A QUICK RED ROCK COLA QUESTION

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SODAPOPBOB

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I did my homework on Red Rock Cola and found the answers to most of my questions except one. Notice the bottle below that I got the other day is still capped and partially full. I have every reason to believe it is the original cap and contents. But the cap says "Cream Soda" on it ...

Question:

Would they have put cream soda in a bottle labeled "Cola?"

Thanks,

SODA"PUZZLED"BOB



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Red Rock started as Ginger Ale about 1902 and the only cola drink they had for thirty years was called Ko-Nut.

The guy that started Red Rock, Lee Hagan, bottled Coca-Cola in Atlanta back in the 1880's several years before Biedenharn in Vicksburg.

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celery ~

Thanks ... However, I'm still a little confused. I've read some of the company history, and understand the Ginger Ale connection. But what I can't quite figure out is why they would put a Cream Soda cap on a Cola bottle? I know "Players" was also made by Red Rock, and that it came in various flavors ... which likely included cream soda. But "Players" came along later and really has very little bearing regarding this inquiry about my 1947 bottle.

The bottle was found by a friend of a friend who I purchased it from. He said he found it while cleaning out his uncle's old garage which had been converted to a storage building many, many years ago. The friend said he found the Red Rock Cola bottle in an old wooden box that was stashed in a corner under a bunch of other junk. At my request he asked the uncle about it (who is in his late 70s and presently lives in the adjacent home that has been in his family since the 1920s). The uncle said he is "positive" that "all of that junk" has been "buried in the garage forever." So this is what I base my belief on regarding the bottle/contents/cap as being original.

It just befuddles me to think that a bottle which clearly says Cola on the label would be allowed to contain a non Cola. ???

Below is a close-up of the cap. And although I examined it closely with a strong magnifying glass, all I can make out is "Cream Soda" ... and ... "Artificial Flavor & Color" If there was ever anything else on the crimped edges, it has corroded away.

Thanks again, and I remain truly ... confused! [:D]

SPBOB

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Red Rock also had a beverages line which would later use standard bottles that look like the Red Rock Colas, but without cola on the bottles. More than likely this bottle showed up at one of the plants during this period and the bottles bottled it on the same line just for the heck of it. Or it could be an older recap,

Most likely an older recap. Dead givaway is the generic cream soda cap. If it had been Red Rock Cream Soda then my first explanation would have been valid.
 

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Morb ~ Heck yeah! Go for it!

And thanks for the Red Rock info as well. I totally understand (I think) what you mean by "re-cap" ... but based on the circumstances of where it was found, I can't help but think it "may have been" one of the "bottler goof-ups" you mentioned. No big deal really. I just thought it was interesting and worth discussing.

I'm looking forward to seeing what you have regarding Red Rock Cola.

It's all your's ... take it away!

SPBOB

Bummer! [:mad:] No city or state on the back .... 33 - 8 - 7 on the base w/ a 'T' in a shield/keystone.

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This is a long way from all the different Red Rock bottles out there. The brand has been around for well over a hundred years, but it's the ones I have picked up over time. First up is the tall embossed Red Rock bottle from Knoxville, Tenn. This was most likely the ginger ale which is the oldest flavor created by the company.

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While there are earlier Red Rock Ginger Ale acl bottles, I don't have any of those, but I'm want'n awful hard. So we move on to the brand they introduced in 1939 Red Rock Cola. This is a 1940 bottle from Granite Falls, NC.

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Here we have an early acl 7oz with it's later cousin. Notice that there is writing at the top and bottom of the oval on the earlier acls, while its relegated to the center under Red Rock on the later acls.

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