Rock Creek Ginger Ale Co


Company Names, addresses, dates1:
  Rock Creek Ginger Ale Co, 215 7th SW (1920-1956)3
  Rock Creek Ginger Ale Co, 209 7th SW (1933-1938)
  Rock Creek Ginger Ale Co, 132 King St Alexandria VA (1934-1938+)
  Rock Creek Ginger Ale Co, 209-27 7th SW (1939)
  Rock Creek Ginger Ale Co, 215 7th SW (1940-1956)
  Rock Creek Ginger Ale Co, 500 Penn St NE (1957-1981)
  Rock Creek/Canada Dry, 1201 East-West Hwy Silver Spring MD (1983-?)

Notes:
Lindsey P. Rawley (b. 1888 in North Carolina) started the Rock Creek Ginger Ale company with his 2 brothers in 1920. They bought an old bowling alley at 215 7th Street SW and converted it into a bottling plant. Despite it's name, the Rock Creek Ginger Ale company apparently used to get its water from the Potomac, not Rock Creek3.
I'm not sure why Rock Creek doesn't show up in directories until 1933, but the Washington Post article3 and the "Tiger brand" label on one of the bottles below both indicate that the company started in 1920.
I haven't searched directories past 1985 yet, so I don't know how long the Rock Creek Ginger Ale company lasted. I think the address "209-27" may have been a typo, and that it was actually "209-17", as that is the address I saw in a book that has a picture of the company, claiming it was a 27,000 square foot plant. 2

City directories and phone books from 1966 to circa 1980 list Blair House at the same address (500 Penn St NE) as Rock Creek. There exists a bottle with a label that says "BLAIR HOUSE" and also says "BOTTLED BY ROCK CREEK BEVERAGES IN WASHINGTON DC".


Applied-color-label Bottles:

rock_creek9a
This is a 7.8" clear crown top bottle with black,red & white markings:
shoulders: (diamond shapes)
front: Rock / Creek / CLUB / Soda
back: SALT FREE / A Self Mixing / CARBONATED WATER. / DO NOT STIR / THIS SODA HAS BEEN CARBONATED / BY THE SUPER SATURATION PROCESS / AND HAS UNDERGONE A SERIES OF / FILTRATION AND STERILZATION / TREATMENTS UNDER THE MOST / EXACTING LABORATORY CONDITIONS. / TO ASSURE A SODA OF UNEXCELLED / QUALITY. / ROCK CREEK GINGER ALE CO. / WASHINGTON, D.C. / CONTENTS 7 FLUID OZS.
rock_creek_26
This is a 7.8" green crown top bottle with faded ACL markings:
shoulders: (diamond shapes)
front: Rock / Creek / PALE DRY / GINGER / Ale
back: Self Mixing / GINGER ALE / DO NOT STIR / THIS BEVERAGE IS A BLEND OF / THE FINEST INGREDIENTS. BOTTLED / UNDER THE MOST EXACTING SANITARY / CONDITIONS TO ASSURE YOU A / PRODUCT OF QUALITY. / ROCK CREEK GINGER ALE CO / WASHINGTON, D.C. / CONTENTS 7 FLUID OZS.
rock_creek2a
This is a 9.5" green crown top bottle with red on white markings:
front shoulder: PALE / DRY
front: Rock / Creek / REG. U.S. PAT. OFF. / Ginger ALE / CONTENTS 12 FLU. OZ.
back shoulder: ROCK CREEK
back: THIS BOTTLE IS SCIENTIFICALLY STERILIZED FOR YOUR PROTECTION / THIS SEAL IS FOR YOUR ASSURANCE OF PURITY / THIS BEVERAGE IS A BLEND OF THE FINEST INGREDIENTS... BOTTLED UNDER THE MOST EXACTING SANITARY CONDITIONS, TO ASSURE YOU A PRODUCT OF QUALITY / THE ROCK CREEK GINGER ALE CO / WASHINGTON DC / THE NATIONAL CAPITOL
rock_creek3a
These are identical except that one is clear glass and the other is green glass. They are 9.5" crown top bottles with red on yellow & white markings:
front shoulder: ROCK CREEK
back shoulder: ROCK CREEK
front: ROCK / CREEK / REG. U.S. PAT. OFF. / BEVERAGES / CONTENTS 12 FLU. OZ.
back: THIS BOTTLE IS SCIENTIFICALLY STERILIZED FOR YOUR PROTECTION / THIS SEAL IS FOR YOUR ASSURANCE OF PURITY / THIS BEVERAGE IS A BLEND OF THE FINEST INGREDIENTS... BOTTLED UNDER THE MOST EXACTING SANITARY CONDITIONS, TO ASSURE YOU A PRODUCT OF QUALITY / THE ROCK CREEK GINGER ALE CO / WASHINGTON DC / THE NATION'S CAPITOL
rock_creek_15a
These bottles are identical except one has clear glass and the other has green. They are 9.4" crown tops with red on yellow & white markings:
front shoulder: "OZONIZED"
back shoulder: ROCK CREEK
front: ROCK / CREEK / REG. U.S. PAT. OFF. / BEVERAGES / CONTENTS 12 FLU. OZ.
back: THIS BOTTLE IS OZONIZED FOR YOUR PROTECTION / THE OZONIZED SEAL IS FOR YOUR ASSURANCE OF PURITY / THIS BEVERAGE IS A BLEND OF THE FINEST INGREDIENTS... BOTTLED UNDER THE MOST EXACTING SANITARY CONDITIONS, TO ASSURE YOU A PRODUCT OF QUALITY / THE ROCK CREEK GINGER ALE CO / WASHINGTON DC / THE NATION'S CAPITOL
rock_creek6a
These bottles are identical except one has clear glass and the other has green. They are 9.5" green crown tops with red on white markings:
front shoulder: Rock / Creek / Fine / Beverages
front: Rock / Creek / Fine / Beverages
back shoulder: Rock / Creek / 12 OZ.
back: THIS BOTTLE IS SCIENTIFICALLY STERILIZED FOR YOUR PROTECTION / THIS SEAL IS FOR YOUR ASSURANCE OF PURITY / THIS BEVERAGE IS A BLEND OF THE FINEST INGREDIENTS... BOTTLED UNDER THE MOST EXACTING SANITARY CONDITIONS, TO ASSURE YOU A PRODUCT OF QUALITY / THE ROCK CREEK GINGER ALE CO / WASHINGTON DC / THE NATION'S CAPITOL / 12 FLU. OZ
rock_creek_18a
These are 11" crown top bottles. Left is clear with red-on-white markings that say:
both shoulders: Sweet / 16 / INSTANT / ENERGY
front: Rock / Creek / Fine / Beverages / Sweet / 16 / ONE PINT
back: PLEASE / RETURN FOR DEPOSIT / THIS BOTTLE IS SCIENTIFICALLY STERILIZED FOR YOUR PROTECTION / THIS SEAL IS FOR YOUR ASSURANCE OF PURITY / THIS BEVERAGE IS A BLEND OF THE FINEST INGREDIENTS... BOTTLED UNDER THE MOST EXACTING SANITARY CONDITIONS, TO ASSURE YOU A PRODUCT OF QUALITY / THE ROCK CREEK GINGER ALE CO / WASHINGTON DC / THE NATION'S CAPITOL / 16 FLU. OZ
The right one is aqua with white-on-red markings that say:
front shoulder: 16 OZ / Sweet / 16
front: Rock / Creek / Fine / Beverages / Sweet / 16 PINT
back shoulder: 16 OZ / ONE / PINT
back: THE ROCK CREEK GINGER ALE CO / WASHINGTON, D.C. / THE NATION'S CAPITOL / 16 FL. OZ.
The markings on the 2nd bottle were painted on top of other markings that were for Trim Diet Soda.
rock_creek_12a
This is a 9.5" clear crown top bottle with blue on white markings:
front shoulder: CLUB / SODA
front: ROCK / CREEK / REG US PAT OFF / Sparkling / WATER / CONTENTS 12 FLU. OZ.
back shoulder: ROCK CREEK
back: THIS BOTTLE IS SCIENTIFICALLY STERILIZED FOR YOUR PROTECTION / A SELF-MIXING / CARBONATED WATER - / DO NOT STIR. / THIS SODA HAS BEEN / CARBONATED UNDER THE SUPER / SATURATION PRCOESS AND/ HAS UNDERGONE A SERIES / OF FILTRATOIN AND STERILI- / ZATION TREATMENTS UNDER / THE MOST EXTRACTING LABORATORY / CONDITIONS TO ASSURE A SODA / OF UNEXCELLED QUALITY. / THE ROCK CREEK GINGER ALE CO / WASHINGTON DC
The bottle appears to have the original contents and bottle-cap intact.



Embossed Bottles:
rock_creek_20 This is a stipled, clear 11.2" crown-top bottle embossed:
around shoulder: ROCK CREEK
base: ROCK CREEK GINGER ALE CO. / 2. / 1 PT. 8 FL. OZ. / Duraglass / WASH. D.C.
rock_creek_16 This is a 9.7" clear ABM crown top bottle embossed:
front shoulder: ROCK
back shoulder: CREEK
front heel: ROCK CREEK GINGER ALE CO.
back heel: ROCK CREEK GINGER ALE CO.
base: WASHINGTON DC / CONTENTS 12 FL. OZ. / REGISTERED / RICHMOND, VA.
rock_creek_17 These are 8.8" ABM crown top bottles. Left one is clear, right one is green. They are both embossed:
front shoulder: ONE PINT / NO DEPOSIT
back shoulder: ONE PINT / NO RETURN
front: ROCK / CREEK / Beverages
back: ROCK / CREEK / Beverages
base: NOT TO BE RETURNED
rock_creek8 This is an 11" green ABM crown top bottle embossed:
front & rear shoulders: ROCK CREEK / BEVERAGES
front heel: ROCK CREEK GINGER ALE CO. / WASHINGTON, D.C.
back heel: MIN CONTENTS 1 PT. 8 OZ. / TRADE MARK REGISTERED
base: R
It has a lightning stopper. I'm suprised it it has a lightning stopper, when the liturature indicates that these stoppers died out in the 1920s.
rock_creek_21 This is similar to the bottle above, but much smaller. It's an 8" green ABM crown top bottle embossed:
front & rear shoulders: ROCK CREEK / BEVERAGES
front heel: ROCK CREEK GINGER ALE CO. / WASHINGTON, D.C.
back heel: MIN CONTENTS 7 OZ. / TRADE MARK REGISTERED
base: R
rock_creek_11 This is an 11" aqua ABM crown top bottle embossed:
front shoulder: ROCK CREEK / BEVERAGES
front heel: ROCK CREEK GINGER ALE CO. / WASHINGTON, D.C.
back shoulder: ROCK CREEK / BEVERAGES
back heel: MIN CONTENTS 1 PT. 8 OZ. / TRADE MARK REGISTERED
base: RC
rock_creek_14 This is an 11" aqua ABM crown top bottle embossed:
front shoulder: ROCK CREEK / BEVERAGES
front heel: PEPSI COLA BOTTLING CO. / WASHINGTON, D.C.
back shoulder: ROCK CREEK / BEVERAGES
back heel: MIN CONTENTS 1 PT. 8 OZ. / TRADE MARK REGISTERED
base: R / 3974E-628


Seltzer Bottles:
rock_creek7 This is a 9" (11.5" with the metal top) clear siphon seltzer bottle embossed:
front: ROCK CREEK / SPARKLING / CARBONATED / WATER / ROCK CREEK GINGER ALE CO / WASHINGTON, D.C. / CONTENTS 26 FL. OZ.
back: RC RC
The metal top is marked:
top: R
side: ROCK CREEK
rock_creek_22 This is a 10.5" green 10-sided siphon seltzer bottle etched:
front: ROCK CREEK / SPARKLING / CARBONATED / WATER / CONTENTS / 28 FLUID OZ / ROCK CREEK GINGER ALE CO. / WASHINGTON, D.C. RICHMOND, VA.
base: MADE / IN / ECHOSLOVAKI (some letters may have been cut off)
rock_creek_19 This is a 9" (11.5" with the metal top) clear siphon seltzer bottle embossed:
front: ROCK CREEK / OZONATED / CARBONIC WATER / ROCK CREEK / GINGER ALE CO / WASHINGTON, D.C.
back: RC
base: 1 PT 10 FL OZ / DES PAT NO 91846


Paper-Label Bottles:
rock_creek4 This is a stipled, green 11" crown-top bottle embossed:
around shoulder: ROCK CREEK
base: ROCK CREEK GINGER ALE CO. / 3. / 1 PT. 8 FL. OZ. / Duraglass / WASH. D.C.
label: THIS BEVERAGE IS Ozonized FOR YOUR PROTECTION / ROCK CREEK / PALE DRY / GINGER ALE / CONTENTS / 1 PT. 8 FL OZS. / CONTAINS CARBONATED WATER, SUGAR, CITRIC / ACID, GINGER ROOT, FLAVOR AND CARAMEL COLOR / BOTTLED BY / ROCK CREEK GINGER ALE CO / WASHINGTON DC
rock_creek_23 This is a stipled, green 11" crown-top bottle embossed:
around shoulder: ROCK CREEK
base: ROCK CREEK GINGER ALE CO. / 3. / 1 PT. 8 FL. OZ. / Duraglass / WASH. D.C.
top label: GINGER ALE / PALE DRY / ROCK CREEK / SERVE COLD
lower label: ROCK CREEK /PALE DRY / GINGER ALE / CONTAINS TRIPLE FILTERED CARBONATED WATER, PURE PASTURIZED CANE SUGAR / CITRIC ACID, FLAVORS AND CARAMEL COLORS / (C) 1955 R.C.G.A.CO.
rock_creek_13 This is a stipled, green 11" crown-top bottle embossed:
around shoulder: ROCK CREEK
top label: QUININE TONIC / MIXER FOR GIN OR VODKA
lower label: ROCK CREEK / QUININE WATER (the rest is faded)
rock_creek_24 This is a stipled, green 11" crown-top bottle embossed:
around shoulder: ROCK CREEK
base: ROCK CREEK GINGER ALE CO. / 3. / 1 PT. 8 FL. OZ. / Duraglass / WASH. D.C.
top label: READY MIXER / TRUE FRUIT / ROCK CREEK / TOM COLLINS / SERVE COLD
lower label: ROCK CREEK /TRUE FRUIT / TOM COLLINS/ READY MIXER / CONTAINS TRIPLE FILTERED CARBONATED WATER, PURE PASTURIZED CANE SUGAR, LEMON JUICE / OIL OF LEMON, ARTIFICIAL COLOR, CITRIC ACID AND LESS THAN 1/10 of 1% BENZOATE OF SODA / (C) 1955 R.C.G.A.CO.
rock_creek_25 This is a stipled, clear 11" crown-top bottle (with original contents) embossed:
around shoulder: ROCK CREEK
base: ROCK CREEK GINGER ALE CO. / 3. / 1 PT. 8 FL. OZ. / Duraglass / WASH. D.C.
top label: FAMILY KOLA / SERVE COLD / THIS BEVERAGE IS Ozonized FOR YOUR PROTECTION
lower label: ROCK CREEK / FAMILY COLA / Serves the family / CONTAINS CARBONATED WATER, PURE CANE SUGAR, KOLA FLAVOR, PHOSPHORIC ACID AND CARAMEL COLOR / PRODUCT OF / ROCK CREEK GINGER ALE CO. / WASHINGTON, D.C.
rock_creek_27 This is a stipled, clear 11" crown-top bottle embossed:
around shoulder: ROCK CREEK
base: ROCK CREEK GINGER ALE CO. / WASH. D.C.
top label: ROCK CREEK / Sparkling / CLUB SODA / SERVE COLD
lower label: ROCK CREEK / Sparkling / sparkles / CONTAINS: TRIPLE FILTERED CARBONATED WATER / (C) 1964 R C G & CO
lower label on the left side: CONT. 1 PT. 8 FL. OZS.
lower label on the right side:OCK CREEK GINGER ALE CO. / WASHINGTON, D.C.
rock_creek_10 This is an 11.5" clear ABM screw top bottle with label:
shoulder: SINCE 1920 / 50 GOLDEN YEARS No1 / SINCE 1920
front: ONE WAY NO RETURN / Tiger BRAND / OLD FASHIONED / Ginger Ale / ... / BOTTLED BY ROCK CREEK GINGER ALE CO, WASH, D.C. 20002




Other Items:
crate
This is Rock Creek Ginger Ale wooden crate. On the ends it says "PROPERTY OF ROCK CREEK GINGER ALE CO / 1920 / 1948". On the sides it says "ROCK CREEK / PALE GOLDEN GINGER ALE / SPARKING WATER / OZONIZED". Judging from the size of it and the slots where the separators used to go, it looks like it held 12 large bottles (11" 1-pint-8-oz bottles).
crate_2
Here's another crate, but this one has the date 1954.
crate_03
Here's a crate from 1961. It's marked:
end boards: ROCK CREEK / 1920 1961 / GINGER ALE CO.
side boards (outside): ROCK CREEK / PALE & GOLDEN GINGER ALE / Ozonized / SPARKLING WATER
side boards (inside): ROCK CREEK / 1920 1961 / GIGNER ALE CO. / MADE BY ACME BOX CO BALTO. MD
rock_creek_cap_01
This is a bottle cap. It is marked:
SUPERIOR / ROCK CREEK / PALE DRY / GINGER ALE / CONTAINS CARBONATED WATER / SUGAR, CITRIC ACID / FLAVOR AND CARAMEL / COLOR
On the edges, it's marked:
ROCK CREEK GINGER ALE CO WASHINGTON DC
rock_creek_cap_02
This is another bottle cap. It is marked:
SUPERIOR / ROCK CREEK / GOLDEN / GINGER ALE / CONTAINS CARBONATED WATER / SUGAR, CITRIC ACID / FLAVOR AND CARAMEL / COLOR
On the edges, it's marked:
ROCK CREEK GINGER ALE CO WASHINGTON DC
rock_creek_cap_03
This is another bottle cap. It is marked:
SUPERIOR / ROCK CREEK / ORANGE SODA / CONTAINS CARBONATED WATER, SUGAR / CITRIC ACID / JUICE OF WHOLE ORANGE / ARTIFICIAL COLOR, LESS THAN / 1/10 of 1% BENZOATE / OF SODA
On the edges, it's marked:
ROCK CREEK GINGER ALE CO WASHINGTON DC
rock_creek_cap_06
This is another bottle cap. It is marked:
TRU FRUIT / ROCK / CREEK / ORANGE / SODA /
On the edges, it's marked:
1/10 of 1% BENZOATE OF SODA
rock_creek_cap_05
This bottle cap has a hole in it. It is marked:
ROCK CRREK GINGER ALE CO / ROCK CREEK / IMITATION / ORANGE / ART. FLAVOR & COLOR / WASHINGTON, D.C. - RICHMOND, VA.
label_01
These are red, blue, yellow and silver labels (the small one went on the neck of the bottle), marked:
small label: TRUE FRUIT / ROCK CREEK / ORANGE SODA / SERVE COLD
large label: CONTENTS 1 PT. 8 FL. OZS. / ROCK / CREEK / TRUE FRUIT / ORANGE SODA / ARTIFICAL COLOR AND LESS THAN 1-10 of 1% BENSOATE OF SODA. / ROCK CREEK GINGER ALE CO., WASHINGTON, D.C.
label_02
These are red, green and silver labels marked:
small label: OLD FASHIONED / ROCK CREEK / ROOT BEER / SERVE COLD
large label: CONTENTS 1 PT. 8 FL. OZS. / ROCK / CREEK / OLD FASHION / ROOT BEER / CARAMEL COLOR, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR / ROCK CREEK GINGER ALE CO., WASHINGTON, D.C.
label_03
These are red, blue and silver labels marked:
small label: SALT FREE / ROCK CREEK / CLUB SODA / SERVE COLD
large label: CONTENTS 1 PT. 8 FL. OZS. / ROCK / CREEK / SPARKLES / CONTAINS FILTERED CARBONATED WATER, SUPER SATURATED PROCESS / ROCK CREEK GINGER ALE CO., WASHINGTON, D.C.
label_04
These are red, green, blue, yellow and silver labels marked:
small label: READY MIXER / TRUE FRUIT / ROCK CREEK / TOM COLLINS / SERVE COLD
large label: CONTENTS 1 PT. 8 FL. OZS. / ROCK / CREEK / TRUE FRUIT / RUM COLLINS / WHISKEY COLLINS / TOM COLLINS / READY MIXER / LESS THAN 1-10 of 1% BENSOATE OF SODA. / ROCK CREEK GINGER ALE CO., WASHINGTON, D.C.
label_06
These are red, white, yellow and silver labels marked:
small label: Golden / ROCK CREEK / GINGER ALE / SERVE COLD
large label: CONTENTS 1 PT. 8 FL. OZS. / ROCK / CREEK / GOLDEN / GINGER ALE / CARAMEL ADDED / ROCK CREEK GINGER ALE CO., WASHINGTON, D.C.
trim_01
These appear to be papers that were used as part of the label design for "TRIM" soda in 1956.
front label: NO SUGAR DIETETIC / ROCK CREEK / TRIM / NO SUGAR / BEVERAGE / NON-NUTRITIVE / Be Slim - Drink TRIM
rear label: TRIM / IS A / SCIENTIFICALLY BLENDED ... THE ROCK CREEK GINGER ALE CO. / WASH., D.C. / CONTENTS 10 FLUID OZ.




1 Boyd's Directory for the District of Columbia (various years)
2 Images of America, Southwest Washington DC by Paul K Williams
3 Washington Post Article Feb 23rd 1978



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