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Carbonated Liquid Bottling Machine

Carbonated Liquid Bottling Machine

In 1767, the British chemist, Joseph Priestley, suspended a bowl of water over a beer vat and, accidently, discovered a way to infuse water with carbon dioxide. He found a “peculiar sensation” when tasting the results and, in 1772, published a paper, “Impregnating Water with Fixed Air.” Large scale production of carbonated water began in 1781. The term “Seltzer Water” came into used in the 1950s, deriving from the German town of Selters renowned for its mineral springs.
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Object Name
Syphon Bottling Machine (Seltzer)
Carbonated Liquid Bottling Machine
base: 380 mm x 102 mm; x 14 15/16 in x 4 in
overall: 130 cm x 53.3 cm x 50.8 cm; 51 3/16 in x 21 in x 20 in
overall: 51 in x 21 in x 20 in; 129.54 cm x 53.34 cm x 50.8 cm
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Gift of Montgomery Ice Corporation
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National Museum of American History
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