Oldest Coca-Cola Painted Wall Sign (Cartersville, Georgia)

The first outdoor coca-cola sign.

Bright and shining on the side of Young Brothers Pharmacy is the oldest building painting advertising Coca-Cola in the world.  Painted by a cola syrup salesman in 1894, the sign was restored in 1989 and authenticated as being the oldest in 1994.  In the small town of Cartersville, Georgia, this sign stands as a giant homage to the southern roots and lasting legacy of the world famous beverage.

Coca Cola Plaque

Coca-Cola Facts

  • Coca-Cola was invented by pharmacist John Pemberton in 1886.
  • Coca-Cola is sold in more than 200 countries worldwide and is considered the most recognizable brand in the world.
  • On average, more than 10,000 Coca-Cola soft drinks are consumed every second of every day.
  • Frank Robinson, John Pemberton’s bookkeeper came up with the name as well as the famous script lettering logo.
  • Between 1886 and 1914, one in 10 Cokes was given away free as part of a promotional campaign.
  • The modern version of Santa Clause is often credited to Coca-Cola advertising.  Before the 1931 advertisement by illustrator Haddon Sundblom, Santa was often in blue, gold, green, or purple.  He was also not always depicted as plump and jolly.
  • The first Coca-Cola products did contain cocaine but only 9 milligrams (roughly) per glass, and it was was removed from the recipe in 1903.
  • It is the most widely sold single product in the planet.
  • Coca-Cola claims its name is the second most understood word in the world, behind the word OK.
  • Coca-Cola has a product portfolio of more than 3,500 beverages and 500 different brands.
  • Coke syrup is shipped to McDonald’s locations in stainless steel containers instead of the conventional plastic bags used by other vendors. The result is alleged to be freshest Coke available.