Coca-Cola Revealed: Part 2 – Fellatio, Poisoning and Astronauts

By the beginning of the 20th century, Coca-Cola were spending over USD$100,000 on advertising with annual sales hitting the 1 million gallon mark for the first time. The creative geniuses behind their advertising had introduced global brand icons such as the Coke Ladies, Sprite Boy, Santa Claus and Christmas Polar Bears, icons which influenced the […]

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Coca-Cola Revealed: Part 1 – Santa, Playboy and Nazis

Thanks to Joseph Priestley first discovering a way to artificially impregnate water with fixed gas in 1767, the soda went on to become an American institution with Coca-Cola it’s champion.  But well before Coke, effervescent waters were a luxury commodity highly regarded for their healing qualities reminiscent of thermal spas and springs. Beginning its reign […]

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The Invention of Soda Water

“The crowning merit of soda-water…is it’s democracy. The millionaire may drink champagne while the poor man drinks beer, but they both drink soda water” – Anon. Before the Aspirin was invented in 1898, common digestive problems such as dyspepsia or indigestion were best alleviated with a glass or two of natural volcanic spring water, rich […]

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Ice Harvesting: Storage, techniques and tools

Producing upwards of 8 million tons a year, the annual harvest in ice was more than just toil, but a harvest like any other.  Seasonal shifts in temperature would define each annual yield relative to the depth and re-freeze rate of the ice.  Along with a new industry, new techniques, tools and storage houses had […]

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Ice harvesting, for love of a cool drink

Before the first ice making machine was revealed to the American public by William Cullen in 1850, ice was largely harvested from the winter lakes, rivers and ponds of the Northern United States. Ice was however, not initially traded for the primary use of chilling drinks or preserving foods (early refrigerators), but rather to supply […]

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