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Well-Known Member
Mar 10, 2010
The accompanying thread to these pictures, which contains several pages of information and additional pictures, can be accessed with link ...


The topic of discussion on the thread primarily pertains to the Coca Cola companies request in 1915 for a standardized bottle to replace the so called straight-sided bottles being used at the time. The request went out to numerous glass manufactures, of which there were supposedly eleven contacted but only two of which are confirmed known today - Root Glass of Terre Haute, Indiana and Graham Glass of Evansville, Indiana.

And even though it is not known who the other nine glass manufacturers were, the final selection of the new standardized bottle took place during the January 1916 Coca Cola bottlers convention held at Hotel Ansley in Atlanta, Georgia. It was during that convention, which ran for three consecutive days - Monday January 3rd thru Wednesday January 5th, that a seven member committee of Coca Cola bottlers voted and selected the Root Glass/Earl R. Dean design to become the companies new standardized bottle - which is often referred to today as the contour/hobbleskirt bottle. One of only two known Root/Dean bottles sold at auction in 2011 for an unprecedented $248,000.00 and the accompanying penciled sketch for an additional $228,000.00.

It was also during the 1916 convention in Georgia that a George H. Krempp of Jasper, Indiana, whose family had been in the soda bottling since 1870 and a Coca Cola franchise bottler since 1910, reportedly "acquired" one of the non-winning bottles which apparently had been submitted by the Graham Glass Company. It is believed the Graham bottle is a one of a kind and is currently owned by Gary Salb, who is the great-grandson of George H Krempp.

For a more detailed account of the information above, please access the link I provided for that thread.

The pictures that follow are from the thread, which I hope turn out okay as this is one of my first attempts using Photobucket. I hope you enjoy them. Please feel free to post additional pictures if you have some that are subject appropriate.

My thanks and appreciation goes out to everyone who contributed to the original thread, and especially to Gary Salb for sharing his amazing Graham bottle with us.

Bob ... a.k.a. Sodapopbob

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Atlanta Constitution Newspaper Ad ~ January 3, 1916

Atlanta Constitution Newspaper Ad ~ January 4, 1916

Hotel Ansley ~ Atlanta, Georgia ~ 1913 Postcard

1916 Coca Cola Bottlers Convention Pin/Name Tag

1915 Earl R. Dean Prototype Sketch

Image Of Cocoa Pod That Earl R. Dean Used For His Bottle Design

1915 Root/Dean Prototype Bottle

1915 Root/Dean Prototype Bottle Base

1915 Root Glass Bottle Patent

1916 Ray A. Graham Bottle Patent

Graham Prototype Bottle

Graham Prototype Bottle Base

Magazine Article Related to the Graham/Krempp/Salb bottle

George H. Krempp / on left ~ Circa 1910 ~ Jasper, Indiana

Norman L. Dean Book ~ Son of Earl R. Dean ~ About The Famous Contour Bottle

These last two pictures are of a as yet unidentified bottle and it's accompanying patent. Although unconfirmed, it "might" be one of the other nine contender designs that was submitted during the 1916 convention. Notice the Coca Cola script signature on the shoulder, which is unknown for this type of "flavor" bottle. Also notice the 1916 date on the patent image.



Well-Known Member
Mar 10, 2010
Gary ~

That bottle was first brought to our attention by member digdug. Here's a direct link to page 5 of my other thread - scroll to post #100 and continue from there ...




New Member
May 30, 2013
The index card from Kurtz is about the size of the coke label.
It would make sense if the label was requested by Kremp from coke as a "go with" for the bottle.
The index card would have provided the stiffening for the envelope containing the label.

To me, this seems more likely than an expression of interest for obtaining the bottle, as the note is not detailed.


Well-Known Member
Apr 28, 2013
All we know is Wilbur Kurtz Jr. made a trip to visit Jasper for a Anniversary Party in 1960. Was he also requesting the bottle? We do not know. All we know is the card was with the bottle when it was given to me. One can only assume. Tks


Well-Known Member
Dec 2, 2004
Northeastern USA
I don't know about the whole formula and change. Coca I always presumed was to the Coca plant which at some time (pre FDA) would have been a selling point.
When did cocoa become part or the formula of was it always there?


Well-Known Member
Mar 10, 2010
BottlesAndStuff ~

Welcome to the forum. I can see (based on the wording of the Kurtz card) where you might logically think it was a request by Krempp for a paper label. But one has to wonder why Krempp would do that considering he had been a Coca Cola franchise bottler since 1910 and most likely had hundreds if not thousands of left-over labels from an earlier period. But then again, maybe not - maybe by the time Krempp and Kurtz communicated all of the surplus labels at the Krempp bottling facility had been used up or disposed of. ???

cows ~

In response to your inquiry about cocoa and the Coca Cola formula, access the following link and ....

1. Scroll to page 23 where the birth of the bottle chapter starts.
2. Read it through to at least page 30 where it states the cocoa bean is a "source of chocolate" and "does not contribute to the Coca Cola formula."




Well-Known Member
Mar 10, 2010
Here's a link to a Coca Cola picture/info gallery that was the inspiration for my having started this one. The one on the link is the best I have seen and contains a lot of interesting pictures and information ...



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