100 Romanian Design Objects
Fizzy water bottle
Homeware Products
Production date: 1938
Produced in: Huși
Materials: glass and metal
The history of fizzy water starts in England, in 1772, when Joseph Priestley wrote a paper explaining the principle of enriching water with carbon dioxide. In Romania, fizzy water became very quick very popular. Between the World Wars it was one of the common items at all the restaurants and terraces, consumed with syrup or wine. ‘Sifonăria’ – the stalls selling fizzy water – were showing up at every corner – an implied element of the urban culture at that time. The Communist Era made it become kind of national symbol: the most popular carbonated drink, found in almost any food. It was said that a fizzy water booth was not worth the name unless it had marks on the walls from the blowing metal plugs, that popped out under too much pressure.
Old soda bottles had the code, year and the place and the workshops where they were produced – Haţeg, Huşi, Sibiu, Timişoara, Tîrgu Mureş, Turda etc – marked directly on the metal cap and on the glass. Most often, the bottles were white, green or blue, and could be refilled at any stall in the city.
Photo: Cristian Vasile