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Royal Crown Soda

Jun 01, 2009 |  Retro Staff |  2 Comments

“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

May 23, 2009 |  Retro Staff |  9 Comments

“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

May 16, 2009 |  Retro Staff |  24 Comments

“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

May 09, 2009 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

“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

May 02, 2009 |  Retro Staff |  5 Comments

“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)

Apr 25, 2009 |  Retro Staff |  17 Comments

“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

Apr 18, 2009 |  Retro Staff |  16 Comments

“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

Apr 11, 2009 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

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

Apr 04, 2009 |  Retro Staff |  3 Comments

“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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Simpson Spring Soda

Mar 28, 2009 |  Retro Staff |  3 Comments

“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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