Two Coca-Cola soft drinks, late 1990s.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 26cm x 32cm

Two Coca-Cola soft drinks, late 1990s.

Hills, Jennie

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In 1896, the American chemist John Pemberton developed Coca-Cola, the ingredients of which included cocaine and kola nut extract, which contains caffeine. Within a few years, Coca-Cola and similar drinks had caused widespread cocaine addiction in America and so, in 1906, the cocaine in the Coca-Cola recipe was replaced with extra caffeine.



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