Monday, May 20, 2013
The excited lad took the end stool at the Dime Store lunch counter.
He slapped down his Two Bits and asked...
"Phosphates are still a nickel aren't they Mr. Conway?"
'Yes Johnny, they are still a nickel'.
"OK, I'll have a Cherry Phosphate, a Lemon Phosphate, a Pineapple
Phosphate, an Orange Phosphate, and a Chocolate Phosphate!
And Mr. Conway? Are those Horehound Candies still 2 for a penny?"
Growing up in Michigan, we had Kresge Dime Stores all over.
Dime stores/Five and Dimes, whatever, they all had lunch counters
and soda fountains. A phosphate was any ice cream flavor with soda
water added. Horehound is a very old fashioned flavor that is very
strong, almost medicinal in taste. You can still find that flavor in retro
shops like The Cracker Barrel. When I was a kid, all candy bars was a nickel,
except for a Zero, it was only 3 cents. Remember the Bun Maple Cream?
How about Sky Bar? Walnetto's? What did you love as a kid, that you wish
you was un-wrapping Right Now?
Two-Bits was .25 Cents
Drug Stores were Apothecaries
Mr. Conway was a Soda Jerk