Vintage Coca-Cola Work Shirt by Riverside

Headquartered in Moultrie, Georgia, the Riverside Manufacturing Company, established in 1911, has consistently provided the highest quality products available to companies all over America. It manufacturers uniforms for Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Budweiser, UPS, and many others. As a dedicated Coke drinker, it was truly a delight to find this vintage Coco-Cola work shirt manufactured by Riverside!

And seriously, still in the original packaging, never opened, never worn! And… in my neck size.

I can’t find a year of manufacture for this garment but do know that the trademark application for the Riverside “We Clothe the World With Quality” slogan was made on Friday, July 7th, of 1978. The federal status of this trademark filing was cancelled as of Friday, October 15th, of 2021. So obviously this shirt was delivered to Coke employees after 1978.

Likely this shirt would have been worn no later than the 80s or maybe very early 90s as attempts to keep uniform costs down would have driven the company to supply embroidered Polo Shirts instead. Most companies don’t require this level of awesomeness when it comes to the fit and presentation of the Working Minion anymore!

And would a Coke employee have looked good wearing this shirt? Judge for yourself:

I even have a Coca-Cola baseball cap to match!

A nice feature is in the left breast pocket, where they have another, smaller, pocket to hold a pen or pencil. Have a look:

There are two main logos sewn onto the fabric, one in the front of the shirt just above the left pocket (below left) and the other one on the upper back of the shirt between the shoulder blades (below right).

Although I was excited to see that the shirt was in my neck size, my enthusiasm was soon diminished slightly when I learned that the sleeves were only ‘M’, or medium, when I require ‘L’, or long. But as you can see from the pictures above, I improvised and simply rolled up the sleeves for a more casual look.

The shirt has the original labels, even the paper one that would normally have been removed after delivery to the employee. But again, this shirt was NOS (New Old Stock) and still had the cardboard inserts and pins attached!

At some point, identical shirts were supplied to Coke under the Park Street brand by UniFirst. These shirts were manufactured in Mexico instead of the USA, leading me to believe that this label would be a newer one. Likely the change came as an attempt to lower acquisition costs for Coke.

The material percentages are the same, however. The 65/35 split between Polyester and Cotton makes for a very comfortable garment!

That brings us to the backside of this post. My plan is to visit businesses around my area and claim that I have to recall all of their Coke products. “Just doing my job, Ma’am!” You should be hearing about me on the News soon.

Love Coke? Check out my Coke Disney Pin Set, Coke Hot Air Popcorn Machine, my ridiculous purchase of way too many Coke Tic Tacs, and lastly, a replica Coke Bottle Organizer that I gave to my brother-in-law as a present.

FUN FACTS: Well, in this case, ‘fact’ may be inaccurate. Apparently, a can of Classic Coke will sink in water whereas a can of Diet Coke will float. So if you ever see a group of people chucking cans of Coke into a body of water, don’t worry, it’s just some scientists trying to prove the theory!

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