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Object ID 001170

Object Name John Graf Lemon Life Soda

Object Desc A clear glass bottle which originally contained Lemon Life soda. Bottle is made of clear glass and is missing its top. Made by the John Graf Company.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY001014

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 soft drinks,soda,John Graf Company,Lemon Life,bottles,beverages,

Title John Graf Lemon Life Soda

Description This is an clear empty glass bottle that was made by John Graf Co. Surrounded the entire bottle is raised words in an octogon shape. Lemon Life/Contains 8.5 fl oz/ Registered/ This bottle is not to be sold/ John Graf Co./ The Best What Gives/ 17th & Greenfield Ave/ Milwaukee WI. On the bottom of the bottle it again says "registered" in raised lettering.


Approx Collection Date

Height 8.25

Length 0

Width 0

Depth 0

Diameter 3.5

Circumference 8

Weight 0

Unit of Measure

Dimension Details .75 inches in diameter for the opening of the bottle. 3.5 inches in circumference for the neck.

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. Still sold in WI.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY001014



Date JAN 9,2014

Summary Good

Assessor Brooke Uhl

Notes The bottle has some crack inside the bottle.


Date JAN 9,2014

Summary Status change

Notes Status changed to On Exhibit from On-Site Collection Storage - automatic entry by admin

Date JAN 9,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to H. Grafman Grocery Exhibit from Room 1, Shelf 15 - automatic entry by admin