Because trays made from 1970 onward were often reissues of older trays or were made from new materials, these trays belong to the modern age of Coke trays.
While change trays were produced intermittently, serving trays have remained a Coke staple...
These bottles were in common use for many types of soda and spring water from about 1880 to 1910.
The Coca-Cola Company began distributing tin serving and change trays to soda fountains in 1897.
Trays produced from that date until 1968 belong to the first, or classic, period of Coca-Cola trays.
Before that, it had been a soda fountain item as well as a syrup being sold in bottles as a patent medicine.
The earliest Biedenharn Coca-Cola bottles used a Hutchinson patent bottle.
Morphy Auctions writes that there have been only two examples of the 1915 bottle to come to auction — however, both were not nearly as pristine as the one pictured above.
One of the prior bottles sold for 0,000 at auction in 2011.
Ultimately, the company decided to go with the bottle designed by Earl R. Of course, a few alterations had to be made to Dean’s design in order to work with the bottling machinery at the time. Root submitted the altered rendition, Coca-Cola tested how the bottle worked at Birmingham and Anniston, Alabama; Augusta, Georgia; and Nashville, Tennessee bottling plants.
Because the bottle up for auction is one that shows the city on the heel, and looks as though it was never used, experts believe that it is one of the rare original prototypes that came before the final design.
Coca-Cola was first served in 1886 in Atlanta, Georgia.