Sunday, June 25, 2017

The Key to Refreshment

Hello everyone!

Today as I was wondering around the key room looking for a key to blog about, I stumbled upon a classic American drink that donated a key to our collection, or rather a Colorado representative of the famous Cola.

Key donated by James A. Gooding Jr.

This key was added to our collection in 1946, by James A. Gooding Jr., in honor of his company buying the production and distribution rights of Dr. Pepper. Gooding was the president of the Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company located in Denver and provided Pepsi products to most of Colorado. After the acquisition of Dr. Pepper, he was able to provide Colorado with Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Patio Orange, Teem, and Dr. Pepper.

The Pepsi-Cola logo at the time of the key's donation

Pepsi was created in 1893 in North Carolina by Caleb Davis Bradham and became an overnight sensation, debuting as “Brad’s Drink”. By 1898, the drink had been renamed to its now iconic Pepsi-Cola, supposedly being able to aid in digestion, but still only being sold as a syrup to mix at home. By 1902 Bradham had formed a corporation under the same name and within the next two years, the demand for the Pepsi-Cola syrup became so high, Bradham decided to start bottling a drink premade with the syrup. World War I took a toll on the company which forced Bradham to sell it, but Pepsi is still one of the most iconic drinks in America and across the world, despite the ups and downs the company faced. 

The founder of Pepsi-Cola, Caleb Davis Bradham

All of our keys have an interesting story to tell, whether it’s about a famous person or even a famous drink, so head down to our key room and come find a story to learn about today!

Written by:
Victoria, Museum Curator

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