Coca-Cola vintage wartime advert

July 18th, 2011   |   No Comments   |   1930 – 1950

It’s fine old custom – the good-natured initiation of those who cross the equatoe for the first time. In much the same spirit of good-natured fun, people everywhere respond to the fine invitation Have a “Coke”.

Greetings, brother... Have a Coca-Cola... or initiating a new subject of Neptune

Greetings, brother... Have a Coca-Cola... or initiating a new subject of Neptune


Coca-Cola ads in Nazi Germany

February 25th, 2011   |   6 Comments   |   1930 – 1950

Coca-Cola was one of the three official beverage sponsors with a Getraenkedienst (beverage service) at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Athletic competition was a Nazi ideal and the Coca-Cola GmbH cashed in heavily on this infatuation by becoming one of the biggest sponsors of sports events, most notably the annual Deutschlandrundfahrt (National Bycicle Championships) and the Soccer Cup.

Ein Volk, Ein Reich, Ein Getrank (One People, One Nation, One Drink) Olympic Games in Berlin 1936

Ein Volk, Ein Reich, Ein Getrank (One People, One Nation, One Drink) Olympic Games in Berlin 1936


Coca-Cola ad Third Reich 1935

Coca-Cola ad Third Reich 1935


Coca-Cola ad Third Reich 1936

Coca-Cola ad Third Reich 1936


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Close cover before striking match

February 25th, 2011   |   No Comments   |   1930 – 1950
Coca-Cola matchbook 1931

Coca-Cola matchbook 1931


Thirst – aid for good scouts

February 3rd, 2011   |   No Comments   |   1930 – 1950
Coca-Cola ad from "The boy scouts of America" newspaper 1936

Coca-Cola ad from "The boy scouts of America" newspaper 1936


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Coca-Cola WWII American airplane posters

November 19th, 2010   |   13 Comments   |   1930 – 1950

Coca-Cola has done a lot of posters with American planes. Throughout their history, posters have been a significant means of mass communication, often with striking visual effect.

The posters were framed and hung in bottling plant lobbies, schools, and other places. Students were instructed on the airplanes so that they knew the difference between friendly planes and enemy aircraft in preparation for bomb drills.

Grumman "Hellcat" F6F Fighter - U.S. Navy 1943

Grumman "Hellcat" F6F Fighter - U.S. Navy 1943


F4U-1 "Corsair" U.S. Navy -  fighter 1943

F4U-1 "Corsair" U.S. Navy - fighter 1943


Douglas B-19 "Guardian of a Hemisphere" U.S. Army - Long Range Bomber

Douglas B-19 "Guardian of a Hemisphere" U.S. Army - Long Range Bomber


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Halloween Coca-Cola posters

October 27th, 2010   |   No Comments   |   1930 – 1950, 1950 – 1980
Coca-Cola Halloween poster 1944

Coca-Cola Halloween poster 1944


Halloween "Trick or Treat" poster from 1954

Halloween "Trick or Treat" poster from 1954


Coca-Cola Halloween poster from 1964

Coca-Cola Halloween poster from 1964


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Coca-Cola around the world, World War II

October 21st, 2010   |   1 Comment   |   1930 – 1950

Wartime Ad Campaigns

“There’s a friendly phrase that speaks the allied language. It’s Have a “Coke.” Friendliness enters the picture when ice-cold Coca-Cola appears. Over tinkling glasses of ice-cold “Coke,” minds meet and hearts are closer together. It’s a happy custom that’s spreading ’round the globe.”

By 1944, Coca-Cola became known as “The Global High Sign.” This ad campaign showed men in uniform together enjoying Coca-Colas. The advertisements reinterpreted friendship and community.

American soldier in Alaska, Coca-Cola ad 1943

American soldier in Alaska, Coca-Cola ad 1943


American soldiers in China, Coca-Cola ad 1943

American soldiers in China, Coca-Cola ad 1943


American soldier in Iceland, Coca-Cola ad 1943

American soldier in Iceland, Coca-Cola ad 1943


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The cast of the movie “Dinner at eight” in Coca-Cola advert

October 15th, 2010   |   No Comments   |   1930 – 1950

A masterfully-directed, poignant melodramatic comedy by director George Cukor and producer David O. Selznick, Dinner at Eight (1933) was filled with a tremendous cast of stars, who are all invited to a Manhattan formal dinner party during the height of the Depression. Many of the stars in the film first became known in silent cinema, including John and Lionel Barrymore, and Marie Dressler.

The cast of the movie "Dinner at eight" in Coca Cola advert 1933

The cast of the movie "Dinner at eight" in Coca Cola advert 1933


Ice cold Coca-Cola for 7ct

October 9th, 2010   |   No Comments   |   1930 – 1950, 1950 – 1980

This newspaper ad from 1951 years is really weird, someone was selling ice cold Coca-Cola for 7 cents and getting 2 cents more than the rest of the country.

Newspaper ad from 1951, Coca-Cola for 7 cents

Newspaper ad from 1951, Coca-Cola for 7 cents

Maybe this somehow related to these ads from 1947 and 1949, where was 2 cents wartime tax included or maybe not…

1947 Coca Cola advertisement. Illustrated in vibrant color. Includes 2¢ wartime tax special pricing.

1947 Coca Cola advertisement. Illustrated in vibrant color. Includes 2¢ wartime tax special pricing.


1949 Coca Cola advertisement. Illustrated in vivid color at the seaside with an ice cooler below. Price still included the 2¢ wartime tax.

1949 Coca Cola advertisement. Illustrated in vivid color at the seaside with an ice cooler below. Price still included the 2¢ wartime tax.


Coca-Cola ads by Gil Elvgren

October 9th, 2010   |   3 Comments   |   1930 – 1950

Gil Elvgren – a student of Haddon Sundblom, Elvgren is perhaps best known for drawing and painting pin-up girls. His style was so similar to Sundblom’s that he could finish paintings that his mentor had started. Working with Sundblom Gil Elvgren contributed to various Coca-Cola ads himself.
The first advertising artwork for Coca-Cola that Elvgren worked on was in 1939. It is a scene of a pilot and a flight attendant in an airport snack bar having a Coca-Cola with a plane flying past the window behind them.

"Take of... refreshed" 1939 by Gil Elvgren

"Take of... refreshed" 1939 by Gil Elvgren


"The Pause That Refreshes" 1939 by Gil Elvgren

"The Pause That Refreshes" 1939 by Gil Elvgren


"Home refreshment" 1944 by Gil Elvgren

"Home refreshment" 1944 by Gil Elvgren

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