Schweppes tonic water - Framed picture - 11x14
Schweppes is a beverage brand that is sold around the world. It includes a variety of lemonade, carbonated waters and ginger ales.
In the late eighteenth century, Johann Jacob Schweppe developed a process to manufacture carbonated mineral water based on the discoveries of Joseph Priestley. Schweppe founded the Schweppes Company in Geneva in 1783 to sell carbonated water. In 1792, he moved to London to develop the business there. In 1843, Schweppes commercialised Malvern Water at the Holywell Spring in the Malvern Hills, which was to become a favourite of the British Royal Family until parent company Coca-Cola closed the historic plant in 2010 to local outcry.
Mainstay Schweppes products include ginger ale, bitter lemon, and tonic water (the oldest soft drink in the world – 1871).
During the 1920s and 1930s the artist William Barribal created a range of posters for Schweppes. In 1945 the advertising agency S.T.Garland Advertising Service Ltd., London coined the word 'Schweppervescence' which was first used the following year. Thereafter it was used extensively in advertisements produced by Garlands who sold copyright of this word to the Schweppes Company for £150 five years later when they relinquished the account.