Walgreens Logo

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Started as a tiny corner drugstore, Walgreens has grown into the second-largest pharmacy store chain in the United States.

Meaning and history

Walgreens Logo history

1921 – 1929

Walgreens Logo 1921
Originally, the Walgreen wordmark was made of black, artistic serif letters with a lot of disproportioned, soft forms. Beneath the writing ‘Walgreen Co’ made from these letters in uppercase, there was also a white illustrative ribbon which said ‘drugs with a reputation’ in a more usual font.

1924 – 1925, 1928

Walgreens Logo 1924
That was the secondary version of the previous logo, and it was mostly the same. The ends of the ribbon were a bit longer, and the lower text had a different style, but that’s it.

1929 – 1931

Walgreens Logo 1929
In 1929, they replaced the old font with a new cursive one. The upper text looked hand-written, and they used lower- and uppercase letters there, all colored black. The lower text used a bolder typeface than before, as well as only capital letters. The ribbon also was flattened.

1931 – 1932

Walgreens Logo 1931
This iteration used the wordmark ‘Walgreen’s’ based on the style used in the previous logo, but with some changes and with the additional possessive ending.

1931

Walgreens Logo 1931
That’s another version of the previous design with some minor font changes.

1932

Walgreens Logo 1932
This is the third version of the main emblem with the paler gray coloring.

1933 – 1938

Walgreens Logo 1933
The 1933 wordmark uses the same look as the previous main iteration (1931-1932), but without the possession ending (just ‘Walgreen’). The coloring this time is blood-red with black outlining. There is also additional text in the bottom that says ‘drug store’ in a simpler typeface, while a grey cup with a snake coiled around it (the symbol of medicine) stands behind the wordmark.

1938 – 1948

Walgreens Logo 1938
This version uses a similar inscription to the one used prior, although with a lowered ‘W’ and a shorter tail on ‘g’. They also returned to black coloring and got rid of all the other elements.

1946

Walgreens Logo 1946
In 1946, Walgreen made a special emblem for the Christmas season. It depicted their usual wordmark (written as ‘Walgreen’s’), followed by a smaller, more usual writing saying ‘your Christmas gift shops’ below. Both text parts were in white and were located on the right side of a black rectangle. Its left side was occupied by Christmas bells.

1948 – 1960

Walgreens Logo 1948
The wordmark used in this next emblem has been updated to a cursive style, but the letters were also tilted to the right. Moreover, there is the inscription saying ‘drug stores’ in capital sans-serif letters right below the main writing.

1948 – 1955

Walgreens Logo 1948
This secondary logo uses the same main wordmark, but with an additional possessive ending (‘Walgreen’s’) and without the ‘drug stores’.

1955 – 1960

Walgreens Logo 1955
In 1955 they changed that version by making it paler and also getting rid of the apostrophe (but not the letter ‘s’).

1960 – 1981

Walgreens Logo 1960
Strangely, the second version of the secondary logo was made the next main emblem, but with a darker appearance.

1981 – 1991

Walgreens Logo 1981
The 1981 Walgreens logo update brought about a new element – a depiction of a family.

1990 – 1992

Walgreens Logo 1990
They simply took the old 1960 logo and added the usual ‘drug stores’ description below.

1992 – 2005

Walgreens Logo 1992
In 1992 the company introduced a more prominent logo, with red wordmark and a depiction of a mortar and pestle. In 1983 the mortar went red and was placed above the emblem.
The company states that the preferred version of their logo is the brandmark paired with the tagline, which should be placed below. However, in some circumstances the brandmark may be used by itself or the position of the tagline may be changed.
One more interesting version is the Walgreens icon. It is officially nicknamed “Corner W icon” and is used in the situations where a smaller visual element would be more advantageous. It can be used either by itself or together with a headline. The icon exists in two color schemes: white and red or white, red, and blue. Also, it may appear in a color-gradient version.

2005 – 2020

Walgreens Logo 2005
The Walgreens logo has preserved the cursive script, while the mortar had disappeared. The letters have been streamlined and broadened.
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If you have ever seen the logo that Rochester-based Wegmans began using back in 2008, you could have noticed the similarity to the Walgreens’ “Flying W”. That was the reason that made Walgreens sue Wegmans in 2010. However, Wegmans stated they actually used one of their old logos that was created much earlier than the Wegmans’, in the 1930s.
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2020 – Today

Walgreens logo
They continued to use their long-time wordmark, but with a slightly paler shade of red this time.

Font

Font Walgreens Logo

The Wegmans logo features a beautiful script. Due to it, the wordmark looks as it has been handwritten.

Color

Walgreens Logo color

The primary colors are red and white (for the background). For the tagline, black, green, and blue are used.

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