Inventors and the globalization of the soda. Out of curiosity, the Hessian silversmith Jacob Schweppe dealt with the production of artificial mineral water at the end of the 18th century. A global beverage brand bears his name 200 years after his death on November 18, 1821. “A little bit of pure soda dissolved in about half a liter of water and carbonated – for me there is no more effective remedy that is harmless of side effects can be taken. It helps against bladder stones when drunk once or twice a day and is sold by Jacob Schweppe at Number 8 King’s Street in London under the name ‘artificial seltzer water’. “Jacob Schweppe had waited a long time for this: that the doctors would notice him. And now, in 1794, none other than Erasmus Darwin, one of the most famous doctors in England, worked for him. Darwin knew God and the world, others would follow his advice, and Schweppe could say to himself: He had done everything right when, initially out of pure curiosity, he switched to the production of artificial mineral water.Chemist Joseph Priestley – the soda pioneerSchweppe, born in 1740 in Witzenhausen, Hesse, was a trained silversmith. He moved to Geneva in 1766, where he became a partner in a jewelry store. But that alone did not satisfy him, wrote Douglas A. Simmons in his book about the history of the beverage company founded by Jacob Schweppe. “On the side, Schweppe was an enthusiastic hobby researcher. He loved to rummage through the specialist literature and to reproduce experiments that were reported there. ”Around 1772 Schweppe came across an article by the English chemist Joseph Priestley, which he was particularly interested in. With the help of sulfuric acid and a calcareous solution, Priestley had succeeded for the first time in making water sparkle. As we know today, he added carbonic acid or carbon dioxide to the water – he himself still spoke of “fixed air”.In search of artificial healing waterThe water bubbled like the natural mineral waters used for medicinal purposes from ancient times, and Priestley had come to believe that an artificial mineral water that could be made bubbling with his method was on a par with natural mineral waters in terms of their medicinal properties might, if not even be superior. Schweppe followed Priestley’s experimental instructions, but was not satisfied with the result. So he built his own device with which he could exert a higher pressure and thereby pump even more carbon dioxide into his water. The more strongly the water gushed, the greater the healing effect must be – so the assumption. Quote “After all, the quality had improved significantly. And Schweppe was sorry to just throw away his water. He therefore suggested that the doctors give it to poorer patients free of charge, who might benefit from it. “Triumphant advance through the pharmacies. In 1783 Schweppe got a patent for his invention. In 1790 he founded his own company together with the mechanic Nicolas Paul and the pharmacist Henri-Albert Gosse. The in-house products were praised for their purity and consistent quality and sold in pharmacies – as a remedy for stomach and intestinal problems, kidney, bladder and gallbladder ailments and also bronchial catarrh.A table water like champagneIn 1792 Schweppe went to England to set up a company branch there. Because business was slow, the partners soon separated again. Schweppe stayed in London, where he finally managed to gain a foothold in the market, largely thanks to the support of prominent doctors such as Erasmus Darwin. In addition to his medicinal waters, Schweppe also had table water on offer, which some people, because it was so beautifully pearled, reminded them of champagne. In 1798 he sold three quarters of his company shares. Schweppe moved back to Geneva, where he died on November 18, 1821. In the period that followed, his company changed hands several times – and expanded. Since 1831, “J. Schweppe & Co. ”- the name had been retained – purveyor to the British Crown. Four years later, the company sold its first lemonade. In 1851, the owners at the time landed their greatest coup to date. They acquired the exclusive right to supply visitors to the World’s Fair in London with soft drinks – whereupon sales exploded. A huge mineral water fountain had been set up in the entrance hall of the Crystal Palace in Hyde Park. It still adorns the logo of the now global company.

By Irene Meichsner | 11/18/2021


Stay healthy, be fizzy. Cheers, 乾杯, Salute, 干杯, Nastrovje, चियर्स, CinCin, טשירז, Santé, في صحتك, Salud, चियर्स, Gejuig, Prost! spiritschweppes

Unlike Coca Cola, Schweppes from 1783, the oldest soft drink brand in the world, has no public museum or central archive. The private initiative thanks all diggers, divers, collectors, experts and storytellers in all continents that unique exhibits and historical knowledge about one of the oldest world brands are preserved for future generations.


1st modern marketing for stimulation: Vin Mariani daily newspaper advertisement 1886, 1st industrial brand for fizzyness: J.Schweppe & Co soda 1832, 1st World Exhibition London 1851, 1st Black Penny stamp GB 1840, 1st Coca Wine 1863, 1st Coca Cola hobbleskirt bottle 1915, 1st CC & Pepsi cans since 1960ies. collection spiritschweppes

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2.6.2021 : spiritschweppes 70th


Digging to the roots of Coca Cola: the first USP statement (Unique Selling Proposition) as a printed publication, framed in the 1890ies. Artwork by William Henry Hamilton Trood (1859-1899). Schweppes innovative eggshaped bottle with wired cork refreshed the victorian world with fizzy soda soft drinks in the 19th century. In the 20th century, Coca Cola became the most famous branded product worldwide. 

I will take the time until 2033, the 250th anniversary. Then a worldwide Schweppes community will celebrate the birth of the fizzy grandma of Coca Cola. Unfortunately, the high stimulated grandpa Vin Mariani passed away 🙂 The main thing: Cheers – lets stay healthy with a fizzy spirit for a fizzy mind. Now you are invited to scroll through my private collection. PANTA RHEI, water and time, everything flows. The Pasteur Chamberland filter completes the picture. Time for endless conversations in my marketingcabinet and WUNDERKAMMER…/spiritschweppes-worldwide/



THE “GRANDMOTHER” OF COCA COLA. Until the end of the 19th century, German mineral fountains were export world champions in the worldwide shipping of natural mineral water. An army of regional potters in the Rhein / Lahn / Mosel area turned stoneware jugs in millions of copies. Both for the domestic “Selters” brands, as well as for the Dutch gin producers. But Joseph Priestley and Antoine de Lavoisier discovered the artificial production of carbon dioxide at the end of the 18th century. In 1783, the German Jacob Schweppe patented the “Geneva principle” in Switzerland, the serial production of artificial mineral water using compressor technology. In 1792 he went to England with it. The British Empires worldwide naval power had the greatest need for “acid” mineral water. Because instead of the sterilizing mixture with alcohol, it could ensure a germ-free water supply on months-long sea voyages. For this purpose, J.Schweppe & Co. produced ca. since 1800 eggshaped bottles made of earthenware and glass with a pointed bottom. It was used to derive the internal pressure. Because artificial “soda” water had multiple pressures as natural mineral water. In addition, the lying bottle kept the natural cork moist and therefore tight. The “plop” when opening was the proof for refreshing water enjoyment. At the first Great Exhibition in London1851, alcohol was prohibited as a precaution. J.Schweppe & Co. was the sole supplier of a non-alcoholic “soft” drink. Over 6 million visitors refreshed themselves with it and made Jacob Schweppes eggbottle worldwide the “mother” of Coca Colas hobble skirt from 1915.


A Michael Jones Edition © is now turning wood into what mankind has been making out of glass for thousands of years: the hollow bodies of everyday culture, as artistic as water. ORIGINALS WAIT FOR MICHAEL JONES FROM MANCHESTER. He works on construction, is a private bottle fan, a Tawney hotelier (on Facebook) and a hobby wood-turner. From blocks of precious wood, he transforms rare bottles into unique works of art for collectors. I think the idea for an MJ Edition © is conceivable and great. Here comes the “market research”: What do you think of Michael Jones artworks, please write your opinion. will show.



The collector Hans-Jürgen Krackher dedicates itself to everyday culture in the Potsdam World Heritage Site from palaces and gardens.
As a marketing expert, he demonstrates the development of the branded item in his marketing cabinet using the example of historical containers and bottles. As a gallery owner, he offers hands-on exhibits, and as a blogger, he organizes a worldwide network of collectors.
His topic is the emergence of marketing, based on the Coca Cola bottle from 1915. It is the most famous branded article in the world. The collector explores the history of mental refreshment and stimulation. The element as a food with taste and effect, tap water as a basic food. Historic world drinks such as beer, tea or wine. Distilates like spirits or essences.The collection includes marked vessels from 1700, hollow bodies are the oldest product packaging in the world. The focus is on the pioneering days of German global brands. With Johann Maria Farina, 1709 founder of the Eau de Cologne. With Jacob Schweppe, 1783 developer of the first industrial soft drink. Or Bayer, the international drugstore since 1863. The spirit of research, innovation and enterprise unites them all. Hence the collection name “spiritschweppes”.
The exhibits are historical world brands, auctioned by excavators, divers and diggers from all continents. The archive contains over 3000 documents and artifacts. The discarded “treasures from the trash” are handmade precursors to industrial mass production. Manufactured from glass and earthenware as unique pre-industrial pieces.
The message is museum education in the sense of collecting. Receive. Understand. Convey.
Krackher’s vision is to develop a digital platform to document private collections for the next generation. With practical instructions for lettering, visualization, digitization, presentation. is on the way there.


August 28th 2020 : CONGRATULATIONS CHRISTIAN WARNECKE ON YOUR 5TH SCHWEPPES BIRTHDAY IN THE GUINNESS BOOK OF RECORDS. The certificate says: “The largest collection of Schweppes related memorabilia is 3973 items and belongs to Christian Warnecke in Hamburg, Germany. As verified on August 28, 2015.” As a collector’s friend and storyteller, you now belong to the private family, which as a virtual museum with tens of thousands of followers worldwide tells the exciting story of the first global brand and mother of Coca Cola. PS : (2020: more than 5400 items)


TODAY AN EYE TO THE SAND OF THE DESERT OF NAMIBIA: my spiritschweppes collection is celebrating the World Water Day  – Valuing Water.

With my collection I would like to draw your attention to the World Water Day, to which the United Nations calls every year.
Benjamin Franklin already said in the 18th century: “In wine, there is wisdom. In beer, there is freedom. In water, there is bacteria.“ Like no other product of humanity, global beverage brands have shown the way. With hygienic drinking water, innovatively packaged at an affordable price.
SPA 18c global shipping of sprkling spring water in glass bottles as a remedy. SELTERS 19c global shipment of natural mineral water as a soft drink. SCHWEPPES 19c global production of artificial mineral water as a soda soft drink. COCA COLA 20c global soft drink production at an affordable price of 5 cents. The technical development of the beverage bottle is of central importance for the supply of human beings with safe and inexpensive drinks. The development of the plastic bottle takes drastic responsibility for producers and consumers today.



My original, not the millionst reproduction of the icon of advertising: Vin Mariani, the european brand, which inspired Coca Cola. As a lithograph by Jules Cheret in 1894. My original. This is a Paris newspaper insert from 1895. Torn through the ages, but not landed in the trash. Somebody put the fragile newsprint on a canvas at some point, and so the fragile lady has been preserved for me. The motif of the dancing Mademouiselle, tipsy with cocaine and alcohol, became the epitome of the Belle Epoque. The campaign is a milestone, Vin Mariani is considered the inventor of modern advertising. The recipe for Mariani was copied by Pemberton for French Coca Wine, and 1915 Coca Colas hobbleskirt was born in USA, the most famous bottle in the world.

The cocaine extracted from the leaves of the South American coca bush was certainly the inspiration for the cradle of success. The Spanish conquerors had observed that the Indians chewed coca leaves to curb hunger and overcome fatigue. The French pharmacist Angelo Mariani from Corsica used this knowledge in the mid-19th century and mixed coca extract into wine. The “Vin Mariani” named after him soon enjoyed great popularity.

At the time, Émile Zola, Jules Verne and Henrik Ibsen were as enthusiastic about this potent drug as the composer Charles Gounod or the actress Sarah Bernhardt. Thomas Edison was inspired by the “Vin Mariani”, the Queen, the Tsar and three Popes enjoyed it to the fullest. One of them, Pope Leo XIII, was so taken with the cocaine-alcohol mixture that he awarded Mariani a gold medal. In Germany, even the military was listening. In 1886, the Allgemeine Allgemeine Zeitung recommended coca wine as a “new food supply in this year’s maneuver”.

And just like every successful product, the “Vin Mariani” soon found a copycat: The American John Stith Pemberton, a morphine-dependent pharmacist, produced a similar mixture around 1880 and sold it as “Pemberton’s French Wine Coca”. The wine-containing product soon encountered the growing resistance of the American abstainer movement. At the time, however, cocaine had a good reputation, it was supposed to cure alcoholism. So Pemberton omitted the controversial alcohol, created a cocaine drink without wine and called it “Coca-Cola”. He consistently advertised his creation as “functional food”: Coca-Cola was “a valuable brain food that could cure all possible nervous symptoms: nervous headaches, neuralgia, hysteria and melancholy”.

The most important ingredient in Coca-Cola was cocaine at the time. It is hardly surprising that the company soon had many loyal customers who were eagerly awaiting the next delivery of their tonic. The caffeine-containing cola nuts, which form the second part of the product name, probably didn’t contain anything, but they were good for advertising because they were said to have similarly positive health effects as today’s multivitamin juices. The manufacturer preferred to get the caffeine from the Darmstadt-based pharmaceutical company Merck.

When cocaine was banned, it appeared that Coca-Cola, the health potion, was over. In order not to change the taste, coca leaves were used from 1903, but the cocaine had been withdrawn beforehand. However, the old target group broke away and a new one was urgently needed. Now the advertisement targeted young people who were attracted to the continuing smell of the forbidden that surrounded Coca-Cola. This was the birth of a refreshing drink that became a worldwide success even without alcohol and cocaine.

Taken from: Pollmer, Warmuth: Encyclopedia of Popular Food Errors. Piper publishing house 2002