Hook's Drug Store Museum

Hook's Drug Store Museum May Open August 2020. Hours/Dates to be Updated Open for tours by appointment. Tour of museum and ice cream soda are included in your visit. The tour of Hook's Drug Store Museum includes many of the memorabilia from the old Hook's Drug Stores, a convenience store, and soda bar.
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Hours during the Indiana State Fair are: MTWTHSun. 9am-9pm Fri-Sat 9am-10pm

Operating as usual

Hook's Drug Store display window in the 1940s advertising playing cards, tobacco products, Aspirin, toothpicks, vegetabl...
10/07/2020

Hook's Drug Store display window in the 1940s advertising playing cards, tobacco products, Aspirin, toothpicks, vegetable soup, soap, dental cream, lead pencils, pocket combs, and hair nets.

Phew! What a selection. However, nothing in the display appears to be priced higher than 69 cents.

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These bottles contain examples of a class of old medicinals called "Bitters". Historically, "Bitters" was simply an alco...
10/02/2020

These bottles contain examples of a class of old medicinals called "Bitters". Historically, "Bitters" was simply an alcoholic preparation, flavored with botanicals, such that it tasted sour, or bittersweet. From that simple basic formula, makers of patent and other types of "medicines" created a nearly endless variety of products with an even larger list of promised benefits.

Many people reportedly treated bitters as an alternative alçoholic beverage, they were in fact sold in similar sized containers to spirit liquors. It was more socially acceptable in some circles to "Take your Bitters" rather than drink ordinary spirits.

The aqua blue hand-painted bottle in the center is one of the oldest bottles in the Hook's collection, and originally read "Clifford's Indian Vegetable Bitters". Thought to date to about 1850, this hand-blown and laboriously hand-painted and decorated bottle must have been very expensive in its day.

Everything pictured is a part of the Hook's Drug Store Museum collection.

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John A. Hook opened his second Hook's Drug Store at the corner of Washington and New Jersey St., in Indianapolis, Indian...
09/17/2020

John A. Hook opened his second Hook's Drug Store at the corner of Washington and New Jersey St., in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1905. The store was originally managed by Mr. Ed Roesch, who would go on to serve as Hook's President after John died in 1943 until his own death in a traffic accident in 1956. The store closed on March 31, 1956.

The chain itself would eventually expand to include over 150 locations by 1972, but was eventually bought out by Kroger Grocery Company in 1985 to pair with their SuperX Drugstore chain, but Hook's was allowed to keep their name on it's stores.

In 1994, Kroger sold all of their drugstore assets to Revco Drug Company and the Hook's name was officially retired. Revco itself did not last long as a separate entity as they were acquired by CVS/pharmacy barely a year after they bought Hook's. Today, many of the original Hook's locations still remain operating as a CVS/pharmacy.

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A variety of colorful labels and images helped to promote historic products from the Hook's Collection associated with h...
09/03/2020

A variety of colorful labels and images helped to promote historic products from the Hook's Collection associated with hair care. These examples show that people in the past had the same concerns about hair as we do today. Some products are concerned with purely cosmetic issues like hair color and creating interesting "hair-do's", while others addressed complaints like dandruff, itching scalp and hair loss.

"Youth Craft for Hair and Scalp" primarily claims relief fr dandruff And itching, bit the name (Youth Craft) implies additional benefits, including "stops hair loss", as well as the wording "in many cases, has restored gray hair to it's natural color".

Partisan Sage, the last bottle on the right offers no specific benefit except a general claim it is a "Hair Tonic" and " Scalp Treatment", leading the consumer to simply imagine the many potential benefits, based on the image of a healthy young girl with long flowing locks, and the name, "Parisian", that hints at exotic and expensive European origins.

Everything pictured is a part of the Hook's Drug Store Museum collection.

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Stacked Volume Measures. Part of the Hook's Drug Store Museum collection, accession #: 2018.0.357Cast iron pot with lid ...
08/30/2020

Stacked Volume Measures.
Part of the Hook's Drug Store Museum collection, accession #: 2018.0.357

Cast iron pot with lid and lock. Missing the smaller set of nested measures. 19th century for sure, but could be a lot older. An exact photo example found in a German book on the history of pharmacy listed the date as 17th century, which if true would make this the oldest object in our collection by far, but no further information has been found.

If anyone does know anything more about this object, please leave us a comment.

Numbers cast into cast iron. "1880, 1870, 786, 85, 1871, 1872, 1873,1877, 782, 1876," in no particular order.
On bottom, "1841, 1850, 1842, 1859, 77."
Numbers might possibly be inspection dates or serial numbers from an inspection.

The quarter is for size reference only.

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Apothecary bottles are intended to hold bulk materials for the pharmacist to use, either s an ingredient for a multi-ing...
08/27/2020

Apothecary bottles are intended to hold bulk materials for the pharmacist to use, either s an ingredient for a multi-ingredient prescription or dispensed as a smaller portion for a customer. In general, bottles with narrow necks are intended to hold and pour liquid contents, whole wide neck bottles are intended to hold dry powders, and other "non-liquid" materials. The clear glass bottles have colorful and permanent hand-painted labels, that are protected by a thin layer of glass, leading these types of bottles to generally be called "label-under-glass" bottles. As per tradition, contents are described in Latin, and abbreviated.

In contrast, the blue bottle has been marked with a paper label, and written in English, indicating this bottle was intended to be sold directly to the consumer. The "Spruce" in this bottle refers to a cologne made from Blue Spruce, a fragrance still available today.

Everything pictured is a part of the Hook's Drug Store Museum collection.

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500 Festival Princesses Beauty Seminar sponsored by Hook's Drug Store circa 1963. Does anyone know who might be pictured...
08/25/2020

500 Festival Princesses Beauty Seminar sponsored by Hook's Drug Store circa 1963.

Does anyone know who might be pictured in this photo?

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An old-fashioned topical ointment cure for just about every skin condition you can think of is advertised in this produc...
08/20/2020

An old-fashioned topical ointment cure for just about every skin condition you can think of is advertised in this product, "The Green Mountain Vegetable Ointment."

Mention of the product can be found as far back as 1896, though it is likely older than even that.

Many of the terms may sound unfamiliar today, the following is a list for clarification:
"Quinsy" - inflammation of the throat
"Croup" - laryngotracheitis, a type of respiratory infection causes by a virus.
"Felon" - infection of soft tissue of the fingertip.
"Piles" - hemorrhoids.
"Bilious Colic" - gallbladder or gallstone attack.
"Scrofolus" - relating to scrofula (tuberculosis (or TB like bacteria))
"Milk Leg Sores" - inflammation of the femoral vein, related to deep vein thrombosis disease.

Could the product actually cure this many different conditions? Likely not. Though it may have provided some pain relief for the patient.

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1930s can of Eli Lilly and Co., manufactured Mineral Oil. This product is labeled for use as a medicinal lubricant and l...
08/16/2020

1930s can of Eli Lilly and Co., manufactured Mineral Oil.

This product is labeled for use as a medicinal lubricant and laxative. However mineral oil as a general product, may be used in any number of applications from cosmetics to mechanical and industrial.

Part of the Hook's Drug Store Museum collection, accession #: 2018.0.356 a-b

Quarter is for size reference only.

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Customers looking for relief from aches and pains a hundred years ago helped make liniments a common medicine at local d...
08/12/2020

Customers looking for relief from aches and pains a hundred years ago helped make liniments a common medicine at local drugstores. It was a crowded market for these types of preparations, with literally hundreds of companies trying to sell products. Each company tried to broaden their appeal to increase sales. A common practice was to advertise the medicine could be used on animals as well as humans. The term printed on the boxes was commonly, "For Man or Beast".

Although the practice seems foreign and strange today, there was a popular wisdom that horses and other work animals benefitted from the same liniments that helped humans, and vice-versa. The Hart's Medicine Company took a further measure to try and make their product (Red Hots) more saleable. In addition to aches and pains, they further claimed benefit for a broad array of unrelated ailments, including stomach and bowel complaints, colic, cholera indigestion, dyspepsia, joint and neck fractures, sore throat, croup, and on and on...

Everything pictured is a part of the Hook's Drug Store Museum collection.

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Advertising of the past is little different from today. This example advertising "Kohler's One Night Corn Cure" was prod...
08/12/2020

Advertising of the past is little different from today.

This example advertising "Kohler's One Night Corn Cure" was produced by Kholer's Manufacturing Company out of Baltimore, MD, circa 1889, advertised a "One Night Cure" for toe corns.

The company was actually involved in a multi-year copyright lawsuit when they tried to trade-mark the phrase, "One Night Cure", however the court ruled that the phrase was too open-ended and "it seems that an injunction should not be granted to - protect the use of words, as the trade-mark of a medicinal preparation, which assert a manifest falsehood or physiological impossibility," and the case was dismissed.

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Hook's is very sad that we weren't able to open our doors today for the 2020 Indiana State Fair and offer our newest men...
08/07/2020

Hook's is very sad that we weren't able to open our doors today for the 2020 Indiana State Fair and offer our newest menu item, The Iced Coffee Float, to our customers.

For everyone who came out to the State Fair and visited Hook's, we want to thank you for your visit and support. Hook's can't wait to see you again soon.

Please share with us your happy memories of visiting Hook's Drug Store Museum and any photos you have of your visit.

Stay safe everyone.

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In addition to Eli Lilly & Company, there were many pharmaceutical manufacturing companies that got their start in India...
08/01/2020

In addition to Eli Lilly & Company, there were many pharmaceutical manufacturing companies that got their start in Indiana.

All of the items in this case were either produced, or sold specifically in Indiana.

Companies were spread across the state from the Pitman-Myers Company in Indianapolis, to the Fort Wayne Drug Company in Fort Wayne, to E.H. Bindley & Company in Terre Haute. Dr. Miles Medical Company in Elkhart became Ames Company, Inc., which was the maker of Alka-Seltzer.

Other companies included Kiefer-Stewart Company of Indianapolis and Mead Johnson Company of Evansville, Indiana.

Everything pictured is a part of the Hook's Drug Store Museum collection.

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Some of the more interesting historic medicines in the Hook's collection are those targeted to the specific "ailments" o...
07/30/2020

Some of the more interesting historic medicines in the Hook's collection are those targeted to the specific "ailments" of women. Popular belief held that women had certain inherent weaknesses and"infirmities" specific to their gender that responded to medication. These products claimed to address a broad variety of problems, many associated in one way or another to women's reproductive capabilities. The probability of any product helping such a broad range of illnesses encompassing infections, hormonal imbalances, pain, and surgical problems is clearly seen today as impossible.In a time when many women suffered illnesses that had no well-understood treatment, or cause, people wanted to believe that these so-called "medicines" could bring relief.

The most outrageous of these examples is Dr. Geo Lenniger's "For-mal-de-hyde". It is unknown if this product actually contained formaldehyde, or simply tried to capitalize on a common chemical name that consumers might recognize.

Formaldehyde the chemical is probably best known for its last use as an embalming fluid. Today it's still in widespread use in manufacturing, but recognized as highly toxiç for human exposure, even in very small quantities. We certainly hope this product falsely advertised it's association with this highly dangerous compound.

Everything pictured is a part of the Hook's Drug Store Museum collection.

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Making Pills the old-fashioned way.The druggest or pharmacist of the 19th century would make many of the preparations ne...
07/28/2020

Making Pills the old-fashioned way.

The druggest or pharmacist of the 19th century would make many of the preparations needed by his patients themselves.

Pills have been made to administer medications for centuries. The pharmacist would mix the medicine into a paste that had a consistency similar to Play-Doh (incendentally, what we use to demonstrate the process). They would then roll the paste into a pipe, cylinder or snake-like roll. The process then involved measuring, cutting, rolling, and finishing the pills before they were dispensed, or sold, to the patient.

Pictured here is a Pill Tile and Pill Cutter in the Hook's Drug Store Museum collection.

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Syrup Bal-sa-me-a"A tonic expectorant for bronchial coughs and colds, spasmodic croup and bronchitis." Product of the Ba...
07/26/2020

Syrup Bal-sa-me-a

"A tonic expectorant for bronchial coughs and colds, spasmodic croup and bronchitis."

Product of the Balsamea Co., San Francisco CA, circa 1915.

When the term "tonic expectorant" is used, the manufacturer means that the product was a remedy for the discharge of phlegm or other fluid from the respiratory tract.

Whether this product actually worked as advertised is unknown.

Part of the Hook's Drug Store Museum collection, accession #: 71.988.1.89AB, a-d

The quarter is present for size reference.

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Norman Reeves (left) became chairman of Hook's Drug Store's in May 1978 after serving as president for five years. He jo...
07/23/2020

Norman Reeves (left) became chairman of Hook's Drug Store's in May 1978 after serving as president for five years. He joined Hook's in 1945 as a store pharmacist and worked as manager of several downtown Indianapolis stores until 1955, when he was appointed general stores manager for the Hook's Drug Store chain, the 13th largest in the nation with 270 retail units at that time. Norman Reeves passed away in Feb. 1981 at the age of 68.

August F. "Bud" Hook (right), son of John A. Hook, Hook's Drug Store founder, was president of Hook's Drug Store's from 1946-1972. During Bud's term as corporate president, the chain added 150 new stores.

Bud was also responsible for the start of Hook's Drug Store Museum, still located on the Indiana State Fairgrounds today. The museum opened in 1966 to celebrate Indiana's sesquicentennial (150th Anniversary). More information about the first years of Hook's Museum can be found on our website at hooksdrugstoremuseum.org

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On display Only!, next to our functioning Old-Fashioned Soda Fountain inside Hook's Drug Store Museum is a list of 1950s...
07/22/2020

On display Only!, next to our functioning Old-Fashioned Soda Fountain inside Hook's Drug Store Museum is a list of 1950s era soda fountain prices.

Unfortunately current soda fountain treats are more expensive in ingredient costs alone than the sale costs of yesteryear. But we still hand-mix each treat in the same time-honored manner.

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Hi there, Is there a list somewhere where all the old Hook's Drug Store's were located. I'm looking to see if the soda fountain I remember in Carmel Indiana in 1967 was one ?