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Salvaged '60s Drugstore Mural Brings Back Memories for Many Claremonters

(Excerpt from 'History of Pharmacy' Mural Finds Perfect Home at New School of BioPharmacy posted on KGI School of BioPharmacy. Found here



A fixture at the local hangout, Hendricks Pharmacy, for almost two decades, the restored mural will now serve as inspiration to science, pharmacy students

The 'hot spot' in small town America in the 1950s and '60s-at least for conversation and the latest news about your neighbors-was often the local drug store. In Claremont, California, Hendricks Pharmacy was the place to go. For decades, customers to the well-known local hangout were welcomed by an 8' x 48' mural chronicling the history of pharmacy, medicine and healing.

The mural was painted by local artists Paul Coates and Diane Divelbess during a period from 1960-61. In the 1940s, '50s and '60s, Claremont was home to a thriving artist community, drawn to the area, in part, by the artist and muralist Millard Sheets, a professor at Scripps College from 1932 to 1955.

Ladd Coates, Paul's son, remembers going to Hendricks pharmacy with his father as a boy. "My father couldn't cook anything, except for bologna sandwiches and coffee," said Ladd, who grew up in Nevada but visited his father in Claremont regularly after his parents divorced. "So, we would go to the old Walter's Café on Yale Avenue and he would smoke and drink coffee, and I would have a hamburger. Then, we'd go to Hendricks right next door, which was a real full-service drugstore circa 1960. He'd buy a pen or something and just talk to everyone, ask them how their kid was doing at Claremont High. He was very outgoing and could really dominate a room."

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Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 4/8/13

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