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“Dear Sir: “Coca-Cola has had a big run at my fountain, and is gaining in popularity all the time. “A line of soda drinks is incomplete without it. “Coca-Cola has come to stay!” — From an 1892 letter to Coca-Cola from Raleigh pharmacist J. H[al] Bobbitt Four years later, Bobbitt moved to Baltimore to manufacture […]

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“Coca-Cola was the subject of increasing gossip in those years. Growing up in Asheville, North Carolina, Thomas Wolfe heard most of the rumors, but they only increased his taste for Coca-Cola. He immortalized the Great American Drink in this passage from the Great American Novel, ‘Look Homeward, Angel’: ” ‘Drink Coca Cola. They say [Asa […]

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“[By 1903] it hardly mattered that Coca-Cola contained nothing but the merest trace of either drug named in its trademark. People were growing frightened….’Every ingredient [in Coca-Cola] is a poison,’ the Wilson (N.C.) Daily News warned its readers, ‘and not long hence each unhappy victim of this pernicious tipple, like the opium fiend of the […]

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On this day in 1902: In Charlotte, J. Luther Snyder dispenses the first Coca-Cola bottled in the Carolinas. Until now Coke had been available only at soda fountains. Snyder will recall that business is mediocre until the arrival of Prohibition in Charlotte in 1905: “Eighteen saloons, two breweries. . . . I had a terrible […]

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