Do Pharmacists Sell Farms?

Do Pharmacists Sell Farms?

by Vince Staten
     
 

Staten takes us back to a time when the corner drugstore was the place where mothers met in the morning to trade gossip, where businessmen met in the afternoon to lunch and cut deals, and where teenagers gathered after school for a soda and a smile. It was also the place where many people had what their doctor was doing to them explained so they could actually… See more details below

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Staten takes us back to a time when the corner drugstore was the place where mothers met in the morning to trade gossip, where businessmen met in the afternoon to lunch and cut deals, and where teenagers gathered after school for a soda and a smile. It was also the place where many people had what their doctor was doing to them explained so they could actually understand it. Here Staten will walk you one last time through those narrow, cluttered aisles and answer many of the questions that have plagued customers since time immemorial. What is this V7 that makes Vitalls so wonderful? How does Greclan Formula know what color my hair used to be? What ever happened to Preparations A-G? Did Trojans use Trojans? Staten offers the stories behind the salves, nostrums, and patent medicines that you could once find on every corner, giving us the secret histories of all the people, places, and above all, things that made up this centerpiece of Americana.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This is charming, nostalgic history by the author of Did Monkeys Invent the Monkey Wrench? Staten takes readers back to the 1970s and before when the local drugstore was virtually a community center, where women bought hair products, men cigars and teenagers hung out at the soda fountain after school. But, as Staten makes clear, the day of the independent corner pharmacy has waned, with the chains now owning more than 50% of the stores and doing 84% of the business. The book is informative about the most popular products marketed by today's drugstores, from Rogaine and Vitalis to Dr. Scholl's Foot-Eazer arch inserts. Amusing are the stories of manufacturers' attempts at advertising sanitary napkins and condoms in a nation that preferred to hang on to the legend of the stork. Making Staten's book even more delightful is his appendix listing 50 old-fashioned corner drugstores still extant around the nation. (June)
Kirkus Reviews
A lighthearted look at a fading American institution and the products found on its shelves. Staten (Ol' Diz: A Biography of Dizzy Dean, 1992; Did Monkeys Invent the Monkey Wrench?, not reviewed; etc.), who fondly remembers the corner drugstore of his own youth, briefly recounts the history of this fixture of American small-town life as "pharmacy and apothecary, drugstore and general store, prescription center and community center, soda fountain and social hub." However, the greater part of his attention is devoted not to the institution itself but to its merchandise. Starting with the head and working his way down to the feet, Staten profiles selected items from aspirin to corn removers. Hair products, especially hair restorers, seem to have a special fascination for the balding Staten, who inserts regular reports on his personal experience with Rogaine (yes, he grew some hair, but not nearly enough). Among the capsule histories included here are those of dandruff shampoos, toothpaste, Band-Aids, Vaseline, condoms, and diapers. The curious can discover how Maybelline and Ben-Gay got their names and the real people behind Lydia Pinkham's Herbal Compound and Dr. Scholl's Foot-Eazers. Inexplicably, Staten adds an appendix listing the addresses of the 71 remaining drugstores in the country bearing the name Corner Drug. Rather less than a social history and far from comprehensive, but full of entertaining if trivial facts presented with good humor.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780684834856
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Publication date:
05/05/1998
Pages:
204
Product dimensions:
5.79(w) x 8.75(h) x 0.82(d)

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