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This tray is one of 150,000 serially numbered commemorative trays issued to mark the 75th Anniversary of the Coca-Cola Bottling Works, Inc., Dallas, Texas.  This tray is numbered No. 17893.


"This tray is a faithful reproduction of the original authorized by The Coca-Cola Company in 1899.  It featured the portrait of Hilda Clark, a musical comedy star of that time, and set a precedent for using widely known personalities in advertising for Coca-Cola.


Until the turn of the century, Coca-Cola was sold only at soda fountains.  Created by Atlanta pharmacist John Pemberton in 1886, Coca-Cola quickly became widely popular.  In 1899 two Chattanooga lawyers received the first "bottling contract" from the Coca-Cola Company with the right to bottle the soft drink in almost the entire United States.  Others soon asked for bottling contracts.


In 1902 the Coca-Cola Bottling Company was founded in this city and began bottling Coca-Cola in simple straight-sided "Hutchison" bottles, and later in the famous "hobble skirt" bottle.


The bottles for Coca-Cola have changed from a modest 6 1/2 ounces to the many sizes we have today.  Our bottling plant has added other soft drinks to provide an entire line of beverages to this community.  But Coca-Cola remains the favorite, the world's favorite soft drink and one of the best known symbols of our time.


Advertising items and memorabilia for Coca-Cola, like this reproduction, have become collectors' items.


In this, our 75th year, we pause to remember the past and to recreate a small part of that heritage.  We look forward to the next 75 years and to the privilege of serving this area with the finest soft drink in the world--Coca Cola!  We hope you will enjoy using this tray as a memento of this anniversary year!"


Tray measures 12" in diameter.


Made in 1977.


In good condition with some missing enamel.



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