Maplewood History: More Photos and Memorabilia of Harper’s Pharmacy

The following are some interesting vintage photos and articles connected to Harper’s Pharmacy.  Harper’s, begun in 1913, was one of the longest running businesses in Maplewood along with Scheidt Hardware 1907, Kalb Electric 1909, Saratoga Lanes 1916, Empire Supply 1931, and the JB Smith funeral home 1932.  By the way, Harper’s is the only one of the above businesses that is not still operating.

harper pharmacy stock web

Mary Harper Hall

Undated photo.  Guesses anyone?

Mary Harper Hall

Undated photo. Guesses anyone?

This photo and the one prior show the very high quality cabinetry that survives mostly in its original location today.  My next post will be about the cabinetry only.

Mary Harper Hall

This photo and the one prior show the very high quality cabinetry that survives mostly in its original location today. My next post will be about the cabinetry only.

Undated photo showing camera equipment display in a show window.

Undated photo showing a Christmas display in a show window.

An undated photo of  now vintage camera equipment.  The unusual cropping is not mine.

Mary Harper Hall

An undated photo of now vintage camera equipment. The unusual cropping is not mine.

Harper's Pharmacy cigar ad from the 1916 Maplewood News-Champion.

St. Louis County Library

Harper's Pharmacy cigar ad from the 1916 Maplewood News-Champion.

Through the miracle of PhotoShop, I can offer you three views of the same bottle in only one photo.

Well I made the photo but some other kind soul dropped off the bottle at the C of C and I took it to our library where it is today

Through the miracle of Photoshop, I can offer you three views of the same bottle in only one photo.

 and finally this interesting view of Harper's Pharmacy shows the drive up window on the right.  The unpopular Kmart development can be seen just across Manchester.  i'd guess late 70's or early 80's as the date this photo was taken.

Maplewood Public Library

And finally this interesting view of Harper's Pharmacy , now called Harper's Photo, shows the drive up window on the right. The western end of the unpopular Kmart development can be seen just across Manchester. I'd guess late 70's or early 80's as the date this photo was taken.

3 thoughts on “Maplewood History: More Photos and Memorabilia of Harper’s Pharmacy

  1. Thanks again Doug for the Harper bulletin. My next door neighbor, Edna Carr, worked for Mr. Harper for many, many years. I don’t know if I told you or not, John Stark, who was the publisher of Scott Joplin’s ragtime music lived a few doors down from Harper’s and his son was a pharmacist and had his drug store on Sutton. He took the pseudonym of Sutton for his surname to distinguish himself from his father.

  2. In pictures two and three – that beautiful wood shelving.

    The label on the prescription bottle is from a bygone day when pharmacists filled doctor’s prescription s by actually making the medicine, compounding. Today, they just dump pills from a big bottle into a little bottle. And truth be known, many prescriptions are filled by pharmacy technicians, not by graduate pharmacists.

    And the ad for cigars. That is the only thing I miss from having given up smoking.

    Thanks Doug