Magic Kettle

Real Estate Agent with DeLex Realty

The year is 1886 and a Doctor walks into a local Pharmacy. He talks quietly with a druggist and eventually the men shake hands and the Doctor leaves. A few hours later, the Doctor returns with a large kettle and a large wooden paddle. After inspection the Druggist pays the Doctor the his life's savings, in cash. Soon after the Doctor goes back to his buggy and leaves. 

In the kettle was a medicine good for curring hang overs or headaches. The Doctor had been selling the medicine pharmacy to pharmacy by the bottle, however in a need for cash he decided to sell the 30 gallon kettle and the recipe to our Druggist, for $500.

Originally the Pharmacy owner continued to sell the medicine as a cure for headaches however, together with his Fountain owner he often tried tinkering with the formula to make it more palatable, eventually they mixed the syrup with carbonated water and soda as we know it was born.

Since 1886, this company has grown to employ hundreds of thousands of workers, from miners to grocery store clerks, bottle manufactures, trucking companies and the list goes on.

If not for the imagination of a soda fountain proprietor and drug store owner, Coca Cola may still just be a headache medicine.  You never know what magic is at the bottom of some old kettle.


Posted by

James (Jim) Lord


Comments (4)

Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Some of the largest companies started from simple beginnings,  Coca-Cola was one of them

Jan 31, 2017 04:51 PM
Jim Lord

It is funny if you read about how many companies were started with nothing.

Jan 31, 2017 07:18 PM
Gwen Fowler-864-638-3599 SC Mountains Lakes Homes
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc - Salem, SC
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc.

a good southern company.  The real thing.

Jan 31, 2017 05:09 PM
Jim Lord

Good company all around. They have a storied history.

Jan 31, 2017 07:18 PM
MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

Well no wonder a Coca-Cola is so refreshing to enjoy.

Jan 31, 2017 11:30 PM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

And back then, Jim Lord cocaine hydrochloride was the magic ingredient in Coke. Now, it seems to be high fructose corn syrup, unless you can find some Coke produced South of the Border where they still use good old sugar. Fun post!

Feb 01, 2017 06:01 AM
Jim Lord

Yes, it was crazy back then. Could you imagine a company doing that today?

Feb 01, 2017 06:26 AM

What's the reason you're reporting this blog entry?

Are you sure you want to report this blog entry as spam?