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History of K&B Drug Stores Told Through Photographs

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History of K&B Drug Stores Told Through Photographs
Local author pens new book with help from owner

The newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series is K&B Drug Stores from local author John S. Epstein, with a forward from Sydney J. Besthoff III, past president and owner of K&B Drug Stores and grandson of Sydney J. Besthoff (founder with Gustave Katz of Katz & Besthoff Drug Store). The book boasts more than 200 vintage images and memories of days gone by.

Besthoff is a meticulous keeper of records. The photographs found in this book are from his personal collection, covering the 92-year life span of Katz & Besthoff and K&B Drug Stores. This is a rare opportunity to see these photographs, which chronicle a piece of New Orleans history, during which time the store became a part of the community.

K&B Drug Store grew from a local pharmacy with more than 50 locations in the New Orleans area to 186 stores in six states while remaining based in New Orleans. Fondly remembered as the "purple dragon," K&B is greatly missed by all those who passed through its purple doors and were rung up on its purple cash registers. Come sit inside a Katz & Besthoff location one last time and have a Nectar soda--and don't forget to pick up half a gallon of K&B ice cream on your way home.

Highlights of K&B Drug Stores:

· The author has also included photographs of menus and china from his collection of K&B memorabilia.

· K&B’s infamous purple trademark resulted from the purchase of a discounted purple wrapping paper refused by another merchant.

· K&B’s original double checked logo represented prescriptions being “double checked” by pharmacists before being dispensed.

· Several former K&B locations still operate in New Orleans under the Rite Aid name.

Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at or


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