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Object ID 001266

Object Name Hire's Root Beer Extract Bottle

Object Desc A glass bottle with metal cap containing root beer extract made by the Charles E. Hires Company.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY001084a-b

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Spices/Flavorings


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 Hire's Root Beer Extract,flavoring,Charles E Hires Co.,root beer,

Title Hire's Root Beer Extract Bottle

Description A glass bottle with cap contain root beer extract that was made by the Charles E. Hires Company. The cap is gold and black metal. On the top it says "Shake Well." The bottle has a square bottom and does not have a paper label. It does have embossed word near the neck. It says "Hires" on two sides. Then near the middle of the bottle is has 1/2 marked. There are embossed vertical lines on all four sides of the bottle. The bottom has an embossed "5" on it.


Approx Collection Date

Height 4.75

Length 1.25

Width 1.25

Depth 0

Diameter 0.75

Circumference 3.5

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details The lid is .25" in height.

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Charles E. Hires Company

Maker Details Hires Root Beer was created by Philadelphia pharmacist Charles Elmer Hires. The official story is that Hires first tasted root beer, a traditional American beverage dating back to the colonial era, while on his honeymoon in 1875. By 1876, Hires had developed his own recipe, and he was marketing 25-cent packets of powder which each yielded five gallons of root beer. At Philadelphia's Centennial Exposition in 1876, he cultivated new customers by giving away free glasses of root beer. In 1884, he began producing a liquid extract and a syrup for use in soda fountains, and was soon shipping root beer in kegs and producing a special fountain dispenser called the "Hires Automatic Munimaker." In 1890, the Charles E. Hires company was incorporated and began supplying Hires root beer in small bottles. Consolidated Foods in 1960 and changed hands between Crush International, P&G, Cadbury Schweppes, which is now the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group today.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY001084a-b



Date JAN 19,2014

Summary Excellent

Assessor Brooke Uhl

Notes the bottle is in great shape. There is some edge wear on the bottle cap.