01-30-2016, 10:53 AM #21
!!! NEWS FLASH !!!
The Coca Cola Bottling Company in Wichita, Kansas might have been the first ones to use the term "Hobble Skirt Bottle" in connection with the Patent 1915 contour bottle, but they were not the first soft drink to use the term. That distinction goes to "Bludwine"
And not only did Bludwine use it first, but they used it a full two years before the Patent 1915 Coca Cola bottle was even conceived - and a full four years before the Patent 1915 Coca Cola bottle became available to the general public - and a full six years before the Coca Cola Company of Wichita, Kansas ever used it! In other words, it appears the Coca Cola Company of Wichita, Kansas 'stole' the term from Bludwine!
So far this is the earliest Bludwine ad I can find that used the term "Hobble Skirt Bottle"
The El Paso Herald ~ El Paso, Texas ~ March 15, 1913
01-30-2016, 10:58 AM #22
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01-30-2016, 11:55 AM #24
Wow! That's great stuff Bob. Never would have guessed that. Always thought that 'hobbleskirt' was a coca cola thing. Good work.
01-30-2016, 12:48 PM #25
01-30-2016, 01:28 PM #26
And even though 1913 is the earliest date I can find for when Bludwine first used the term "Hobble Skirt Bottle" the bottle itself wasn't actually patented until a few years later. According to this link, a similar bottle was used by Bludwine as early as 1906.
And here's what I believe is the original patent ...
Filed: July 17, 1917
Patented: June 28, 1921
01-30-2016, 01:49 PM #27
This ad is from 1922 after they changed the name from Bludwine to Budwine, but notice at the bottom where it says ...
The Original "Hobble Skirt" Bottle
As we have seen, by 1922 Coca Cola had already jumped on the "Hobble Skirt" band-wagon and because Bludwine/Budwine knew they were the first to use the term, they were probably upset with Coca Cola and decided to add the word "Original" in their ads so that everyone knew where the term and bottle style originated from.
The Atlanta Constitution ~ Atlanta, Georgia (Home of Coca Cola) ~ May 22, 1922
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01-30-2016, 04:06 PM #28
We may never know who first coined the term "Hobble Skirt" but it wasn't the journalist who wrote the article in the New York Times on June 12, 1910 as I previously thought. I just found a slightly earlier date from ...
The Detroit Free Press ~ Detroit, Michigan ~ May 1, 1910
But even this earlier reference doesn't sound like she originated the term. The way its worded sounds more like she is using the term as if she had heard it someplace and is reusing it. Based on what I've seen, the term "Hobble Skirt" most likely originated in Paris, France and possibly had some connection with a fashion designer named Paul Poiret. But regardless of who originated the term, until something presents itself with an earlier date, I'm giving credit for its first appearance in an American newspaper to ...
Geraldine De Longville
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01-30-2016, 04:18 PM #29
There are no/zero/nada uses of the word "Hobble Skirt" in the 1909 or earlier newspapers that I have access to! But after May of 1910 and well into the 1930s there are literally thousands of newspaper listings for it.
01-30-2016, 04:23 PM #30
That's pretty much everything I have regarding "Hobble Skirts" and/or "Hobble-Skirt Bottles"
I wonder if Jill is still around? The last we heard from her she was "writing up the answer now"