Then & Now: Vinson’s Pharmacy
“Then and Now” photos are an excellent way to explore the passage of time. In this special post, I have combined one of Lewis Reed’s original photograph’s for “then” and matched it with a corresponding contemporary shot for “now”. Taken approximately 114 years apart, these photos show Vinson’s Pharmacy in Rockville, then and now.
Vinson’s Pharmacy (THEN): Vinson’s Pharmacy was built in the 1880s and was run by Robert William “Doc” Vinson from 1900 until his death in 1958. The store had previously been owned and/or operated by several men, including D.F. Owens and E.T. Fearon. The drugstore was a popular gathering place for city politicians, and that President Woodrow Wilson once personally traveled there to buy Wolfhound tablets.
Most roads in Montgomery County, even those running though towns, were dirt. In the photo below, taken in downtown Rockville, a delivery wagon can be seen at the curb, as well as advertisements for Coca-Cola, which would have been a product only 20 years old at that time, having been invented and trademarked in 1887. Trolley tracks bisect Montgomery Avenue. Previous to Edgar Reed’s enlistment in World War I, he had been employed as a clerk by Vinson’s Drug Store for eight years. In 1919, Edgar became a partner with his brother, Lewis Reed, in the firm Reed Brothers Dodge.
Vinson’s Pharmacy (NOW): The building was torn down in 1962 and replaced with an office building during Rockville’s “urban renewal”.
Hi, really enjoy your blog. Attended elementary school at St. Marys in late 1950’s early 1960’s and walked past Reed Brothers twice a day. I also remember sitting in my dentists (Dr. Kapiloff) chair on the second floor of the MCNBank building right across the street from Vinsons. It was a very cool looking place. The Abby building that replaced it was ok, but lacked the character of Vinsons.About 6 months ago, I went back to Rockville and waked around the new buildings that replaced “Old Rockville”. One of the things that came to mind was a “Now and Then” picture story. Thank you for this. Best Regards
Hello John, Thanks for visiting and taking the time to share your story. Times were definitely much simpler back then. Glad you enjoyed the blog.
My Best Regards,