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NuGrape Soda Pop

Sep 19, 2008 |  Retro Staff |  1  Comment

“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

Sep 08, 2008 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

“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

Aug 22, 2008 |  Retro Staff |  14 Comments

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

Aug 15, 2008 |  Retro Staff |  48 Comments

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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Pequot Soda

Aug 07, 2008 |  Retro Staff |  30 Comments

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-lined

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Frostie Soda

Aug 02, 2008 |  Retro Staff |  1  Comment

“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 housed

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Buffalo Rock Soda

Jul 26, 2008 |  Retro Staff |  2 Comments

“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, was

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Coca-Cola’s Sprite Boy

Jun 17, 2008 |  Retro Staff |  6 Comments

Coca-Cola’s Sprite Boy During the ’40s and ’50s, The Coca-Cola Company used a lively little character in its advertising. Sprite Boy was created by the company’s staff artist, Haddon Sundblom. He was also the artist who created the Coca-Cola’s version of a jolly Santa. There has been some confusion about the origins of Sprite Boy.

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Fanta: The Humble Beginnings of a Worldwide Phenomenon

Jun 05, 2008 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

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. Records

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