Friday, July 13, 2007

Victorian Culture: Softdrinks

As we head into the summer, perhaps a bit on what was refreshing, oh, about a 100 years ago...

Carbonated water was invented by Joseph Priestly in the late 18th century, but the temperance movement create the softdrink industry in the 19th, as an alteranteive to beer and wine. Ginger beer, sarsaparilla, and similar formulations, made by small manufacturers for maily local distribution, came into wide use in the English-speaking countries, though not on the continent, where temperance never really caught on. Many households acquired a gazogene, a device for carbonating water or other liquids.

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