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If you live in Brooklyn long enough, you will invariably cross paths with one of the very few remaining seltzer delivery men left in New York. You might see an older gentlemen shuffling up a brownstone’s steps carrying a wooden crate filled with jostling glass seltzer siphons in clear and blue hues with silver-colored nozzles on top or an old truck with open sides brimming with bottles and a sign that says “home deliveries.”
Seltzer delivery is a dying art. Once, hundreds of “seltzer men,” as they liked to be called, drove the city and walked the streets of New York, carting cases of pressured siphons through rain and snow. Now, less than a dozen remain and, like Jedis with their arcane knowledge and mystical allusions to better days since passed, they move amongst us, largely invisible to the untrained eye.
Eli Miller is 78 years old, easily the oldest of the remaining seltzer men. In research for my upcoming book on seltzer, “Give Me Seltzer”, I contacted Eli for an interview. To my delight, he invited me to follow him along his route, if I could keep up. What follows is a brief collection of images and sounds from that day.