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I spent way too much time during the wee small hours of this morning looking at all the goodies posted to the Remember in Dallas Facebook page, where bossman Jim Hayes vowed only today that the website will be "up and running again soon," well, all right. Because as much backward-glancing as I like to do here, Hayes and the page's 11,000-plus fans, most no doubt natives, do a far more thorough job documenting and reminiscing about the city that no longer exists.

The Facebook page features more than 2,000 photos available for browsing, and to that estimable stack I'll add another one, courtesy DeSoto's "mustangace," who's selling on eBay the picture you see above, along with a few others taken outside the old Forest Hi Drug Store that was once about four blocks from Fair Park. It comes off the market in a couple of days, and presently there's but one bid for $9.95.

My father, born in '44 about two blocks away on Park Row, didn't recall the place in any iteration; it was well before his time. And the Internets are absent any further information about this historical footnote. So, again, the great Rachel Howell, assistant manager of the Texas/Dallas History & Archives Division at the central library, fills in history's blanks:

The Forest Hi Drug Store was located at 3101 Forest Avenue. It appears in the city directory from 1921 through 1934-35, after which it was replaced by a campus sweets and supplies store and then various ice cream parlors. Boedecker Ice Cream was made by the local firm, the Boedecker Manufacturing Co., which made ice cream and ices, according to the 925-26 city directory. It was located at 1201-7 S. Ervay.

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