Bring Back Soda Fountains, You Jerk

Bring Back Soda Fountains, You Jerk

On this day in 1833, a couple of U.S. gentlemen — Jacob Ebert and George Dulty — patented the first soda fountain. The various attempts over the centuries have represented a desire to capture the nature mineral waters that bubbled up from the ground in many places around the world.

In the golden era of soda fountains — until the reached their pinnacle in the 1940s-1950s — they could be found in a surprisingly rich number of venues: from traditional ice cream parlours and candy shops to pharmacies five-and-dimes, department stores, things called “milk bars” and train and bus stations. The kids pulling the sodas were called “soda jerks.”

Soda jerk: maybe this is why the shops failed? (Photo: Wikimedia Commons).

Soda jerk: maybe this is why the shops failed? (Photo: Wikimedia Commons).

In the early 1900s, these venues might have expanded  into classic lunch bars and traditional diners (like Jimmy’s Lunch in Kitchener). If I recall, there used to be a pretty good one at Goudies in downtown Kitchener, no?

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  1. Garth Phillips at 12:51 pm

    Andrew;
    I’m normally a big fan, but I recently read an article by you on croissants, and you failed to mention La Patisserie on Gage??
    How is this possible?
    Garth.

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