i picked up this bottle this weekend. the only info i can find is that the company was somehow involved in a law suit by coca cola. i've seen this bottle before somewhere but don't remember where. i wish it were in better shape but it's still neat. i really like the flat panels.
accross the shoulder it said registered. then verticaly is written taka-kola every other panel. accross the base is norfolk taka-kola bot.wks. norfolk va. contents6 12 ozs. on the bottom pat. appd for
"Pepsi Cola had a legal conflict with another user of this eight sided bottle. Pepsi won out and many of the competition bottles were destroyed by grinding off their embossing, Bottles are found with varying degrees of having been ground."
The lawsuit involving Taka-Kola was Coca Cola Company v. Old Dominion Beverage Corporation of Richmond before Hon. Henry C. McDowell, United States District Judge, October 3rd, 1918 and appealed to the US Circuit Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit. March 3, 1921. The suit was based on Unfair Competition and Trade Mark Infringement. Taka-Kola lost and tried to continue as Takola but that effort was quickly squashed. The court ordered that the Taka-Kola name be removed from the bottles and advertising.
AFTER Taka-Kola was out of business the plant and remaining bottles were sold to Pepsi. The Taka-Kola bottles (many ground off as a result of the suit with Coke) were used by Pepsi until they received their eight-sided own bottles embossed Pepsi-Cola.
Here's the list of Taka-Kola bottlers. If you know of any more please let me know.
Old Dominion Beverage Co., Richmond, VA
Valley of Virginia Taka-Kola Bottling Co., Harrisonburg, VA
Valley of Virginia Taka-Kola Bottling Co., Winchester, VA
Fredericksburg Bottling Works, Fredericksburg, VA
Taka-Kola Bottling Co., Charlottesville, VA
Taka-Kola Bottling Co., Norfolk, VA
Eastern Shore Bottling Co., Birds Nest, VA
Taka-Kola Bottling Co., Farmville, VA
P. C. Worley, Selma, NC
Taka-Kola Bottling Co., Rocky Mount, NC
Taka-Kola Bottling Co., Hillsboro, NC
Taka-Kola Bottling Co., Washington, DC
Maryland Taka-Kola Bottling Co., Baltimore, MD
high warren. i have'em squeezed in here amonst the inmates. it hasn't been a problem this year because of an all to common condition i came down with in janurary. i suffer from lackacash due to lackajob. i've several i wanted but had to hold off.
My interest in bottles started when I found a broken bottle with Mt. Kisco Bottling Co embossed on the heel. I contacted the local historical society and they sent me some archival newspaper articles...