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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Wholesome and Delicious: 1925

Wholesome and Delicious: 1925

"Whistle Bottling Works." The Washington, D.C., bottling plant for Whistle orange soda circa 1925. National Photo Co. Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Prohibition Beer

What kind of "Pilsener" sold publicly during Prohibition? With an ad in the Washington Post?!

[The kind with very little alcohol. - Dave]

Bottling Plant Redux

This room appears to be the ground floor of the building at 703 North Capitol St.: details in common include 1) shape of rear window, 2) shiny metallic disc of bottling machine, and 3) dangling light bulb.

whistle_detail

Utica Club Font

I just thought it amusing that the font or typeface, or whatever the correct terminology is, for the Utica Club ad is very similar to the one used for Coca-Cola.

[The Coca-Cola logo is Spencerian script. - Dave]

Utica Club?

Right next to the Whistle sign are two signs for Utica Club -- a beer brewed by the West End Brewing Company of Utica New York. Seems like D.C. is pretty far from Utica to be bottling beer; and it being 1925 there probably isn't a lot of pilsner being brewed in the first place.

[Utica Club, one of the many Pilseners sold during Prohibition, was distributed by the Whistle Bottling Works in Washington. Below, a 1924 ad from the Washington Post. - Dave]

 
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