Interior Time Machine

This ad for Coleman's Drug Store in downtown Stanford ran in The Interior Journal on July 17, 1953. (July 16, 2013)

There aren’t too many businesses still left in Stanford today that were in business 60 years ago, but Coleman’s Drug Store is one of them.

This ad, featuring something you almost never see today — prices in just cents, ran in The Interior Journal on July 17, 1953.

But Coleman’s history goes back much further than the 50s. According to history available from the drugstore, the store became Coleman’s in 1913, when it was purchased by E.R. Coleman from A.R. Penny, who had run the store as Penny’s Drug Store.

That means the store is in its 100th year of operation under the same family, since it has been passed down through the generations.

According to the store’s history, not much is known about its operation before it became Coleman’s, but records show it’s been running as a business in the same spot for at least 132 years.

Here’s an excerpt from the history, available on

“Not much is known about when a drug store was started at this site, but prescriptions pasted in large books were found in the attic of the old building which date back to 1881.

“Prescriptions, prior to 1881, had been strung on wires across the attic ceiling. Mr. Coleman decided to clean out some of the clutter and dumped several loads of antique bottles along with the older prescriptions many years ago somewhere in Lincoln County.

“The store sold many items in bulk in the earlier years. To name a few, there was lime, blue stone, seeds of all kinds, glue, horehound candy, school supplies, paint and much more.

“They also sold schoolbooks, which were used in Stanford and Lincoln County schools. Cosmetics, perfumes, fancy perfume bottles were popular items.

“Some of the most popular gifts at Christmas for the ladies were beautiful dresser sets. Dolls, toys and games were also sold.”

There must be something good about that corner of Main and Lancaster that it’s been so successful for so long.

Hopefully, Coleman’s keeps the history going for another 130 years.


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