Hook’s Drug Stores were an Indiana institution for almost 100 years, until pharmacy consolidation saw the chain merged into Revco, which was then merged into CVS. They’ve been on such a buyout jag for so long that I think someday every drug store will be a CVS.

One remaining vestige of Hook’s is the Hook’s Drug Store Museum on the Indiana State Fairgrounds. It operates during the Indiana State Fair but also during many other fairgrounds events, such as the annual Mecum Spring Classic car auction. I always stop in at the museum during the Mecum because a small, working soda fountain is inside. I get a pop or some ice cream and sit for a minute. So it’s fitting somehow that the only photo I’ve taken with the museum building in it is actually of a Mecum car, a 1962 Lincoln Continental convertible.

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The museum is full of turn-of-the-20th-century pharmacy items, configured to look like a working pharmacy. I took several photos inside during the State Fair last August with my Pentax ME and my 50mm f/1.4 SMC-Pentax M lens on fast Fujifilm Superia X-tra 800 film. It wasn’t until I assembled the photos for this post that I realized I have no wide shots of the interior. There are just so many interesting details that I tend to focus on them! My shot of the stove in the middle of the museum should give you a sense of the space.

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While I’m at it, I might as well share some photos I took on another day during last year’s fair with my old Kodak EasyShare Z730. One small section of the museum offers nostalgic candies and even limited drug-store items for sale.

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12 responses to “Focusing on the details at the Hook’s Drug Store Museum”

  1. J P Cavanaugh Avatar

    Whatever is the world coming to when a Payday is a nostalgic candy bar?

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Yeah, it doesn’t really belong.

  2. Roadtrip-'62 - Don Milne Avatar

    So cool to see a great-looking 1962 vehicle parked in front of a vintage drug store.
    Thanks – Don

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Just lucky!

  3. Sam Avatar

    Hot car and hot shot!!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      That annual old-car auction is awesome for such things!

  4. Don Massenzio Avatar

    Great photos. Love the vintage products.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      It’s a tour de force of old products in there!

  5. J. M. Brewer Avatar

    The car is as cool as the museum but then I’ve always had a soft spot for those particular Lincoln Continentals. Great photos!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      They changed the luxury-car landscape single-handedly!

  6. Photobooth Journal Avatar

    Great pics!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Thanks! :-)

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