Cold War Warrior

Cold War Warrior

Posted on 07/11/2015

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RW White & Sons

RW White & Sons
RW White & Sons mineral water with a "Codd stopper". RW White was started in 1845 in Camberwell, London. It grew from strength to strength being finally bought out by Whitbread's in the 1960s. In 1986 it was absorbed into the Britvic Corporation. The factory in Albany Road was demolished to provide land for housing.

The Codd stopper was perfected in 1872 by Hiram Codd. The gas in the drink forces a glass globe (the "pop alley" beloved of children who would smash the bottle to get at the "marble" ) into a rubber seal. It was opened by using a special tool which forced the globe from the rubber seal; with the bottle held correctly for pouring, the globe rested against the lip visible just above the one in the picture, preventing it from interfering with pouring. The Codd stopper lasted into the 1920s.

The expression "codswallop" is commonly attributed to cheap, weak beer "wallop" and mineral water bottles using globe stoppers, since the water was weaker that wallop, hence "Codd's wallop"; today it has come to mean "rubbish". This may however be incorrect and an example of "folk etymology".

Cold War Warrior
Cold War Warrior
I'll be sorting more out, I've got a few left.
2 years ago.