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    Posted 11 years ago

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    In response to a question about something that Dr. Pemberton himself might have handled, I promised to upload a photo of this bottle. First a brief history of French Wine Coca - First advertised in Atlanta in 1884, it was a direct imitation of a wildly popular European drink, Vin Mariani, which was in effect Bordeaux wine infused with the coca leaf from which cocaine is extracted. Pemberton claimed it " contained the medical virtues of the Erythroxylon Coca plant of Peru, African Cola nuts, Damiana (a tropical aphrodesiac and pure Grape Wine. Both the Coca plant and Cola nuts were chewed by the African natives for the energy that the cocaine and caffeine produced. At the time cocaine was also thought to be a way to cure people of their opium addictions, as opium became very popular after the civil war. On November 25, 1885 (only about a year after the introduction of Pemberton's French Wine Coca) Fulton County (Atlanta) voted to go "dry" by the date of July 1, 1886. Pemberton saw the writing on the wall and experimented vigorously throughout the winter of 1885, finally coming up with a non-alcholic substitute for the drink on May 8, 1886. It was to be called Coca-Cola.
    Since French Wine Coca and the first Coca-Cola concoctions were produced in Dr. Pemberton's two story home (the syrup for the drinks was actually poured on the second floor into a large funnel which was filled with river sand. The funnel ran through the first floor's ceiling and into a large trough in the room below. This is how the syrup was filtered and "ripened". Then it was subsequently bottled in the bottle pictured.
    This bottle was on display in the Schmidt Museum for many years, and it is thought to be the only known one in existence. Certainly the only one in perfect shape. My wife Jeannine collects items associated with Pemberton and bought this bottle many years ago from a home in Alabama. Enjoy!

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    1. pickrknows pickrknows, 11 years ago
      Now that is some Early Coke history,amazing to learn. Can't imagine what the stuff would have tasted like though! That is a true museum peice from the man himself, Dr Pemberton and earlycoke! Thanks for sharing Blaine,you and the Mrs.have a great treasure there!
    2. Daddy_Nobucks Daddy_Nobucks, 11 years ago
      All I can say... is Wow.
    3. earlycoke earlycoke, 11 years ago
      Thanks Bernie. I understand that it tasted quite bitter. He didn't add sugar, citric acid, or carbonated water until he concocted Coca-Cola.
    4. pickrknows pickrknows, 11 years ago
      No wonder there's not many bottles around!
    5. tommy1002 tommy1002, 11 years ago
      WOW is right!!!! That is exceptionally awsome!!
    6. Signaholic Signaholic, 11 years ago
      Very cool to see Blaine! The best just keeps gettin better. There's Coke collectors then there's you guys, without a doubt the most incredible collection ever!
    7. aycockonxion aycockonxion, 11 years ago
      Very, very, very cool!! Absolutely exceptional!
    8. kerry10456 kerry10456, 11 years ago
      Some one the other day stated something about "Raising the bar" . I believe you done that and my hats off to you. EXTRAORDINARY piece of Coca history.
    9. earlycoke earlycoke, 11 years ago
      Thank you Daddy_Nobucks, pickrknows, tommy1002, Signaholic, aycockonxion, and kerry10456, for all the nice comments.
    10. Cocacola22 Cocacola22, 9 years ago
      Wow!! That is amazing, I wonder what one of those is worth!
    11. THilyer, 10 months ago
      Hello I would like to know what happened to the wine Coca company that was in West Point ga after pemberton’s death. It consisted of Lafayette Lanier- Nathaniel Atkinson, J. C. Mayfield?

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