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Soda Fountain Dispensers - A Little Background
Coke has been serving soda at fountains since the late 1800’s. Originally, dispensers were merely syrup dispensers. They were made of crockery or composition glass, from which flavored syrup was pumped into a glass marked with a measuring line. Carbonated water was added manually to complete the Coca-Cola. This resulted in a lot of inconsistency in the flavor and temperature of the drinks. What was needed was a device that was capable of dispensing both the syrup and the carbonated water in the correct balance, while keeping the drink cold.
The solution came in 1933 when the Dole Valve Company introduced the first automatic fountain dispenser at the Chicago World’s Fair. The Dole Master Dispenser allowed the attendant to pour a drink simply by pulling the handle. The dispenser also could be packed with ice, so that the syrup and carbonated water could be refrigerated at the point where the two mixed. This resulted in a consistent drink, both in temperature and flavor. This design lead to Coke’s phenomenal success and to the soda fountain dispensers still in use today.
Please note we are showing them here in our museum for reference only. We are no longer in the restoration and parts business and do not offer appraisals.
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