Do you remember this drink? If so that’s slightly hard luck, for you are getting on a bit. It’s hard to discover precisely when production stopped. The firm that made this ‘drink’ ceased production in the mid-1960s but we have seen a reference to people still drinking it in the early 70s.
We have a bottle which once contained the product at Market Lavington Museum.
The bottle is clear glass – it has picked up colour from the backdrop here. It is also small. If it contained the actual drink it wouldn’t have done much thirst quenching. What it actually contained was crystals.
The crystals could be dissolved in water to make a syrup and that was then diluted to taste, like bottles of ordinary squash.
Our curator remembers that his family used to have it on camping holidays. There was only the small bottle to carry to the camp site. It could be made up there and it made a delightful sweet drink for the children in the family. And of course, our curator was one of those children.
Actually, he doesn’t remember the bottles and thought the crystals came in sachets, but that may be because his interest was in drinking the stuff, not making it up.
Lots of people, including our curator, remember the taste with great affection. These days we are trying to reduce the sugar intake of our youngsters. Back then it seemed to be used with great abandon and no doubt Eiffel Tower was high in sugar.
Back to our bottle. One side of it is embossed with the name of the product.
The other side has the manufacturer’s name.
That’s Foster Clark Ltd of Maidstone.
You can read a bit of the fascinating history of the company by clicking here – http://www.fosterclark.com/birth-brand?l=1
This little bottle is sure to bring back memories of lovely, sunny, summer days for many people.