Coke


Company Names, addresses, dates1:
  Coca Cola Bottling Co, 702 M street NW (1906-1907)
  Coca Cola Bottling Co, 1418 E street NW (1907-1912)
  Coca Cola Bottling Co, 16-18 D street NW (1914-1927)
  Coca Cola Bottling Co, 615-619 D street NW (1917-1921)
  Washington Coca Cola Bottling Works, 400 7th SW (1923-1957)
  Coca Cola Bottling Works, 1500 King Street, Alexandria VA (1932-1961)
  Coca Cola Bottling Works, 5401 Seminary Rd, Alexandria VA (1962-present)

Notes:
They apparently had a Washington DC branch. They were at 400 7th Steet SW for 34 years. Later they had a branch in Alexandria - our bottle club used to meet there for club meetings in the 1970s, but that was before I was a member.
The Washington Coca Cola Bottling Company also had branches that were just outside of Washington DC, in both Silver Spring and Capitol Heights Maryland. These included:2
  1110 East-West Hwy, Silver Spring MD (1944-1966)
  1710 Elton Road, Silver Spring MD (1967-present)
  7350 Ritchie Road, Capitol Heights MD (1957-1966)
  51 Ritchie Road, Capitol Heights MD (1967-1971)
  500 Dunmore Place, Capitol Heights MD (1972-present)
During some of the years of operation, these plants produced bottles that were marked with "WASHINGTON COCA COLA BOTTLING CO", however I try not to include those bottles in my collection.

Bottles:

coke_01 book # 142
These are 8" straight-sided crown tops with ribbed heels. Left is amber, right is aqua. They are both embossed:
  front: Coca Cola / BOT. WKS. / WASHINGTON, D.C.
  back: TRADE MARK / REGISTERED
  base (left bottle): ROOT
  base (right bottle): 1502
coke_03 book # 144
This is an 8" amber straight-sided crown top embossed:
  front: Coca Cola
  back: WASHINGTON, D.C.
  base: O.B.CO
coke_30 book # 145
This is a 7.75" amber straight-sided crown top, that is embossed the same as the bottle above except that it has the word "REGISTERED". It is embossed:
  front heel: Coca Cola
  back: REGISTERED
  back heel: WASHINGTON, D.C.
  base: O.B.CO
coke_04 book # 146
This is a 7.8" blue-aqua straight-sided crown top with ribbed heel, embossed:
  shoulder: Coca-Cola / BOT. WKS.
  rectangular slug plate: WASHINGTON, D.C.
  back: TRADE MARK / REGISTERED
  base: 1502
coke_04a book # 146
This is a 7.8" sun-colored amethyst straight-sided crown top with ribbed heel, embossed:
  shoulder: Coca-Cola / BOT. WKS.
  rectangular slug plate: WASHINGTON, D.C.
  back: TRADE MARK / REGISTERED
  base: AGW / 114
It is very similar to the bottle above, except that the letters are slightly larger and positioned a little lower. Click here to see them side-by-side.
coke_05 book # 147
On the left is a 7.7" light blue straight-sided crown top, embossed:
  front: Coca-Cola / TRADE MARK REGISTERED / PROPERTY OF COCA-COLA / BOTTLING CO
  back: Coca-Cola / TRADE MARK REGISTERED / WASHINGTON, D.C.
  base: 20 / Coca-Cola

book # 148
On the right is a 7.7" aqua (machine-made) straight-sided crown top embossed:
  front: Coca-Cola / TRADE MARK REGISTERED / PROPERTY OF COCA-COLA / BOTTLING WORKS
  back: Coca-Cola / TRADE MARK REGISTERED / MINIMUM CONTENTS / 6 1/2 FLUID OZ / WASHINGTON DC
  base: Coca-Cola
coke_18 book # 149
This is similar to the bottles above, but for the location of where it says "CONTENTS 6 1/2 FL OZ". It is a 7.7" aqua straight-sided (machine-made) crown top, embossed:
  front: Coca-Cola / TRADE MARK REGISTERED / CONTENTS 6 1/2 FL. OZ. / PROPERTY OF COCA-COLA / BOTTLING CO
  back: Coca-Cola / TRADE MARK REGISTERED / WASHINGTON, D.C.
  base: Coca-Cola
coke_08 book # 150
This is an aqua 7.6" machine made crown top with a ring, embossed:
  front: COCA COLA / CONTENTS 6 FLU.OZS.
  back: BOTTLING WORKS / WASHINGTON, D.C.
coke_23 book # 151
This is a 7.7" aqua "hobble-skirt" style machine-made coke bottle. I don't know of any from Alexandria in this variation, but this one from Washington DC is embossed:
  front: Coca-Cola / TRADE MARK REGISTERED / BOTTLE PAT D NOV 16 1915
  back: Coca-Cola / TRADE MARK REGISTERED / MIN CONTENTS 6 FL OZS
  base: WASHINGTON / 12
coke_12 book # 152
These 7.7" aqua machine-made hobbleskirt cokes are referred to as "Christmas" cokes, because the patent date is December 25th. If you're wondering how the patent office could have been open on Christmas day (like I was), I'm told that the date they use is always from the Tuesday of the week the patent was issued.
Left bottle is embossed:
  front: Coca-Cola / TRADE MARK REGISTERED / BOTTLE PAT'D DEC.25,1923
  back: Coca-Cola / TRADE MARK REGISTERED / MIN CONTENTS 6-FL.OZS.
  base: ALEXANDRIA / VA
Right one is embossed:
  front: Coca-Cola / TRADE MARK REGISTERED / BOTTLE PAT'D DEC.25,1923
  back: Coca-Cola / TRADE MARK REGISTERED / MIN CONTENTS 6-FL.OZS.
  heel: 8 GRAHAM 29
  base: WASHINGTON / D.C. / 5
coke_21 book # 153
These are 7.7" aqua "hobble-skirt" style machine-made coke bottles from Alexandria and Washington.
Left bottle is embossed:
  front: Coca-Cola / TRADE MARK REGISTERED / BOTTLE PAT D-105529
  back: Coca-Cola / TRADE MARK REGISTERED / MIN CONTENTS 6 FL OZS
  base: ALEXANDRIA / VA
Middle bottle is embossed:
  front: Coca-Cola / TRADE MARK REGISTERED / BOTTLE PAT D-105529
  back: Coca-Cola / TRADE MARK REGISTERED / MIN CONTENTS 6 FL OZS
  base: WASHINGTON / DC
Rightmost bottle is embossed the same as the middle one, but it it a smokey-brown color - probably from irradiation (somebody put it into an X-Ray machine).
coke_22 book # 154
These are 7.7" aqua "hobble-skirt" style machine-made coke bottles, one from Alexandria and one from Washington.
Left bottle is embossed:
  front: Coca-Cola / TRADE MARK REGISTERED / IN US PATENT OFFICE
  back: Coca-Cola / TRADE MARK REGISTERED / MIN CONTENTS 6 FL OZS
  base: ALEXANDRIA / VA
Right-most bottle is embossed:
  front: Coca-Cola / TRADE MARK REGISTERED / IN US PATENT OFFICE
  back: Coca-Cola / TRADE MARK REGISTERED / MIN CONTENTS 6 FL OZS
  base: WASHINGTON / DC
coke_31 book # 157
This 11.25" aqua machine-made hobbleskirt coke has white pyroglazing. It is marked:
  front neck: 1 / Pint
  front: Coca-Cola / TRADE MARK (R) / 16 FL. OZ. (1PT.)
  back neck: 1 / Pint
  back: Coke / TRADE MARK (R) / 16 FL. OZ. (1PT.)
  embossed on base: ALEXANDRIA / VA / BOTTLE TRADE MARK
coke_35 book # 158
This 11.5" aqua machine-made hobbleskirt coke has white pyroglazing, and a lip with threads for a twist-off cap. It is marked:
  3 times around the top of the neck: (twist symbol?)
  front neck: return / for / deposit
  front: Coca-Cola / TRADE MARK (R) / 16 FL. OZ. (1 PT.)
  back neck: money / back / bottle
  back: Coke / TRADE MARK (R) / 16 FL. OZ. (1 PT.)
  embossed on the side: 72-2
  embossed on the base: ALEXANDRIA / ... / VA.
coke_16 book # 158
This 9.5" aqua machine-made hobbleskirt coke has white pyroglazing. It is marked:
  front neck: return / for / deposit
  front: Coca-Cola / TRADE MARK (R) / 10 FL. OZ.
  back neck: money / back / bottle
  back: Coke / TRADE MARK (R) / 10 FL. OZ.
  embossed on the base: ALEXANDRIA / VA.
coke_10 book # 159
This is a 7.7" aqua (machine-made) fluted bottle embossed:
  front: WASHINGTON COCA COLA / BOT WKS
  back: CONTENTS / 6 FL OZ / PAT'D JUNE 2, 1925
  base: WASHINGTON DC
coke_07 book # 160
On the left is a 7.6" clear machine-made crown top bottle embossed:
  front & back shoulders: SODA WATER / CONTENTS 6 FLUID OZ
  front heel: PROPERTY OF / COCA COLA BOTTLING CO
  back heel: PAT DES NO 70281
  base: WASHINGTON / DC
The one on the right is the same except for the city (Alexandria) and the color. The smokey-brown color probably came from irradiation (somebody put it into an X-Ray machine). It is embossed:
  front & back shoulders: SODA WATER / CONTENTS 6 FLUID OZ
  front heel: PROPERTY OF / COCA COLA BOTTLING CO
  back heel: PAT DES NO 70281
  base: ALEXANDRIA / VA
coke_34 book # (unlisted)
This is a 7.75" clear machine-made crown top bottle embossed:
  front & back shoulders: SODA WATER / CONTENTS 6 FLUID OZ
  base: COCA COLA BOTT CO / PROP OF / PAT DES / NO 70281 / G1946 / ALEXANDRIA, VA.
It differs from the bottles above in that the patent is embossed on the base instead of the heel.
coke_19 book # 161
This is similar to the two bottles above, except that it has a patent date. It is a 7.7" aqua machine-made crown top bottle embossed:
  neck: (six 5-sided stars)
  front & back shoulders: SODA WATER
  below that around the shoulder: PROPERTY OF COCA COLA BOTTLING CO. CON 6 FL. OZ.
  heel front: PAT NOV 27, 1923
  heel back: 1 CHATT. 32
  base: WASHINGTON / D.C.
coke_27 book # 161
Besides being a lighter color, this differs from the bottle above in that it has a different patent date. It is a 7.7" aqua machine-made crown top bottle embossed:
  neck: (six 5-sided stars)
  front & back shoulders: SODA WATER
  below that around the shoulder: PROPERTY OF COCA COLA BOTTLING CO. CON 6 FL. OZ.
  heel front: PATENTED JUNE 1, 1926
  heel back: 1188E 36 G28
  base: WASHINGTON / D.C.
coke_09 book # 162
This is an aqua 7.8" machine made crown top with a deco shape, embossed:
  front: C.C. SODA / MIN CONTENTS 6 1/2 FL OZ / COCA COLA BOTTLING COMPANY / PAT APPL'D FOR
  back: C.C. SODA / 3497A ROOT 22
  base: WASHINGTON / DC
coke_06 book # 163
Left is 7.7" aqua BIM crown-top bottle embossed:
  front/back shoulders: C.C.W.
  heel front: PROPERTY OF COCA-COLA / BOTTLING CO
  heel back: WASHINGTON, D.C.
  base: C.C.W.
The bottle on the right is identical, except that it says "BOTTLING WORKS" instead of "BOTTLING CO". I also have a machine-made version of the bottle on the right.



Other brands bottled by the Coca-Cola bottling Co of Washington DC (all are machine-made):
crass_01 book # 190
This is a 9.7" clear crown top bottle (front & rear views shown) with some embossed design, and green and yellow markings:
  both shoulders: CRASS (R) / BEVERAGES (inside jagged-oval)
  front: delicious / CRASS / BEVERAGES
  back: DRINK / CRASS / WHOLESOME / DELICIOUS / BEVERAGES / CONTENTS 10 FL. OZ. / PROPERTY OF / WASHINGTON, D.C. / COCA-COLA BOTTLING WORKS
  base: Duraglass
crass_02 book # 190
This is the 6 1/2 oz version of the above bottle. It's a 7.7" clear crown top bottle (front & rear views shown) with green and yellow markings:
  both shoulders: CRASS (R) / BEVERAGES (inside jagged-oval)
  front: delicious / CRASS / BEVERAGES
  back: DRINK / CRASS / WHOLESOME / DELICIOUS / BEVERAGES / CONTENTS 6 1/2 FL. OZ. / PROPERTY OF / WASHINGTON, D.C. / COCA-COLA BOTTLING WORKS
  base: 3 <()> 59 / 6 2027 / 2
crass_03 book # 191
The markings on this bottle are slightly different from the ones above, and it's from Alexandria VA instead of Washington DC. It's a 7.7" clear crown top bottle (front & rear views shown) with some embossed design, and green and yellow markings:
  both shoulders: CRASS / BEVERAGES (inside jagged-oval)
  front: CRASS / Delicious / Beverages
  back: PROPERTY OF / COCA-COLA BOTTLING CO. INC. / ALEXANDRIA, VA / MIN. CONT. 6 1/2 FL. OZ.
  base: G-20037
crass_08 book # 192
This is a green 7.8" crown top bottle with some embossed design (front & rear views shown), and red on white markings:
  both shoulders: CRASS (inside 5-bubble arch)
  front: CRASS / Delicious / Beverages / 6 1/2 FL. OZ.
  back: PROPERTY OF/ WASHINGTON COCA-COLA BOTTLING CO. INC. / ALEXANDRIA, VA.
crass_09 book # 192
This is the same as the bottle above, but it's clear glass. It's a 7.8" crown top bottle with some embossed design (front & rear views shown), and red on white markings:
  both shoulders: CRASS (inside 5-bubble arch)
  front: CRASS / Delicious / Beverages / 6 1/2 FL. OZ.
  back: PROPERTY OF/ WASHINGTON COCA-COLA BOTTLING CO. INC. / ALEXANDRIA, VA.
crass_10 book # 193
This is a clear 7.75" crown top (front and rear view shown), that is very similar to the above bottles, except that the upper part has a simple oval instead of the arching bubble pattern. Also, it says ALEXANDRIA VA instead of "WASHINGTON" on it. The main portion of the ACL markings have rubbed off, but here's what I can make out:
  both shoulders: CRASS / BEVERAGES (inside oval)
  front: CRASS / Delicious / Beverages
  back: PROPERTY OF/ COCA-COLA BOTTLING CO. INC. / ALEXANDRIA, VA. / MIN. CONT. 6 1/2 FL. OZ.
crass_06 book # 195
This is a 7.7" green crown top bottle (front & rear views shown) with red and white markings:
  both shoulders: C (inside circle)
  front: CRASS / PALE / DRY / GINGER ALE / MIN CONT 6 FL OZ
  back: PROPERTY OF / COCA-COLA BOTTLING WORKS
  base: ALEXANDRIA / VA


Other Items:
slug_01 This is a metal base plate that was used to emboss the base of a coke bottle. In reverse letters, it says:
ALEXANDRIA / G / O / VA
slug_match_01 The base of this bottle is a perfect match for the metal plate above.
coke_14 This is a bottle cap. It is marked:
MINIMUM CONTENTS / 6 FLUID OZS. / Coca-Cola / REG. U.S. PAT. OFF. / BOTTLED BY / WASHINGTON COCA-COLA / BOT. WKS. INC. / WASHINGTON, D.C.
coke_28 This cap is similar to above, but the bottom says ALEXANDRIA instead of WASHINGTON. It is marked:
MINIMUM CONTENTS / 6 FLUID OZS. / Coca-Cola / REG. U.S. PAT. OFF. / BOTTLED BY / WASHINGTON COCA-COLA / BOT. WKS. INC. / ALEXANDRIA, VA.
coke_24 This bottle cap is marked:
front: Coca-Cola / TRADE MARK (R) / Carbonated water, sugar / caramel color, phosphoric / acid, natural flavorings / caffeine
edges: Bottled by Washington Coca-Cola Bottling Co Inc Alexandria VA 22313
coke_32 This bottle cap is marked:
front: Coca-Cola / TRADE MARK (R) / (CARAMEL COLORED)
edges: (c) BOTTLED BY WASHINGTON COCA-COLA BOTTLING CO INCORPORATE ALEXANDRIA VA
coke_33 This bottle cap is marked:
front: Coca-Cola / REG. U.S. PAT. OFF.
edges: BOTTLED BY WASHINGTON COCA-COLA BOTTLING CO INCORPORATED ALEXANDRIA VA
crass_04 This bottle cap is marked:
COCA-COLA BOTTLING WKS / Crass / Old Pale Dry / Ginger Ale / MIN CONTS/ 6 OZ / WASHINGTON DC
crass_05 This bottle cap is marked:
COCA-COLA BOTTLING WKS / Crass / NEW-ORANGE / CONATINS 1/10 of 1% BENZOATE OF SODA / FRESH ORANGE JUICE, SUGAR, FRUIT ACID / FLAVOR OF PEEL AND CARBONATED WATER / COLOR ARTIFICIAL / MIN CONTS 6 OZ / WASHINGTON DC
crass_1929 This bottle cap is marked:
COCA-COLA BOTTLING WKS / Crass / IMITIATION / GRAPE / ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR/ AND COLOR / MIN CONTS / 6 OZ / WASHINGTON DC
coke_29 This is a receipt from 1908. It says:
  front: Telephone, Main 3758. / WASHINGTON COCA-COLA BOTTLING WORKS, / 1418 E Street, N.W. / WASHINGTON, D.C. / Aug 10 1908 / .... 2 crates (6 dozen bottles each) COCA-COLA $4.50 / ...
  hand written on the back: A.C. Reid & Co. / Upperville, / Va
According to an old newspaper, A.C. Reid & Co. had a General Store in Upperville, so apparently he was re-selling these cokes. I also have a receipt from the Robert Portner Brewery that listed A.C. Reid & Co. buying some Beer in March 1908.
coke_26 This is a receipt from 1912. It says:
Phone, Main 7358 / 1418 E ST. N.W. / Washington Coca-Cola Bottling Works, Inc. / WASHINGTON, D.C. Sept 4 1912 / ... / 12 Doz. COCA-COLA 480 / GINGER ALE / LEMON SODA / SARSAPARILLA / ... IMPORTANT NOTICE WHEN RETURNING EMPTIES / The above numbered Crates and Bottles are charged to your Acct. Must be returned prompt, full of Bottles, to get Credit. / ...
In comparing this receipt to the one above, it appears the price for 12 dozen bottles went up from $4.50 to $4.80 between 1908 & 1912 (from 3.1 to 3.3 cents per bottle).
coke_15 This is a receipt from 1957. It says:
Washington Coca-Cola Bottling Works, Inc. / 400 Seventh Street, S.W. / Washington 24, D.C. / Telephone MEtropolitan 8-4274 / Date 2/20 1957 ...

The price of 3 cases for $2.91 comes out to about 4 cents per bottle (or 7 cents if you don't return the empty bottle). I'm assuming a "case" was 24 bottles.
coke_25 This is a receipt from 1961. It says:
Washington Coca-Cola Bottling Works, Inc. / 5401 SEMINARY ROAD / ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA / Telephone 481-2323 / Date 9-8-61 ...
coke_17 This is an ad from 1953. It says:
Young people love it! / Buy Coke by the carton / Coca-Cola - perfect blend of many flavors - / has a flavor all its own. / Refreshing as the young folk's outlook- / pure, wholsome Coca-Cola / belongs in your refrigerator at home. / 6 Bottle Carton 25c / Plus Deposit / BOTTLED UNDER AUTHORITY OF THE COCA-COLA COMPANY BY / WASHINGTON COCA-COLA BOTTLING WORKS, INC. / "Coke" is a registered trade-mark. (c) 1953, THE COCA-COLA COMPANY



1 Boyd's Directory for the District of Columbia (various years)
2 Boyd's Directories and phone books for the District of Columbia (various years)




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