Day Drug Co. was a ‘Store of Efficient Service’
Today’s Flashback features a circa 1915 flyer that advertises the Day Drug Company, which stood opposite of the Gulf & Ship Island Railroad building on 13th Street in Gulfport. The July 25,
1912, Daily Herald newspaper announced the grand opening of the drug store, at which “all sorts of dainty drinks and toothsome bonbons” were served.
The flyer tells that Day is a “Store of Efficient Service” It carried “Drugs, Sundries, Toilet Articles, Stationery, Cameras & Supplies, Tobacco, Cigars, Etc.,” and it invited the patronage of the G.C.M.A. (Gulf Coast Military Academy).
Owned and operated by S.K. Day, the drugstore had a soda fountain that served tasty ice cream concoctions. Immediately after its opening, Day became a gathering place and various organizations held their meetings there. During the 1913 World Champion Base Ball series, Day received by wire a detailed play by play of the games.
In 1955 two of S.K.
Day’s pharmacists, Jim Day and Billy Triplett, withdrew from the Day Company and purchased Glen’s Drugstore on the corner of 14th Street and 25th Avenue. There they opened the Triplett-Day Drug Co.
The Day drugstore continued to operate until the retirement of S.K. Day in the mid-1950s. The pictured flyer also advertises the Olympia Cafe on 14th Street, to which S.K. Day may have had a connection. The “Boys” referred to on the flyer were likely to have been the boys of
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The Day drugstore offered more than a regular pharmacy. It operated until the mid-1950s.