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Throwback Thursday Photo, The Mug

Who doesn't enjoy an ice cold mug of root beer served from the enormous smile of a giant, anthropomorphic mug of root beer? Seen here in 1931, the Mug root beer stand was located near 33rd and O Street in Lincoln, Nebraska. The stand was designed to look like a smiling mug of root beer complete with eyes, nose and teeth. Spindles on the roof even appear to depict hair. 

Novelty food and drink stands were popular during the mid-20th century. Lincoln also had the Smith Root Beer Stand the shaped like a Dutch windmill at the corner of Cotner and O Streets.  

Nebraska had many other fun, wacky places to grab a soda, enjoy a hamburger or indulge in ice cream. Please share memories of your favorites in the comments!

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