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Take a walk down your taste buds’ memory lane. Here we feature nostalgic candy, vintage soda pop, classic diner and restaurant fare, and old-fashioned recipes that are tried and true.

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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Squirt Soda

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Squirt is a carbonated grapefruit drink created by Herb Bishop in 1938. Bishop’s intention was to make a soft drink that required less fruit and sugar than other sodas, due to the Great Depression. He started with a soft drink by the name of Citrus Club that was bottled in Phoenix, Arizona (which was quite

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