St. Louis, Mo

This all started way back when I started picking up pop bottles for candy and pin ball money. I'm showing my age when I say I used to get 5 cents per bottle. Just enThis all started way back when I started picking up pop bottles for candy and pin ball money. I'm showing my age when I say I used to get 5 cents per bottle. Just enough for a game of pinball or a candy bar. Then I started finding bottles that the local confectionary would not take, oddballs. I figured that some one would take them so I kept them. These bottles, were stored in a closet and forgotten about until I returned home from the Navy and were rediscovered. Then I thought it would be fun to find the oddballs. And that's how it all started. At one time I had close to 2,000 bottles in my collection, but decided to downsize and only collect soda's bottled or related to St. Louis. I'm down to approx. 800 or so soda bottles. I collect painted label, embossed and paper as well as photos, labels openers etc. I'm still having fun collecting. (Read more)


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  1. I believe your bottle is from the mid 1960's or later, that's when the one way bottles were in favor. This link may help!
  2. The marking system in reference is only for bottles manufactured by Owens-Illinois.
  3. Looks like a diamond/ oval /I to me. Owens-Illinois Glass Co. # 7 being the Alton, Illinois plant #1 being 1931, looks like there may be a dot or period next to the one and that would indicate 194...
  4. Nice color on your bottle! The diamond/oval/I mark stands for the Owens-Illinois Glass Co. The #3 mark says the bottle was made at the Fairmont, WV plant. The #6 mark indicates the year which would...
  5. I mainly check the bottle or soda posts bud need to start looking at the Coke stuff as well. Been collecting bottles for many years and haven't seen a Coke non-returnable like yours. Totally cool bott...
  6. I agree with your statement, I believe you are referring to the 24 0z dated 1939. This bottle has the diamond-oval-I marks with a three to the left (Fairmont WV plant) and a nine with no dot which sho...
  7. SpiritBear, I am not sure I understand your question.
  8. I did some quick research and found an Edward R Williams and an Edward M Williams that were associated with the Coca Cola Bottling Co. of Akron. The Coca-Cola bottling facility was located at 101 N. h...
  9. SpiritBear, with that being said, this bottle looks as though it had been tumbled. Thanks for the info!
  10. Iggy, I do not have a tumble set up. I simply clean them with a mixture of soap & vinegar, or a product called barkeepers friend. Sometimes I get them in really good condition like the Voelker. (which...
  11. I am glad you like it! THANKS
  12. I seen your bottle and posted a comment. Your label, I believe would be similar to the bottle to the left of the red label bottle shown above.
  13. Nice bottle, too bad the front label is gone. Your bottle would date from the mid 1950's to the early 1960's. The N in a square says that the bottle was made by the Obear-Nestor Glass Company, East St...
  14. Nice bottle. I found a Harry B. Biedenharn and a Lawrence C. (Willie) Biedenharn in the 1921 & 1926 Vicksburg city directory that listed them as proprietors of The Coca Cola Company. Look like they ...
  15. Well I'm glad you like the bottles. I used to go to the Belleville flea market on a regular basis but haven't been there in years. Bought a lot of bottles there.
  16. Nice bottle. I found a Frederick Cheadle listed in the 1880 & 1881 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania city directory as a bottler, Main n Mill, Hbg (Hbg I assume being Holmesburg). Spirit Bear was right on...
  17. Great find and a very informative history on the bottles. I would not consider this useless information, I enjoyed reading it. Hope you find more!
  18. Canada Dry had many different flavors, your bottle may have had ginger ale or something else. The bottle cap would have defined which flavor it was. Your bottle would have been filled by the bottling ...
  19. Great story. It would be neat to see it in operation!
  20. Good to know SpiritBear! Thanks for the info!
  21. Good to know, Thanks
  22. Just curious. Does the bottle have the same graphics as these?
  23. Ha, She kinda has the same expression as I do when I find a new bottle to add to my collection!
  24. Good to know iggy, Thanks
  25. iggy, now that you said it I had to compare the 7Up to the Mt. Valley. Even though both 7 ounce bottles were manufactured by the Owens / Illinois Company around the same time period, the 7Up is a shad...
  26. Your bottle is exactly as you describe, A 1980 Coke bottle commemorating the Lake Placid Olympic Games. There are hundreds of commemorative bottles out there bottled by Coke, Pepsi RC Cola etc. Here ...
  27. Great story and a neat jug. Thanks for sharing!
  28. Yea, I like the horizontal bars also. Don't see too many bottles with them!
  29. Thanks for the comments iggy!
  30. "Pure and without drugs or poison" That's always good to know before taking a drink! Never seen that wording on a bottle before. Cool Bottle!
  31. Good to know iggy, Thanks for doing the detective work!
  32. Nice bottle! I enjoyed reading about the history of the company.
  33. Thanks iggy! Is your Howdy one of the ones I posted or is it a different color combination.
  34. Thanks iggy! Just curious, how many 7 ups do you have in your collection? I've seen some of your past posts your 7 up bottles look in near mint condition.
  35. I do have a couple small Smile clear embossed bottles in my collection but did not post them. It's cool to know how they were used. I like your comments on the theater and the promos. Yea, I wished th...
  36. I am glad you like them iggy. Thanks for the input.
  37. Please do, I would like to see it!
  38. Pic 1 looks fine to me. At first glance, it appeared to me as if there was real old soda spilled on the tray. Then I looked closer. LOL
  39. Thanks iggy! I'm glad you like them.
  40. I actually have that bottle in my collection. I look forward to reading your comments in the post.
  41. I am apt to agree. Signs are hard to come by these days.
  42. Thanks, I'll be posting more bottles from time to time.
  43. mgossom, Thanks for the comments, If you were to visit the Missouri state Archive website and click on the Business tab and search for the West End Bottling Works you will find the document that sta...
  44. Thanks to all for the love Taps.
  45. Thanks AzTom, I'm glad you like the post. I think Clown was around town before Grapette set up a plant here in St. Louis. I just can't come up with anything in my research.
  46. I really like the Nehi and Dr. Pepper, I assume they are no deposit/ no return bottles. Thanks for sharing
  47. In all my years of collecting, I haven't seen any advertisements for Clown, but that does not mean there isn't any.
  48. I sold that bottle many years ago, I am guessing it was a mid 1960's bottle. No city/state was mentioned on the bottle.
  49. Oops I meant "Glorifies"
  50. I had an Ale 8 1 in my collection once but it did not state it "clorifies". Interesting and cool. Thanks for sharing!
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