Thursday, October 14, 2010
An important part of many diners was the Soda Fountain. At the Soda Fountain, soft drinks were mixed up right on the spot from carbonated water and flavoring syrup. A variety of ice cream treats was also available at the bar. The picture above was taken in 1942, and the man making the banana splits was a veteran of World War I.
When I was growing up, Drug Stores were typically small mom and pop type shops. They would have a small pharmacy in the corner, where you could pick up medicines. They then had a soda fountain serving beverages and ice cream, and also had a diner for full meals.
I think we have really lost something having most all of the drug stores, and virtually all retail outlets for that matter, go to the big box stores.