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Celebrating 125 Years of Coca-Cola

Coca-Cola was first invented in May 1886 by the pharmacist Dr John S Pemberton. It was first sold in Jacob’s Pharmacy for five cents per glass, that’s about 3p in today’s money.

They first began to advertise in print in The Atlanta Journal 1885, magazines from around the turn of the century, on Radio from the mid-1920s and on TV in the 1950s when Coca-Cola sponsored a TV show on a US network.

Here are five fun facts about Coca-Cola


  • Coca-Cola was first sold in the UK on 31 August 1900, but didn't go on sale regularly until the early 1920s, when it was sold in different London shops including Selfridges.
  • Fanta was introduced in the 1950s followed by Sprite in 1961.
  • Diet Coke was launched in 1982.
  • In 1985 Coca-Cola was the first soft drink ever in space.
  • The Root Glass Company of Indiana created the famous Coca-Cola contoured bottle in 1915.

Ballroom Dancing 1956

Ballroom Dancing advert featuring the winners of the 1956 British Ballroom Dancing Open Championship, Alf Davies and Julie Reaby.


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