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Coca-Cola Signs: Always Works Of Art

by Daniel Wright

When Dr. John Stith Pemberton created a cool and refreshing drink in Atlanta, Georgia on May 8, 1886, who would have known that he was producing one of the most well-known products in the world? When he sold his creation at his soda fountain, he named it because he thought the two C's would look good together, thus giving birth to Coca-Cola signs.

Throughout the years, Coca-Cola has produced a huge variety of artwork and ad campaigns. Each successive generation added their own particular twist to the marketing, reflecting the passions of the times. Coca-Cola has created a timeline of collectible items which have been consistently collected by memorabilia hounds around the world.

The original creator of Coca-Cola's Santa Claus was Haddon Sundblom, who drew him drinking from the iconic bottle. This image was used consistently for more than 30 years, dating back to the 1930's. It still appears today on Christmas ornaments, billboards, signs, and other promotional material.

The Coca-Cola brand has had a variety of slogans that have appeared on Coca-Cola signs throughout its long career. The song "I'd Like to Buy the World a Coke," "Have a Coke and a Smile" and "The Friendliest Drink on Earth" are just a few of the campaign phrases that have appeared in advertising over the years.

Celebrities have also played an important role in selling Coca-Cola to the people of the world. From Charlie McCarthy to the celebrities of today, spokespeople (or animals) have appeared on many billboards for the company. Today's well-known spokes-animals are the polar bears. Introduced in 2003, the public fell instantly in love with the furry winter bears.

All of this advertising has lead to an incredible amount Coca-Cola signs being available as collectibles. Coca-Cola is a timeless product that has inspired massive collections of memorabilia. Collectors are avid about finding signs from each era in mint condition. Books have been published on the prices of the popular drink's memorabilia.

If you are looking to start a collection, start small. Decide on one area or timeframe. Then, focus your efforts on finding items that fit your category. Use online auction sites and forum boards to meet other collectors to set up a support network. Scour flea markets and garage sales for hard to find Coca-Cola signs.

Coca-Cola is known world wide as an icon meaning refreshment. The company's advertisement signage has been used throughout its history to denote the good feelings that its clients enjoy. No matter which sign, a collector will desire it because of the positive feelings and memories it brings back. features hundreds of items stemming from Coca-Cola history as well as Pepsi, Mountain Dew, 7UP, and many other soft drink makers. View our huge selection of Coca-Cola signs with new inventory daily!

Published December 6th, 2007

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