FW: Moxie (1885)
abatefr at EARTHLINK.NET
Thu Mar 20 11:02:09 UTC 2003
Adding to what Barry P says below, Vernor's is (or was) a Detroit invention
and a favorite in that city, and unavailable very far from Detroit in my
experience. You could not get Vernor's in Cleveland even, and no one there
even knew what it was, unless they were familiar with the Motor City.
Vernor's is/was a sweet ginger ale, pale yellow/tannish in color, unlike any
other I have had in taste (quite gingery, more so than Canada Dry), with a
characteristically VERY active effervescence (little bubbles would leap out
of the glass after your poured it). Detroiters liked it, but is was a very
local thing, AFAIK. I can claim special experience on this, as two of my
uncles worked for Vernor's in Detroit (aside: they drove Vernor's delivery
trucks; both were members of the Teamsters, and big-time Jimmy Hoffa fans).
After my family moved to Cleveland, my uncles would keep us supplied. At
Thanksgiving, we would baste the roasting turkey with Vernor's, every hour
or so. Makes a nice turkey.
I don't know if one can still buy Vernor's anywhere, but if anyone on the
list knows, please let me know. Do we have a lister in the Detroit area?
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Subject: Moxie (1885)
The latest OED revision (March 2003)has "moxie." It's stated that the
drink was made in "1884 or 1885." I'd go with the trademark records that
say 1885. However, today's NEW YORK SUN food section, 19 March 2003, pg.
15, col. 3, says: "There are also hard-to-find classics such as Vernor's, a
gingery blend that claims to be America's oldest soft drink, and my personal
favorite, Moxie, a New England soda that's been around since 1884 and claims
to cure nervousness, insomnia, and exhaustion."
Hm, maybe I could use some right now...
Word Mark MOXIE
Goods and Services IC 032. US 045. G & S: NONALCOHOLIC, MALTLESS CARBONATED
BEVERAGE AND SIRUP FOR MAKING THE SAME. FIRST USE: 18850000. FIRST USE IN
Mark Drawing Code (5) WORDS, LETTERS, AND/OR NUMBERS IN STYLIZED FORM
Serial Number 71178054
Filing Date March 23, 1923
Registration Number 0189066
Registration Date September 9, 1924
Owner (REGISTRANT) MOXIE COMPANY, THE CORPORATION MAINE 61-71 HAVERHILL
STREET BOSTON MASSACHUSETTS
(LAST LISTED OWNER) MOXIE INDUSTRIES, INC. CORPORATION BY CHANGE OF NAME
FROM MASSACHUSETTS 2211 EAST ORANGEWOOD AVENUE ANAHEIM CALIFORNIA 92806
Assignment Recorded ASSIGNMENT RECORDED
Type of Mark TRADEMARK
Renewal 3RD RENEWAL 19850923
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