We are very fortunate to be the proud owners of two major
artifacts: a Coca-Cola vending machine and a penny lollipop scales. Both are
in excellent working order and have been added as interactive exhibits in the
Wayzata Depot Museum.
Linda Hansen and her sister Sharon Collins graciously
donated both to the Wayzata Historical Society. Both originated from their
parents drug store, which was located on the corner of Lake Street and Barry
Avenue (now Candlelight Floral & Gifts).
"YOUR DOCTOR SAYS WEIGH YOURSELF DAILY"
You will find this printed on the shield of the Peerless
Aristocrat Deluxe scales now located in the Depot. This model dates back to the
early 1920ís. Popular in the 1920ís and 1930ís, it is estimated that over
750,000 penny scales could be found throughout the country. Today, only an
estimated 5,000 exist.
Nicknamed the lollipop scales because of their distinctive
shape, the Peerless scales were commonly found in railroad depot waiting rooms.
Come in to our waiting room and check your weight. Be aware though, it will cost
you a penny!