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Anacostia Pharmacy, 1945

Object Details

Artist
Robert Allen
Date
1967
Medium
oil on canvas board
Dimensions
Frame: 20 1/16 × 24 × 2 5/16 in. (51 × 60.9 × 5.8 cm)
Caption
This work depicts the Anacostia Pharmacy, which served the health and wellness needs of neighborhood residents from 1941–1983. The painting, created in 1967, captures the pharmacy’s heyday as a gathering place and a focal point of community-building efforts. The viewer is situated across the street from the pharmacy on Nichols (now Martin Luther King) Avenue, looking into the windows festively decorated with Christmas trees. Advertisements for “Coca-Cola” and “soda” appear next to signs reading “Drug” and “Prescriptions,” evidence the business’ various social and medical functions. Owner and pharmacist Charles E. “Doc” Qualls created a space where young and old alike could gather and share neighborhood news.
Accession Number
1990.0033.0112
Type
painting
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Anacostia Community Museum Collection
Data Source
Anacostia Community Museum
Restrictions & Rights
Usage conditions apply
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/dl8818c1bee-9683-4480-9dae-7d04a0405e80
Record ID
acm_1990.0033.0112
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