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
General Category History
Category Soft Drinks
Source Category Found In Collection
Accession Date JAN 1,1991
Location H. Grafman Grocery Exhibit
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.
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Unit of Measure Inches/ounces
Dimension Details .75 inch in diameter for the opening to the bottle. 3.5 inches in the necks circumference.
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.
Date JAN 9,2014
Assessor Brooke Uhl
Notes Some staining on the inside of the bottle.