• Coca-Cola's Historian and Archivist Talks About His Favorite Frosty Beverage As the archivist for Coca-Cola, I’m interested in preserving the history of this company. Integrally tied to that history are all of the things that we’ve used to market and promote the products. That’s really how I got exposed to the collecting side of the business: I learned that there are all these people out there who were just collecting Coke stuff, things that we produced to advertise and ma…
  • The Timeless Appeal of the Westclock Big and Baby Bens How did I get interested in clocks? Something about them has always been ingrained in me. My mom’s father had a small collection of antique clocks and when I was a little boy he showed me how to wind them and regulate them. When I was eight we moved to a new house and my mom and I were looking in the attic and found an old octagon wall clock made by Waterbury, probably dated about 1880. Tha…
  • Coca-Cola Author Doug McCoy on the Beverage Company's Bottles My grandfather got me started collecting bottles when I was about eight years old. A couple of years later, I was walking along a creek and saw a bottle sticking out of a sandbar in the water. I couldn’t get to it to tell what kind of bottle it was. So I ran all the way home and dragged my dad there to get it for me. It was a 6.5-ounce Coca-Cola bottle from about 1948. I was fascinated by i…
  • The Care and Repair of 19th-Century American Clocks I was working as a jewelry department manager for a department store, and I had a customer who brought a clock in for repair. I was able to fix her clock very quickly and easily, and I didn’t charge her anything. It turned out she had a huge collection, and she asked me to see the rest of them. She had these amazing 18th-century bracket clocks and 18th-century tall-case clocks. She had a gorgeous …
  • Coca-Cola Collector Explains Why Things Go Better With Coke I started collecting Coca-Cola in 1994. The World Cup soccer games were being hosted at the Stanford Stadium and I saw Coke bottles commemorating the World Cup games on the shelves. I thought, “Wow, that’s pretty cool,” so I bought a six-pack. I noticed that the bottles had different flags representing the countries that were participating in the World Cup games. I started looking for all of them,…
  • San Fran Fizzes Over 'Ghost' Coca-Cola Sign Coca-Cola collectors take note: A vintage Coke sign has prompted an epic "only in San Francisco" battle royale, as passionate preservationists take on anti-advertising activists. A recent objection to this antique Coca-Cola sign—which has been lovingly restored since its discovery in San Francisco's Bernal Heights neighborhood in 1991—has caused quite a hullabaloo this year. In January, an …