Soda Fountain

Soda Fountain

A silver-coloured hot soda machine

Comprised of a circle of red glass with frosted lettering with round, silver edging attached to round tubular frame; a pin on centre of each side allows glass to swing in frame; "fleur-de-lis" added to top and each side of frame' attached to cylinder which sits in middle of tray with four raised rings and raised edge; open design of circles and diamonds on edge; under the tray a neck with circle of embossed flowers; base is plain and flares out; narrow band edge. The body's top edge curls over; neck with circle of embossed flowers; curves out to widest and broadest part; band around centre; curves in to another band of embossed flowers; curves out and in with band around centre; straight cylinder with band of open circles to diamonds around top and bottom; base is plain and flares out; tap with spigot extends from centre band of flowers; glass tube and metal bar attaches tap to a tube which extends from band of flowers; tubular wood handle on spigot; under tap and on straight cylinder is small door with T-shaped turn clasp and hinges on PL side; inside the base is metal, tubular burner which extends through back wall; pipe runs up back and is attached to a cylinder with screw cap on top. Marked: 'Hot Soda' on red glass.

Hot soda was a popular warm beverage in the cold northern city of Dawson. This drink machine heated the soda water to which merchants added soda syrup. The hot soda machine could be also be used for making a bouillion based beverage, hot lemonade, or coffee. The machines were reasonably priced additions to any proprietors shop.

The Crandall and Godley Company catalogue printed sometime after 1893 advertises hot soda machines starting at 18.00$. However, the majority of the catalogue is dedicated to cold soda water drinks. It appears then, that cold soda was much more popular commodity for the company. Considering the extreme cold of Dawson, it can be presumed that the proprietor chose the machine he felt would accommodate his clientele best. To date there are very few of these machines still in existence.

The proprietor of this soda machine could have made their own syrup or purchase the soda syrup from Thomas O'Brien's Klondike Brewery. The Yukon's first brewery advertised that they produced a variety of beers and sodas for the many Dawson City hotels and saloons.


Dawson City Museum, Dawson City

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