Friday, August 19, 2016

The Old Coke Machine

Nostalgia & Memories


When I was living on Avenue du Parc in Montreal during the 1960s, my parents had a grocery store (called Frank’s Grocery). It was an arrangement where the store was out front and we lived in the back in a fairly large house. The store had a coke machine, similar to the one in the photo, which kept the bottles cold via circulating chilled water. On a hot Summer day, there was something wonderful , even redemptive and restorative, in grabbing an ice-cold Coke (in green glass bottles) from the water, pulling it out and placing the bottle next to your skin, before putting the bottle to your lips and taking a long, hard swig of “the real thing.” Yes, after this brief moment in time you were refreshed, restored and feeling human, again.

Me & My Mom (circa 1967) in front of the store, Frank’s Grocery, the store my parents owned and operated in the 1960s. It was located at 4597 Avenue du Parc, in the Montreal neighborhood known as Mile End, which is located in the borough of Plateau-Mont-Royal.
Photo Credit & Source: ©Perry J. Greenbaum