Dr Pepper Porcelain Vintage Sign
Dr Pepper is a carbonated soft drink marketed as having a unique flavor. The drink was created in the 1880s by Charles Alderton in Waco, Texas and first served around 1885. Dr Pepper was first nationally marketed in the United States in 1904.
Dr Pepper is the oldest of the major soft drink manufacturers in America. Created in Waco, TX by Charles Alderton in 1885, it was first sold only at Morrison's Old Corner Drug Store and became so popular that the other soda fountains in town began buying the syrup from Morrison's to serve at their own fountains. It was introduced to the entire nation at the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis. A truly American drink, Dr Pepper is still popular worldwide.
This Dr Pepper sign shows their "Drink A Bite To Eat At 10, 2, and 4" slogan from the 1920's.
W.W. Clements, former CEO and president of the Dr Pepper/7-Up Company, described the taste of Dr Pepper as one-of-a-kind, saying, "I've always maintained you cannot tell anyone what Dr Pepper tastes like because it's so different. It's not an apple, it's not an orange, it's not a strawberry, it's not a root beer, it's not even a cola. It's a different kind of drink with a unique taste all its own."
History Charles C. Alderton, the originator of Dr Pepper.
The U.S. Patent Office recognizes December 1, 1885, as the first time Dr Pepper was served. It was introduced nationally in the United States at the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition as a new kind of soda pop, made with 23 flavors. Its introduction in 1885 preceded the introduction of Coca-Cola by one year.
Dr Pepper ad from 1913.
It was formulated by Brooklyn-born pharmacist Charles Alderton in Morrison's Old Corner Drug Store in Waco, Texas. To test his new drink, he first offered it to store owner Wade Morrison, who also found it to his liking. Patrons at Morrison's soda fountain soon learned of Alderton's new drink and began ordering a "Waco" Alderton gave the formula to Morrison, who named it Dr Pepper.
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