Sparkling Water in Chernobyl
Two types of sparkling water were sold in these machines: simple, slightly salty, worth 1 kopeck per glass; and with syrup, for 3 kopecks. In this case, the machine thought for a minute, then with a grumble, gave a portion of lemon syrup, more rarely a thick tangerine syrup, and then topped it up with simple soda. Before using, the glass cups were washed right there in the machine, by setting them upside down in a special device (a grate with a valve) and pressing lightly. A stream of water shot up, rinsing the bottom and sides. Therefore, a wide puddle always spread around these machines, and many preferred to use their own glasses.
On hot days, there were queues around these machines, and under them you could always find wet 1 and 3 kopecks coins. The most common in the USSR were the AT-100S type machines with separate coin acceptors. A later version, AT-101S (in the picture), allowed you to choose the type of syrup (Cream Soda, Lemonade, Pear). The machines worked from May to September, and during the cold season, they were closed with special metal boxes.
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