While cataloging some artifacts in the collection, we came across this wonderful bottle of Glockengasse No. 4711.
Here are some interesting facts from the cologne's wikipedia page and their website:
  • This scent has been produced in Cologne, Germany since 1799, so it can call itself an Eau de Cologne quite literally as a geographical reference
  • Bottles were given to members of the German Navy who served aboard U-boats in an attempt to make the submarines smell better. It didn’t work, since they kept bringing the cologne home and giving it away as gifts.
  • Their bottle has remained virtually unchanged for 195 years.
  • President John F. Kennedy was supposed to have worn it.
  • It has a lovely refreshing citrus scent.
Here is some other interesting facts about the bottle that we have here at the Chudnow Museum:
  • It smells a lot like gin.
  • We’re pretty sure it’s full of gin.
  • But it’s very pretty.

By Kayla Sutherland,
Associate, Chudnow Museum of Yesteryear