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Object ID 001168

Object Name John Graf Co. Soda Bottle

Object Desc A clear empty soda bottle with raised lettering made by John Graf Company.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY001013

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Soft Drinks


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location H. Grafman Grocery Exhibit

Object Date

Start Year Range

End Year Range

Status On Exhibit

Object Keywords beverages,John Graf Company,soft drinks,bottles,

Title John Graf Co. Soda Bottle

Description A clear empty soda bottle with raised writing. It states that it is from the John Graf Co. The Best What Gives tradmark Milwaukee Wis. At the bottom of the it says it contents 1 pint 8 fl oz. On the bottom of the bottle it has a raised word saying registered. On the back side of the bottle on the bottom it says that it is not to be sold.


Approx Collection Date

Height 11.25

Length 0

Width 0

Depth 0

Diameter 3

Circumference 10.25

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details .75 inch in diameter for the opening to the bottle. 3.5 inches in the necks circumference.

Quantity 1



Site Details

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 in 1984.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY001013



Date JAN 9,2014

Summary Excellent

Assessor Brooke Uhl

Notes Some staining on the inside of the bottle.