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The Adventure of Coca Cola
Rescued from a Chicago area Estate.
This amazing story board project appears to be a High School Photography project, circa late 1950s / very early 1960s.
If you have interest in this, PLEASE read all the info, as I have tried to be specific with the description. Please feel free to ask questions.
Yes, our standard money back return guarantee applies, but do to the shipping costs involved, we hope whomever buys it loves it!
There are 7 heavy mat boards, which measure 16 by 20 inches.
The title of the assignment appears to be: "Ten picture Story", as written on the back of each board. There are actually 12 photos, but I think perhaps the Front and Backs didn't "count" as part of the story telling.
The title of the project is "The Adventures of Coca Cola"
The 10 photos outline the steps of how coke gets bottled at the local plant.
Each photo has a caption typewritten on a separate piece of paper, and glued to the board. It is not glued to the photo.
It is amazing that they allowed this fellow to come and get some great close up, detailed photos.
The first photo shows the outside of a small Coca Cola Bottling Plant.
This must have been in a small town in Illinois or Wisconsin (the one detail he left out of his report). The building is wonderful, with its clay tile roof and beautiful landscaping.
Once inside the plant, you will see how the bottles are sorted, sterilized with lye, and put on a conveyor belt.
Once on the belt, the broken and chipped bottles are removed.
From there, the belt takes the bottles to the filler, carbonizer and capper.
The bottles are shaken, put into cartons, to reach the consumer.

The last photo is my favorite, so very charming image of a little boy and his standard poodle, each drinking from a straw in the bottle of Coke. Perhaps part of the project was to create an advertisement. If so, this fellow should have received an "A+". Very nice work.
The photographs are very well done, high resolution in black and white.
The photos are in very good condition, again, if there is a way to remove them, or pherhaps cut the board with them, they could be framed.
The Front and Back photos each measure approximately: 10.5" by 13.5" .
The ten photos on the 5 other boards measure approximately: 9.25" by 7.5"
They are glued pretty heavily onto the boards, so removal would be a challenge.
They photographs have an industrial, machine age quality to them, very exciting to look at.
The corners of the boards are dog-earred a bit, and the edges have yellowed.
The 3D letters on the first board (THE ADVENTURE OF COCA COLA) are in pretty good shape, the "T" is missing in the word THE, and the "A" in Adventure is a bit dog-earred.

Each are stamped "Photographs by Merton Knapp"
Then each one has hand-written "G. Champaign", and "Ten Picture Story #___", with the appropriate number written. There is yellowing on the back.
The very last board looks like there was a page attached to the BACK at one time, it may have been a report, or judging from a contest, it is now gone, with just the outline left.

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Sally Jechura

REDUCED Vintage Coca Cola Industrial B/W Photos 1950s Inside Coke Bottling Plant. School Project.


  • Vintage item from the 1950s
  • Materials: paper, photographs
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