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The Rainbow Market: 1955

The Rainbow Market: 1955

April 21, 1955. Inside the Rainbow Market in Larkspur, Calif. After my father sold his store in San Francisco, he worked here in one of our home town's two grocery stores for a few years. That's him in a white apron at the end of the aisle. The exterior of the building can be seen here. My brother also took this shot while he was at it, also on 35mm Tri-X. View full size.

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The Real Thing

is Coca-Cola made with cane sugar, and Tri-X developed in Microdol at 3 to 1.

Eleven Cellars wine

99 cents a bottle -- is that an early hobo brand?

Coke in Australia

You can still buy Coca-Cola in Australia in a glass bottle, it costs more than a can or plastic, but if you want it you can still get it.

Soda In Glass Bottles

Soda in glass bottles can still be found in many parts of the U.S. For a location near you, check out
I'm lucky to live near Winona, Minnesota, which has one of the last bottling plants in America still producing Coke in bottles.

The Beer Refreshing

Tri-X and Hamms

The highlights aren't as blown in the original neg. I boosted the contrast to give more oomph to the interior. Here's a detail looking through the front window, also a closer view of my father, and the guy partially obscured on the right is Ernie Epidendio, the owner of the Rainbow Market, manning the cash register. The gal reading the magazine or paper looks like she stepped out of one of those 1950s ads over on Plan59, and there's something about her kid that makes me think he might be in a Cub Scouts uniform.

Oh, and that animated creature in the Hamms beer TV commercials wasn't supposed to be a panda, but a bear of one North American species or another. The Land of Sky Blue Waters was in Minnesota, not China.

Coke from Latin America

My local corner ethnic grocery carries both Coke and Pepsi in glass bottles (imported from Mexico I think). I must admit I didn't notice much of a difference when I sampled the Coke, cane sugar and all, from the plastic bottle variety. I too seem to remember both Coke (and frozen custard) to be a lot better when I was young. But it was probably just the rarity of sampling that made them so delicious...

Cane Sugar Coke

Don't ask me why but Mexican Coca-Cola is sold in glass bottles and is only made with cane sugar. Even stranger, It seems to be fairly easy to obtain in the US. Most Hispanic grocers carry the stuff. Heck, I have two sources readily available to me here in South Dakota. And the previous comments are true: Once you drink Cane Sugar Coke out of a glass bottle, the "other stuff" loses much of its appeal.

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KJBS Radio

Has an interesting history. They started small, but achieved many broadcasting "firsts".

I love that old Tri-X, too, grain and all. I used it years ago to shoot high school football and basketball games for my hometown newspaper.


I remember Hamm's beer advertising with a cartoon panda when I was very little in the late 70s-early 80s. Now such advertising that appeals to kids would be controversial, but they were out of business long before I was old enough to drink and I became definitely a wine, not beer, kind of person. Nonetheless, this comment has got that jingle stuck firmly in my head.

OU-P Coke

All Coke is Kosher, even the high-fructose corn syrup version. What you want is "Kosher for Passover Coke." It usually has a yellow cap and occasionally Hebrew lettering on the top. It will have "OU-P" on it somewhere. The OU signifies Kosher according to the Orthodox Union and the P meaning Passover.

Kosher Coke

If you want to taste what Coke used to be, find some kosher Coca-Cola that is made only during Passover season. It is available in big cities, particularly in the Northeast. Safeway in the D.C. area carries it. It's made with cane sugar.

Wonderful Tri-X Grain and Real Coke

Coca-Cola with no high-fructose corn syrup, just cane sugar, in thick green glass, probably with some city's name on the bottom, -- and the wonderful grain of Tri-X Pan...I can forgive the blown highlights from shooting inside towards the outside.


Is that "FROM THE LAD OF SKY BLUE WATERS" Hamm's Beer in the lower left hand corner??

[Land, not Lad. - Dave]

Tastes better too

Somehow Coke - or any soft drink - tastes better out of a glass bottle than it ever does out of a plastic bottle, or worse a can. Don't ask me why but it does.


I'd love to have some of that old-fashioned Coke in a bottle. Glass is so much classier than plastic.

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