treat, a chocolate ice cream soda with whipped cream and a cherry on top! I think I remember they cost 25 cents. Our dentist's office was also nearby and sometimes after we had had our teeth cleaned and chosen a plastic ring from the prize box, we also got a treat at the soda fountain.
Soda fountains in drug stores became popular during Prohibition as a place to meet friends or go on a date.
By the 1950s just about every drugstore had one.
I think my last visit to my small town drugstore soda fountain was in the 1960s.
Well, that was my last visit to a soda fountain until this week anyway.
Look what The Writer found up the Ocean Highway in Murrells Inlet.
Lee's Inlet Apothecary and Soda Fountain
We had chocolate sodas with whipped cream and
a cherry on top, my first one in at least 45 years!
(Actually, it should have looked more like this,
but the young lady was new and she admitted it was her first try.) And it tasted wonderfully of memories anyway! If I closed my eyes, I could imagine the shoebox with my new Buster Brown oxfords sitting right there on the table beside me.
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P.S. Another bit of history, the first drug store fountain drinks (1850s) were for people who came to the store to get help with a health problem. They were concoctions of drugs like caffeine and cocaine, bromide and plant extracts, combined with flavors and soda water to make them more palatable.