Soda Pop!: Sugar Fix

Girls next to Coca-Cola machine

"Girls Next to Coca-Cola Machine"

The Lake Forest College Forester, 1952, Vol.52, 7

The Lake Forest College Archives

In Lake Forest, local soda parlors became a popular social destination for college students as an alternative to saloons. By the 1930s however, sodas, packaged in cans and bottles grew in popularity as they popped up in movie theaters, gas stations, and drug stores; by the 1950s, the Coca-Cola vending machines had become the trademark of the growing soda industry. On college campuses, like Lake Forest, students gravitated toward these sugary, caffeinated drinks.

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