I also like Vernors Ginger Ale, there was a pop called Delware Punch also back in the 40's and 50's ,but the bottle was very thick like the coke bottle,so there was but a few gulps in it,and very sweet,left you quite thirsty.
My grandparents who raised me didn't have a lot of money,like lots of families in those days,so a lot of us kids went all over town looking for bottle to get the penny or two deposit for returned bottles,we'd saave up the pennies and be able to buy a bottle of pop for a nickle or but a candy bar,or what ever you wanted for a nickle,very few of us had the will power to saave enough to get something bigger.I would save up enough to but a Donald Duck or Mickey Mouse Funny book.
When we could get away with it while the grocer was busy with coustomers we would take our pop and go sit down by the funny book rack and sit on the floor and read as many as we could before he would shoo us out . Great times back then for a kid. Lot less violence and stuff. We could even carry our cub scout or boy scout knives to school and play mumbledee peg,and cut the pie in the dirt with them. All without being drug into the office and being grilled like some murderer wondering why you would carry such a "dangerous weapon" onto the school grounds,today you would be expelled after going to some shrink trying to figure out if you were a terrorist or not.
How times have changed,we didn't have security guards on the school grounds either. I feel like i'm from Mars and on a strange planet now days...I don't really care for these times sadly,everything from my youth is now evil or illegal,and what was evil and illegal or wrong back then is now OK or ecceptable or normal... Good Grief !! as Charlie Brown would say,whats happened to the country i once knew and loved ??? Evan