Monday, November 13, 2006

T.Roy Barnes drugry Before and After

Lost Tulsa reader Chris King forwarded this classic 1960s postcard photo showing a newly-built modern pharmacy located at 46th St. North and Cincinnati. His Dad remembers the area during this time as peaceful as Mayberry. Things changed in the early '70s, when the store was robbed almost weekly, leading to it's eventual demise. When I saw this photo, I had to head North to see if the structure still existed. Surprisingly, the building is still in very good condition. I was happy to see the sandstone still unpainted. The signage wasn't so lucky, as all the neon has been removed and it's been covered in yellow paint. I hate to see these mid-century style neon signs ruined. At least the sandstone sign pedestal is still intact, thanks to the welded tubular steel guards that have apparently been there since the beginning. The interior of the building is still in decent shape, sans counters and black/white tile floors.