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Soda, Pop, Soft Drinks and other Non-Alcoholic Beverages

Follies of the Madmen #388



Dress so as to resemble a soda can.

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Oct 08, 2018 - Comments (5)
Category: Business, Advertising, Fashion, Soda, Pop, Soft Drinks and other Non-Alcoholic Beverages, 1970s

Follies of the Madmen #382



Associating your product, even in jest, with reviled aristocrats: not the smartest move.

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Sep 11, 2018 - Comments (7)
Category: Business, Advertising, Royalty, Soda, Pop, Soft Drinks and other Non-Alcoholic Beverages, 1960s

Follies of the Madmen #376



A quick hit of sugar at bedtime will send those kiddies straight to slumberland!

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Jul 25, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Business, Advertising, Children, Soda, Pop, Soft Drinks and other Non-Alcoholic Beverages, 1930s

With real lemon juice!

In 1982, the Maryland Poison Center reported almost 80 cases of people who had suffered nausea and diarrhea after drinking Sunlight dishwashing liquid. They had received free bottles of the stuff in the mail as part of a promotional campaign. The source of the confusion was a picture of lemons on the label as well as the phrase "with real lemon juice." This led many to conclude that the bottle contained some kind of lemonade. Or a lemon-flavored drink mixer. A lot of people added it to iced tea.

A spokesman for Lever Brothers, the manufacturer of the product, noted that the bottles also clearly said, "Sunlight dishwashing liquid."

Sunlight no longer uses the phrase "with real lemon juice." Apparently they learned their lesson. But they've still got a picture of a lemon on their bottles.

Muncie Evening Press - July 15, 1982



Indianapolis Star - July 15, 1982



The bottle that caused the confusion



More in extended >>

Posted By: Alex - Sat Jan 20, 2018 - Comments (6)
Category: Soda, Pop, Soft Drinks and other Non-Alcoholic Beverages, 1980s

Make milk a social drink

1960: The dairy industry, noting that coffee, tea, beer, liquor, and soft drinks are traditionally served at parties but milk isn't, started plotting ways to make milk a "social drink."

If you add alcohol to milk it could be considered a social drink. Otherwise, I'd say their campaign fizzled.

Akron Beacon Journal - Dec 4, 1960



Port Angeles Evening News - Mar 9, 1960

Posted By: Alex - Sat Nov 26, 2016 - Comments (4)
Category: Food, Soda, Pop, Soft Drinks and other Non-Alcoholic Beverages, 1960s

Its The Real Thing


Some think of a pool full of Coca Cola and Mentos and say, "Why?" These guys said, "Why not!"

Posted By: patty - Tue Jun 28, 2016 - Comments (8)
Category: Drones, Excess, Overkill, Hyperbole and Too Much Is Not Enough, Candy, Soda, Pop, Soft Drinks and other Non-Alcoholic Beverages, Nausea, Revulsion and Disgust

Canada Dry Liquors

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The complicated story of how a soda company came to market its own brand of booze is entertainingly told here.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Mar 21, 2016 - Comments (7)
Category: Advertising, Soda, Pop, Soft Drinks and other Non-Alcoholic Beverages, 1960s, Alcohol

“I’d Like to Buy the World a Coke!”



Egyptian swingers get down with Coke.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Mar 12, 2016 - Comments (1)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Foreign Customs, Soda, Pop, Soft Drinks and other Non-Alcoholic Beverages, 1950s

Climate Change Coke



As our poor abused planet whipsaws between extreme cold and extreme heat on a minute-to-minute schedule, only Coke can help soothe our pain. The "melting glacier" allegory at the end is effective, albeit unsubtle.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Sep 09, 2015 - Comments (4)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Nature, Soda, Pop, Soft Drinks and other Non-Alcoholic Beverages, 1960s

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