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What is up with "UP"

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Post by Pokey » Sun Nov 02, 2008 11:42 am

Who, when, where & why is the diminutive word "UP" associated with Lemon-Lime soda? It has been used by so many different companies over the years - most notably 7up - but who used it first and why?
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Please post pictures of your cans that say "UP."
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Re: What is up with "UP"

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Post by Pokey » Sun Nov 02, 2008 3:15 pm

SO here is a beginning list of "UP" brands that I have found either in my collection or on the net somewhere:

1: 7UP
2: Upper 10 - Nehi & Par T Pak
3: C&C Super Pick-Up
4: Belfast UP
5: Bubble Up
6: Lucky Strike, Strike Up, cone (Can Connection)
7: Play Up, quart cone (Can Connection)
8: Up Town, Canadian Lemon Soda, cone (Can Connection)
9: Graf's Uptown (eBay)
10: White Rock, Rock Up (Scott's post)
11: Mission (Dave T.)
12: Kirsch, Tee Up (Dave T.)
13: Handi Up Drink (Dave T.)
14: Get Up... (Dave T.)
15: Franks Sun Up (Dave T.)
16: Cott Up...(Dave T.)
17: Eskimo-Up from Clicquot cone top (Dave T.)
18: Carousel Upswing (Dave T.)
19: Can-A-Pop Lemon Lime Up (Dave T.)
20: Booths Set Up (Dave T.)
21: Topp Up (Dave T.)
22: Staff Upswing (Dave T.)
23: Shoprite Up-rite (Dave T.)
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Re: What is up with "UP"

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Post by Scott Rollert » Sun Nov 02, 2008 5:36 pm

Got a White Rock Lemon Lime Up drink.
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Re: What is up with "UP"

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Post by Pokey » Sun Nov 02, 2008 6:07 pm

Thanks for reminding me that I had a White Rock "Rock Up" D'oh!

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And these images are from Can Connections website:

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And some from eBay:

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Re: What is up with "UP"

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Post by dtsoc » Sun Nov 02, 2008 6:35 pm

How about Mission? There are quite a few variations of Up..
Kirsch makes a Tee Up...very tough can!
Handi makes an Up Drink
Get Up...
Franks Sun Up
Cott Up...
Eskimo-Up from Clicquot cone top (quart and 12 oz)
Carousel Upswing
Can-A-Pop Lemon Lime Up
C & C Pick-up cone 12oz
Booths Set Up
Belfast Up B140-9
Topp Up
Staff Upswing
Shoprite Up-rite

These are all prezip code cans... Most are pretty tough - It would be a cool collection to try and assemble!
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Re: What is up with "UP"

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Post by Pokey » Sun Nov 02, 2008 7:15 pm

Dave,

Do you know the origin of the UP?
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Re: What is up with "UP"

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Post by hastabeshasta » Sun Nov 02, 2008 8:05 pm

Pokey wrote:Dave,

Do you know the origin of the UP?
Not sure about the origin but I did just find this on the internet; not sure if it's true or not but:

Bubble Up began in 1919 as a lemon-lime carbonated soft drink. Originally owned by Sweet Valley Productions of Sandusky, Ohio, Bubble Up was produced ten years prior to its well-known competitor, 7-Up.

Up until I read this a few minutes ago I thought 7 Up was the first to use the term "UP".
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Re: What is up with "UP"

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Post by dtsoc » Tue Nov 04, 2008 6:50 am

I would guess that it would be a simple connection to a pick up idea... Many of the early soda advertising connected drinks to improving your state of mind so to speak... Fizzy, sugary, etc. Coca Cola even seemed to allow the connection to Cocaine to exist for a short time, then they pointed that it didn't contain any, but the connection was already made!
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Re: What is up with "UP"

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Post by Beamer » Tue Nov 04, 2008 7:19 am

Some 7-Up information wikipedia.

One popular myth is that its creator named the soft drink after seeing a cattle brand with the number 7 and the letter U.[1] Other theories suggest that the drink was formulated with seven flavors plus the bubbles from the drink's carbonation (the bubbles go up). Other ideas include the original bottle contained seven ounces; its creator came up with the name while playing dice; that it was the 7th large commercial lemonade brand that tasted the same. Another rumor has it that the name was created because the company had previously failed six times, hence the name "7 Up".[1] Before the formula change in 2006, a can of 7 Up included seven ingredients. The "Up" in the drink's name might refer to the original inclusion of lithium citrate, when it was marketed as a patent medicine to cure hangovers.

Some people mistakenly believe that the name 7 Up comes from the belief that its pH is 7.0 and therefore neutral. This is not the case at all: the pH of 7 Up is comparable to many other soft drinks. At a pH of 3.67,[2] Diet 7 Up is less acidic than lemon juice (pH 2.3), vinegar (pH 2.9) or wine (pH 3.5).[3]

According to Professor Donald Sadoway (MIT) the name is derived from the atomic mass of Lithium, 7, which was originally one of the key ingredients of the drink.
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Re: What is up with "UP"

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Post by Soda Can Fan » Thu Nov 06, 2008 10:05 pm

Here are my pre-zip contributions from the collection. I'm sure that I missed a few:
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White Rocks
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Staff & Shop-Rite
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Upper 10
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Uptowns
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Handi, Mission, Par-T-Pak
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Get Up & Cott Up
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Eskimo Up & Strike Up
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Carousel
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7 UP
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Bubble Ups
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Pick UP

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Re: What is up with "UP"

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Post by Diamond State Boy » Sat Nov 08, 2008 3:37 pm

Those Upper 10 cans with the horse and buggy are way cool.....Very UPtown :mrgreen:

I think you guys got it....ginger ale is a real "pick me UP"
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