In 1944, the United States was in the thick of the Second World War. But even as the country battled overseas, it still had to function on the homefront. Taken from the\u00a0Drug Topics\u00a0archives, these ads show an America adjusting to wartime shortages. But they also show how pharmacies were right at the center of commerce in the 1940s. From soda fountains to aspirin, pharmacies had it all. Some of the companies here no longer exist anymore, but others are still household names after all these years. We hope you enjoy these old ads as much as we do! And if you decide to open up a soda fountain or start stocking Dr. Salsbury\u2019s Par-o-san, send us a picture! 1. Sani-Glas \u201cDeath-dealing irradiation of Westinghouse Sterilamps protects every Sani-Glas bottle and cap from air-borne bacteria.\u201d Hopefully, those sneeze guards worked! pinterest.com 2. Coca-Cola \u201cWhat can you do when trained personnel is difficult to get \u2026 when customers want out-of-stock items \u2026 when equipment needs attention immediately.\u201d This handy-dandy booklet tells you how to cope! The war helped begin the slow death of the soda fountain, but ads like these show just how important they still were. pinterest.com 3. Par-o-san \u201cYes, farmers who raise poultry are asking for this safe, dependable disinfectant that \u2018doesn\u2019t stink.\u2019\u201d You might think that any extra scents on top of the scent of chickens wouldn\u2019t be that noticeable, but apparently, people had concerns. And this ad shows that pharmacies weren\u2019t limited to human health concerns. pinterest.com 4. Miracle Tuft Toothbrush \u201cOver 30 million people, exercising the right of choice, bought Dr. West\u2019s Miracle-Tuft Toothbrushes last year when they saw this famous label.\u201d How many ads still use \u201ccigarettes\u201d and \u201cfreedom\u201d in the same paragraph? pinterest.com 5. Silk Dental Floss \u201cWe all know there\u2019s nothing like real silk for floss.\u201d pinterest.com 6. Listerine Tooth Paste \u201cListerine Tooth Paste is traveling in \u2018hot\u2019 company these days\u2014Blondie, Orphan Annie, Dick Tracy, Superman, and many other famous characters of the Sunday Comic Sections.\u201d Toothpaste is no longer 40 cents a bottle, but is still widely advertised! pinterest.com 7. First Aid Needs \u201cPut it in your window\u2014and there is magic! Magic that says: \u2018Stop!\u2019 Magic that says: \u2018Look!\u2019\u201d In days when most publishing was done in black and white, a splash of color really did stand out. pinterest.com 8. Cash Register \u201cEven wartime help shortages haven\u2019t been quite so hard to take \u2014 for customers or management \u2014 when the National \u2018Pay-when-served\u2019 plan is used.\u201d Can you imagine a pharmacy without a computer in it? And isn\u2019t that \u201cServing the Nation by Saving Time!\u201d pinterest.com 9. Aspirin \u00a0\u201cMake 1944 PAY with a Permanent Display of Plough Products.\u201d If you see any aspirin emitting music, report it to a supervisor or the FDA MedWatch hotline immediately. pinterest.com 10. Tooth Brush \u201cPeter Porker and his pals are doing a whale of a job in the country\u2019s leading weeklies! Get some of these easy profits.\u201d Hopefully, these toothbrushes were not pork-flavored in any way. Interestingly, Peter Porker predates the use of Peter Parker\u2019s (aka Spider-Man)\u00a0first appearance\u00a0in 1962. w3newspapers.com Credits: drugtopics.modernmedicine.com Share this story on Facebook with your friends.