1936: The 50th Anniversary of Coca-Cola

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In 1936 The Coca-Cola Company celebrated the 50th anniversary of Coca-Cola, invented in 1886 by John Pemberton. There was a lot for The Coca-Cola Company to celebrate. When Coca-Cola was first sold in 1886, soda fountains served a mere nine glasses of Coke in a day. By 1936 soda fountains were serving over 10 million glasses of Coke in a single day.


Soda Jerk

1936 Coca-Cola print ad with images from a soda fountain in 1886 and in 1936.



1936 ad celebrating 50 years of Coca-Cola and an amazingly successful campaign that increased sales from 9 drinks a day in 1886 to 10 million a day in 1936.


Part of the celebration by The Coca-Cola Company was to look back to its humble beginnings and to commemorate their incredible progress. This ad was released as part of that retrospective:


Sign Girls

The Coca-Cola 50th Anniversary Sign. Coke as it was advertised in 1886 and then 1936. Two very different depictions of young ladies enjoying Coca-Cola.


Wyeth Ad

Artwork by N.C. Wyeth for a Coca-Cola calendar in 1936.


Coca-Cola has continued to see great milestones through the years and today Coca-Cola sells about 1.4 billion beverage servings every day. Celebrate Coca-Cola in your own way by adding Coke decor to your home and business. With wall decals, large metal signs and stickers, there are a lot of ways to show the love!


Last updated: Sep 06, 2018
Filed under: Retro Memories Tagged with: Coca-Cola, Coca-Cola Advertising, Coca-Cola Girls