Editor Matthew Hepburn digs out five of his favourite items from the
Earlier this year I travelled across the pond for our annual #JourneyOn conference, where we spent several days discussing the future of this very website and digital media platform. While there, I also managed to sneak a peek of the
Locked away inside row-upon-row of high-density shelving sat dozens of original, commemorative and limited edition bottles, cans and collectibles spanning the last 130 years of
Like a big kid in a candy store, I couldn’t stop myself from running around pointing at things, picking them up and asking Coke’s director of heritage communications, Ted Ryan, to tell me more about them. And, to my delight, he’d be able to recite all the details from memory, almost enjoying the challenge!
I left the
Coca-Cola Chewing Gum
Available during the early 1900s,
Marble Soda Fountain
This sample soda fountain was used by the John Matthews Corp. to sell their ornate marble fountains during the early nineteenth century. Why do I like it? Because John Matthews was an English-born American, and he had a cool nickname as "the soda fountain king" for his equipment was the best at making carbonated water.
In the 1940s, these tabletop clocks were a practical and dramatic way to advertise
Coca-Cola Dome Clocks
We offered these key-wound, glass-encased dome clocks as an anniversary gift to our bottlers, the companies who make and distribute our drinks. Why do I like them? Because they’re small and look beautifully crafted.
Coca-Cola Desk Calendar
These branded desk calendars were an office staple back in the 1950s. Why do I like them? Because they remind me of something you’d see on Don Draper's desk.
Needless to say, the list could go on, but I’ll save the rest for another post, another day. The
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