Object ID 001164
Object Name John Graf Root Beer bottle
Object Desc Empty brown root beer bottle with metal piece that used to hold the cap. Made by the John Graf Company
Collection General Collection
Accession # CMY001012
General Category History
Category Soft Drinks
Source Category Found In Collection
Accession Date JAN 1,1991
Location H. Grafman Grocery Exhibit
Object Date 1890s
Start Year Range
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Status On Exhibit
Object Keywords soft drinks,John Graf Company,bottles,beverages,soda,
Title John Graf Root Beer bottle
Description An empty John Graf Root Beer Bottle with metal stopper without the cap. The bottle is brown and has some raised letters on the sides. The words are John Graf Milwaukee on one side and on the other it says "This bottle not to be sold."
Approx Collection Date
Unit of Measure Inches/ounces
Dimension Details 4.00 in circumference for the bottle neck. 1 inch in diameter for the bottle opening.
Place of Origin
Maker John Graf Co.
Maker Details The origins of Grandpa Graf's root beer dates back to 1873, where John Graf first brewed the root beer on S. 41st St. and W. Greenfield Ave. in West Milwaukee. Graf then formed his own company, being Graf Beverages, that produced a wide variety of soft drinks. Graf continued to brew soft drinks, but it is his root beer that is remembered the most. John Graf's image is still on the can of root beer, in his memory of creating the hallowed beverage. His legacy was passed onto his son after his death in 1930, where his daughter (Sylvia Graf) took presidency of the company. Once she died in 1963, Lawrie O. Graf became president. Lawrie Graf was well known for his creative engineering skills and his education in chemistry from his study at Marquette University, and helped the company come to a national status. Lawrie Graf continued to run the company until 1968, where he sold the company to P & V Atlas Industrial Center who then sold Graf to Canfield Company.
Date JAN 9,2014
Summary Very Good
Assessor Brooke Uhl
Notes Some edge wear on the bottom of the bottle. The metal that used to contain the cap is rusted.