Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The Pharmacy

The Peoples chain of drug stores was based in Washington, D.C. and founded by Malcolm Gibbs in 1904 and by 1930 the chain had 110 stores. The following photographs were taken in the 1920's and early 1930's. Here is a link to another Peoples Drug Store post I did in January 2009.

Peoples Drug Store at 14th and Park Road, Washington, D.C.

Interior of Peoples Drug Store, 7th and M Sts, Washington, D.C.

In 1970, Peoples had 252 stores operating in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, New York, and New Jersey. That year there were 5,500 employees.

Interior of Peoples Drug Store, 804 H St N.E., Washington, D.C.

In 1984, Peoples was acquired by the Canadian conglomerate Imasco, the Canadian arm of British American Tobacco. Peoples and its divisions had close to 800 stores and became one of the country's leading drug chains.

Dixie Soda Fountian Co., Peoples Drug Store #40, Washington D.C.

Peoples Drug Store, interior, 7th and K Sts, Washington, D.C.

In late 1990, CVS Corporation purchased Peoples. The Peoples name was considered to be too strong a name to change it to CVS/pharmacy immediately, but was ultimately changed in May of 1994, just a few months before the Peoples Drug name would have celebrated its 90th anniversary.

LINK: These glass negative photographs are part of the National Photo Company Collection at the Library of Congress.


JG said...

I remember store interiors like these. An office building in a nearby town where my Dad had business also had a little sundries shop that look a lot like the last shot.

BTW, go look at Daveland's recent post. He has some great shots of the viewliner and it's concept art as well.

Best regards.


Tom Hoffman said...

I'm a Washington native who grew up with People's. Nearly every one had a fountain, and I recall seeing a slogan, "Everybody Eats At Peoples."

But does anyone remember a certain Peoples downtown (11th and G NW, possibly). It had a cafeteria and a balcony on the second floor that overlooked the rest of the store. Or is my memory going bad?