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June 16, 2009
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May 25, 2009, 7:27:18 AM
Cola Wars by yankeedog Cola Wars by yankeedog
Coke or Pepsi? As far as the ghost ads I've shot around here, it's 3 to zip in favor of Coca-Cola, but I did get an excellent store front a while back in Lawrenceville that had some nice vintage Pepsi graphics. I don't drink pop or soda so it doesn't much matter to me.

This ghost ad is on the side of a building in New Kensington. The owner told me the building was built around 1902, that ad should date to somewhere around there. This ad was exposed after the Liberty Theater built in 1921 was torn down in the 1980's. So I'm guessing that there was only a window of about 19 years at the most that this ad was visible till the Liberty Theater was torn down.

It was claimed that Coca-Cola cured a host of problems including morphine addiction, dyspepsia, neurasthenia, headache and even impotence! I'm guessing that the 9 milligrams of cocaine in every glass may have caused more problems than it cured, at any rate in 1903 cocaine was removed for the recipe. It's like our Ghost Ad here in New Kensington dates back to that time. Coca-Cola's first outdoor advertisement was painted in 1895, ten years after it was invented. It would be interesting to know if this is a pre-coacaine or post-cocaine advertisement.

The current owner of the building tells me he has no plans to paint over the old ad, so I guess she will just go on fading away.
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ares322 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
New Ken, right?
i tried photographing that. Yours turned out better. It's an interesting neighborhood.
yankeedog Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2009  Professional General Artist
Yes, New Kensington, it is an interesting neighborhood, I'd love to see a artist community spring up here and take over some of the empty store fronts. I have a 35mm film photo of this Ghost Ad that I took back in the 80's, it's amazing how much it has faded.
RoadTripDog Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009
Cardinal69 is right, Coca-Cola is almost undrinkable now with the changes in the syrup and ingredients. I notice Pepsi is out with their 'throwback' Pepsi using the old syrup, might have to try it. Also aluminum cans and plastic bottles affect the taste in a bad way. Where I live the only CC available in glass bottles is Mexican Coca-Cola. It's safe, Coke demanded all their bottlers around the world treat their water. When I was working down there Coke and beer were the only liquids I could drink. Made toothbrushing an adventure.
yankeedog Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2009  Professional General Artist
Since I don't drink pop, I can't comment, but I'm sure it's better in glass than in an aluminum can or plastic bottle, Coke has corrosive qualities, it has to leach something out of the aluminum and the plastic.
426maxwedgie Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009
These are so cool! I found a Coke ad on a building too [link] .
yankeedog Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thanks! That's a cool Ghost Ad!
426maxwedgie Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2009
No problem. And thank you.
Lord-Shot Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
good advertising, live for ever xD

a really old building in exellent conditions

coca cola rulez.
yankeedog Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thanks! Yeah, they sure do seem to live on.
Cardinal69 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009
GREAT shot of days gone by! In MY youth, in the late '60's, I rode my bicycle a few miles to the country gas station/store .... A bottle of COCA-COLA cost a whopping 10 Cents back then and was STRONG! We used it to DISSOLVE the 'acid' build up off of car battery terminals, in fact!

The COKE of today is BLAND by comparison .... A mix of syrup and water .... SIGH ....

Do you remember the BARNS being PAINTED with the MAIL POUCH logos??

My BEST to you and yours, STANLEY CUP CHAMPS! WINK .... SIGH .... Best TWO outta' THREE? .... GRINS.
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