John Matthews (soda water manufacturer)


John Matthews (soda water manufacturer)

John Matthews (1808 - January 12 1870), was a U.S. (English-born) inventor & soda water manufacturer. He is known as "The Soda Fountain King".

Matthews manufactured carbonating machinery and distributed his product through retail stores. The equipment was a lead-liend cast-iron box where carbonic acid gas was formed by mixing sulphuric acid with marble dust. The gas was then purified by passing it through water, and then into a tank partially filled with cool water. The tank was rocked for a quarter to a half hour, until the water was impregnated and bubbly.

Matthews created a fountain apparatus that could be positioned on a pharmacist’s counter to dispense carbonated drinks, leading to its popularisation and rapid growth.

He is buried at Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York. His monument was designed by Karl Muller and cost $30,000. [ [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=3318 findagrave entry] ]

ee also

*Soda fountain

External links

* [http://www.fohbc.com/PDF_Files/JohnMatthews_DYates.pdf "John Matthews - Father of the Soda Fountain"] by Donald Yates, published in Bottles and Extras, Summer 2006
* [http://www.americanheritage.com/articles/magazine/ah/1962/5/1962_5_10.shtml "The Soda Fountain"] by Jospeh L Morrison

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