Cherry Smash Co


Company Names, addresses, dates1:
  Cherry Smash, 1401 Lee Hgwy, Rosslyn VA (1920-c1957)
  Dixie Brewing Corp, Rosslyn VA (1934)
  Cherry Smash Corp, 601 Randolph St, Arlington VA (?-1962-?)

Notes:
After prohibition hit the country, John E. Fowler bought the Arlington Brewing Co brewery in Rosslyn VA, and moved his Richmond based Cherry Smash soda company there. In 1933 Fowler formed the Dixie Brewing Corp, but it doesn't appear that the company lasted long enough to brew any beer.
Fowler continued to own the building after that, but it's not clear whether he still produced his soda there. A 1950 phone book lists the Cherry Smash Company Inc. under the category "Soda Fountain Supplies".
The Brewery building was torn down in 1958 to make way for the Key Bridge Motel & Hot Shoppes Restaurant, which is now the Key Bridge Mariott Hotel.
Advertisements in the Washington-Lee Highschool yearbooks from 1962 & 1963 list the Cherry Smash Corp at 601 Randolph Street, Arlington VA. The 1962 ad said it was Arlington's oldest industry, and that they had 3 flavors: Grape, Orange & Cherry. The 1963 ad said it was sold by the gallon in concentrated form, and can be used to make punch or diluted in ginger ale.


Cherry Smash Bottles:

csmash This is a Cherry Smash jug. Cherry Smash took over the brewery during prohibition years.
label: CHERRY / SMASH / READY TO USE / CHERRY FLAVORED / FOUNTAIN SYRUP / ... / MANUFACTURED BY / CHERRY SMASH / ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA / SINCE 1901
csmash_02 This is another Cherry Smash jug, embossed "ONE GALLON", with the following label:
label: CHERRY SMASH / READY TO USE / CHERRY FLAVORED / FOUNTAIN SYRUP / ... / DISTRIBUTED BY / ROSSLYN STATION CHERRY SMASH ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA
csmash_04 This is a textured, amber jug, embossed on both sides with "ONE GALLON". It also has a line with an arrow pointing to it, presumably where the one-gallon mark is. The label is the same as the one on the bottle above:
label: CHERRY SMASH / READY TO USE / CHERRY FLAVORED / FOUNTAIN SYRUP / ... / DISTRIBUTED BY / ROSSLYN STATION CHERRY SMASH ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA
csmash_05 book # 137
I suspect this bottle doesn't belong with the label. The label is similar to the labels on the gallon jugs above. But the embossing on the bottle says: "5 / Five * Points / REG U.S. PAT OFF". There was an area of Arlington called "Five Points", but I don't beleive there was ever bottling plant there. The label of this bottle says:
label: CHERRY SMASH / A BLEND OF CHERRY AND / OTHER TRUE FRUIT FLAVORS / ... ROSSLYN STATION CHERRY SMASH ARLINGTON, VA.
csmash_03 book # 134
This is a cherry smash soda bottle. I don't know if it was made in the Rosslyn facility, but it does say Arlington VA. It is a 9.6" clear bottle with white ACL label marked:
front: CHERRY SMASH / A True fruit blend / CHERRY SMASH / REG. U.S. PAT. OFF. / CARBONATED WATER, CANE SUGAR, / CHERRY AND OTHER NATURAL FLAVORS, / CITRIC ACID, ADDED ARTIFICIAL / FOOD COLOR, 1/20 of 1% SODIUM / BENZOATE / 10 FL. OZ.
back: CHERRY SMASH / A True fruit blend / A / DELICIOUS / DRINK / FRANCHISED BY / CHERRY SMASH CO., INC. / ARLINGTON, VA., U.S.A.
../../bottles/rockcreek/rock_creek_32 book # 591-(unlisted)
This bottle is listed in my Rock Creek bottle page, but shown again here. It is a stipled, clear 11" crown-top bottle embossed:
around shoulder: ROCK CREEK
base: ROCK CREEK GINGER ALE CO. / WASH. D.C.
top label: CHERRY SMASH / DELICIOUS WITH ICE CREAM
lower label: CHERRY / SMASH / CONTENTS 1 PT 8 FL. OZS. / CONTAINS WATER, SUGAR, CHERRY EXTRACT, CITRIC ACID, ESSENTIAL OILS, CITROL (ARTIFICIAL) / AND ARTIFICUAL FOOD COLOR. PRESERVED WITH LESS THAN 1/10 OF 1% SODIUM BENZOATE
lower label on the left side: BOTTLED BY / ROCK CREEK BEVERAGES IN WASHINGTON, D.C.
lower label on the right side: BY SPECIAL AUTHORITY OF / CHERRY SMASH OF ARLINGTON, VA.


Other items:
csmash_06 This is a label. It says:
CHERRY SMASH / TRADE MARK REG. U.S. PATENT OFFICE / CARBONATED BEVERAGE / ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, COLOR AND FRUIT ACID ADDED / BOTTLED BY AUTHORITY OF / JOHN E. FOWLER, ROSSLYN ON THE POTOMAC, VA. / MINIMUM CONTENTS 12 FLUID OUNCES / "OUR NATION'S BEVERAGE"
letter This is a letter that is postmarked 1941. It has "JOHN E. FOWLER / ROSSLYN, VIRGINIA" on the top, and a picture of the "FOWLER BUILDING" on the bottom.
fowler_01 (front) fowler_02 (rear) This is a letter that is postmarked 1935. It says:
Fowler's / SMASH / "OUR NATIONS BEVERAGE"/ ROSSLYN-ON-THE-POTOMAC, VA.
on the front, and a picture of the "FOWLER BUILDING" (former brewery) on the back.


1 Boyd's Directory for the District of Columbia (various years)



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