Lost Advertisements–The Big Train for Coca-Cola

12 Jun

bigtrainA 1915 advertisement for Coca-Cola featuring Walter Johnson.

“26 years old (Johnson was 27 when the ad appeared, but fact-checking was a bit loose in ads of the era)  has been in the game since 1903, Selected by a committee of newspaper men as the best pitcher in American or National League.  He and Mathewson are reported the highest salaried pitchers in the game.  One of the peculiar things connected with Johnson is that, although he is one of the most famous men in the world today, his parents, who live in Coffeyville, Kans. have never seen their son in action.”

 

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