Wartime Wednesday: Coca-Cola Goes to War
Created in 1886 by pharmacist Dr. John Pemberton, the syrupy goodness was combined with carbonated water to create a drink that was "delicious and refreshing." Pemberton's partner, Frank Robinson devised the name and logo that continue to this day. But it was businessman Asa Candler who purchased the rights after Pemberton's death, and launched the product into a well-known, sought-after beverage. By 1899 large scale bottling of Coca-Cola allowed it to be sold nationwide, mostly commonly to farms and lumber camps.
As Coca-Cola became more popular, the company had to fight "knockoff" drinks being promoted as the genuine product. In 1916, a unique contoured glass bottled was created to differentiate the beverage from others with its distinct shape. The company continued to grow, and by the late 1930s was bottled in forty-four countries.
|Coca-Cola teams with the USO
|Overseas Coca-Cola Plant
What American food or drink have you experienced overseas?