'And finally, not everyone’s being doing topical. In fact, here’s the rather lovely 6 Oxgangs Avenue devoted to the history of the development of the area, this week highlighting how the block of flats came into being. Could have been prompted by Who do you think you are? Or just a timely reminder that not everything worth blogging about is in the here and now.'

Kate Higgins, Scottish Roundup 26/08/2012

Monday, 10 September 2012

Cool, Drinks Machine

Like the pleasing aesthetic qualities of police pillars I was always fascinated by the clunky refrigerated milk drinks dispenser machines. I think there was one at Firhill School? I was never inside the school so I can't confirm that-do any of the followers of The Stair know?
Photo Colin Dalziel
Also, were they sited outside some of the small dairy shops at Falcon Road West or Montpelier Terrace? 

There was certainly one at Lindt's at Brighton Place, Portobello. Anne, Iain and I would accompany our grandfather to pick up one or two messages and occasionally be allowed to buy a drink. For a child these machines were fascinating-the ones I recall were slightly different  to the machine illustrated above in that they were a deeper blue and had six red buttons;  the tetra-pack carton of cold milk was dispensed with a satisfying thud as it landed in the large drawer and before one opened it there was always the small frisson of excitement that it was indeed the requested product!

Better still you could get strawberry milk-what a novelty-also I think you could get orange juice jubblies too. Cool!

Postscript: What are your memories of vending machines-Spangles, Wrigleys and Beech Nut gum, Nestle chocolate?


paul said...

Yeah,we had one at Firhill,dispensed orange juice as well as milk.That's if you could get you're money in the machine before some bully took it off you.

Peter Hoffmann said...

Agree-they recently had some on sale again and Iain Hoffmann kindly bought me some-tried one, but rest remain in the freezer! Perhaps an allegory for the blog?

Gerry FREW said...

I remember a Beech Nut machine at the foot of Ardmillan Terrace. On the way to the Hearts home games we'd get off the 4 bus there, cross the road and feed a thrupenny bit into the machine, hoping that you'd be the fourth turn of the wheel and get a second free pack.