This relic of old New York’s neighborhood drugstores can be found just inside the entrance of Whitney Chemists on University Place off Ninth Street.
It’s a packed-to-the-gills pharmacy time machine and one of the city’s rapidly disappearing independent drugstores.
And where was the scale—now weathered and a little beat up—manufactured? Brooklyn USA is stamped beside the 250 lb. mark.
The Detecto Scale Company began producing medical scales in 1900 in Williamsburg, but how old this one is and how long it’s held court just inside the 50-year-old pharmacy entrance is a mystery.
The one thing I forgot to check: if the scale actually works!
[Third photo: Yelp]
Tags: Detecto Scale Company Brooklyn, Drugstore University Place New York City, Greenwich Village pharmacy, Independent Drugstore New York, old-fashioned pharmacy NYC, pharmacy scale vintage drugstore, Whitney Chemists NYC