The Chirp Company
Company Names, addresses, dates:
The Chirp Company, 105 King Street, Alexandria VA 1
Dewey Beverages Inc, 105 King Street, Alexandria VA 2
The web site for The Fish Market restaurant says that their building at 105 King Street was once the site where "some enterprising gentlemen turned their talents to the making of a soft-drink which they labeled 'Chirp' - "a bird of a drink." " 1.
The Fish Market web site also mentions that the building was later used by a company that brewed beer - I presume that's referring to 'Dewey Beverages Inc', which shows up in a 1947 Alexandria phone book2.
The 1888 Chataigne's directory lists a grocer "J Broders & Co" at the same address3.
There was also a Chirp bottling company in Mount Airy Maryland from 1938-1942, that used the same logo and slogan. Nichol Cola was bottled at the same building in Mount Airy during those years. 4.
This is a clear 9.7" crown-top bottle, with a red, white & turquoise applied color label (ACL).
The ACL says:
ACL: 12 FL. OZS. NET WEIGHT / (picture of a bird chirping) / Chirp / "A BIRD OF A DRINK" / THE CHIRP CO., / ALEXANDRIA, VA.
|(enlarge)||This is a photo of the building that used to house the Chirp Company in Alexandria. Photo was taken December 2009.|