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Earl R. Dean
American industrial designer

Earl R. Dean

Earl R. Dean
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Intro American industrial designer
Was Designer Industrial designer
From United States of America
Field Arts Creativity Engineering
Gender male
Birth 19 March 1890
Death 8 January 1972 (aged 81 years)
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Earl R. Dean (March 19, 1890 – January 8, 1972) designed the famous contour Coca Cola bottle.
In 1914, Harold Hirsch, a lawyer for the Coca-Cola Company, came up with a plan to launch a national competition in which bottle manufactures across the country would be asked to design a distinctive bottle – a bottle which a person could recognize even if they felt it in the dark, and so shaped that, even if broken, a person could tell at a glance what it was.
The bottle manufacturer that won this competition was the Root Glass Company of Terre Haute, Indiana. Inspired by a picture of a cocoa pod which was found in an encyclopedia at the Emeline Fairbanks Memorial Library, Earl R. Dean made a pencil sketch of the pod. From this sketch, Dean designed the contour bottle prototype. The prototype never made it to production since its middle diameter was larger than its base. According to Dean, this would make it unstable on the conveyor belts. Dean then equalized the middle and bottom diameters and the Contour Coca-Cola Bottle was born.

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