By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (March 12, 2021) – In Issue 2021-48 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we take time out to enjoy a Coca-Cola . . .  story.  

Iconic vintage Coca-Cola bottle (Stock photos)

It’s the Real Thing

Coca-Cola was first sold in a bottle 127 years ago today by the Biedenharn Candy Company in Vicksburg, Mississippi.  They used bottles with the then unique resealable stopper feature called Hutchinson Patent Stopper. 

The iconic contour bottle shape traces back to a contest Coca-Cola initiated in 1915.  The winning design was submitted by one of Coca-Cola’s bottlers.   The bottler’s designer, Earl Dean, was inspired by the shape of the cocoa pod while designing the contour bottle.   By 1920, the contour bottle became the standard shape for this iconic brand.

Tanner’s 1836 folding pocket map of Mississippi is presented here.  Foldable format maps were quite popular in the 19th century, given their portability.

Map of Mississippi – 1836 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

Visit his antique map boutique world-on-paper online. Watch for his daily feature Steve Kovacs: Antique Maps & Fun Facts here on Loveland Beacon.