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1897 F. M. Douglass Drug Store
New Bedford

Photo from 1897
This was located on 212 Union at the south-east corner of 5th Street (now called Pleasant St.) and Union Streets.

The view inside The Frank M. Douglas Douglas Drug Store shows the style of the day for that sort of shop.
Note the original gas lighting fixtures that sometimes were converted to electricity.

New Bedford had an electric plant and electricity in 1886.

There is a sign that says "Spring Water" in the upper right of the picture.
The bow ties and white coats have the professional image of the day. The longer that you look at the enlarged pictures the more you can find for detail.

Frank M. Douglass, the owner was born in 1854 and went to public schools until he was 14.
Then he began to learn the apothecary business with Elisha Thornton Jr.

After his apprenticeship, he went to Boston to work in the drugstore of H.A. Choate.
Returning to New Bedford, he worked for William P.S. Caldwell and then Frank R. Hadley until 1882 at which time he bought the store from H. W. Parker.

The location as a drug store had been in business for a long time.

The facade at least would have been demolished during the 1913 widening of Union Street.
Also see the chronological date for 1913 and the specific info about the widening.

Click the pic for an enlarged view for more details.
1897 F.M Douglass Drugstore -
Below is an ad from the 1897 New Bedford Directory
1897 Ad for F.M.Douglass Drug Store -