AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - The City of Opelika raised a glass coke bottle Thursday, Oct. 9, to a century-old discovery.
In June, Dozier Smith T, of Smith T Hardware and Building Supply was renovating his store. After peeling away old plaster from the walls he discovered an unexpected surprise, a vintage Coca-Cola sign.
"You see the finished product, relieves fatigue, sold everywhere and it was just a fantastic find," Smith T said.
The building on North Railroad Avenue was built around 1909.
A team from the Coca-Cola Company says the slogan "relieves fatigue" was used until the 1920s and predicts the sign is over 100 years old.
"The original condition is what makes it special. It is over 100 years old, has not been restored and probably shouldn't be restored. It is outstanding," Coca-Cola account executive Andy Britton said.
Coca-Cola executives as well as nearly 300 of Smith T's closest friends and family members celebrated the discovery Thursday.
They passed out original 5 cent glass Coke bottles, the cost of a Coke in the early 1900s, to honor the era of its creation.
"It touches my heart. They came to my business and my family's business to support us," Smith T said.
"Coca-Cola enthusiasts, people who are collectors, people that enjoy the brand, enjoy the history of the brand, they'll come out and make this part of the stop from all over the world," Britton said.