[Young woman at a soda fountain counter]


[Young woman at a soda fountain counter]


Photographer unknown


A woman, perhaps in her twenties, is standing between two counters in a soda fountain store. Her reflection may be seen in the mirror behind the back counter. She is dressed in a long sleeved, dark dress with a large white collar, white cuffs and a white apron. Her hair is pulled back into a bun. Various glass dishes, cutlery and glasses may be seen on the white marble counter below the mirror. A Tiffany-style lamp on top of a large marble container with a tap dispensing handle and jars of liquid (syrup?) are on the front counter. Various signs and advertisements are posted on the walls, including “Ice Cold Soft Drinks,” “Soda Water,” “Drink Dr. Pepper” and “Elk Sealed Ribbon Chocolates.” There is a glass display counter with various confectionery items next to the front counter. Other shelves behind the front counter contain large jars, boxes of hard candy and silver tankards. A small clock reads 9:30. The room itself is ornate - a proscenium arch with a music lyre is over the rear counter and dark wallpaper with a flower motif and wall-mounted, flower-shaped light fixtures are visible. No number has been written on the emulsion side of the negative in the upper right corner of the picture. The number "1" is written in the upper left corner.


Soda Fountains
Dubuque (Iowa) –- Pictorial works
William J. Klauer Collection. City at Work Project
Gelatin silver prints
Itinerant photographers


The Center for Dubuque History, Loras College, 1450 Alta Vista Street, Dubuque, Iowa 52001


Digital image captured using a Microtek ScanMaker 8700 with transparent media adapter. TIFF file created from a gelatin silver print scanned in 16 - bit grey scale at 1200 ppi.


Contact The Center for Dubuque History at Loras College, 1450 Alta Vista Street, Dubuque, Iowa 52001 or call (563) 588-7100 © 2013 LORAS COLLEGE


William J. Klauer Collection


Still image




KL 355-348


This record is part of the William J. Klauer Collection held by The Center for Dubuque History, Loras College, Dubuque, Iowa.


Location unknown


This image was displayed in the “City at Work” exhibit at the Dubuque Museum of Art, December 7, 2013 – March 24, 2014.

The original glass plate negative was lost. A gelatin silver print created in the 1970s remains..




Photographer unknown, “[Young woman at a soda fountain counter],” Loras College Digital Collections, accessed February 22, 2024, https://digitalcollections.loras.edu/items/show/5175.