Hires Root Beer Bottleneck Labels

SKU: SOD1034 $1.00 USD

Historic Overview

This vintage root beer label dates back to the late 1960s and measures 4.25” Wide x 2” High. It features the classic Hires logo and went on the neck of the bottle. Known as “The Original Root Beer” Hires is one of the U.S.’s oldest soft drinks.


Charles Hires, a young pharmacist in Philadelphia, developed the recipe in 1876 and it debuted at the U. S. Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia. He was in good company since Bell’s telephone, Remington’s typewriter, and Heinz Ketchup were introduced at the same exposition. Legend says that he was trying to recreate a root tea he had on his honeymoon, but nobody knows for sure. Initially he created a powered tea, known as Hires Herb Tea, that was bagged and produced five gallons of drink. Soon after, he developed a carbonated version that became a non-alcoholic “root beer”. In 1884 he began distributing his drink in dispensers called “Hires Munimaker” that simultaneously mixed and dispensed the syrup and carbonated water. He received a patent for Hires Root Beer in 1876, but unfortunately lost the root beer name patent in 1879 when Congress passed a law that you could not register a dictionary word. The Charles E. Hires Company was incorporated in 1890 and bottles were first released in 1893. Charles had three sons that took over the business in 1925 when he retired. Hires Root Beer is owned today by the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, Inc. of Plano, Texas.



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This Georgia Cane Syrup label went on a 1 pound 2 ounce can and measures 10.85” Wide x 3” High. It was grown, packed, and guaranteed by Cane Growers Co-Operative Association in Cairo, Georgia, who was really the W. B. Roddenbery Company.This was made from pure Georgia ribbon cane and “absolutely nothing else but the juice of Georgia ribbon cane.” The label is just gorgeous and the images don’t really do it justice. It features a Southern Mansion, workers harvesting the sugar cane, and a little log cabin in the woods with a black family making the syrup. I love their slogan, “When Better Syrup is Made. We Will Make It.”   We acquired these labels from a former employee who found them in the “Old Association Warehouse” in Cairo, Ga.   Dr. Seaborn Anderson Roddenbery started his medicine practice in 1862 in a horse-drawn buggy. In the same year he purchased a farm and sold open kettle sugar cane syrup from his medical buggy as he made his rounds. By 1867 he had an office and a general store that sold syrup from large cypress barrels, and people would bring their own jars and fill them with his cane syrup. Within five more years he had acquired 1000 acres and started to reduce his medicine practice, since he claimed 90% of his patients didn’t pay him anyway. In 1889 Roddenbery marketed the first pure Georgia cane syrup as "Roddenbery's Old Plantation Molasses." Around 1920 the business became known as the W. B. Roddenbery Company and he formed the Cane Growers Co-Operative Association. W. H. Roddenbery was a brother-in-law and owned a wholesale grocery store in Cairo. He had Roddenbery package syrup for him and later the W. B. Roddenbery Company packaged syrup for companies like A & P, Blue Plate, and Kraft. He changed the labels to read “packed for” instead of “packed by”.   WE GUARANTEE OUR LABELS TO BE AUTHENTIC AND AS DESCRIBED!

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