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West Hartford History: When Did This Store Open?

Test your knowledge of West Hartford history with this photo from the archives of the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society.

Photo courtesy of the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society.
Photo courtesy of the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society.

Last week we asked when Bishops Corner was developed. 

“Bishops Corner was always a busy intersection because of the roads running through it,” Sheila Dailey of the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society writes. “The real development began in 1953 with the opening of the Lord & Taylor department store. This store anchored the first of the four strip plazas on each corner of the intersection.”

Congrats to amystery726 for the correct answer, with honorable mention to acope and Ed Dombroskas for noting the location that formerly housed Lord & Taylor.

So what about this week? When did this store open?

If you think you know the answer or have a special memory related to the photo, respond in the "Leave a comment" box below this article. We'll run the answer next Monday, along with a new historical photo.

The image has been provided by the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society.

For more information on the museum's collection and programs, visit www.noahwebsterhouse.org.
mnlevitz January 20, 2014 at 07:55 AM
Maxwell Drug Store 1948 offshoot of the anchor store on the corner of Albany Ave And Blue Hills . Martin Levitz
amystery726 January 20, 2014 at 09:25 AM
When we used to go to the matinees at the Central (during elementary school days and even into junior high), a trip to Maxwell's was always part of the day as you could buy a candy bar there for only 10cents as opposed to the higher prices at the theater. It was missed when it closed!
Frerderick Brown January 20, 2014 at 11:25 AM
The Central Theater marquee gives away the location even if you weren't around to remember Maxwell's Drug Store on the northwest corner of Farmington Avenue and North Main Street.
Marshall Rulnick January 21, 2014 at 01:02 AM
Maxwell Drug Stores was the third of six stores opened by my uncle Maxwell Rulnick and my father, Morris (Moe) Rulnick. This store was opened in 1948, as mentioned correctly by Jeff Murray and Marty Levitz. The first store was on the corner of Blue Hills Avenue and Albany Avenue in hartford, the second on Main Street in East Hartford, the fourth was at Bishops Corner and the last two were in Hamden and Torrington. The hartford store was the first in Connecticut to have a "soda fountain" and the others followed suit. The stores were sold to the Salmonson Brothers from Providence, who operated them for several years, before selling them to the Brooks chain. I remember working in the 962 Farmington Avenue store after my classes at Hall High, and during my summers. I got to know almost everyone who walked through West Hartford Center. It was quite exciting for a teenager to get to know so many adult customers, including Abe & Ruth Ribicoff, who were often in the store.

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