Dukes Bottling Works


Company Names, addresses, dates1:
  Ellis Duke, 1119-21 D Street NE, Washington DC (1922-1927)
  Duke Bottling Works, 1125 D Street NE, Washington DC (1928)
  Ellis Duke, 1125 D Street NE, Washington DC (1929-30)
  Dukes Bottling Works, 17 N Street NE, Washington DC (1931-1932)

Notes:
Ellis Duke (b. 1879, d. 1957) was a bottler in Washington DC. A June 29, 1921 Washington Post article said that Ellis Duke was a co-owner of the Eagle Bottling Company.2 City directories indicate he started his own bottling company in 1922.
It seems that Duke sold more than just soda. A March 26, 1929 Washington Post article said that Ellis Duke's bottling works at 1125 D Street NE was temporarily shut down for selling liquor. This was during prohibition. A raid revealed 79 half-gallons of whiskey as well as 44 cases and 2 kegs of beer. 2 An April 4, 1936 Washington Post article said that President Roosevelt vetoed a claims bill that was intended to compensate Ellis Duke for a truck that was seized from him in 1928 for transporting liquor.
Duke also owned the Sunshine Bottling Works

Bottles:

dukes_01 (enlarge) book # 219
This is an 8.4" clear crown top bottle with ridges on the neck, embossed:
front: DUKE's / SOFT DRINKS / WASHINGTON, D.C.
back: DUKE's / SOFT DRINKS / WASHINGTON, D.C. / THIS BOTTLE / NOT TO BE SOLD / CAP. 7 1/2 FLD. OZ.


1 Boyd's Directory for the District of Columbia (various years)
2 Various articles in the Washington Post




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