo is of another drugstore equipped with a soda fountain.  Note the ornate decor on the upper walls and ceiling as well.

Next photo is of a vintage pharmaceutical product that was sold in England in the early 1900's.

Next photo is of another vintage remedy...

Next is another vintage remedy...

Final photo for this post...yet another vintage remedy.
Thank you all so much for stopping by, and I hope you enjoyed today's post.  So...what were pharmacies like in your area in the past?  Did they have a soda fountain in them like in the first couple of photos here?  Do any pharmacies in your area have soda fountains now?  Please share your memories and thoughts, I appreciate and enjoy hearing from you!  Just click on the "comments" link at the end of my post to share.


  1. Yes! Growing up, I was lucky enough to have a big drug store with a soda fountain counter!!! And it was right at the end of my street, so I walked there. I spent many happy hours there. There is nothing like a shake made the old fashioned way, most today are just made from stirred up soft serve and not real ice-cream and milk. I miss the soda fountains. But one advantage of today's drug stores is they sell a much wider variety of things than they did back in the old days.

  2. There were only three left in my area when I was kid. One of them had an oak phone booth!

  3. Helemaal anders dan bij ons, Linda !

  4. Lovely read. The only pharmacy that I can remember from my childhood was my doctor's. I could watch him mix my medicine or my Gran's ointment or whatever.

  5. I enjoyed reading this post and looking at the pictures! I didn't grow up seeing the pharmacies like this- so it seems weird that pharmacies would have all that they did! I enjoyed looking at the pictures Linda!!

  6. It's always a pleasure to find an old-fashioned pharmacy and to get a good soda or milkshake at the fountain. Unfortunately they are increasingly difficult to find.

  7. Great feelings from the past.

  8. What a feeling you had when taking something new. Great knowable facts.

  9. Anonymous10:09 PM

    I know of a drug store that still has an operating fountain located in Erwin Tennessee, a lovely little town off Interstate 26 about 60 miles from Asheville. The name is Clinchfield Drug owned by Joe Snyder. Drop by for a milkshake.


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