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Soda Fountain, ca. 1900.
A soda fountain around 1900

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The First Coca-Cola Served
May 8, 1886

Now, you may get a can of Coca-Cola out of a machine or a cup self-served from a fountain at a fast food restaurant, but until the 1960s, both small-town and big-city dwellers would sit down in their local soda fountain or ice cream parlor for the soft drink. Often, the soda fountain was inside a drug store, and people of all ages would come and meet there. Perhaps you've seen this type of place in movies or on TV shows set in the 1950s or 60s.

Next time you have a Coca-Cola, amaze your friends with historical trivia about the popular soft drink.

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