I collect vintage Coca-Cola memorabilia...mainly pre-1960's. Lately, I've focused on collecting vintage Coca-Cola paper items like advertising manuals, salesman bookI collect vintage Coca-Cola memorabilia...mainly pre-1960's. Lately, I've focused on collecting vintage Coca-Cola paper items like advertising manuals, salesman books, vending machine booklets, promotional pamphlets and guides, employee newsletters like The Coca-Cola Bottler, Refresher, Pause Prints. Red Barrel magazines as well as ink blotters, canceled checks, stationery, postcards, coupons, original photos and pretty much any paper items having to do with Coca-Cola bottling plants, employees and its advertising.
I think a lot of Coca-Cola collectors shy away from paper items because they are difficult to display and keep from deteriorating (either from insects or humidity). I keep every individual paper item in thick clear plastic "top loaders" similar to what baseball card collectors use only these come in a variety of sizes. My paper collection is displayed in my Coke room, on long picture frame shelving. Also, the room is away from any direct sunlight and is climate controlled.
With any collection, proper care will keep your paper items intact for many years to come.
What I love about collecting old paper items, is that most of these items were meant to be used during a certain period and then discarded. So I'm thinking very few of certain items have even survived. Another reason is for the amount of historic information that they hold; great articles, photos plus a great resource for dating and pricing items.
Thanks for viewing my show & tell items. I've been collecting vintage Coca-Cola memorabilia since the early 1970s. I've been a member of The Coca-Cola Collectors Club since 1995 and our Coke room and Coke collection has been written about in numerous local, regional and national publications and websites.
TGBWC = Things Go Better With Coke
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