Monday, August 6, 2012

Monday Murals

In 1925, Lake Placid, Florida only had electricity between the hours of 6pm and midnight.  Lee Crews opened Lake Placid Drug that year, and the next year he married Lillian Dean, a school teacher who was also known as a great cook.  She began serving her home cooking at the soda fountain.  In those days, Doc Crews compounded most of the prescriptions - making suppositories, powders, syrups and elixirs from raw chemicals.  He treated animals as well as humans and often was summoned out of bed  in the middle of the night.

This mural remembers the drug store that was burned some 50 years ago.  It had also served as an agency of two bus lines, the Florida Motor Lines and Greyhound.  It moved to its present location in the 1950s.  The drugstore closed in 2005, after spanning three generations.  It is on the front of the Rezultz Fitness and the Apothecary Smoothie Bar.  The mural is 12' wide by 7'8" high and was completed in 1994.

Linking to Monday Murals.

27 comments:

eileeninmd said...

What a shame to hear the drugstore closed. I love the mural. Great shot.

Sheeps and Peeps Farm said...

Beautiful mural... and wonderful story!

Beth said...

that is funny how they had to put the tanning above the mural. some folks just don't have a clue what real style is. i really like the mural the depth is just awesome. great view. (:

s.c said...

Nice mural. Thanks for showing.

Andy said...

This is a great mural representing a bygone era. The prices in the store look great!

Pix said...

I miss those old drug stores. There is an old one in CH's hometown Fulton that still has a soda fountain and a lunch counter. Interesting story on the mural!

Jan n Jer said...

This is great! Love it! We had a drugstore on the corner of where we lived in the city..spent lots of time hanging around there.

Cheryl @ The Farmer's Daughter said...

We used to have a drugstore with a soda fountain/lunch counter and I miss it! Beautiful mural and great story.

TexWisGirl said...

love the way this is painted - like you could walk right in... :)

Brian King said...

This is one of the coolest murals I've ever seen! Really nice!

Oakland Daily Photo said...

Kudos to whoever commissioned this mural and to the muralist. Nostalgic reminders of our past are a public service. You can see it in your comments. I think the new owners put the table and chairs there so folks wouldn't try to walk through the door. haha. Thanks for contributing to Monday Mural.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

What a great find Linda, so nice to see murals like this one as reminders of good times!

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

That is a really well done mural. Thanks for showing it. Nice story too.

Rita said...

What a lovely mural with such a great story. So glad you shared it with us today.

I did not realize it was a painting until I took a second look.

Jann Olson said...

Hi Linda, it's always sad to see a bit of history close up. I love the mural and girl, I wish I had that yellow table and chairs. So cute! I bought a pair of chilrens ice skates at a Salvation Army store in WI that say Lake Placid. I think they are so cute. Hange them from my vintage sleigh for Christmas.
Hugs,
Jann

hamilton said...

oh dear, I remember when chocolate bars were 6cents!
great mural, and the chairs and table are a nice touch.

VioletSky said...

this is wonderful! right down to the ads on the bottom under the windows.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

...makes me reminisce of the old timey drug stores with soda fountains and the 'table top' juke boxes.

Linda...you two have been on my mind a lot today. Hope everything's okay with you two. Your dear man gets a pacemaker, Wednesday, right? I'll again be thinking of the both of you. I know it's stressful on the soulmate too.

Jenn Jilks said...

I love murals. That reminds me that I have been collecting some. This one, and the story, is terrific. In my county, while it is terribly WASP, there are lots of people whose families have lived here since 1816.
Thanks for a great one!

Red said...

You use the mural to give the history of the business. Awesome!

Kathy said...

I'd like to go back and order a double chocolate shake with a cherry on top!

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Those old drug stores with the soda fountains were so neat. Great mural.

Dyanna said...

I also love the old soda fountains. We had one in Berkeley until a couple of years ago. Charming mural!

La Principessa Errante said...

How very, very sweet. Great mural.

NixBlog said...

Beautiful mural, Linda! Certainly harks back to an older and more peaceful time...

Roslyn said...

Beautiful mural a reminder of older, gentler times[ I really think they WERE the "good old days" compared to now!

Marie said...

I loved this wonderful bit of history, as well as seeing the lovely mural. It's sad that the store burned. Like so many things we treasure from the past, it is now in our memories...but I'm happy that the mural keeps it "alive" so to speak!