Rubbish removal NYC company takes charge — of carbonated beverages
One man’s trash is another man’s childhood memory.
These are 1950s rechargeable soda syphon chargers that I found in Brooklyn a few years ago.
Soda syphons are devices that dispense carbonated or soda water. I have vivid memories of laughing uncontrollably at Tom and Jerry spraying each other with these things. They used to pick them up and shoot each other with water, as if they were garden hoses. You’d never see that in today’s cartoons.
When I went on this job in Brooklyn, the DiMola Bros crew had to clean out the entire basement of this one-family house. There was a ton of old stuff. So much stuff that you could barely walk.
In the main area of the basement, there was an old bar, complete with vintage stools and all the supplies to make drinks. Rheingold coasters and beer trays, swizzle sticks, and cocktail stirrers lined the shelves. The bar looked completed dingy and rundown, as if no one had stirred a martini or shaken a gimlet since 1950.
Naturally, I wasn’t going to walk out empty-handed, so I made sure to grab a bunch of stuff, including these soda chargers.
Soda syphons were extremely popular in the 1920s and ‘30s, but the idea of carbonated beverages was introduced in 1790 in France. While each of these chargers will make about a quart of soda water, they are only one piece of a slightly more complicated operation. You need an actual syphon to produce carbonated water. Luckily, The Soda King, the same company that makes these chargers, also produces a syphon. That’s next on my list of items to collect.