Saturday, October 12, 2013
The entire facebook group from Murray, Iowa are all in a tizzy. What they thought that it was, isn't. An older photo of a drugstore on main street of Murray was identified as the Coleman's Drug Store. It does look a little bit like it but it isn't, The great nephew of the owner of that store says it is not his uncles place of business. I actually think it is the store across the street, Power's Drug. There were actually two drug stores, no pharmacists worked in either store, while I was in high school. The 60's was the era that they both were in business and one of them could have originally looked like this. I remember they both had back doors to the store rooms. One of them had built in shelves with sliding glass doors that would hold asprin and other cold medicines. Laxatives and lotions for bee bites and things like that lined the shelves.
There is a guy sitting there with his suitcase which tells me he is waiting for a train. The woman in the back must be cleaning the tables. The window at the back would have gone to the alley which makes it the other drugstore. Both places of business did have swirling seats at the counter when I was young and those could have been added later of course.
All in all it is a fun photo. It is a piece of history that has been captured in time. What time we don't know but it looks like all of those kind of business back in the early 1900's. The fun part will be if the folks my age will eventually have a person speak up and tell us the real identity of the business in Murray, Iowa.
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