Carbonated water was teamed with the new syrup to produce a drink that was at once "Delicious and refreshing," a theme that continues to echo today wherever Coca-Cola is enjoyed (The Coca-Cola COmpany).
Thinking that "the two Cs would look well in advertising," Dr. Pemberton's partner and bookkeeper, Frank M. Robinson, suggested the name and penned the now famous trademark "Coca-Cola" in his unique script. The first newspaper ad for Coca-Cola soon appeared in The Atlanta Journal, inviting thirsty citizens to try "the new and popular soda fountain drink." Hand-painted oilcloth signs reading "Coca-Cola" appeared on store awnings, with the suggestion "Drink" added to inform passersby that the new beverage was for soda fountain refreshment. During the first year, sales averaged a modest nine drinks per day.
Dr. Pemberton never realized the potential of the beverage he created. He gradually sold portions of his business to various partners and, just prior to his death in 1888, sold his remaining interest in Coca-Cola to Asa G. Candler. A person born in Atlanta and an individual with great business acumen, Mr. Candler proceeded to buy additional rights and acquire complete control (The Coca-Cola COmpany).
The history of Coca-Cola is a story of special moments - times with family and friends and special occasions when Coke was naturally there. ...