Coca Cola non-soda items

June 17th, 2010   |   2 Comments   |   1900 – 1930

Coca-Cola allowed the use of its name and logo with a variety of non-soda items produced by outside manufacturers, such as candy and cigars. One such product was Coca-Cola chewing gum, a product that enjoyed some success in the early part of the 20th century. Eventually, though, Coca-Cola became more reticent about allowing the use of its trademarks with anything other than official company-sponsored products, especially when those products were of such low quality that they might reflect badly on Coca-Cola itself. Such was the case with Coca-Cola chewing gum, which by 1924 had so deteriorated in quality as to be an embarrassment to the company. Coca-Cola sought to remedy the situation by purchasing the nearly bankrupt chewing gum maker through an intermediary and quietly retiring the product.

Coca Cola Pepsin Gum, 1912

Coca Cola Pepsin Gum, 1912


Foil Coca-Cola candy wrapper, 1925

Foil Coca-Cola candy wrapper, 1925


Coca-Cola cigars were sold in the open market, and given away at company banquets in the 1930's.

Coca-Cola cigars were sold in the open market, and given away at company banquets in the 1930's.

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