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March 3, 1950: Drink Queen-O, Mom gets a handbag

Queen-O was the “sparkling beverage” made on Buffalo’s East Side by the Sol Lenzner Corp.

Usually sold in glass bottles, sometimes as ready-to-drink pop, sometimes as ready-to-mix syrup, it was a favorite among the children of Buffalo and Western New York until the company closed its doors in 1969.

Sixty-five years ago this week, begging your mom for Queen-O might have been a little easier. Mailing four neck labels and 98 cents to the Genesee Street plant could have earned your mom a “beautiful plastic suede” bag for her shopping or knitting.

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