Beach Hotel Soda Fountain

Beach Hotel Soda Fountain by Michael Freeman.

The soda fountain was an American invention of the early 20th Century that was introduced to Britain from the 1920s. Ventnor’s Beach Hotel became part of the Southern Hotels Group at that time (along with the Metropole) and its seafront cafe was soon offering American style soda drinks in a variety of flavours. By 1952 and possibly before, the Gaiety nearby, with its dodgems and ghost train, also boasted a soda fountain for its young customers.

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