3rd Stop: Third floor lobby

The third stop on the Pharmacy Museum tour features two large display cases in the style of territorial pharmacies, holding over-the-counter items from early Arizona drug stores. Many of these medicines have colorful lithographic pictures and amusing labels touting the “benefits” of the products inside. Early pharmacies were even a source for certain veterinary products, a few of which are on display. Smaller, free-standing show globes are displayed, along with a full-size mirrored soda fountain back-bar. This setup is typical of the fountains of the 1920s and 1930s, with leaded glass and ice cream dishes. Pharmacy students today use this location as a gathering point for meetings.

Nearby display cases hold the Robert Henry King collection, which includes some of the most modern pharmaceutical memorabilia in the museum’s collection, dating from the 1950s and 1960s. King, a sales representative for E.R. Squibb and Sons Inc., collected these items over three decades. As a Squibb salesman in the Cajun parishes of south Louisiana, he accumulated unusual promotional items, company paraphernalia, giveaway products and tools of the trade that were common to pharmacy ”detail men” of the time. Pens, pencils, key chains, rulers, note pads, coffee mugs and calendars are just some of the ways King and pharmacy salesmen of his day worked to keep product names on the minds of physicians and pharmacists.


Originally posted: August 21, 2013
Last updated: December 15, 2014
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