Bowdry's Drug Store

Description:
Found in an antique store in Belton, Texas. The caption on bottom reads "Bowdry's Drug Store; Phone 132; Mason, Texas" The National Recovery Administration poster on the right wall suggests this was taken sometime between 1933 when the law went into effect and 1935 when it was thrown out as unconstitutional.

There is a wonderful variety of products and advertisements visible in this photo from the large soft drink display on the left behind the soda fountain "Carole Lombard and Phillips Holmes enjoying the pause that refreshes" (Coca Cola) and "Energy UP - you feel it surge" (Dr. Pepper) to the box cameras in the case behind the man on the right (can't tell whether they're Kodak Brownies or some other brand).

Other ads I can make out include: Gulf Oil (calendar on balcony railing in back), "We serve Austin Maid ice cream" below it, "Ucatone the Vitamin Tonic" and "Honey & Horehoud Cough Medicine" next to the man in the center, Kleer-A-Hed inhalant "breathe in Kleer-A-Hed and breath out colds" and various brands of cigarettes and cigars on the far right.
Date & Place: at Bowdry's Drug Store in Mason, Mason County, Texas USA
People:
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Updated Aug 27, 2019

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Ancient Faces
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This circa 1933 TX photo was "found" at an antique store.
Aug 27, 2019 · Reply
Karen Bledsoe
LOVE the stamped metal panel ceiling. We still have a few of those in my town.
Aug 27, 2019 · Reply
AncientFaces
That was my fav part, too! ;)
Aug 27, 2019 ·
Kel Meade
Bit of trivia from Australia.
Chemist shop not Drug Store.
No milkshakes, Lollies/Candy etc just medicines.
Aug 27, 2019 · Reply
AncientFaces
Was it always that way?
Aug 27, 2019 ·
Kel Meade
AncientFaces Yes as far as I know. I’m 75 and this is how I remembered them.
It brings back memories from the 1950s. The Chemist kept the prescriptions, customers would ring or call in to order their medicines. The Chemist would make it up and I would after school deliver the medicine to the customer’s house on my bicycle to earn more pocket money.
Aug 27, 2019 ·
Kel Meade
Times have changed. Chemists also called Pharmacists had to change by also selling non traditional products, toiletries, toys, Vitamins Health Bars etc etc. Still no Milk Bars. The larger shops are now like discount supermarkets.
Aug 27, 2019 ·
Becky Kelly
Love these old pictures.
Aug 27, 2019 · Reply
Patrick James
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In NYC you can walk into a drug store and buy a pair of pants!
Aug 27, 2019 · Reply
Kel Meade
Patrick James Can I buy a packet of pain killers in a men’s’ wear shop? 🤣
Aug 27, 2019 ·
Patrick James
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Kel Meade Only if you know the stock boy!
Aug 27, 2019 ·
Sherry Clites
See the edge of the ceiling tiles up there above the man with the eyeglasses? I was inside an antique store today, and I noticed one of those curved panels being used as a shelf. It was not for sale, but now I see what it was used for.
Aug 27, 2019 · Reply
Patty Y Urias
I have a picture of my great-grandfather and grandfather's Mercantile. My daughter colorized some of it for my mom. It showed hats, flour, candy and can goods all neatly arranged. Had a tin ceiling like this one too.
Aug 28, 2019 · Reply
Patty Y Urias
Great-grandfather on left towards back, my grandfather and aunt.
Aug 28, 2019 ·
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