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Throw Back Thursday: A Real Soda Fountain!?

Posted on September 4, 2020 at 12:00 AM

Good afternoon Ginchers,

Time for a much needed Throw Back Thursday!  Today if I would say Soda Fountain to a young person they think about every fast food restaurant on the planet, just put your cup under the spout press back on the release hickey and wha-la ... a carbonated soft drink.  If you say how about a milk shake to a young person today, same thing ... fastfood restaurant and a cup of processed soft serve Ice Cream that you have to eat with a spoon, I don't know why they give you a straw, you can not get anything out of it till it starts to melt!  If you grew up in the dinosaur age like me, we went to the pharmacy, drug store, candy store, woolworth's 5 & 10 or Isaly's and we sat behind a counter on a spinning stool and we watched the soda jerk (a human that made the drink) put two scoops of icecream in a metal container and cover it with milk.  He/she asked how thick you wanted it and they placed it on this contraption with a spinning propeller that turned the mixture into a thing that we called a Milk Shake ... and you could drink it with a straw ... and you had a long spoon to get the remaining Ice cream ... and they poured it in a milk shake glass ... and they placed the metal container next to you to get even more when the froth melted down ... ahhh a real milk shake ... ahhh a real soda fountain.  This crazy place also served Ice Cream Sodas, Phosphates, Lime Ricky's ...  real stuff not fabricated easy to open and pour pretend products.  Now their are a few throw back, nostalgia places that try to replicate the old fashioned soda counters and drinks, they even have new, modern devises that look like the old furnishings to try to take you back to the good old days.  But I am looking for that real McCoy, the kind I used to go to on the Northside during my youth like, Glassbrenner's Pharmacy, Stotler's Pharmacy, Bard's, Woolworth's 5 & 10 and a real person working behind the counter that knew how to make things and a menu of goodies that would take a few minutes just to scan.  That's why I have an old Milk Shake spinner in my kitchen.  That's how I make real Milk Shakes for my Grandkids and me!  A Real Soda Fountain ... please take me back!  Till tomorrow, stay safe, stay healthy, help a neighbor when you can ,,, and, GOD Bless!

Johnny


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