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From behind the soda fountain, another view of this early 1950s lunch counter. Check out the Coke dispenser (nicknamed "motorboat" because of the outboard-engine shape) attached to the syrup rail, Nestle's Hot Fudge machine and Hamilton Beach single head milkshake mixer on back bar. All collectible pieces today. It's a shame virtually all of these places are gone. View full size.