Drug Stores in the 1920s

In my Roaring  Twenties series, I’ve set several scenes in drug stores. In SILENT MURDERS Jessie visits a dozen drug stores, looking for evidence of someone buying poison. I appreciate pictures like these when describing what the drug stores looked like. 

Interestingly, drug stores became the best place, outside of the speakeasy, to buy liquor. It was legal if you had a doctor’s prescription for it, and you could buy it at any drug store; it was illegal to buy it at a speakeasy. Many people did both. 

 

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Published in: on October 16, 2016 at 3:16 pm  Comments (3)  

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  1. I like that they have lots of items for sale. I also liked the Rexall sign. And the counters and tables and chairs for drinks and sandwiches.

  2. I was surprised, researching the 1920s a few years ago, to go back and read the line in Gatsby about how he was a shady character because he owned a chain of drugstores. One of those things that was code for being a bootlegger at the time but a mysterious reference now 🙂

    • Exactly. Readers today don’t get that line, because they don’t realize that drug stores were a major source of “legal” alcohol.


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