In the 1950's, while Britain's teenagers were discovering the newly introduced Wimpey Bars, I was discovering Soda Fountains and young Texan ladies in Houston.
Think George Lucas movie American Graffiti and the TV comedy Happy Days. Think Rock 'n' Roll and Wurlitzer juke boxes.
No drugstore soda fountain would have opened its doors without an iconic Hamilton Beach malted milk shake blender and its metal cups behind the counter Invariably in pastel green or blue although other colours were available. Few knew that Hamilton Beach was not a place.
In 1904 Louis Hamilton and Chester Beach worked for US Standard Electrical in Racine Wisconsin. They met inventor Frederick J. Osius who employed Lou in sales and advertising and Chester in engineering. It was Chester who came up with the scaled down electric motor that made domestic appliances possible. Osius paid the pair $1000 each for the use of their name and Hamilton Beach Inc. was created.
I haven't spotted one in Margate yet, but there are still a few around in Britain. Don't know about those Texan misses though!
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