Thursday, January 6, 2011

Muncie, Indiana Star Drug Store Inventories in DMR

We are pleased to announce that the Star Drug Store Inventories are now available in the Digital Media Repository. This digital collection consists of 2 volumes of inventories documenting merchandise and prices at a local drug store in Muncie in 1885. Then inventory includes books that were sold and therefore is used in the What Middletown Read Project.

The Star Drug Store, which was located in downtown Muncie, Indiana, was owned by Geo. H. Andrews. The main room was 24 feet wide and 80 feet deep. With a wareroom in the rear and a 20 foot square room upstairs, all sorts of goods were available to the community. According to an advertisement from the 1881-1882 Muncie, Indiana city directory, the drug store bought large quantities direct from manufacturers and importers and was said to have the lowest prices on the purest goods.