You would have thought that last Thursday was Christmas at the Edina History Museum if you had heard the soundtrack to our conversation with Marlin Ramler, who brought in a box of Clancy Drug photographs. Yes, I admit, I reacted with as much delight as a youngster unwrapping his favorite toy on Christmas morning.
Ramler, a pharmacist with Clancy's for more than 30 years, donated many great photographs taken by commercial photographers Norton & Peel and local studio Peterson Portraits as well as snapshots taken of employees throughout the years.
Although the little drug store at 50th and Halifax was famous for its small town charm and 79 cent breakfast, it was also a big player in the Twin Cities. The store's basement housed the largest toy selection in the metro area during its heyday.
I'm working on a story for our membership newsletter on the history of the store, which began as Keller Drug in 1947. Roy Clancy purchased the store two years later. Ramler, who joined the staff in 1950 and eventually became owner, wanted to give the collection to some place that would appreciate the impact Clancy Drugs had in Edina.
Tell us your favorite Clancy Drug memories to include in the story. Perhaps you were one of the many customers who took photos of their kids sitting at the counter when it closed in 1982. Or maybe you waited in line to visit Santa after making your wish list walking up and down Clancy's Toy Land aisles.
Many employees worked at Clancy Drugs for decades. As one customer described it to the local newspaper in 1982: "I look at it as the 'Cheers' of Edina" -- a place like the famous sitcom bar where "everyone knows your name."
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