Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Vintage Thingie Thursday: Dublin Dr. Pepper Bottling Company

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A couple of weeks ago, we went to the Dublin Dr. Pepper Bottling Company in Dublin Texas. Right after they announced they would not be producing the Dr Pepper after a dispute on trademark. It was a sad day for die hard Dublin Dr. Pepper drinkers here in Texas

The building has lots of old vintage signs and memorabilia. There were lots of people there trying to get their hands on the last of the bottled Dr. Pepper.

This is the bottling company front that faces the main street.

Thought this was a neat sign.

 According to Wiki:

Dublin Dr Pepper was the popular name for a style of Dr Pepper soft drink made by the Dublin Dr Pepper Bottling Company in Dublin, Texas. Dublin Dr Pepper followed the original recipe, using cane sugar as the sweetener as opposed to newer high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS). The Dublin plant formula's use of sugar made it popular among soda fans. According to the corporate headquarters at Dr Pepper Snapple Group, this resulted in clashes with other bottlers and the parent company of Dr Pepper. On 12 January 2012, it was announced that Dublin Dr. Pepper will no longer be produced, after the Dublin Dr Pepper Bottling Company settled the trademark dispute instigated by Dr Pepper Snapple Group.

Dr Pepper debuted in Waco, Texas in 1885. The Dublin Dr Pepper Bottling is the oldest remaining Dr Pepper bottler, producing the beverage continuously since 1891. As the soft drink's first independently owned bottler, owner Sam Houston Prim was given first choice of franchises when franchising of Dr Pepper started in 1925 and, instead of a larger area, chose to formalize existing, smaller territory, which has remained unchanged.
Most of the machinery in the Dublin Dr Pepper Bottling dates to the 1930s and the plant only runs once a month, enough to refill the roughly 2,000 glass bottles that have circulated for decades. Since the 1990s, it has outsourced most of its production to Temple Bottling Company, a larger independent Dr Pepper bottler in Texas.

This great old advertising sign was inside the store where they sold t-shirts and Drinks. I love this old sign, reminds me of my childhood for some reason.

I hope you enjoyed these vintage signs as my Vintage Thingie you drink Dr. Pepper?? My husband does and so does my son, but I am not a huge fan of it myself! Have a great Vintage Thingie Thursday.


  1. Had the pleasure of visiting there a long time ago. Took in everything and enjoyed it. Sorry to see this happening. I do not drink Dr. Pepper on a regular basic, but if I did it would be one of these.

  2. Chang is always so hard and it seems all the good stuff is going away :( I'm a tea drinker myself though I do enjoy a soda with pizza :) Anyhoo, thanks for hosting, Suzanne, and if you get a chance, please stop by Cottage and Creek and enter my Choose Joy Giveaway. I spotted your Choose Joy button on your sidebar. This is my first giveaway so I'd love the support. God bless ...

  3. The signage is awesome! I don't drink Dr Pepper very often at all. It does help a headache...caffeine and sugar I guess! Thanks for hosting. hugs, Linda

  4. Hi Suzanne,

    Dr. Pepper is my all time favorite Soda Pop...and I never knew about all that info - it's good to know! :) Happy to be able to link up this week - thank you very much for hosting! Take care and have a good night.


  5. Thank you for hosting :)
    ... I love love love Dr Pepper. It's the only soft drink I drink ;) Used to get it as a holiday treat as a child in Sweden, so the flavour brings back nice childhood memories. Happy to find it in 'the international aisle' at the supermarket!

    Greetings from Australia♥

  6. What great advertising signs! Looks like a fun place to visit!

  7. Hi Suzanne! What a great VTT post! My Hubby's a Pepper too! Me.... not so much I'm a....Yahoo Mt. Dew girl
    Hope you can stop by my blog for my giveaway

  8. Living in Australia, I haven't heard of Dr Pepper,but I certainly love those signs. It's always sad when an old icon closes it's doors. Too many are doing so today.
    xx jeanetteann

  9. Good morning Suzanne, your post makes me sad. What is this crazy world coming to? I love the signs,the old building and what it represents. I don't care for any kind of soda but it is an American tradition. Sigh!
    Hugs, Jeanne

  10. Hi Suzanne, I'm not a fan of Dr. Pepper (son loves them) - I grew up with Coke. I was still sad to hear of this plant closing.

  11. I had no idea there was a Dr. Pepper, Texas. What the heck?! I linked up my Vintage Scarf Shirt today. Hope you enjoy-and thanks for hosting the party once again!

  12. I loooooove Dr. Pepper. What a shame.

  13. Oh I hate that the plant is closing. Maybe they will keep it as a museum? since you said that the line was circa 1930's.
    I enjoyed the trip today!

  14. I'm not a Dr. Pepper drinker either, but my husband drinks diet DP. Sad about the plant closing.

    Okay, I guess I understand that the recipe was the same but different because they used cane sugar instead of corn syrup, but I tried the Sprite Retro last month and I can't imagine it seducing that much of the market . The Sprite Retro, made with cane sugar instead of corn syrup left me pretty much screaming for "anything with yummy corn syrup." Maybe that's just me. I don't drink soda that often and when I do, it's because I'm craving the bad stuff! LOL

    I absolutely love all the old advertising and signage! I hopw they leave the museum after the plant closes!

  15. What a neat place! Thanks for sharing with those of us who may never see it.

  16. The signs are so wonderful. I never liked Dr. Pepper, however I love your pictures and the history. Now I wish I did like Dr. Pepper, but husband loves Dr. Pepper though. I would love for you to share this wonderful history at our linky party. I hope you can join us.

    Thanks for hosting, I am all linked up.


  17. Oh goodness, I thought I was the only who never got to liking Dr. Pepper, but I see Paula dosn't either! I love the history and your post, so interesting. Thank you for hosting sweet lady. Have a nice weekend.

  18. I forgot to tell you that last night we went out to dinner and so I came back late to link, that is the reason I didn't comment and thanked you for hosting last'll never happen again!

  19. OH,I LOVE DR. PEPPER! I always choose Dr.Pepper whenever it is on the menu. We purchase it often but I bet it was not your Dr. Pepper.
    Thanks for sharing this story and for hosting. Ginger

  20. Hi, This is my first time linking up. Don't know why, I love pretty much everything old, rusty, and chippy. lol! Oh how fun it would have been to get some Dr. Pepper memorabilia! My middle daughter loves it. In High school my youngest son drank it and I found a vintage glass sign that I bought for him. Now he's a Pepsi, Coke guy so I hung it in our bonus room. That is where the grandies hang out. Thanks for the fun post and for the party!

  21. Really enjoyed your walk down Dr. Pepper memory lane. I haven't had a soda in more than twenty years, but I can still taste and smell Dr. Pepper in my mind--yummmmm. Thanks for sharing.

  22. I love Dr. Pepper-it's my second favorite drink!

  23. i LOVE vintage things! this place looks so cool. great pictures!

  24. No more real Dr. Pepper? That's gonna make my hubby and kids so sad. :-(

  25. This was a fascinating post, Suzanne! I really enjoyed it! I had no idea that Dr. Pepper started in Waco. You had a lot of interesting info.


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