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Mesmerizing Vintage Photos of U.S. Drug Stores

October 18 2017 12:00 AM EDT

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Counter in drugstore, late 1950s. (Photo by Mark Jay Goebel/Getty Images)
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Counter in drugstore, late 1950s. (Photo by Mark Jay Goebel/Getty Images)

Endless rows of impeccable glass bottles, pharmacists in white lab coats, greeting cards for every occasion and a counter for coffee and sweets -- drugstores today just aren't like they used to be. 

The presence of apothecaries in the U.S. can be traced back to the early 1700s, but the drugstore with the ubiquitous soda fountain, a counter for soft drinks and even lunch, became the backbone of Main Street U.S.A. during the 20th century. Baby boomers can probably remember saving their allowance for a cherry coke or ice cream at the very same place their parents would get their prescriptions filled. 

Today, some old-style apothecaries still exist but they aren't the same hubs of social life and old style values they used to be. Enjoy these vintage photos of drug stores across the U.S. and reminisce on this simpler time. 

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