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Object ID 004162

Object Name John Graf Blue Soda Water Bottle

Object Desc John Graf clear "soda water" bottle with vibrant blue tint. Base of bottle has 8 sides (octagon shape) and lip of bottle is short wide and rounded. One side of bottle reads "The Best What Gives / This bottle/ Not to be sold"

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY004148

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Breweries


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 10,1991


Location Room 9, Shelf 19

Object Date

Start Year Range 1884

End Year Range 1913

Status On-Site Collection Storage

Object Keywords John Graf,soda,mineral water,bottles,

Title John Graf Blue Soda Water Bottle

Description Blob top clear 'soda water' bottle with vibrant light blue tint (reminents of inner contents). Base of bottle has 8 sides making an octagon shape, the body of the bottle is round. The neck of the bottle is very short forming into the blob top. Inside the top is a rusted metal internal stopper than forms a loop whuch emerges from the top of the bottle. The bottle has embrossed lettering on both the front and back sides. One side reads "John Graf / Milwaukee / Wis", the other reads, " The Best What Gives / Trade Mark / This Bottle / Not to be sold".


Approx Collection Date

Height 6.5

Length 0

Width 0

Depth 0

Diameter 2.5

Circumference 8.25

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker John Graf (1884 - 1913)

Maker Details John Graf Sr. was born in Milwaukee, Wis. on February 27, 1853. In 1873 Graf would form a partnership with Phillip Madlener. They called the company Graf & Madlener manufacturers of soda water (Weiss Beer Brewery). The company produced a variety of different flavor soft drinks. They were located on Elizabeth Street at the corner of Grove Street. The company stayed at this location until 1877. Sometime in 1883 John Graf became the sole owner of the company. The company now was called the John Graf South Side White Beer Brewery and was located at 2201 West Greenfield St. In 1913 the company would incorporate and was called the John Graf Co. John would pass away on May 16 1930. His son would take over the company with his sister Sylvia Graf as president of the firm. Sylvia would pass away in 1963. John Graf Sr. grand son Lawrie would take over the company. Under his leadership the company became national known for its Grandpas Graf's Root Beer.

Maker Mark John Graf / Milwaukee / Wis


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Image Caption CMY4148



Date APR 24,2016

Summary Fair Condition

Assessor Nicole Burdick

Notes Glass is in relatively good shape, there is no scratching on bottle except for three small scratches on the blob top. Bottle does have some discolored bubbling in outer layer of glass. Inside of bottle is stained blue at bottom and some around the shoulders of the bottle from inside contents.


Date APR 27,2016

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Room 9, Shelf 19 from Room 9, Shelf 22 - automatic entry by admin