Root Rock / Root Pop


Company Names, addresses, dates1:
  Root Pop Bottling Co, 413 2nd Street, NW Washington DC (1944-1946)
  Root Rock Bottling Works, 413 2nd Street, NW Washington DC (1944-1946)
  Root Rock Ginger Ale Co, 413 2nd Street, NW Washington DC (1944-1949)

Notes:
I can't find Root Rock or Root Pop in city directories prior to 1944, but the obituary of Louis G. Harris (Washington Post, March 10, 1942) says that he came into the employ of the Root Rock Beverage Co in Washington DC in 1928. He was the General Manager of Root Rock when he died.


Root Pop Bottles:

rootpop_01 book # 598
This is a clear 9.5" crown top bottle embossed:
front: Root Pop / BOTTLING CO, INC/ WASHINGTON, D.C.
heel: CONTENTS 9 FL OZ. PAT APPLIED FOR
rootpop_02 book # 599
This is a clear 9.2" crown top bottle embossed:
front: ROOT POP / BOTTLING CO / INC / CONTENTS 9 FL. OZS.
back: ROOT POP / BOTTLING CO / INC / DESIGN PATENT 81642
base: WASHINGTON DC / (G in a square) / 149-1
This bottle has the same design pattern as one of the root-rock bottles below. I have one like this that says "PATENT APPLIED FOR" instead of "DESIGN PATENT 81642", so I suspect that this design was for a "Root Pop" bottle before it was for a "Root Rock" bottle.



Root Rock Bottles:
rootrock_02 book # 600
This is a clear 9.2" crown top bottle. One of the circles seems like it has an upside-down heart etched in it - I'm not sure if this was by design or if it's a defect. Definitely doesn't look like a bubble-burst. Bottle is embossed:
front: ROOT ROCK / BEVERAGES / CONTENTS 9 FL OZS
back: ROOT ROCK / BEVERAGES / DESIGN PATENT 81642
base: 7314 2B40 WASHINGTON DC
rootrock_01 book # 602
This is a 10" clear stippled crown top bottle with faded red & white Applied Color Label (ACL):
front: REFRESHING-HEALTHFUL / ROOT ROCK / FAMOUS FOR IT'S TASTE / Sparkling / Bracing / Beverage / ROOT ROCK / BEVERAGES
back: Contains / FILTERED / CARBONATED WATER / CANE SUGAR / FLAVOR, CITRIC ACID / CERTIFIED COLOR / SEE CROWN / FOR OTHER INGREDIENTS. / CONTENTS ONE PINT / BOTTLED BY / ROOT ROCK BEVERAGES / WASHINGTON, D.C.
embossed on the base: ROOT ROCK BEVERAGES / WASHINGTON, D.C.
rootrock_12 book # 602
This is just like the above bottle, except it's green (and it's smooth instead of stippled). It is a 10" green crown top bottle with a red/white ACL:
front: REFRESHING-HEALTHFUL / ROOT ROCK / FAMOUS FOR IT'S TASTE / Sparkling / Bracing / Beverage / ROOT ROCK / BEVERAGES
back: Contains / FILTERED / CARBONATED WATER / CANE SUGAR / FLAVOR, CITRIC ACID / CERTIFIED COLOR / SEE CROWN / FOR OTHER INGREDIENTS. / CONTENTS ONE PINT / BOTTLED BY / ROOT ROCK BEVERAGES / WASHINGTON, D.C.
embossed on the base: ROOT ROCK BEVERAGES / WASHINGTON, D.C.
rootrock_04 book # 603
This is similar to the above bottle, except that it is not stipled, and the markings are all white with no red. It is a 10" aqua crown top bottle with a white ACL:
front: REFRESHING-HEALTHFUL / ROOT ROCK / FAMOUS FOR IT'S TASTE / Sparkling / Bracing / Beverage / ROOT ROCK / BEVERAGES
back: Contains / FILTERED / CARBONATED WATER / CANE SUGAR / FLAVOR, CITRIC ACID / CERTIFIED COLOR / SEE CROWN / FOR OTHER INGREDIENTS. / CONTENTS ONE PINT / BOTTLED BY / ROOT ROCK BEVERAGES / WASHINGTON, D.C.
rootrock_03 book # 603
This is similar to the above bottle, except the color of the glass is green. It is a 10" green crown top bottle with a white ACL:
front: REFRESHING-HEALTHFUL / ROOT ROCK / FAMOUS FOR IT'S TASTE / Sparkling / Bracing / Beverage / ROOT ROCK / BEVERAGES
back: Contains / FILTERED / CARBONATED WATER / CANE SUGAR / FLAVOR, CITRIC ACID / CERTIFIED COLOR / SEE CROWN / FOR OTHER INGREDIENTS. / CONTENTS ONE PINT / BOTTLED BY / ROOT ROCK BEVERAGES / WASHINGTON, D.C.
rootrock_05 book # 604
It is a 7.75" clear crown top bottle with stipling, rope design, and 4 clear cirlces. It's marked with a green & white ACL:
front: ROOT-ROCK / FULL / OF HEALTH / STEINIE BEVERAGES
back: MADE WITH / PURE CANE SUGAR / AND / FILTERED / CARBONATED WATER / FLAVORS DERIVED FROM / NATURAL FRUITS / CERTIFIED COLOR ADDED / CONTENTS 12 FL. OZS. / ROOT ROCK BEVERAGES / WASHINGTON, D.C.
embossed on the base: ROOT-ROCK / BEVERAGES / WASHINGTON, D.C.

I beleive that "STEINIE BEVERAGES" refers to the fact that this is a "steinie" style of bottle. The "steinie" style of bottle was created by Owens-Illinois glass company in 1936 and features a wide body with a bulge between the bottle & the neck2.
rootrock_11 book # (unlisted)
This is similar to #602, but larger & it has some embossing. It's an 11.75" clear crown top bottle with stipling that says:
ACL on front: REFRESHING-HEALTHFUL / ROOT ROCK / FAMOUS FOR IT'S TASTE / Sparkling / Bracing / Beverage / ROOT ROCK / BEVERAGES
ACL on back: Contains / FILTERED / CARBONATED WATER / CANE SUGAR / FLAVOR, CITRIC ACID / CERTIFIED COLOR / SEE CROWN / FOR OTHER INGREDIENTS. / CONTENTS ONE QUART / BOTTLED BY / ROOT ROCK BEVERAGES / WASHINGTON, D.C.
Embossed on front/back shoulder : ROOT ROCK
Embossed on base : ROOT ROCK BEVERAGES / CONTENTS / ONE / FULL QUART / WASHINGTON, D.C.



Other items:
rootrock_06 This is a colorful label that says:
Sparkling / Bracing / Beverage / ROOT ROCK / GRAPE SODA / ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR AND COLOR / MIN. CONTENTS 16 FL. OZS. / Refreshing-Healthful / ROOT ROCK GINGER ALE CO. / WASHINGTON, D.C.
rootrock_07 These labels say:
top label: REFRESHING HEALTHFUL / ROOT ROCK / FAMOUS FOR ITS TASTE
main label: Sparkling / Bracing / Beverage / ROOT ROCK / STRAWBERRY SODA / ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR AND COLOR / MIN. CONTENTS 16 FL. OZS. / Refreshing-Healthful / ROOT ROCK GINGER ALE CO. / WASHINGTON, D.C.
rootrock_08 These labels say:
top label: REFRESHING HEALTHFUL / ROOT ROCK / FAMOUS FOR ITS TASTE
main label: Sparkling / Bracing / Beverage / ROOT ROCK / GOLDEN / GINGER ALE / ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR AND COLOR / MIN. CONTENTS 16 FL. OZS. / Refreshing-Healthful / ROOT ROCK GINGER ALE CO. / WASHINGTON, D.C.
rootrock_09 These labels say:
top label: REFRESHING HEALTHFUL / ROOT ROCK / FAMOUS FOR ITS TASTE
main label: Sparkling / Bracing / Beverage / ROOT ROCK / ORANGE SODA / ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR AND COLOR / MIN. CONTENTS 16 FL. OZS. / Refreshing-Healthful / ROOT ROCK GINGER ALE CO. / WASHINGTON, D.C.
rootrock_09 These labels are larger than the previous ones, as they're for a 32-ounce bottle. They say:
top label: REFRESHING HEALTHFUL / ROOT ROCK / FAMOUS FOR ITS TASTE
main label: Sparkling / Bracing / Beverage / ROOT ROCK / STRAWBERRY / ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR AND COLOR / MIN. CONTENTS 32 FL. OZS. / Refreshing-Healthful / ROOT ROCK GINGER ALE CO. / WASHINGTON, D.C.
Other flavors of ROOT POP from Washington DC that I've seen include: PALE DRY GINGER ALE, LEMON-LIME, and ROOT POP.


1 Boyd's Directory for the District of Columbia (various years)
2 This Bottle Typing web site.



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