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Frank Mason Robinson (1845 in Corinth, Maine – 1923 in Atlanta, Georgia), was an important early marketer of what became known as Coca-Cola.

As a young man he was in Iowa where he married Laura Clapp. In 1886 Frank Mason Robinson settled in Atlanta, where he was secretary and bookkeeper for the Pemberton Chemical Company.

Dr. John Pemberton was experimenting with a medicial formula which included coca leaves and kola nuts as sources of its ingredients. Frank Mason Robinson gave the formula the name Coca-Cola, writing the name in Spencerian script which was popular with bookkeepers of the era. His script of Coca-Cola remains one of the most recognized trademarks in the world. The formula was introduced in May 1886 at the Jacobs Pharmacy in Atlanta.

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Little did John Pemberton know back in 1885 when he first invented the Coca-Cola recipe, that one day his products would be collectibles. Over a century later, the Coca-Cola brand items are some of the most well-known collectibles in the world.

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It's the end of an era for Coca-Cola lovers, as the last 6.5-ounce returnable, glass bottle rolls off the production line.

A small Coke bottler in Minnesota says it's stopping production of the bottles, which customers could return to get back a 20-cent deposit. The company in Winona, Minn., had been refilling the returnable bottles since 1932 but said it no longer makes business sense to continue doing so.

LeRoy Telstad, the bottler's vice president and general manager, says the last run for refilling the bottles was Tuesday.

The Coca-Cola Co, based in Atlanta, notes that its 8-ounce glass bottles are still widely available across the country. Those recyclable bottles are nearly identical to the smaller 6.5-ounce bottles. They have less glass but hold more cola.

The glass bottles that were refilled in Winona, Minn. had a very limited footprint, distributed in only four counties.

"They were made on an old line that would have to be completely replaced — they kept them going as long as they could," said Susan Stribling, a Coca-Cola spokeswoman.

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Coca-Cola® Calendars
Because so many calendars were produced for Coca-Cola® through the years, it's often best to see a picture of the item and match it to the one you have. That's a great way to learn more about your calendar and learn its value. You can find information in guides to Coca-Cola® Collecting or talk to other Coca-Cola® Collectors.

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I have an old Coca-Cola® tray.     How do I find out more about it?
Metal serving trays were produced as a way to help advertise Coca-Cola® and remind people to drink the product. As with calendars, so many trays were produced that it's best to use a collectibles guide to match the picture of your item with the year.

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