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Thursday, September 29, 2005

PHOTOPOST: Defunct consumer products

Rules:

1: I must have actually had/used the product.
2: The product must be defunct within the bounds of good reason.
3: Suggestions are welcome.

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September 29, 2005: Original New York Seltzer.

Left:
A nice large shot of a Root Beer New York Seltzer Can.

Below: Promotional patch (for your jean jacket?) with a legible view of the logo. Note visible Twin Towers on your far left.

This was great stuff! The flavors were quite vibrant, especially for the mid-eighties - an era before food products could be "X-treme."

The memory of the grape lingers most. It didn't have that fake ice-pop grapiness, nor a medicinal grape Dimetapp quality. It was just perfect purple selzter beauty.

Apparently, Original New York Selzter was from California. It was based on a family recipe from from Upstate New York, however. Probably from somewhere down in the Catskills, if a guess were to be had.

Original New York Seltzer also seems to have more versions of its origin story than your average Batman villian. Okay, well, two.

October 12, 2005: Eagle snacks.


Left: Eagle brand roasted peanuts, airplane variety.

Right: Snapshot of actual Eagle Snacks pretzels.

Ah Eagle Snacks. Anheuser Busch's attempt to out-beer nut the Beer Nut. I was too young to drink in those days, but you certainly could put down piles and piles of Eagle pretzels.

There seems to have been a move to bring back Eagle in 1998, this time using Olestra cooking oil. Too bad, too. Olestra's a great product, and it was mostly killed off by hysteria. Olestra and Eagle would have been like ... chocolate and peanut butter ... or coffee and cigars ... another classic match.

I still have a bad of Eagle peanuts that I saved from my trip to Rome 17 years ago. It's in a closet somewhere. Hey, that's what kids do.

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Olestra is great! Eat all the snacks you want, and never suffer an intestinal blockage.

Seriously though, it never bothered me at all.

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