Hidden Treasure in Rural America

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Finding treasure

The Citizen, Auburn NY – News
By Lauren Ober / The Citizen

“MORAVIA – Sometimes it pays to be a packrat, especially if what you’ve stored away could fetch tens of thousands of dollars at auction.
Such is the case with the estate of Richard Hawley, former owner of Hawley’s Rexall Drugs in Moravia. In the more than 100 years the building has served as a pharmacy, little has been removed and much of the original drugstore merchandise and equipment remains.

…A passerby stopping in for a quick peek at the goods before the auction would be treated to a small museum of drugstore paraphernalia dating back to the 1860s and ’70s. Glass vials holding colored powder, tin lithographed display cases and stoneware pots of all kinds fill every counter. Small treasures like Louis Marx children’s toys and unopened Maccoboy rose-scented snuff containers harken back to another world and offer a glimpse of 19th century small-town America.”

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