ChangesTheBook Chapter 12

But how about screw off bottle tops? What a deal.

In the sixties, a soda cold could be had from a nifty device, recently invented, or at least perfected, called a soda pop vending machine. There was one particular one that I really loved. It was bright red with “coke” written on it in different script types.

You put in your nickel, then opened a glass door that was about 6 inches wide and three feet long. It was located on the left front side of the machine. The nickel would cause a bar to release and you could then pull out one 6 oz bottle of ice cold Coca Cola.

I think there were only two other flavors then. Seems like it was 7-up and Dr. Pepper.

As I have already said, the coke was so different tasting then. It had a different (classic) flavor, but used cane syrup instead of corn syrup for flavor. It wasn’t as sweet as today, a bit more caramel-y, a different amount of carbonation.

Now the reason to change it was economics, but that is a different subject. And it has to do with the corn growers lobby and congress and politics, and you know.

The refreshing taste of that beverage was totally different than the one today. And six ounces was a treat. Somehow, you just didn’t need that much more. There were other machines that sold a twelve ounce bottle, but they were a dime, and well.. it was a treat. The machine had a little hole in the front where you would insert the bottle top and leverage off the cap.

The cap had a cork in the top, and later, some enterprising marketing guy added a message there. The top would fall off into a small catch place for proper disposal. On the side was a wire rack to allow you to put back your finished bottle.

Remember, it had a deposit – 2 cents. Remember I said there was only three flavors in that machine. There were other flavors, and companies. Pepsi-Cola, and RC or Royal Crown cola. They were slightly different and had their adherents.

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One thought on “ChangesTheBook Chapter 12

  1. I LOVED THEM ALL EXCEPT PEPSI. RC WAS MY FAVORITE. TO THIS DAY I WILL TAKE A COKE AND PASS A PEPSI.
    THESE MACHINES WENT THEIR WAY WHEN YOUNG PEOPLE WOULD POP THE TOP AND HOLD A CUP UNDER THE BOTTLE TO CATCH THE SODA.

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