Your Friendly Neighbor

This week we will take a look at a book titled: ‘Your Friendly Neighbor; The Story of Georgia’s Coca-Cola Bottling Families’, written by Mike Cheatham.  This book looks at how the Georgia Coca-Cola Bottlers made an impact on their communities, then and now. He begins with the first bottlers, who opened a plant in Chattanooga, but soon spread across Georgia. He discusses the early years of bottling, the hardships and the good times. He discusses what the bottlers did for their community.  He also covers Delony Sledge, a Coca-cola advertising director, who came up with Things go Better with Coke, and other classic marketing campaigns.  The book does cover bottles somewhat, but the history involved helps the collector connect the bottles with a story. A great read, and fairly easy to find.

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2 Responses to “Your Friendly Neighbor”

  1. steve kent Says:

    Doug , I washed the bottle and examined it closer. It has block letters and says SODA WATER and in smaller letters below property of the cocoa cola co, con 6 fl oz. it is from key west florida on the bottom and it also has a light green tint but not as dark as normal coke bottles. it is square to the shoulder six flats on the neck with stars on them. i’ll try to send a photo if you still want it’

  2. cocacolabottleman Says:

    Hey Steve,
    Thanks for following up with me on the bottle. The Soda Water is fairly common, although being from Key West it may increase the value some (if bottle is in good shape). I won’t need a photo though. But-thanks anyway. Keep on hunting for those bottles!

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