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March 19, 2005
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Tom Tucker's Ghost by yankeedog Tom Tucker's Ghost by yankeedog
Tom Tucker Mint Ginger Ale was the creation of Sidney Harris, a Pittsburgh inventor and entrepreneur. It was said that Mr. Harris had soda pop running through his veins! Almost his entire life was devoted to inventing and bottling soda. After dropping out of school in the 8th grade Sidney Harris embarked on a journey that would last his entire life. He started his soda pop dream by selling flavored drinks and ice from the back of a horse drawn wagon on the streets of Downtown Pittsburgh, he parlayed this modest venture into a small empire of very tasty and popular drinks. Along with his famous Tom Tucker mint ginger ale, he also invented Champayno, a nonalcoholic beverage that tasted like champagne!
Sidney Harris was known to travel sales route with a life size mannequin Tom Tucker dressed in top hat and tuxedo! The kids loved Tom Tucker and Mr. Harris.
In 1978, Sidney Harris retired, selling his Tom Tucker Bottling Company or so it was thought. It seems Mr. Harris just couldn't stop and soon became involved with Natrona Bottling, were he continued to bottle Champayno and a new drink he called Plantation Mint Julep. It was said that Plantation Mint Julep had medicinal qualities and was great for the relief of heartburn.
Mr. Harris was one of those rare individuals who seems happen once in a lifetime. He never measured success by possessions, but by the friends that he made and the difference he made in their lives. Sidney Harris passed away on June 3, 2003, he was 100 years old!

This Tom Tucker advertisement is painted on the side of a small building along Pittsburgh Street in Springdale, Pennsylvania. I've driven by this advertisement thousands and thousands of times and never noticed it till the other morning. It must have been the Ghost of Tom Tucker?
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badluckshadow13 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011
I've just always wondered why the bottle says it's "Southern style mint ginger ale" I've never even heard of any other brands that make it, much less other styles of it.
yankeedog Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011  Professional General Artist
I think Cott makes a "Southern Style Mint Ginger Ale", but I've never seen anything other than Tom Tucker.
Lyle462 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2007
Now why did "Another Brick in the Wall" just hit me when I first glanced at this? :) (The band is really fantastic that's what I think. Oh by the way...which one's Pink!LOL)
yankeedog Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2007  Professional General Artist
Thanks Lyle! That's an interesting song, I like the talking at the end. Here's Pink: [link] :-) I'm not sure about Floyd.
Lyle462 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2007
LOL! :)
tyhopho Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
old faded advertisments are true treasures when you discover them as they are windows into the past. well spotted and a good shot, although some sharpening could bring out some detail in the shot.
yankeedog Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2005  Professional General Artist
Thanks Brian! I thought it was a good find too. I was afraid to mess with it too much, I didn't want to lose any more of the image, but I'll try sharpening and see if that helps. I've been shooting a lot of these ghost ads lately. I'm planning on posting some others.
yankeedog Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2005  Professional General Artist
Thanks! I was just looking for some info about the brand name and found Sidney Harris' obituary. I had know idea he was a local guy. Can you imagine all that he saw in 100 years 1903 -2003? The birth of flight, the automobile, electricity, Jazz, Swing, WWI, WWII, the Korean War, Jet planes, Vietnam, men in space, Rock 'N Roll, man on the moon, the computer... Pretty amazing! Now I'm trying to find an old Tom Tucker bottle to add to my collection of junk in my studio. :-) [link] [link] [link]
Andy-san Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
very interesting story
jojomercury Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2005
I love old ad images and also wall posters that are weathered.The story added so much more to the image Don giving it a life beyond the faded brick.Well done my friend.
Peace&Respect Jojo
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