Dr. Pepper Bottling Company
6046 Jefferson Avenue
Newport News, VA








WWII Era Advertisement

1947 Anchor, p.109

1956 Krabba, p.191




Courtesy of Tom Norris (HHS - '73)
of VA - 12/10/04
Thanks, Babe!


As I remembered, home plate and the grandstand behind it was located just about 73rd Street and Warwick Boulevard. The 'vacant' lot across the road is really the navy reserve center's ball field. The gym is partly in view at the extreme left of this photo. The area to the right of the stadium (which I believe was also called Builders' Stadium, back then - and also The Home of the Baby Dodgers) was used for parking, and also is where some circus and carnivals set up, in the late 40s/early 50s. During WWII, it was steel plate unloading and interim storage area for the shipyard. The fairly large building to the left of the stadium is where Rulane Gas Co. was located, back then. Or maybe it was called Suburban - I forget.

Across the tracks, the then-largely undeveloped area around Jefferson Avenue can be seen. The white building on the far side of Jefferson is the Dr. Pepper plant (you can even make out its distinctive tower). In the upper left-hand corner you can just barely see a part of the Military Highway traffic circle.

And near that, what looks like a barracks-type building is the area where POW's were located, during the war (I think - but its just a guess on my part - that these were the ones that worked in the port area).

Lastly, part of the then-brand new Huntington Courts apartments dominates the lower right hand quadrant of this image.

Bill Lee (WHS - '54 - of NC) sent this to me yesterday, as a follow-on to our prior discussions about the NN Dodgers and their old stadium on Virginia Avenue at 73rd Street

It's an 8x10 aerial view of the Huntington Courts apartments (and surroundings) from a position over the river and looking towards the railroad tracks. I can pretty much date it based on what appears (and what doesn't!), and also by comparing it with the picture that was in the 1946 book about Newport News.
- Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 08/13/07
WOWZERS!!! Thanks, Dave - and Bill!

Now that you're thinking about Dr. Pepper, click on the link below to see the old "Wouldn't you like to be a Pepper, too?" commercial,
provided by Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 12/17/04. 
Thanks, Dave!  What a fun memory!


(This page added 12/14/04 at the request of Tom Norris - HHS- '73 - of VA.)

Vintage Dr. Pepper Bottle Cap courtesy of http://www.ebay.com - 07/06/13

WWII Era Certainly Dr. Pepper advertisement courtesy of http://www.americanlithocolor.com/DrPepperCertainly.html - 07/06/13

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