In the earliest days of the soda fountain, though, it had a very different meaning. The original soda fountain got its start n the latter part of the 19th century — it was a counter within a pharmacy where the druggist would serve up carbonated soft drinks. He started by dispensing syrup from a large porcelain, tureen-shaped container. He then added chilled soda water to a fill-line marked on the glass to complete a refreshing drink he served to the customer. Some of these soft drinks were made with syrups meant to impart some medical benefit, perhaps to relieve dyspepsia, while others were made simply to quench your thirst. In addition to drinks, traditional soda fountains served ice cream and perhaps a light meal.
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