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 quiteContinue reading
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.
The Pequot Water Company was a soda and spring water bottling company where I grew up in Glastonbury, Connecticut. Pequot soda came in a long list of flavors, like orange, root beer, and lemon-lime. Trucks came directly to our door to deliver the specific flavors my mother had ordered. The glass bottles with a cork-linedContinue reading
“You’ll Love It!” Frostie Old Fashion Root Beer was introduced in Catonsville, Maryland in 1939. The president of The Frostie Company was George Rackensperger, who rented an abandoned jailhouse outside Baltimore in which to start his soft drink bottling operation. According to the story, the bottling equipment was placed in the garage that had housedContinue reading
“Taste the Difference” The Buffalo Rock Company was started 1901 when the owner of the Alabama Grocery Company, Sid Lee, and a local chemist invented Buffalo Rock Ginger Ale. Their intent had been to create a tonic using ginger that would relieve stomach ailments, but instead they developed a drink that when drunk cold, wasContinue reading
Fanta: The Humble Beginnings of a Worldwide Phenomenon There have been all kinds of stories about Fanta’s creation in Nazi Germany during WWII. Some of what has been said is true— a great deal is fiction. Prior to the breakout of the war, Germany was the location of The Coca-Cola Company’s greatest overseas success. RecordsContinue reading
Invented by John Stith Pemberton in 1886, Coca-Cola was meant as a drink to impart good health and stamina. Pemberton was a pharmacist from Columbus, Georgia who originally made a cocawine called Pemberton’s French Wine Coca in 1885. When prohibition laws were passed within his county, Pemberton set out to make a new, non-alcoholic drink.Continue reading
Back when we were in the restoration business the items we restored most were soda machines. The model we restored most often was the Coca-Cola Vendo 81. The reasons that made it our best seller are the same reasons you should consider it if you are planning on spending the time and money to restoreContinue reading