Royal Crown Cola
|| Origin: Columbus, Georgia, 1905.
Originally called Union Bottling Works, this company sold
several products, including Royal Crown Ginger Ale, Chero-Cola, and a number of other flavored beverages. The company
became the Chero-Cola Co in 1912, and then the Nehi
Corporation in 1928. After the introduction of its
popular Royal Crown Cola in 1933, the company again
changed its name, this time to the Royal Crown Company.
It is said that Royal Crown Company was the first to
nationally distribute a soft drink in cans (1954). The
firm also introduced a 16oz bottle in 1965, and the first
low-cal diet cola (Diet-Rite Cola) in 1962. It is
believed that RC used more movie stars and celebrities to
advertise their product than any other soft drink.
Calendars and cardboard signs featuring movie stars are
highly sought after by collectors. Bottles from RC,
Chero-Cola and Nehi are also desirable. Chero-Cola also
used some interesting calendars and cardboard signs.
Advertising premiums from all three flavors are very
The detailed history of Royal Crown can be found HERE (Chero-Cola).
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