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MEDS, MAKE-UP AND BOOZE, SOCAL, 1966

Meds, Makeup & Booze

Color blocks and smart signage give subtle space-age style to this modest mid-century strip mall somewhere in SoCal.

Among the all-American driving machines resting in the parking lot, a Volkswagen bus stands out as the lone foreign car. The oh-so sensible Rambler coupe upfront is dyed to match the drug store.

Hy-Lo has to be the ultimate name for a store that sells drugs. Sounds like a warning for what happens when you take too many.

But Hy-Lo isn’t all about drugs. Cosmetics get co-star billing. Ed’s Liquor is right next-door. How convenient, especially for the ladies. They can do their one-stop shopping for meds, make-up and booze!

Here’s to space-age drug stores, Hy-Lo Drugs and YOU!

Charles Phoenix
March 22, 2012