Cliff and I sometimes get into a discussion about the favorite soda pops of our childhood. That's "pop" for me (Iowa-born), and "sodie" for Cliff (born in the Lake-of-the-Ozarks-area).
I've wondered why he'd never heard of my favorite, Tyler Grape. But with the help of Google, I now understand. Tyler was bottled in Clarinda, Iowa... a few miles from where I lived as a child. Daddy spent a lot of time across the road from the switchboard office in Guss, where we lived, talking to local men in Mitchell's blacksmith shop. There was a pop machine there, and I could always talk Daddy out of a nickel for a bottle of Tyler grape; I can almost taste it now, thinking about it. A Google search led me to Ebay, which has a Tyler bottle for sale starting at $9.99. The seller had this to say: "We are listing a 10 oz 1958 Tyler's ACL Soda Bottle from Clarinda, Iowa that is in very good condition with no chips or cracks. Bottle has the more uncommon blue and white ACL colors." I did, in fact, buy the bottle.
The brand of "sodie" Cliff remembers best is Polly pop, which I learned (once again with the help of Google) was bottled in Independence, Missouri. I found an interesting story about the history of Polly's HERE.
After my family moved to Kansas City, Vess became a favorite. Mother would get a quart bottle of Vess strawberry pop, and a half-gallon of cheap vanilla ice cream, and create the world's best ice cream soda.
Tastes are such a vital part of my memories. A search on the Internet tells me that Vess is still in business and can be bought in the St. Louis area. I wonder if they still make the strawberry flavor.