Friday, January 28, 2022

Friday Smiles 457: My favorite room in the Wichita/Sedgwick County Museum


It's Friday and I'm once again joining Friday Smiles which is hosted by Annie (at A Stitch in Time).   Let's visit her and the other wonderful ladies who also share their smiles each Friday. 

From the temporary guitar collection I shared last week, it was time to enter my favorite room, the permanent display of an old time drug store.

Those of you who have seen photos of my home know how much I love old oak wood.  Although not quarter sawn, this room is filled with oak.  It's also filled with memorabilia of a vintage drug store.  I love the crown moldings, the detail molding on the wood, the carvings, and the old phone on the wall, too.  

I had to be careful that I didn't photo bomb myself because there were mirrors

on every wall.  Did you see the old cash register?

Wouldn't you love a good soda, egg cream, or malt from the soda area of the drug store?

This is when the lighting got horrible because of the back lighting from the windows.  Lightening the photo in Photoshop proved dicey because 

I lost some detail and gained other.  Time to get away from these stained glass windows!

I loved how I could get close to this bank of wooden storage units.

Wouldn't you love to have this storage for your craft supplies?

I know I would!

Such detail and so many lovely items to look at.  And all contained in beautiful wood, too.

What impressed me was how much storage you could fit into something like this.  I was also impressed that the entire time I spent in this room, I never saw another human.  I felt very safe (and well masked, too).

Sadly, it was now time to leave the drug store and check out other rooms in the museum.

Now for a few funnies.

Thanks again for visiting and spending a bit of time with Bleubeard and me this Friday. 

Bleubeard wants more catnip, but Squiggles hates it.  To each his own drug!!

This will be my final Friday Smiles until March 4th.  See you in March, ladies.

17 thoughtful remarks:

Iris Flavia said...

This reminds of the Christmas movie "It's a Wonderful Life".
So much love to detail, so nice to see.
And to imagine how they worked back then! Go to a pharmacy these days. They put into the computer what you need and fluuuup the stuff comes on a slide right to them.
No need to know where to find what. We get dumber and dumber with this technology.

Meth... I´ll never get drugs in general. One nice guy who cared about me in grade 2 now looks like an old man indeed.
I did not know who he was even.

I do indeed look at what they have at the pharmacy, LOL...
NyQuil, oh how mean! LOL.
Ewww.... to the urine test.

Oh, you´re going on vacation? (I hope it´s something good).

Elephant's Child said...

What an amazing recreation. I can see exactly why you love it.

Valerie-Jael said...

Hi Elizabeth. That room really is beautiful, love all of the old storage units and furniture - those were the days. Good funnies, too. Hugs, Valerie

mamapez5 said...

I like wood too, though that big bank of storage drawers would be too dark in my room. Te moulded dcorations arelovely. I have not heard of those sodas. Soda bars were not a 'thing' in UK like they were (are?) in America. We hung out in coffee bars and I have always hated coffee!
I will miss you over the next few weeks but I am sure you will be back. Take care, Kate x

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

I love this room. I have always loved historic room replicas. The De Young Museum in San Francisco once had several, and then when they remodeled, the rooms were gone. I was so sorry to see that lack. This drugstore replica is great.

Annie said...

I really love that old drug store...I wonder how many of the drugs are still used today and how many of them actually did any good. Love the funnies.
Annie x

CJ Kennedy said...

Those old stores were designed with style. Not only functional, but elegant too. Yeah, those built in cabinets would be a dream for art supply storage.

My name is Erika. said...

I can see why you like this exhibit so much. I do too. The wood is beautiful and have such nice details. That wall unit would also be beautiful in a home with books or knick-knacks on the shelves. It's a shame how many probably just got chopped up and thrown in the dumpster when old buildings remodeled. Have a great Friday my friend. hugs-Erika

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

I'm with you Elizabeth, we still have lots of wood in my house but darker I'm not into the modern look where everything is grey and characterless but that's just me. Loving the funnies too. Hope you're having a good day. Hugs, Angela xXx

DVArtist said...

This is wonderful. Yes, I would love a soda at this place and in this time. You got some great shots. Really good funnies too. Just to let you know I have the planting of the onion posted. Have a great day today.

Divers and Sundry said...

I enjoy recreations of historic settings, both businesses and rooms in homes. This one looks like it could reopen tomorrow :)

Mae Travels said...

I can see why you are so enamored of this room in the museum. Do they have those big bottles that used to be displayed in pharmacies?

It looks like you will be gone in March. Will you also be cancelling T for Tuesday?

best… mae at

da tabbies o trout towne said...

happee week end two ewe bleu and squigglez....cauz lotz oh trubull !!! :) ♥♥

Rita said...

Love all the wood and all those drawers!

Crazy jokes--LOL!

Have a great weekend. :)

Elizabeth said...

Hi Elizabeth, the store furniture is so classy and I really would like it fitted in my craftroom too. We have never had drugstores like that - no cafe areas in ours. I enjoyed the funnies. Our late cat, Bonnie was totally unmoved by catnip but the new kitten Silver goes crazy for it. Have a good month - you'll be missed - and take care. Elizabeth x

Jeanie said...

I can see why that's a favorite! It would be mine, too. I loved the soda fountain and those vintage ice cream chairs. I loved stores like that in the day and feel lucky that I still remember soda fountains in drug and dime stores!

Lowcarb team member said...

I can see why you like this room ... the wood and the design is wonderful.

All the best Jan