Just look at how old these soda fountains are: this one in Seattle, the soda fountain at Stewart & Holmes Drug Co., was photographed in 1900.
Soda jerks — need we say more? Back in the day, they were the bartenders of the soda fountain era (and were paid a respectable $40 per week).
And yes, soda jerks are still around today, like these guys at Franklin Fountain in Philadelphia.
Don’t know what an ice cream soda is? If you love root beer floats, you will definitely be on board with the original. In 1874, Robert Green reportedly invented the first ice cream soda, originally made with vanilla ice cream, club soda, and flavored syrups. Add cola, and you’ve got a float.
Wherever you live, you stand a good chance of finding a classic soda or shake at retrofitted soda shops and fountains in your area. Some of the best ones out there? The Franklin Fountain in Philadelphia, Fair Oaks Pharmacy in Los Angeles, the Ice Cream Bar in San Francisco, and Hillside Farmacy in Austin, Texas.
Milkshakes, milkshakes, milkshakes. If you aren’t already slurping (and mixing) delectable milkshakes and malts this summer, you are missing out.