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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.

Simpson Spring Soda

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“Since 1878” Around 1830, Samuel Simpson bought a natural spring that was located about 30 miles south of Boston in South Easton, Massachusetts. In 1878, his granddaughter’s husband, Frederick A. Howard, bought the spring from Simpson and sold bottled spring water in the local area, calling his new business the Simpson Spring Company. Eventually he

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White Soda

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This simple bottle cap appears to be a remnant from the early days of the Nesbitt Spur Bottling Company. It was founded in 1947 by Buford White. Perhaps this soda was named after the founder? In 1961 the name was changed to the SunDrop Bottling Company and still operates under that name today. Nesbitt Spur

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Howel’s Root Beer

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“With that good Old Fashioned Flavor” There isn’t much out there about Howel’s Root Beer, but from what I’ve been able to determine, it was one of the earlier products made and sold by a man by the name of Clayton J. Howell. It was available in bottles from about the early 1920s through to

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Goody Soda

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“Thirst Come—Thirst Served” Goody Soda was made by the Willow Springs Distillery that opened in Omaha, Nebraska in 1866. By 1894, Willow Springs was the third largest distillery in the US. They manufactured alcoholic beverages like gin, rye, whiskey and bourbon until Prohibition, when the manufacture of any alcoholic beverage was illegal. In 1919 they

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NuGrape Soda Pop

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“A Flavor You Can’t Forget” The NuGrape Company of America was started in 1921 in Atlanta, Georgia. It was managed by O. R. Randall. The company was unique for the time, since they made and bottled soft drinks. Other companies did one or the other, but not both. Many claim the NuGrape soda has the

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Pioneer Valley Soda

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“Beverages of Quality” Pioneer Valley soda was manufactured by the Pioneer Valley Ginger Ale Co, Inc. in Massachusetts in the 1950s and 1960s. Some of the flavors available were Golden Ginger Ale, Cream, Fruity Lemon & Lime, Pale Dry Ginger Ale and Strawberry Crème. The company also produced Pioneer Valley Club Soda and Tom Collins Mixer.

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Dr. Wells Soda

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Dr. Wells – a pepper-style soda – was introduced in 1935 to compete against Dr. Pepper and its many imitators. Developed by Ludford Fruit Products of Los Angeles, California, which was also the national headquarters for Alka-Time and Hollywood Beverages. Early slogans included: “Always Drink Dr. Wells” “It Picks You Up” “The Cooler Doctor” Dr.

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