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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Vintage Winston-Salem: Old Salem Coffee Pot

My wee one said, "Mom! They have enough coffee for you!"
The Old Salem community (and Winston-Salem as a whole) is popularly represented by a tin coffee pot, originally built by Moravian brothers, Samuel and Julius Mickey, in 1858 as an advertisement for their tinsmith shop. Traditionally said to hold "740 gallons of coffee", it was originally located at the intersection of Belews Street and Main Street in front of his shop. That location was the border between Winston and Salem before the two towns merged. When the cities merged in 1913, it came to symbolize the joining of the two communities.
The pot was knocked down numerous times by traffic. Finally in 1920, after the pot was struck again by an out-of-control car and knocked from its spot, the city forced the coffee pot's removal from its place on the street for violating advertising laws and for traffic safety reasons. An outcry from residents, led by Wachovia Historical Society head Henry Fries and Moravian Bishop Edward Rondthaler, had it restored, but placed in a much safer location, further back from the road. The pot was finally moved for good in 1959 when Interstate 40 went through the location at Belews and Main. The Coffee Pot is owned by the City and is located at the north end of Old Salem at a traffic island formed by Old Salem Road, Main Street and Brookstown Avenue. There is a smaller scale replica of the coffee pot at the Downtown Elementary School. (info from Wiki)

This is fourth in a series of Vintage Winston-Salem posts. If you have a photo you'd like to be considered for a feature, message me.

Other posts in the series:

Vintage Winston-Salem: Shell Service Station

Vintage Winston-Salem: 7up ad

Vintage Winston-Salem: Pepsi Cola The Light Refreshment

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