Nehi / Royal Crown


Company Names, addresses, dates1:
  Nehi Bottling Co, 601-605 11th SW (1930-1932)
  Nehi Bottling Co, 1943 NY Ave NE (1936)
  Nehi Bottling Co, 1923 NY Ave NE (1937-1938)
  Royal Crown Bottling Co, 1923 NY Ave NE (1939-1942)
  Royal Crown Bottling Co, 1100 Jef. Davis Hwy, VA (1948-1959)
  Par-T-Pak Beverage Co, 1100 Jef. Davis Hwy, VA (1954-1958)
  Nehi Beverage Co, 1100 Jef. Davis Hwy, VA (1955-1959)
  RC Nehi Bottling Co, 1100 Jef. Davis Hwy, VA (1959)

Notes:
Wikipedia says this company started out in 1905, and has gone by many names including Nehi and Royal Crown Cola. It looks like the company had a presence in Washington DC from about 1930 to 1942. It seemed to open up again across the river in Arlington Virginia from 1949 to 1959. I assume "Par-T-Pak" was bottled by the same company, as it was at the same address during coinciding years.


Bottles:

nehi_01 book # 433
This was known as the "silk stocking bottle", referring to the fact that the texture resembled the weave of a silk stocking. This is an 8.5" clear crown top bottle embossed:
front: NEHI / BEVERAGES / WASHINGTON, D.C.
back: NEHI / REG US PAT OFF / NEHI BOTTLING CO
side: MINIMUM / CONTENTS
side: 7 FLUID / OUNCES
base: DESIGN PAT'D MAR 3 25 / Duraglas
nehi_02a book # 617
This is a variation of the bottle above, in that it has an applied color label (ACL). It is a 9.5" clear crown top bottle with red on yellow markings:
ACL front: NEHI / REG. U.S. PAT. OFF. / BEVERAGES / CONTENTS 12 FLU. OZS.
ACL back: BOTTLE STERILIZED / BEFORE FILLING / ROYAL CROWN BOTTLING CO / WASHINGTON, D.C.
embossed on base: DESIGN PAT'D MAR 3, 25 / Duraglass
royalcrown_01a book # 615
This is a 9.5" aqua crown top bottle with some embossed design, and red on yellow markings:
ACL both shoulders: ROYAL CROWN
ACL front: ROYAL CROWN / REG. U.S. PAT. OFF. / (picture of pyramids & star) / RC / COLA / COPYRIGHT 1936 NEHI CORPORATION CONTETNTS 12 FLUID OUNCES
ACL back: BOTTLE STERILIZED / BEFORE FILLING / ROYAL CROWN BOTTLING CO / WASHINGTON, D.C.
royalcrown_02a book # 616
This is a 9.5" aqua crown top bottle with a red/yellow Applied Color Label (ACL):
ACL both shoulders: ROYAL CROWN
ACL front: ROYAL CROWN / (picture of star w/ "R") / RC / COLA / COPYRIGHT NEHI CORP
ACL back: BOTTLE STERILIZED / BEFORE FILLING / CONTENTS 12 FLU. OZS / PROPERTY OF / ROYAL CROWN BOTTLING CO / WASHINGTON, D.C.




Other Items:
rc_crate_1 This is a wooden crate from the Royal Crown Cola bottling company of Washington DC.
rc_coin This is a silver metal token. It is marked:
heads: 1967 / RC Cola / Washington, D.C.
tails: TOKEN SAMPLE / Victor / VENDOR PROMOTION / WITH / TOKEN DEVICE
nehi_cap_01 This is a bottle cap. It is marked:
NEHI BOTG. CO. INC / CONTAINS LESS THAN 1/10 of 1% BENZOATE OF SODA / ARTIFICIAL COLOR / 7 FL. OZ. / NEHI / ORANGE / A CARBONATED BEVERAGE / CONTAINS ORANGE JUICE AND / OIL, FRUIT ACID, SUGAR / AND WATER / WASHINGTON DC
nehi_cap_02 This is another bottle cap. It is marked:
NEHI BOTG. CO - WASHINGTON, D.C. / CONTENTS / 9 FL. OZ. / NEHI / REG. U.S. PAT. OFF. / ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR / AND COLOR / IMITATION STRAWBERRY SODA

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




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