Gayheart Drug Store / Bruce's Drug Store


Company Names, addresses, dates:
  Macoy's Drug Store, 101 E Davis Street, Culpeper VA
  Bruce's Drug Store, 101 E Davis Street, Culpeper VA
  Gayheart Drug Store, 101 E Davis Street, Culpeper VA 1

Notes:
The drugstore at 101 E Davis Street in downtown Culpeper was originally known as Macoy's Drug store2. Later it became Bruce's Drug Store3. Sometime in the 1940s it became Gayheart's drug store.
Apparently Gayheart's was part of the Rexall chain of drug stores .
One of the bottles below, from Bruce's drug store, says "The Penslar Store" on the label. It seems that Penslar was a firm of manufacturing chemists based in Detroit Michigan4. I'm not sure if that marking simply means that Bruce's sold Penslar products, or if it meant that Bruces was somehow owned or affiliated with the Penslar company. I've seen other drugstores that used the phrase "The Penslar Store".


Bruce's Drugstore Bottles:

bruce_02 This is a clear 6.2" machine-made screw-top bottle with a label from 1931:
label: BRUCE'S DRUG STORE / CORNER MAIN AND DAVIS STS. / The Penslar Store / CULPEPPER VIRGINIA / No 141503 Dr Stringfall / ... / 10-24-31
CULPEPER, VIRGINIA


Gayheart Drugstore Bottles:
gayheart_01 This is a clear 4.3" machine-made screw-top bottle with label:
label: GAYHEART DRUG STORE / the Rexall Store / MARSHALL GAYHEART, PROP. / CULPEPER, VIRGINIA
gayheart_05 This is a clear 4.3" machine-made screw-top bottle with label:
label: AROM. SPT. OF AMMONIA / ALCOHOL 62 to 68 PER CENT / ... / GAYHEART DRUG STORE / the Rexall Store / MARSHALL GAYHEART, PROP. / CULPEPER, VIRGINIA
gayheart_06 This is a clear 4.2" machine-made screw-top bottle with label:
label: THE Rexall STORE / GAYHEART / DRUG STORE / PHONE VA.5-8319 CULPEPER, VIRGINIA / SPT OF CAMPHOR


Other Items:
This is an ice cream carton from Gayheart's Drug Store. gayheart_02
This is a postcard of downtown Culpeper. The building on the corner (to the right) was at one time Gayheart's drug store1. gayheart_03
This is a photo taken March 2009 of the building that housed the Gayheart Drug Store. It currently houses the Frost Cafe. gayheart_04
This is a postcard depicting Bruce's Drug store. It's the same building as Gayheart's shown above, but taken from a different angle.
bruce_01
This photo was taken Apr 2017 of the building that housed Bruce's Drug Store.
bruce_03


1 "In & Around Culpeper - Walking & Driving Tours of a Virginia Piedmont Town", produced by the Museum of Culpeper History
2 "Postcards of America Downtown Culpeper" by Diane Logan, on the back of the postcard depicting the interior of Gayhearts in the 1940s
3 "Along Virginia's Route 15" by Josie Ballato, page 87 postcard depicting Bruce's in the 1920s
4 Daily Telegram (Adrian Michigan), July 18, 1913 Page 2




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This page last updated on June 23, 2017.