Amazing Photo of People’s Drug Store at 7th and K

What an incredible photo. Thanks to Shorpy for posting this one.

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Washington, D.C., circa 1921. "People's Drug Store, Seventh & K, night." With a lurid display of "trusses and rubber goods." National Photo Co.
Washington, D.C., circa 1921. “People’s Drug Store, Seventh & K, night.” With a lurid display of “trusses and rubber goods.” National Photo Co.

Source: Shorpy

The building above is the old People’s Drug Store at 7th and K  St. NW (where it intersects Mass. Ave.) and below is another great photo of the building from the Library of Congress.

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People's Drug Store No. 1, 7th and Massachusetts Ave, N.W., Washington, D.C.
People’s Drug Store No. 1, 7th and Massachusetts Ave, N.W., Washington, D.C. (1922)

Source: Library of Congress

… and this is a photo of the interior of the store.

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Interior of People's Drug Store, 7th and K Streets, Washington, D.C., with employees behind counter with display of smoking products including pipes, cigars, tobacco, and cigarettes (1920s)
Interior of People’s Drug Store, 7th and K Streets, Washington, D.C., with employees behind counter with display of smoking products including pipes, cigars, tobacco, and cigarettes (1920s)

Source: Library of Congress

Here’s the intersection of 7th and Massachusetts St. NW today. Sadly, the beautiful building is long gone.

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Tom founded Ghosts of DC on January 4th, 2012 as a blog to uncover the lost and untold history of Washington, D.C. He has lived in the city for over a decade and loves exploring every corner of the District.