The recently donated Greensburg Bottling Company Records contain a wealth of information about the production and distribution of soft drinks in the mid to late twentieth century. The records of the Greensburg Bottling Company, which bottled Double Cola and Ski at its plant in Greensburg, Kentucky, detail issues common to twentieth century manufacturing and also many that are unique to soft drink production. The collection includes a variety of materials, including correspondence, financial and production records, promotional materials, and photographs.
Among the images in the collection are twenty-six boxes of Kodachrome slides from 1940, depicting Double Cola bottling plants, trucks, stores and restaurants with Double Cola advertising. The images number in the hundreds. The scenes shown are from across the South and Midwest from Texas to Virginia, Michigan to Florida. As with many collections, these images are interesting for reasons unintended by the creators. From a twenty-first century perspective, the Double Cola logo featured in most of these images is of secondary importance to the street scenes, buildings, people, and vehicles captured in vivid color. Below is a selection of the images from this fascinating collection of photographs.