Happy 1969 from a Diamond District drugstore

For decades, Jack May’s was a standard Manhattan neighborhood pharmacy on 48th Street in the middle of the Diamond District (PLaza 7!).

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The store had customer service in mind when they printed up this handy calendar covering all 12 months of 1969.

Of course, it worked as a bookmark too—it was found inside a crumbling Dostoyevsky paperback. My guess is that the pharmacist was reading it between filling prescriptions.

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11 Responses to “Happy 1969 from a Diamond District drugstore”

  1. Greg Says:

    As far as I can gather. Jack May’s was open at least through the early 1990s.

  2. ephemeralnewyork Says:

    Thanks Greg. I looked into the place a little deeper and apparently they had a food counter with a separate phone number:

    https://www.google.com/search?q=%22jack+mays%22+counter&biw=1373&bih=704&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi-6NPLkKnRAhXji1QKHeHjA4kQ_AUIBygC#tbm=isch&q=%22jack+may%27s%22+pharmacy&imgrc=edx4X4j1hGcMEM%3A

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  7. ben Says:

    jack may is my grandfather, and his son Ronald ran the pharmacy until around 1990 when it closed. Funny story – Stan Lee got his first job running sandwiches from the lunch counter to midtown offices at lunchtime during the week. My dad and uncle did that same job in high school in the 1950s!

    • ephemeralnewyork Says:

      I’ve heard about the Stan Lee connection, but more important to me is that my father worked as a pharmacist there; he worked for your grandfather in the 1960s. 1969 was a great year for him. He met my mother there one day when she wandered into the pharmacy looking for a painkiller. It’s an amazing story, and your grandfather played a direct role.

  8. ephemeralnewyork Says:

    I’ll email it to you!

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