Coca-Cola And The Competition
During the turn of the Century, Coca Cola had
begun to take off, people would go to the nearest drug store or supermarket in
order to quench their thirst with the invigorating drink called Coca Cola. Other
individuals saw the success of Coca Cola and decided to jump on the band wagon.
Companies started opening up and selling their "fake" Cola drinks. Many of these
bottlers changed the name of their product ever so slightly in order to trick
the general public into buying their drink instead of Coca Cola. Many of these
products never lasted very long due lawsuits or threat of lawsuits by the Coca
Cola Company. Thus locating and collecting advertising of this sort is very
difficult and not much of it exists today. "Koke," "Koca-Nola," and "Coca-Kola,"
just to name a few, are some of the most blatant and illegal use of the Coca
Cola name and are the most desirable. Unofficially, by 1926 Coca Cola could
account for thousands "Fake Colas" being eliminated from the market.
Here are two Hutchinson Style Coca Cola bottles. These were one of
the first types of bottles to contain Coca Cola. Fewer than a dozen
bottlers used these types of bottles during the turn of the century,
very few have survived.
|Circa:1890-1900 Rare Hutch Coca Cola
bottle Tuskegee, Alabama.
||Circa:1890-1900 Rare Hutch "Coco" Cola misspelled
bottle from Chattanooga, Tenn.
|Circa:1905-1916 Arrow Ambers are among the more
popular Coke Bottles to collect. Many variations exist. Here is
one version from Memphis, Tenn.
|Circa:1905-1916 Another example of an amber bottle, this
time with a different type of arrow.
||Circa:1905-1916 Here is another amber bottle. This one
is from Lexington KY. Notice that this bottle is much lighter in
color than the Tenn. bottle.
|Circa:1905-1916 Another arrow example. This is honey
colored amber bottle, from Cleveland, Ohio.
||Circa:1911 Very interesting bottle. Reads:
"This Bottle Our Private Property
& Protected By Registration Under Senate Bill No.130 Approved
June 7th 1911." TRADE MARK REGISTERED DAYTON, OHIO
|Circa:1914-1918 Coca Cola CumberLand, MD.
||Circa:1968 Here is a very RARE 1 Liter
diamond bottle from Spain. These are extremely hard to find in
|Circa:1905-1916 An example of a clear
Pepsi Bottle dating back to the early 1900's. Bottled in Memphis
Tenn. Many of these bottles have many bubbles and impurities in
the glass, to find one with hardly any of these imperfections is
||Circa:1960's This is a much later bottle that depicts
the diamond logo used during the late 60's. Examples of these
bottles are hard to find. There are a couple of examples. Here
is a 32oz No Deposit bottle with Color.
|Circa:196o's This is essentially the same bottle as
above, but without color.
Florida, Bottling Co.
J. Esposito Philada
Circa:1890's Here is the first style of Hutchinson Bottle
that the Koca Nola Company Produced. Notice that the metal
stopper is still inside the bottle.
Circa:1890's This is the second style, Much nicer letter
used. I guess more technology went into this bottle.
Phila, PA (Root Bottle)
|Circa:1905-1916 These amber bottles came before the
||Circa:1905-1916 A tall unusual bottle.
|J. Esposito Philada, PA
||Bottling Works Rome, GA.
|Circa:1905-1916 This is the last style that was produced dating back to the
||Circa:1905-1916 This is the last style that was
produced dating back to the late 1900's
|Circa:1905-1916 My Coca-Co. is another company that decided to
try their "fake" cola on the market. Of course they didn't last
long either due to lawsuits or just lack of sales.
(This bottle is quite common and
can usually be found on Ebay. Can pick this bottle up for less
|Circa:1905-1916 My Coca-Co. bottle. Much
harder to find Aqua bottle.
||Circa:1905-1916 Another version just in Aqua color. Notice that this bottle
just reads "MY-Coca and does not have the "Co." at the end.
Perhaps due to the fact that this was a franchised bottler.
|Circa: Late 1900's Coca Lula Pioneer Bottling
Works Brookside Alabama.
||Circa: Late 1920's Lime Cola 6.5 fluid oz. Dothan
|Circa:1905 Celery Cola Co. Birmingham
||Circa: Late 1900's Lime Cola Bottling
Works Tennile Ca.
||Circa: Late 1920's ? Taka Kola 6.5 ozs. Norfolk, Va.
|Circa:1905-1918 Rye-Ola Bottling Works
This is a first style that was produced
for this company. Invented in 1905 by Jefferson J Peek,
(the same chemist to create Wiseola). --Thanks
to Dennis Smith for the information.
|Circa:1914-1918 Rye-Ola Bottling Works Birmingham, Ala
This is a later version from the same company.