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An early ad in Life Magazine stated, “Long used by smart hosts to mix better drinks…” it is a perfect gift for Dad. This bottle appears to be in working condition and has all the necessary original parts except the cartridge holder which are available on the internet should you want it for more than decor.
A Little History:
The 1920’s and 1930’s, the heyday of seltzer’s in the United States; Sparklets bottles were first exhibited at the Paris International Exhibition in 1900. It was so popular throughout history numerous things bore its name including: a prized orchid, race horses, prize pigs, a WWI plane, a car, and naturally drinks. During prohibition, Sparklets were used to make flavored sodas by mixing fruit syrups with seltzer. Referenced in books, it was a way of life, a measure of social grace, essential when on safari!
It was discovered that carbonic acid killed bacteria in liquids, known to cause typhoid fever, scarlet fever, diphtheria, tuberculosis and anthrax. High-tech at the time it was utilized by the British in the treatment of yellow fever in Africa and necessary in New York City when the water supply was contaminated. Popular Mechanics wrote an article on Sparklets in 1913.
During WWII, the cartridges were not available because they were used in by our armed forces to instantly inflate life vests. It’s not just a seltzer bottle, its history. They advertised in the best Magazines: Time, Life, The New Yorker, Homes and Gardens, Esquire. Today it’s featured in the décor of Andy Cohen’s clubhouse on the Bravo Network.
Note: The fifth photograph is a stock photo to show how festive these bottles can be!
If you have any questions, want more pictures or just want to chat about Sparklets and the history of seltzer bottles, please contact me.
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