We bought Coca-Cola in the six-pack for 25¢ if we had the bottles to trade in. Otherwise coke sold for 5¢ per bottle. At that time the bottles were reused for production which made the drink cheaper.

Most stores and gas stations had either a coke machine or a drink box filled with iced down Cokes. If the customer drank the coke and left the bottle on location, there was no extra charge; however, if the bottle was taken, a bottle deposit was required. In the south the name was shortened to “CoCola”.

Bottled Coca-Cola is no longer available in returnable bottles. Today we enjoy Coke in cans and buy them in 12 packs ready for the refrigerator.

I did a little research on the history of Coca-Cola which I found interesting:

John Pemberton was a Confederate veteran and a druggist who graduated from the University of Georgia pharmacy school. He is best known for being the inventor of Coca-Cola used only for medical purposes during his life time. He was wounded and became addicted to morphine. It was in his experimenting to find a cure that he first formulated what was to become Coca-Cola.

In 1886 when Atlanta and Fulton County enacted temperance legislation that Pemberton introduced Coca-Cola as a nonalcoholic alternative and made exaggerated claims as to its healing effects. It was claimed that Coca-Cola could cure many diseases, including headache and impotence.

The first sales were at Jacob's Pharmacy in Atlanta, Georgia, on May 8, 1886. It was initially sold at soda fountains as a patent medicine for 5¢ a glass.

Pemberton called for five ounces of coca leaf (cocaine) per gallon of syrup, a significant dose in 1891. Later Asa Candler, an Atlanta business man, bought the business. Candler claimed his formula contained only a tenth of this amount, but in 1903 most of this was removed. However It was not until 1924 that all traces of cocaine were removed. Coca-Cola still contains coca flavoring.