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
General Category History
Source Category Found In Collection
Accession Date JAN 1,1991
Location H. Grafman Grocery Exhibit
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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.
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Unit of Measure Inches/ounces
Dimension Details The lid is .25" in height.
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.
Date JAN 19,2014
Assessor Brooke Uhl
Notes the bottle is in great shape. There is some edge wear on the bottle cap.