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Fountain Service: 1974

Fountain Service: 1974

April 1974. Columbus, Indiana. "General view of soda fountain area -- Zaharako Bros. Ice Cream Parlor, 329 Washington Street. Family-run ice cream and confectionery business operating since 1900. This parlor was a major social center in Columbus for the first 50 years. Known for its elaborate interior and ice cream still made by the Zaharako family. Mexican onyx soda fountains purchased 1905; extra counter added 1949; store front modernized 1959." 5x7 negative by Jack E. Boucher, Historic American Buildings Survey. View full size.


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GOM sandwich

I found this, which I thought others might be interested in. Now, I am going to see if I can find a recipe!

"This ice cream parlor has been around since 1900 and was recently restored to its original glory. The old-timers swear by this (GOM) sandwich, a Midwestern take on the sloppy Joe—a slightly sweeter version of loose meat (with a few degrees of heat factored in), served on grilled bread. Sit at the marble-top counter to watch the soda jerks and cut the grease with a bubbly Green River float. ($5.49, $5.99 with cheese)"

Zaharako's Today

This is a current day shot from the front door looking in.

Gom sandwich?

Saw "Gom" listed on the sandwch menu at the very right. That ring a bell to anyone?

Green River on the drinks menu puts a smile on my face. I used to love that stuff when I was a kid... pretty sure they still make it but I haven't seen it anywhere in years.

Egg creams

MMMMMMM egg creams.

Love this place!

One of the best fountains I've seen on Shorpy. Looking at the menu, I could have eaten all my meals there in 1974.

Double take

With a job researching period items for our theatrical productions, I zeroed in on the Menu signage before seeing the date on the photo - almost had a heart attack thinking those press and stick letter boards were way older then I thought. Amazing place that!!!

That's no mere "organ" in the background.

The visible pipework behind the glass is that of a Welte Orchestrion---a roll-driven type of instrument popular at the turn of the 19th into the 20th centuries. There are Youtube videos of this very instrument, which was expertly and painstakingly restored just a few years ago by Mr Durward Center of Baltimore. The Orchestrion had percussion (drums, triangle) in addition to the pipes, and with the pipe voicing and roll arrangements, was intended to approximate a band or orchestral experience. When well regulated and tuned, the Welte instruments offer a very captivating and uplifting performance.

My goodness!

A lot higher prices than we're used to seeing here.

Parallel Parlor

The marble counter and over-the-top light fixtures seem to be a staple of historic soda fountains and ice cream parlors. This photo reminds me a lot of Aglamesis Brothers here in Cincinnati. It's still in the same 1913 building, with most of the original fixtures remaining, including the wonderful imported Portuguese marble counter, Tiffany lamps, tin ceiling, and tile floor.

Columbus, Indiana: a great place to visit

Had lunch here in 1998. Went over to Columbus to see the 1952 Indy pole winner on display at Cummings Diesel, but for some reason it was somewhere else. The Cummings receptionist recommended Zaharako Brothers for lunch. What a delightful surprise. Then we discovered the great architecture the city is well known for. Columbus, Indiana is truly a well kept secret.

How rare is that?

An organ in an ice cream parlor.

Sundae Delight

Please tell me this soda fountain is still in business. What a wonderful place to sit and snack. Eye candy for sure! Pull up a seat and give me a treat!

I'm on a budget

- so I'll just have the GOM sandwich, which is 40 cents. Incidentally, this restaurant still stands, although the GOM is now $5.99

Great prices

Wow, what a shock to see the date on this picture! There weren't very many such places still operating by that time. I do, however, know of one place, the Bluebird in Logan, Utah, that looks a lot like this and is still operating. Logan was the birthplace of John Gilbert, who was one of the most famous Hollywood actors of the silent era. One time, they screened several of his best films in the historic theater that had been recently remodeled. To see his films on the big screen, and then walk down the block and eat lunch at the Bluebird was like a trip back 80 years!

38 Years Later

They still sell "Zingers" in my work place vending machine but Charlie Brown is not on the wrapper. Today I paid more than 10 times the going rate for a chicken salad sandwich. I wonder if Zaharako Bros. included chips and a pickle?


All that is missing from this picture is Lana Turner!

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