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BOTTLE HISTORY


Evolution Bottle #1 - Year: 1894

Important Words On Label: "REGISTERED BIEDENHARN CANDY CO. VICKSBURG MISS."

Description: Hutchinson - wire loop with rubber stopper, returnable

Historical Notes: Joseph Biedenharn - 1st ever bottler of Coca-Cola.

Coke Hutch bottles originated the term "Soda Pop Bottle" due to the pop sound it made when it was opened.

Evolution Bottle #2 - Years: 1898 - 1899

Important Words On Label: "PROPERTY OF COCA COLA BOTTLING CO."

Description: Hutchinson - wire loop with rubber stopper, returnable

Historical Notes: 1st dedicated bottle used for Coca-Cola.

Evolution Bottles #3A & B - Years: 1900 - 1915

Important Words On Label: Clear Bottle - "ROME, GA", Amber Bottle - "CHATTANOOGA"

Description: Cork/crown sealed, straight sided (originals), returnable.

Historical Notes: All bottles of this era were hand blown. Chattanooga was the 1st Coca-Cola Bottling Company. Clear bottles were usually found Northeast of Atlanta, GA and amber bottles were usually found Southwest of Knoxville, TN.

Evolution Bottle #3A - Years: 1900 - 1915

Important Words On Label: *Check paper label* "BOTTLED UNDER AUTHORITY OF THE COCA COLA COMPANY ATLANTA GA - ASA CANDLER, PRES."

Description: Clear glass, cork/crown sealed, straight sided, raised letter, paper diamond label, returnable.

Historical Notes: Although varying in colors from clear to green to ice blue to honey to amber - this bottle was the best attempt to date for package uniformity. City names appear on side of bottles.

Evolution Bottle #3B - Years: 1900 - 1915

Important Words On Label: *Check paper label* "BOTTLED UNDER AUTHORITY OF THE COCA COLA COMPANY ATLANTA GA - ASA CANDLER, PRES."

Description: Amber glass, cork/crown sealed, straight sided, raised letter, paper diamond label, returnable.

Historical Notes: Used in only a few Southern markets - this bottle was supposed to protect flavor better and better identify bottlers product and territories. City names appear on side of bottles.

Evolution Bottle #4 - Year: 1915

Important Design Of Bottle: Vertical grooves, Contour shape.

Description: Crown sealed, Contour - big in middle, narrow base with vertical grooves and raised letters, PROTOTYPE

Historical Notes: Due to a desire to eliminate competition and look alike brands, The Root Glass Co. in Terre Haute, Indiana was given the job of creating a bottle - "You could tell was Coke in the dark." The result was this bottle, designed with a slight resemblance to the kola nut, an ingredient of Coca-Cola.

Evolution Bottle #5 - Years: 1915 - 1923

Important Words On Bottle: "PATENTED NOV 16 1915"

Description: Hobbleskirt, 6 oz. raised letter, cork/crown sealed, returnable

Historical Notes: From this bottle on, all Coke bottles will be shaped exactly the same. City names now appear on the baseplate (bottom side).Evolution Bottle #6 - Years: 1923 - 1937

Important Words On Bottle: "PATENTED DEC 25 1923"

Description: Hobbleskirt, 6 oz. raised letter, cork/crown sealed, returnable.

Historical Notes: Coca-Cola's famous "Christmas Bottle". The Patent Office just happened to be open on Christmas, when it reviewed and approved Coca-Cola's second bottle application.

Evolution Bottle #7 - Years: 1937 - 1950's

Important Words On Bottle: "BOTTLE PAT D - 105529"

Description: Hobbleskirt, 6 oz. raised letter, cork/crown sealed, returnable.

Historical Notes: This bottle version was granted a patent on August 3, 1937, also called "D Bottle".

Evolution Bottle #8 - Years: Early To Mid 1950's

Important Words On Bottle: "MIN CONTENTS 6 - FL. OZS."

Description: Hobbleskirt, 6 oz. raised letter, crown sealed, returnable.

Historical Notes: Bottle cap (crown) no longer employs old fashioned cork as a seal, but incorporates a new rubber gasket. PAT D - 105529 still on bottle.

Evolution Bottle #9 - Years: Mid 50's

Important Words On Bottle: "MIN CONTENTS 6 1/2 - FL. OZS."

Description: Hobbleskirt, 6 1/2 oz. raised letter, crown sealed, returnable.

Historical Notes: This is the version that starts the public identifying Coke bottles as the "6 1/2 Oz. bottle". PAT D - 105529 still on bottle.

Evolution Bottle #10 - Years: Mid 50's to 1957

Important Words On Bottle: "TRADEMARK REGISTERED IN US PATENT OFFICE"

Description: Hobbleskirt, 6 1/2 oz. raised letter, crown sealed, returnable.

Historical Notes: No longer does PAT D - 105529 appear on bottle. "6 1/5 FL. OZS." on reverse side.

Evolution Bottle #11 - Years: 1957 - 1959

Important Words On Bottle: "Coca-Cola" script logo

Description: Hobbleskirt, 6 1/2 oz. painted label, half raised letter, crown sealed, returnable

Historical Notes: Officially called "Applied Colored Labeling" or A.C. L. This was the first use of ACL on Coke bottles. Coca-Cola script appears on both sides.

Evolution Bottle #12 - Years: 1960 - 1961

Important Words On Bottle: "Coke Trade Mark"

Description: Hobbleskirt, 6 1/2 oz., 2/3rd's painted label, 1/3 raised letter, crown sealed, returnable

Historical Notes: First use of the term "Coke" on bottle. First use of bottleneck for information. Coca-Cola script on both sides. 1960 - Bottle granted Trade mark status. 1961 was Coke's 75th Anniversary.

Evolution Bottle #13 - Years: 1962 - 1969

Important Words On Bottle: "Coke Trade Mark "

Description: Hobbleskirt, 6 1/2 oz., painted label, crown sealed, returnable

Historical Notes: First all ACL bottle. "Coke" spaced lettering on one side of bottle and "Coca-Cola" in script on the other.

Evolution Bottle #14 - Years: Early 1970's

Important Words On Bottle: "Trade Mark "

Description: Hobbleskirt, 6 1/2 oz., painted label, crown sealed, returnable

Historical Notes: Slight modifications made to Trade Mark logo and 6 1/2 FL. OZ. logo. "Coke" logo on reverse side spaced closer together.

Evolution Bottle #15 - Years: Mid 70's - 1984

Important Words On Bottle: "RETURN FOR DEPOSIT & MONEY BACK BOTTLE"

Description: Hobbleskirt, 6 1/2 oz., painted label, crown sealed, returnable

Historical Notes: First use of deposit information on bottle. "Return For Refund" always above Coca-Cola and "Money Back Bottle" always above Coke.

Evolution Bottle #16 - Years: 1984 - 1985

Important Words On Bottle: "2055S1024"

Description: Hobbleskirt, 6 1/2 oz., painted label, crown sealed, returnable

Historical Notes: First use of bottler's ID code around neck of bottle - mainly designated only lot number.

Evolution Bottle #17 - Year: 1986

Important Words On Bottle: "FEB2988MRC GCI"

Description: Hobbleskirt, 6 1/2 oz., painted label, crown sealed, returnable

Historical Notes: Updated bottler code identifies expiration date, bottler, and even shift produced. City names no longer appear on bottom of bottles. Ridges added to base rim for traction. 1986 was Coca-Cola's 100th Anniversary.

Evolution Bottle #18 - Years: 1986 - Late 80's

Important Words On Bottle: "Coca-Cola CLASSIC"

Description: Hobbleskirt, 6.5 oz., painted label, crown sealed, returnable

Historical Notes: First dedicated bottle for Coca-Cola Classic (from Dallas).

Evolution Bottle #19 - Years: Late 80's - Early 90's

Important Words On Bottle: "NO REFILL"

Description: Hobbleskirt, 8 oz., painted label, crown sealed, throw away

Historical Notes: First 8 ounce bottle. First use of Dynamic Ribbon Device. First alteration of logo.

Evolution Bottle #20 - Years: 1990 - 1993

Important Words On Bottle: Ingredients, UPC Bar Code

Description: Hobbleskirt, 8 oz., painted label, crown sealed, throw away

Historical Notes: First use of ingredients, bar code and metric measures used on Hobbleskirt (also for commemoratives). Also added is the Consumer Information phone number.

Evolution Bottle #21 - Years: 1993 - 1996

Important Words On Bottle: Consumer and Nutritional

Information Call 1-800-GET-COKE

Description: Hobbleskirt, 8 oz., painted label, crown sealed, throw away

Historical Notes: Slightly modified version of Evolution Bottle #20 (slightly smaller logo). Used also for commemoratives.

Evolution Bottle #22 - Years: 1996 - Present

Important Words On Bottle: *See Below*

Description: Hobbleskirt, 8 oz., painted label, crown sealed, throw away

Historical Notes: Removal of Dynamic Ribbon Device. Less verbiage on bottle - attempt to return to classical Hobbleskirt bottles. Used also for commemoratives.

Evolution Bottle #23 - Years: 1996 - Present

Important Words On Bottle: *See Below*

Description: Hobbleskirt, 8 oz., red & white painted label, crown sealed, throw away

Historical Notes: Red background - extensively used on bottles in foreign markets since 1961, now used more widely in USA. Also used for commemoratives.


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