Historic artifact for a holiday weekend


9 Responses to “Historic artifact for a holiday weekend”

  1. Ed Frome says:

    A fine example of building on existing technology.

    I hope that was an open source ice cream maker, or he might have gotten his butt sued off =oD

  2. teapot says:

    Mariano Martinez… what a fine upstanding example of American Entrepreneurial spirit.

    Him and Braun for the V-2, right? :P

  3. LightningRose says:

    I consider Margarita Slurpee machines to be the height of technological decadence.

    Even more so than the Gin and Tonic pump pot I used at parties in the late 70′s.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Did anyone else think this was a steampunk joke at first glance?

  5. Anonymous says:

    And I am proud to see an outline of the great state of Texas at the top of the machine. Margaritas for the masses!

  6. Jackasimov says:

    Well someone should get it out of there and put it back to work. Am I wrong? Unless it’s sitting in the museum cafeteria that looks like a machine that could use a job (in my house).

  7. baccaruda says:

    Real margheads know that homebuilt ‘rita machines have been around for a lot longer than this article suggests; they’ve just gotten smaller and, I daresay, they’ve lost a certain panache in the process. I still fire up Granddad’s 1935 Schlosser-Warner he brought over from Germany in the ’10s, on special family occasions. It only output 4MPM but for an early homebuilt electric MM kit, that was a luxury back then. We had a close call 8 years ago when one of the vacuum tubes failed, but a buddy of mine who builds & repairs guitar amps saved our butts when he showed me how to link 3 Soviet-built tubes in series to repair it; it had the unintended benefit of boosting output by 1.3 MPM without overheating. I’d been searching for a non-invasive way to increase output for years as our family grew, but anyone who’s ever tried can tell you that parts just don’t exist for these old Schlossers anymore. I heard about an S-W that popped up in a garage sale in a suburb of Atlanta, rumored to be one of the two experimental machines Coca-Cola discarded when they abandoned their plans to sell canned margaritas (a good thing, if you ask me; I’d hate to see a world full of flaccid mass-produced canned margaritas) but by the time I flew down to check it out, the trail had gone cold. Losing out on that baby still hurts when I think about it.

  8. Jack says:

    No need to get it back to work. Leave it as is. It’s rare to see 1970s/1980s technology put on a pedestal and respected for what it does outside of kitsch. Respect this machine!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Saw the teaser and had to find out if it was the real thing or not. It is! Mariano Martinez owns and operates a chain of Tex-Mex restaurants in Dallas, TX and the surrounding area. They’re great restaurants, or at least they were 10 years ago or so, when I lived in Texas. Thanks for the story!

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