Robert Woodruff, Coca-Cola and Atlanta

Living here in Atlanta I see the Robert Winship Woodruff name in many places. After all he did a great deal for Atlanta and the world. Mr. Woodruff was president of The Coca-Cola Company from 1923 to 1954, and continued with the Company into the 1980’s. The company prospered under his guidance and he passed on his earnings as a major philanthropist.

  He played a major role in the development of the Centers for Disease Control. Some other things were the Woodruff Arts Center, Robert Woodruff Scout Reservation, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing and the Winship Cancer Center. (The Winship Cancer Institute is part of The Robert W. Woodruff Science Center of Emory University.) Emory College has prospered with his donations and the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation is still supporting charitable, scientific and educational activities.

 Now an exhibit of Robert W. Woodruff and his life are on display at the Robert W. Woodruff Library’s Schatten Gallery, located at 540 Asbury Circle, Atlanta, Georgia. (At Emory University Campus)

It will be on display from October 14th to March 25th, 2011 and is free and open to the public.  The exhibit is entitled; “The Future Belongs to the Discontented: The Life and Legacy of Robert W. Woodruff”.

 It is believed that Mr. Woodruff had a form of dyslexia and left no personally written journals or documents.  The majority of information on display came from friends and associates reminiscing what he said.  Also included in the display are photographs and papers from the Woodruff papers.

 I hope to attend the exhibit in the near future. If you are in the Atlanta area OR are coming for a visit, I highly recommend checking out this exhibit.

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2 Responses to “Robert Woodruff, Coca-Cola and Atlanta”

  1. Lori Cyree Says:

    Hey, a friend of mine would love to know the value of a couple of coca cola bottles. I looked at some of your postings but didn’t find the exact ones described. One is amber, was made in West Point, Mississippi, has the word “Root” on the bottom and is straight up until the neck, It also has the pretty cursive logo on the bottom. Then, it becomes thinner. The other is clear and has the words, “Soda Water” “Property of Coca Cola BottlingCo.”, “6 1/2 Fluid Ounces” and “West Point, Mississippi” on it. Do you know the value of these? The amber bottle is in great condition. The soda water bottle is cloudy and cracked. Thanks. I’ll be looking forwarding to telling him what you say. He collects bottles but is older and doesn’t know how to use a computer. I’m looking this stuff up for him. Thanks again, Lori

    • cocacolabottleman Says:

      Hey Lori,
      Glad to help! West Point Coca-Cola Bottling Company opened in 1906, so the amber bottle is from 1906 to around 1916. It sounds like the bottle is in great condition, so I would estimate value between $60 to $75, possibly a little more.
      The Soda Water bottles were used by bottlers for many years and usually aren’t worth as much as the Coca-Cola bottles. Since yours is not in good condition, could be worth around $5. If it was in better condition, soda water bottles usually bring around $20 to $30.
      Hope this helps!
      Doug

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