Historical Note

Scope and Content

Restrictions on Access

Acquisition Info

Processing Info

Inventory

Subject Terms


Guide to the Thompson's Drugs Photograph Collection



PH Collection No.: 521
Creator: Thompson's Drugs (Bellevue, Wash.) , collector
Title: Thompson's Drugs Photograph Collection
Date Span: ca. 1947
Quantity: 13 photographic prints
1 photographic print (postcard)
1 item (5 leaves)
Location: K900
Languages: Collection materials are in English.
Women at cosmetics counter, Thompson's Drugs, ca. 1947. Special Collections, UW Libraries, UW23691z

Funding for encoding this finding aid was partially provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.



Historical Note

Seattle pharmacist Albert C. Thompson and his son Albert Jr. opened Thompson's Drugs as part of the new Bellevue Square shopping center in 1946. The owner's sales expectations were exceeded by more than a third in the store's first year, which they attributed to the ingenuity of the shopping center's design. The new centralized shopping location accommodated more than thirty different businesses and ample free parking, drawing shoppers from Seattle and other environs as it provided an easy and convenient drive-up shopping experience. Thompson's Drugs was recognized for its modern, appealing architecture. Design efforts were focused on easy display of products. Large plate-glass windows, along with a wide and shallow floor plan and walls and aisles set at oblique angles to the front, made nearly everything in the store easily visible. White ceilings, lightly colored walls, and generous lighting, which came from 26 recessed bulbs, enhanced merchandise visibility. Mirrors behind the soda fountain further extended the customers' view of wares.

Scope and Content

The collection's black-and-white photographs show the modern design of Thompson's Drugs, built in 1946 as part of the new Bellevue Square shopping center in Bellevue, Washington. The images include window displays, cosmetics and prescription counters, the soda fountain, and the magazine section. A five-page typewritten text discussing the building's design accompanies the photos.

Restrictions on Access

Collection is open to the public.

Acquisition Info

Source: Fairlook Antiques, Seattle, November 1996.

Processing Info

Processed by Sarah Nelson, 2004.


Inventory

 
Folder Item Date
11Postcard of Bellevue Shopping Center and parking lot showing Kandy Kane Restaurant and Bell-Vue Theatreca. 1947
 
2Thompson's Drugs with plate-glass windows and jewel-case displays   View imageca. 1947
 
3-5Nighttime view from sidewalk of lit jewel-case displays, including Carnation Ice Creamca. 1947
 
6Close-up view of jewel-case fingernail polish displayca. 1947
 
7View through open front door of Holiday magazine display in entrywayca. 1947
 
8Close-up of display of Holiday magazine featuring state of Washingtonca. 1947
 
9View through plate-glass windows of well-lit drugstore interiorca. 1947
 
10Cosmetics counter in drugstore   View imageca. 1947
 
11Shelves and displays of merchandise in drugstoreca. 1947
 
12Prescriptions counter in drugstore   View imageca. 1947
 
13Patrons seated at soda fountain in drugstore   View imageca. 1947
 
14Party or grand opening in drugstore ca. 1947
 
15Typewritten essay by Edward R. Lucas about Thompson's Drugsca. 1947
Discusses the modern design elements of the popular drugstore.

Subject Terms

Organizations:
Thompson's Drugs (Bellevue, Wash.)
Geographic Names:
Bellevue (Wash.)--Buildings, structures, etc.--Photographs.
Subjects:
Commercial buildings--Washington (State)--Bellevue--Photographs.
Drugstores--Washington (State)--Bellevue--Photographs.
Modern movement (Architecture)--Washington (State)--Bellevue.
Show windows--Washington (State)--Bellevue--Photographs.
Soda fountains--Washington (State)--Bellevue--Photographs.
Last modified: November 15, 2005
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