Coca Cola Trade Card
A contributor in Parkersburg, West Virginia owns what seems to be an extraordinary piece of memorabilia: a pocket-sized card apparently dated 1886 advertising a strange-sounding beverage. The card depicts an image of a female model and a printed rhyming verse which begins:
One very sultry, summer day
Through Atlanta, toiled on his way
A lawyer, overcome with heat,
His lips could only just repeat,
Trade cards were a popular vehicle for tradespersons to advertise their wares and often included entertaining poems and colorful illustrations. Could this card be a unique piece of early Coca-Cola advertising?
History Detectives heads to Coca-Cola’s headquarters in Atlanta to trace the legacy of the soft drink empire and examine its influential role in American commerce and advertising.
- Also with Elyse Luray Shippen Golf Club Was this the golf club used by John Shippen when he made sporting history in the 1896 U.S. Open?
- Related Investigation Coney Island Lions Could this be an artifact from the bygone days of early amusement parks?
- Also in Expansion: 1801-1861 Seth Eastman Painting Is this painting a true depiction of Native American life from one of the premiere painters of the American West?
- Related Investigation Transatlantic Cable How did this twisted fragment of metal spark a communications revolution?
- Also with Elyse Luray Our Colored Heroes Is this a WWI recruitment poster... or something else?
- Also with Elyse Luray Boarding House Flag Did this flag once save a boarding house from being burned down at the height of the Civil War?
This is a place for opinions, comments, questions and discussion; a place where viewers of History Detectives can express their points of view and connect with others who value history. We ask that posters be polite and respectful of all opinions. History Detectives reserves the right to delete comments that don’t conform to this conduct. We will not respond to every post, but will do our best to answer specific questions, or address an error.