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Lionel M. Swicker, owner of the Old Book Store, stands in 1967 in the shop at 42 S. Howard St. in downtown Akron. Kids were afraid of the gruff proprietor, but he was friendly when they got to know him. (Photo courtesy of John Wiedey)
The main floor of the Old Book Store is shown from the back of the shop in the 1960s. The Akron business specialized in books, magazines, records, stamps and coins. (Photo courtesy of John Wiedey)
The Old Book Store stood for decades on the west side of South Howard Street in downtown Akron. This exterior view shows the building shortly before it was demolished in 1967. (Photo courtesy of John Wiedey)