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  • - The first time I ever made a delivery

  • was in the spring of 1953,

  • and I was six months old on my father's route.

  • I grew up doing this.

  • Seltzer man.

  • My name is Walter Backerman,

  • and I am a Seltzer Man.

  • A Seltzer Man is the order taker, the bottle fixer,

  • the driver, the deliverer,

  • the salesman.

  • You're everything rolled into one.

  • If people ask you what it is about the seltzer business

  • that makes you wanna continue doing it,

  • you hold that seltzer bottle

  • and you hold history.

  • You hold memories.

  • You hold an object of beauty.

  • That's 1871.

  • It still works.

  • - Without these bottles, this business doesn't exist.

  • This machine is a Barnett & Foster siphon filling machine.

  • I think it was made in London, early 1900s.

  • It's a six siphon grade filling machine.

  • It goes around through the carousel

  • and only one bottle goes in at a time.

  • So it's a lot of work.

  • The reason this is a better seltzer

  • is because there's nothing else in this seltzer

  • other than New York City tap water,

  • which is triple-filtered through sand, charcoal,

  • and paper, and CO2.

  • - Fortunately, as long as the machine is fixed

  • and I have a place to fill,

  • I can't see any reason why this business

  • should be a nail in the coffin situation

  • where it's over.

  • It won't be over till the last bottle of seltzer

  • is squirted, and I don't see that anytime soon.

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    許大善 posted on 2019/09/27
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