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An old Soviet soda machine, now used as a decoration / museum piece at the Belmontas restaurant. The sign says:
"We invite you to take a short trip to the past and try a glass of cold beverage! Insert a 1 Euro coin and make your choice. The middle one is sparkling water with fruit syrup. Thank you for visiting Belmontas!"
The left button dispenses sparkling water with "citrus syrup". The the right one is for plain sparkling water. I guess those two buttons were not operational.
I remember seeing soda machines like this one in many public places, such as grocery stores. Water with syrup used to cost 3 kopecks (1/100th of a ruble), plain water 1 kopeck.
The glass that's sitting in the machine is also authentic. Every soda machine came with a glass -- yes, just one. Sometimes it was chained to the machine to keep it from being stolen. And yes, everybody drank from it, despite there being no adequate way to sanitize it. The metal "plate" to the right was where you could attempt to wash the glass, but it was hardly sufficient. You would put the glass upside-down on the plate and press it. Water would squirt from around the plate and kind of "wash" the rim of the glass, but it was just plain cold water with no soap. So you couldn't even dream of disinfecting the drinking vessel before use. Yet thousands of strangers shared it every day without stopping to think about it.