The Biedenharn Coca-Cola Museum features the history of the discovery of Coke along with the equipment first used by Joseph Biedenharn to bottle the drink for first time anywhere in the world in 1894. A variety of original Coca-Cola advertising and memorabilia is on display to follow the evolution of “The Pause that Refreshes!”
Coke was first sold only at soda fountains before it was bottled. This soda fountain (left and below) is from the turn of the century. The operator was called a “soda jerk” because he would jerk on one of the levers to dispense Coke or another flavor and then jerk on the valve to add soda water or plain water to the drink. The mixture was served in a glass. Large blocks of ice kept the ingredients cold before they were dispensed.
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