Photo memories from the Zeigler’s Drug Store soda fountain

I received this photo in a note from Wayne Breighner of Red Lion. He writes, “This is the soda fountain at Ziegler’s Drug Store located on the southwest corner of Market and Penn Sts. My mother, Alverta M. Breighner nee Smith [1908-1972] is shown taking an order from a customer. It’s sad that soda fountains are rarely found today, it still is the best way to get a ‘Coke’ or a ‘Coke with chocolate syrup’ or a cherry or lemon ‘Coke.’ And it’s rare to find an establishment that knows how to make a chocolate ice cream soda. Yes there is a secret to a great one.”

It’s cold, Wayne, but you’re making me hungry for an ice-cream soda anyway!

Would love to hear memories of Zeigler’s or of YOUR favorite soda fountain of the past; please comment!

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2 Responses to Photo memories from the Zeigler’s Drug Store soda fountain

  1. Betsy Baird says:

    I well remember the Zeigler’s Drug Store at corner of W. Market & S. Penn Streets. I lived across the street and was always going there for an ice cream cone. Vanilla or Cherry vanilla were my favorites. I’d get a milkshake at times. And crossing Market Street was a hazard at any time.
    One time I was crossing Market St. when the ice plopped right OFF the cone!
    Another time, I went over with the usual five cents in my hand (yes, it cost only five cents at that time). I found out they had just raised the price to seven cents! I was all worried and ran right home to get the 2 extra cents. The clerks weren’t worried and said to let it go, but I felt I had to pay it.
    Mother would sometimes get drugs there, as well as other items. I’d look for postcards (what are they, now days)? I got something at the counter, but it was so long ago, I cannot remember what.
    And you didn’t have to wait a year for your prescription to be filled. NO long line like in Walmart. Oh, for the days of the years long past gone. And kind, helpful service. One year of the blizzard, we had no phone. They did, but had no electricity. Whole side of that 400 block was without electricity. Some of the people we knew were coming over to our place to get warm! And get a hot drink! There was friendship in those days. A thing you cannot find much of these days. Oh, how I wish for the good old days of yore!

    • What memories! I worked from 1967- until the store closed as a “soda jerk”. My wife, Joyce, met me there and we’ve been married over 42 years. I made great “orange freezes” and sundaes evidently.
      Fond memories of Bertie; Grace, and Edith who mentored “the boys”.
      Paul Thomas and Mr. “Jimmy” Ziegler were great “bosses.”
      I didn’t drive back then and Mr. Ziegler often drove me home in his 427 Chevy Impala . Zoom!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      I am currently writing a “word puzzle” about my “soda jerk” days on a website I have been a member for over 5 years.
      Sploofus.com- check it out if you love trivia. (alvandy is my user name- a York Peppermint Pattie is my avatar).

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