Here's What Made Coca-Cola’s Green Glass Bottle the World's Coolest Container

100 years old, and still an icon

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You've probably never heard the name of Earl R. Dean. Or, for that matter, the Root Glass Company of Terre Haute, Ind. But there's a good chance that you've held their signature product in your hand. After all, 300 billion of them were produced in the century since its invention.

It's Cola-Cola—no, not the drink, but the bottle it comes in.

Photo: Nick Ferrari

Variously known as the Hobble-skirt bottle or the Mae West bottle (but usually just the contour bottle), Coke's green-glass container is probably the most famous piece of packaging in American history.



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