If you're over 40, you probably remember a time when you never bought water in a bottle or carried it around in a special container. Yet no one was fainting for lack of hydration on the sidewalk. It must have been because drinking fountains were everywhere.
Department stores had them on each floor. Small towns offered them in the downtown area, in the library, and by the tennis courts, and cities went all out with ornate fountains right under the grand old light fixtures.
Since the '80s, however, drinking fountains seemed to be going the way of teeter-totters and smallpox vaccinations. Read more at RedPlum.com.