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Learn the history of your favorite soda pop, even vintage ones long gone. From Brownie Rootbeer to Vintage Dare Ginger Ale, you’ll find bottle caps, labels and old soda bottles.

Spring Grove Soda

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“Classic Fountain Flavor” The Spring Grove Bottling Works was founded in 1895 by G.G. Ristey in Spring Grove, Minnesota. The soda caught on quickly, and within three years the bottling plant’s production doubled. G.G. Ristey’s brother, J.N. Ristey,  joined him as his business partner. In 1913 the brothers sold the business to another set of

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Royal Crown Soda

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“Royal Crown Is Tops In Taste” The Royal Crown Company Inc. was started in Columbus, Georgia in 1905 by Claude A. Hatcher. He was a recent graduate with a degree in pharmacy and first got into the soft drink business by buying bottled drinks from a bottler and reselling them to customers at his family’s

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Kreemo Special Root Beer

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“A Blooming Good Drink” Kreemo Special Root Beer was bottled in the early 1900s by the Cherry Blossoms Company of St. Louis, Missouri. Started in 1909, the Cherry Blossoms Company was also the manufacturer of fruit soft drinks and syrups under the Cherry Blossoms label. The list of ingredients on a bottle of Kreemo sound

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Vess Soda

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“The Billion Bubble Beverage” The Vess Beverage Company was founded by Vess Jones in 1916 in St. Louis, Missouri. Vess specialized in cola and fruit-flavored sodas that were sold primarily in the Midwest. The formula for the popular orange-flavored soda “Whistle” was developed for the Vess Beverage Company by a Vess salesman named Charles Leiper

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Stewart’s Soda

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“Original Fountain Classics” Back in 1924, in Mansfield, Ohio, schoolteacher Frank Stewart was looking to earn additional income during the summer months when school was out of session. After considering what kind of business would do well in his area, he decided to invent his own recipe for a root beer. Stewart opened a chain

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Lemmy Soda

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“Lemme Have a Lemmy Lemonade” Lemmy Lemonade soda pop was first introduced in 1939. It was a soft drink that contained real lemon juice. It was produced by the A. J. Lehman Company. They also made Limmy soda, which was a lemon-lime flavored soft drink and Tom Collins Jr. This was a lemon-y beverage and

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Like Soda (Diet 7 Up)

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“The Diet Uncola”   Like soda was first released in 1963. It was the diet version of the very successful 7 Up soda. The original formula contained a cyclamate sugar substitute. Cyclamates were found to be carcinogens and were banned by the Food and Drug Administration in 1969. The soda was pulled from the market

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Nehi Soda

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“Drink Genuine Nehi” According to company legend, the name for Nehi was conceptualized in 1924 in Columbus, Georgia. One day the owner of the Chero-Cola Co., Claud Hatcher, overheard a route salesman describing a competitor’s bottle size as being “knee-high”. He liked the sound of it, and it was the beginning of a line of

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Ted’s Root Beer

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Major League Baseball star Ted Williams played his entire 22-year career as left fielder for the Boston Red Sox. He was recognized twice as Most Valuable Player, one the Triple Crown twice and led the league in batting six times. He was the last MLB player to bat over .400 in a season and holds

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Cherryette Soda

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“Thirsty or Not” Cherryette soda was a black cherry flavored soda made by the Grapette Company starting in the late 1940s. The carbonated soft drink was sold in 6-ounce bottles, but it was also possible to purchase just the concentrated syrup. Along with other flavors like Lemonette and Orangette, Cherryette syrup came in collectible 8-ounce

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