Ever since I came to know about sodas or soft drinks, I could not exactly remember if had any favorite. Maybe the taste was nothing really for me and they were just to sate my thirst. Or, the Coca-Cola (Coke) was just another fluid to push down what I was eating. There were other sodas like Canada Dry, Pepsi, Lem-O-Lime, Tru-Orange, Root Beer (am not sure if they were Dr. Peppers), etc. and all them came in glass bottles in different shapes and colors. There were no twist-off caps yet at that time. All had tin crowns that needs a bottle opener to uncap them if they were given with the lid still closed.
Coke or Coca-Cola was not a name for me to remember since I was in elementary or grade school. The convenience of the shape of its bottle, I think, was more important to me. It was easy to grip, especially it was small then at 8 ounces! So, even while playing, you could hold on to it! Maybe, spill some but most really gulped down.
Anyway, after all those years and the cola wars, I am still a loyal Coke drinker. Not that I don't drink other brands, but I prefer it. Without coca-cola available, my next preference would be Root Beer - if none - Pepsi - if none - Seven-Up and if there's still none - whatever they've got! All are carbonated drinks and whatever has been said against them in the past - they're still here to stay. Yes, I agree they could cause farting - but who doesn't fart? The main thing that could have been said against Coke et al is the caffeine content. After learning caffeine is a good anti-oxidant naysayers kept quiet. Coffee, tea and chocolate drinks made a comeback! (Did they really fade away? - I don't think so!)
Going back to Coca-cola (Coke), the shape of their bottle became interesting in my teenage life. It is the shape men look for in women! LOL! Funny because its shape was in direct contrast to the famed beer of the Philippines, San Miguel Beer (SMB) Pale Pilsen! Filipino drinking males have canny thoughts of comparing shapes with women! The SMB bottle is stout from neck to bottom and referred to as stout (fat for women) but "masabaw" (soupy - if I got it right). Some men prefer "masabaw" for the 'cushion' effect! Personally, I think there are more men who still prefer the Coca-cola or Coke bottle shape.