Bottling Dad's Root Beer In St. Louis

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Dad’s Root Beer makes its debut in St. Louis in November of 1941. Dad’s Root Beer Bottling Company, per the ad is located at 1822 S. 12th Street. This is the same address as the Ritz Beverage Co. Ritz has purchased a franchise for Dad’s and also has a franchise for Clicquot Club Soda. Ritz also has their own line of beverages. I have a copy of the ad and a paper label version of the soda that shows the address.

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I believe the Dad’s Root Beer Company was formed around 1938. Dad’s Root Beer is franchised out of Chicago, Illinois. Here is a trade ad from 1956.

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There was a promotion in the late 1940’s or sometime in the 1950’s for a free Helio-Jet with a purchase of 6-bottle carton of Dad’s. So, I was able to find the little metal toy quite easily, I already had the ad from long ago.

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I have several bottles to share, nothing fancy or rare here, a fun bottle to collect and most can be bought at a reasonable price. The Junior size bottles date 1949 & 1951, both Big Jr. bottles are dated 1954. The Mama size is dated 1948. I still need a Papa size. Only 4 of the bottles are St. Louis marked, the paper label, both amber Junior Size, and one of the clear glass King Size Jr. bottles. The red and yellow Big Jr. is from Flat River, Mo. And the Mama size is from Portland, Oregon. All the other bottles do not have a bottler mentioned.

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The clear glass bottles date from left to right, 1953,1956,1956,1961 and 1959

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The draft style bottles date in order 1976, 1972 and 1976, the newest bottle I have is dated 1978.

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Dad’s Root beer bottling Company will relocate in 1960 to 2711 Lafayette, this was the former plant of the B-1 bottling Company.

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In 1970 the bottling operation is put up for sale. Paul Moore is listed as the seller. Paul is most likely the owner as well. Paul and his brother Floyd were the proprietors of the Moore Brothers Bottling Company that was in operation from approximately from 1939-1960.

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Seven years later the franchise is sold but the building is still on the market.

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This is as far as I researched this brand of soda in St. Louis.
 

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Yes, Colorful. Had Burgers & Hot Dogs ect, ect, pictured on sides. Colorful indeed. Cones were slowing down & coming to a end near the mid 50's. Lasting only into to the late 50's although rumor sez 1960. Soda cones got introduced into the market much later then Beers. Beers had a almost 15 years jump on the soda cones with the rare exception of the 1938 Cliquot Club that didn't even last a Year do to Leakage Problems. Soda cones made a comeback in 1948 with the Pepsi Cone. Coca Cola test marketed before that. Soda cones didn't start to get more popular until after 1950 while beer cones started in 1935. The Foreign cones were late to market also. LEON.
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My Dad is from the Robinson Barq’s Root
Beer Company. He also made another root beer called PUSH Root Beer. I had his first can produced but unfortunately lost it in Katrina. I’m looking to buy this can and I’ll pay what it takes . Rest In Peace AuthorL Robinson
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Yes, Colorful. Had Burgers & Hot Dogs ect, ect, pictured on sides. Colorful indeed. Cones were slowing down & coming to a end near the mid 50's. Lasting only into to the late 50's although rumor sez 1960. Soda cones got introduced into the market much later then Beers. Beers had a almost 15 years jump on the soda cones with the rare exception of the 1938 Cliquot Club that didn't even last a Year do to Leakage Problems. Soda cones made a comeback in 1948 with the Pepsi Cone. Coca Cola test marketed before that. Soda cones didn't start to get more popular until after 1950 while beer cones started in 1935. The Foreign cones were late to market also. LEON.View attachment 228079View attachment 228081
Thank for that bit of info, 65 and still learning!
 

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My Dad is from the Robinson Barq’s Root
Beer Company. He also made another root beer called PUSH Root Beer. I had his first can produced but unfortunately lost it in Katrina. I’m looking to buy this can and I’ll pay what it takes . Rest In Peace AuthorL Robinson View attachment 228082


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Never heard of that brand before, if I see one I'll grab it for ya!
 

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