The Coca Cola Company is celebrating 125 years of production of their infamous cola drink. It was initially sold as a patent medicine for five cents a glass at soda fountains, which were popular in the United States at the time due to the belief that carbonated water was good for the health, the bottled product came later. The taste was always the same but not the bottling, which kept developing as time passed . This is a brief look on the evolution of the Coca Cola bottle design.
The 1899: The original Coca-Cola bottle didn’t have anything in common with the one we are used to, it’s design was more square with embossed glass.
The 1900-1916: The Coca-Cola bottle starts to look more as we know it, curves appeared in the geometry of the bottle as well as a diamond shaped sticker with the Coca-Cola logo.
The Root Glass Company in 1915 gave the coke bottle its famous look. The bottle designer, Earl R. Dean found his inspiration in the cocoa pod and replicated it into the coca cola’s bottle. The decision to mold was approved within 24 hours since the design was made and in November 1915 bottle got the patent. The original design never made it to life because of a little mistake: its mid-height diameter was fairly larger than its base making it an unstable product.
As soon as Dean decreased the middle diameter the coke bottle was on a conveyor production.
The 1923: The bottle got its patent renewed on December 25th, 1923, also presented a special bottle design edition for the Christmas season which has become a target for collectors. Names of the manufacturing cities were imprinted on the base of the bottles.
The 1961: the 75th anniversary Coca-Cola bottle.
Lots of alterations were present on the market till 1993 when the 20 oz plastic bottle we still use nowadays was manufactured.
Happy 125th anniversary Coca-Cola