#ThursdayDoors — Hook’s Drugs

For a few years when I was a kid, I lived in a small town. One of the perks of small town living was that I rode my bike, SAFELY, to “town” where I could spend an entire day dawdling and window shopping. If I had more than a few coins, I could go into the drug store and have an ice cream. A soda fountain at the drugstore counter was rare when I was a kid — Now, it’s practically unheard of.

One of the old Hook’s drug stores has been saved, monument-museum-exhibition style, and now resides at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

I did not photograph everything, as everywhere one looks, something else catches the eye.

The variation in old medical tools and medicines is enough to marvel at. Some “Huh?” and “Ohhh” items, plus authentic apothecary items and stuff people haven’t thought about in ages.


But um, also CANDY. Omaword, the nostalgia. I could go on for days. I bought Pop Rocks. The kids made fun of me all giddy and messy and snarfing, BUT I HAD A GOOD TIME.




Anyway, I got the doors from ye old Hook’s. Enjoy!


#ThursdayDoors is part of an inspired post series run by Norm Frampton. To see other doors of interest, or to share your own, click the link and find the frog.

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49 Responses to #ThursdayDoors — Hook’s Drugs

  1. Ally Bean says:

    These are great photos. I love the last photo with the bottles and the amazingly well-preserved wooden doors. What a glimpse back in time.

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  2. What a wonderful trip into nostalgia, Joey! I can imagine what fun it must have been to discover this gem.


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  3. Benson says:

    Wow that brings back memories. When I was a kid whenever we went to the fair we had to visit Hooks. It has been years since I have been there. Also when I was young Independent drug stores with a lunch counter and soda fountain were common. Now we have sterile CVS and Walgreen. They may serve a similar purpose but they sure don’t have the same heart.

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  4. I absolutely adore old shops like that! It’s easy to spend hours gawking at the village of yesteryear. I grew up with The Penny Shoppe downtown. For a dollar you got 100 pieces of candy… and let me tell you some serious contemplation went into each weeks choice!

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  5. loisajay says:

    We used to ride our bikes everywhere….shame kids don’t do that anymore. Truly good times.

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  6. That is an amazing place. We used to have something similar in the form of a dry goods store, but the elderly owners retired a few years ago. I feel fortunate to have grown up in a small town with all the bicycling and freedoms.

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  7. I love visiting those steps back in time. That would was preserved well.

    I remember as a young teenager walking a mile or so to the Twin Fair discount store. Other days I would wander around town or walk down the railroad tracks. I never felt unsafe. Once my daughters reached that age, I was afraid to let them go anywhere alone. Not that I was particularly protective, but things have changed so much since I was a child. Even adults aren’t safe these days.

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    • joey says:

      We were so lucky! They say it’s safer now and we just hear about it more, but it never FEEEEEELS like that to me. I felt same as you, but also astonished at what I did years before they did.

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  8. ghostmmnc says:

    How wonderful to see these! I love all the old antique things, like the bottles and boxes of potions, and the toilette canisters are great! Really nice wood and glass display cases, too.
    We used to have an old fashioned soda fountain/drugstore/beauty shop we’d go to at the end of our street when I was a kid, and then when I was dating my mister. πŸ™‚

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  9. John Holton says:

    So, did you get any Scovill’s Blood & Liver Syrup?

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  10. scr4pl80 says:

    Love those doors and how cool are those tins!

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  11. Norm 2.0 says:

    Some awesome snapshots peaking back into the past. They have some very well cared-for display cases, counters, and other wooden stuffs. Me likey πŸ™‚
    And Pop-Rockstoo! Omagawd ya just gotta have those for old time sakes.

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    • joey says:

      Those Pop Rocks were marvelous and I have another pouch for a day that needs some pizzazz πŸ˜›
      Thanks, Norm. I knew you’d be in the wood lovers group — they’ve done a brilliant job preserving these treasures πŸ™‚

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  12. Bill says:

    Oh yes. Jump on the bike and not even know where I was going. “Downtown” was so non-specific and there were so many side trips on the way. Our neighborhood drug store had no soda fountain, but the one downtown did. Great pics.

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  13. Hard to avoid my own trip to nostalgia when I see your gorgeous photos, read what you write about candies and see your doors opening to great memories, Joey. Things were never perfect and won’t ever be. But I’m saddened to realize that few kids enjoy the physical freedom I enjoyed at the same age. And it was nothing in comparison to my classmates, since my parents were more concerned about my whereabouts than theirs. And the candies were … Don’t get me started.

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  14. JT Twissel says:

    When I was a kid my uncle worked at a drug store much like this one. He was the soda jerk! Very happy they saved the store.

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  15. When I visited my grandparents in the summer, my grandpa would ask if I wanted to go ‘uptown’ with him. That meant we were driving ten miles to the larger town to get some type of supplies. It also meant we would go to the local drug store and sit at their counter and have a root beer float. I went every time. Also, I grew up living next door to a candy store. Oh, the candy stories we could share. πŸ™‚

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  16. Dan Antion says:

    Oh, I could spend hours in there. I love the old wooden cabinets. Candy would be my weakness (I’m too old to have experienced pop rocks). We still had soda fountains in drug stores when I was a kid. We also had lunch counters in stores like Grants. The stuff in the cabinets must be fascinating to study.

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  17. marianallen says:

    Beautiful! Gurrl, you have GOT to come to Corydon! I’ll take you to Butt Drugs and buy you a cherry phosphate. Take you to Emory’s Ice Cream and buy you some penny candy. Take you to White House Candy and buy you some chorklit. Take you down to Jeffersonville to Schimpf’s and buy you some hand-made cinnamon drops. Cmon DOWN!

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  18. I LOVE those old Perfumed Talc tins!!! Oh those old bottles! I WANT!! I have a thing for tins, and bottles. I blame my Mother. I have a couple of Rubber tubs full of bottles, tins, and dolls I am no longer keeping on display in the house, but I hope to put as much up as I can in the new house.

    I loved this post and all the goodies there. That scale was lovely, so was the cash register.

    When I was a girl I could leave the house after breakfast, and my room was clean, and not have to be home til dinner. I don’t think too many kids have that much freedom today, sadly.

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  19. Ohh, lovely, I love this kind of nostalgia blasts. Do you remember my post from a similar museum shop in Slovenia? (Here it is, just in case: https://manjameximovie.wordpress.com/2017/08/30/wpc-a-little-shop-on-the-corner/) That sign “No springs, honest weight” had me wondering about all the others. πŸ˜€

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  20. Amy says:

    Love the doors. I love a place filled with nostalgia and that one definitely fits the bill. There’s an old country store in Georgia filled with old time candy that we love to visit when we are out that way.

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  21. Anxious Mom says:

    Pop Rocks, yes!!! I found these at a nostalgic candy shop after our last vacation, and omg.

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