Collection on Weed's Pharmacy, 1902-1968 PDF
- Collection on Weed's Pharmacy
- 1902-1968 (inclusive)19021968
- 4 boxes plus oversize folder, (1.68 cubic feet)
- Collection Number
- 1971.5098 (accession)
- Materials related to Weed’s Pharmacy in Seattle, including photographs, business documents, advertisements and newsletters
- Museum of History & Industry, Sophie Frye Bass Library
Sophie Frye Bass Library
Museum of History & Industry
P.O. Box 80816
- Access Restrictions
The collection is open to the public by appointment.
Biographical NoteReturn to Top
Melvin Albert (Bert) Weed was born on April 3, 1882 in Jackson, Iowa to Charles Albert and Gertrude Tyler Weed. The Weed family relocated to Seattle around 1890. After finishing high school in 1898, Melvin Weed worked as a clerk at the Bartell Drug Company before enrolling in the University of Washington’s School of Pharmacy. Weed completed the two-year program and graduated with a Ph.G. (Graduate in Pharmacy) degree in 1902. After graduation, Weed partnered with businessman Albert G. Keene, and worked as a pharmacist at Lake Washington Pharmacy, located at 2711 Jackson Street. According to city directories, the store was renamed Keene & Weed in 1904. In 1905, the pharmacy moved to its permanent location at 2601 Jackson Street. The store name reverted to Lake Washington Pharmacy in 1907, and around this time, A.G. Keene sold his interests in the pharmacy to Weed, who was now Keene's son-in-law (Weed married Keene's daughter Mamie Luella Keene in 1906). The store became Weed’s Pharmacy in 1910, and operated in the same location until Melvin Weed’s retirement in 1958.
Melvin Weed was also involved in the pharmaceutical community. He was a member of the Washington State Pharmaceutical Association, and was one of the founders of the West Coast Wholesale Drug Company.
Melvin Weed died in January 1962.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
The collection contains various materials pertaining to Weed’s Pharmacies. Advertisements promote not only the store but the wide array of drugs available. Materials from the pharmacy include prescriptions, photo processing envelopes, stationary, and copies of Weed’s Pharmacy News, a monthly newsletter. Photographs include store interiors, snapshots taken on the 50th anniversary of Weed's Pharmacy, and a UW School of Pharmacy Class of 1902 photograph showing Melvin Weed as a student. Other materials include correspondence, a scrapbook of promotional materials, and notes related to pharmaceutical materials.
Use of the CollectionReturn to Top
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Collection on Weed's Pharmacy, Museum of History & Industry, Seattle
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.
Promotional materialsReturn to Top
.1: Miscellaneous advertisements for drugs available at Weed's Pharmacy
Includes ads for Medicinal olive oil, Euthymol, Colchi-sal, Hydrozone
.2: Cards advertising Weed’s Tolu-Turpin Compound
.3: Cards advertising Wampole’s Creo-Terpin for Coughs and Colds, and Wampole's Preparation
.4: Miscellaneous advertisements for drugs
Removed from M.A. Weed's University of Washington Toxicology notebook
.24: Promotional binder
2.5 x 5 inches
Cover for small notepad, printed "compliments of M.A. Weed, Ph. G., Lake Washington Pharmacy" and printed with ads for Weed products.
.25: Promotional mailing
Single page letter on Weed's Pharmacy letterhead.
.32: Original cartoon drawing promoting Weed's Tolu Turpin Compound
Business documentsReturn to Top
5 folders of prescriptions arranged by number stamped on prescription: 21736 through 217948 plus miscellaneous
.32: Address book
.33: Address book
.34: Drug location register
Notebook with alphabetical divisions used to list pharmaceutical drugs and the drawer location of each.
NewslettersReturn to Top
.28: Weed’s Pharmacy News
.29: Weed’s Pharmacy News
.30: Weed’s Pharmacy News
Monthly, missing April and June.
.31: Weed’s Pharmacy News
January, February, April, May, June
PhotographsReturn to Top
.9: Children at Weed pharmacy 50th anniversary celebration, Seattle, July 3, 1952
Bert Weed inside Weed's pharmacy, Seattle, July 3, 1952
16 3.5 x 5 inch photographs in Silverton “Fold-A-Pak” album
Photographs of Weed's Pharmacy 50th anniversary, showing Melvin A. Weed, Mamie Luella Weed and customers in Weed’s Pharmacy.
.10: M.A. Weed at Weed's Pharmacy on store’s 50th anniversary
5 3.5 x 5 inch photographs
.11: Bartell Drug Store interior
Handwritten on verso: Bartell Drug Store // Jackson St. betw. 27th-28th south side 1900 // Melvin Albert Weed First worked there - then purchased store as Lake Washington Phcy
.12: Man wearing hat
Photograph set in oval frame made of two sheets of Weed's Pharmacy letterhead.
Written on paper: Uncle Bert
.13: Lake Washington Pharmacy interior
.14: Soda Fountain in Weed’s Pharmacy
.15: M.A. Weed working at counter with Tolu-Turpin display.
.16-.17: UW School of Pharmacy Class of 1902
Weed in front row on right
EphemeraReturn to Top
.5: Business card for Lake Washington Pharmacy
Card printed with names of A.G. Keene and M.A. Weed Ph. G. Address listed as 2711 Jackson Street.
.6: Newspaper clippings
Multiple obituaries for Weed, articles on store’s 50th anniversary
Thank you letter to M.A. Weed from Garfield High School for giving a talk on pharmacy (1936); personal letter to Bert and Mamie Weed on G.O. Guy Drugs letterhead (1956); letter announcing the death of William W. Warren, from Board of Directors of West Coast Wholesale Drug Co., including M.A. Weed (1941); letter to Luell Weed Guthrie accompanying photos of 50th anniversary of Weed's Pharmacy.
.8: Weed's Photo processing envelopes
.26: Blank letterhead
Blank stationery, envelopes, receipts for Weed's Pharmacy and Lake Washington Pharmacy.
Folder also includes letterhead for organizations to which M.A. Weed belonged: Washington State Pharmaceutical Association, Rainier Heights Commercial Club, Sons of the American Revolution, as well as from the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition.
.27: Profit sharing coupons
United Profit Sharing Coupons for Wrigley’s (Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company), Smith Brothers, and Union Tobacco Company.
Scrapbook and notebooksReturn to Top
Scrapbook including a variety of promotional cards advertising Weed's Pharmacy and its products; also a few cards for Lake Washington Pharmacy. Also includes other stickers and ads for Weed's Pharmacy, and a number of blank sheets from Weed's Pharmacy prescription pads, printed with letterhead of various doctors.
.37: Melvin Weed’s pharmacy notes
Written in address book
.38: Melvin Weed’s pharmacy notes
Notebook of diagrams describing the effect of various pharmaceutical agents on body systems. Probably from Weed's student days at University of Washington School of Pharmacy.
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Subject Terms :
- Drugstores--Washington (State)--Seattle
- Corporate Names :
- Weed's Pharmacy
- Lake Washington Pharmacy
- Geographical Names :
- United States--Washington (State)--Seattle
- Form or Genre Terms :
- Other Creators :
- Personal Names :
- Weed, M.A. (Melvin Albert), 1882-1964 (creator)