In 1891, William Painter invented the crown cork or "bottle cap" and is still in use today. This crown capping system allowed bottled Coca-Cola to be sold in new markets, including rural areas. Thus, the "bottle cap" helped Coca-Cola take the country by storm.
bought at The World of Coca-Cola in Las Vegas, Nevada
unused, from 2009
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William Painter (1838 - 1906) was the inventor of the crown cork and the founder of Crown Holdings, Inc., a Fortune 500 company. He was born in Ireland and moved to the United States at the age of 20. He has over 80 patents, including the common bottle cap, the bottle opener, a machine for crowning bottles, a paper-folding machine, a safety ejection seat for passenger trains, and a machine for detecting counterfeit currency.