Remember Jamaica Plain’s First Pharmacy?

Bill Sullivan, Roy Ciapciak, and John Donovan in the C.B. Rogers Pharmacy at 701 Centre St. in Jamaica Plain circa 1965. Photo courtesy of Sally Donovan.

Courtesy Sally Donovan via JP Historical Society

Bill Sullivan, Roy Ciapciak, and John Donovan in the C.B. Rogers Pharmacy at 701 Centre St. in Jamaica Plain circa 1965. Photo courtesy of Sally Donovan.

Each weekday we post a random image from around the neighborhood. For Throwback Thursdays, we delve into the photo archive of the JP Historical Society. Here is the staff of C.B. Rogers Pharmacy at 701 Centre St., circa 1965. The building now houses Bukhara and Cobwebs Antiques.

C.B Rogers Co. was the neighborhood’s first pharmacy. It operated for 111 years until closing in 1978, according to this history of the business.

In the photo, from left are Bill Sullivan, Roy Ciapciak and John Donovan. Sullivan would later be shot during a 1975 robbery. He survived, but carried the bullet to his grave.

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  • Jack

    I can remember the rich woodwork and shelves depicted in the background of the photo. I believe there were also drugstores at Eliot St. and opposite City Feed along with Rogers.