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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Howdy 7 Up Bottles - Bottlesin Bottles
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  1. Thanks iggy! Is your Howdy one of the ones I posted or is it a different color combination.
  2. 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.
  3. 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...
  4. I am glad you like them iggy. Thanks for the input.
  5. Please do, I would like to see it!
  6. 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
  7. Thanks iggy! I'm glad you like them.
  8. I actually have that bottle in my collection. I look forward to reading your comments in the post.
  9. I am apt to agree. Signs are hard to come by these days.
  10. Thanks, I'll be posting more bottles from time to time.
  11. 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...
  12. Thanks to all for the love Taps.
  13. 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.
  14. I really like the Nehi and Dr. Pepper, I assume they are no deposit/ no return bottles. Thanks for sharing
  15. In all my years of collecting, I haven't seen any advertisements for Clown, but that does not mean there isn't any.
  16. 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.
  17. Oops I meant "Glorifies"
  18. I had an Ale 8 1 in my collection once but it did not state it "clorifies". Interesting and cool. Thanks for sharing!
  19. Here is a link address, Not sure if I did this correctly,
  20. Totally cool bottle, I wish I had one from St. Louis. I believe that possibly the O in the name is C Google search Claxton & Co This may be an English bottle from Lincolnshire, England I found a ...
  21. I once purchased a bottle that had a paper label that indicated 12 fl. oz. I didn't even realize that is was on a quart bottle for nearly a near. All I knew is that it was a St. Louis bottle that disp...
  22. Thanks to all whom are enjoying the bottles
  23. blunderbuss2, I know that these bottles are referred to as blob tops or hutchinson blobs, but not exactly sure if there is a difference between the two. I am glad that you like them
  24. Thanks Anna I am glad that you like them.
  25. Thanks Again SpiritBear. Its nice to be able to put dates to the bottles.
  26. SpiritBear I have checked the bottles on the first pic, both bottles have no markings at all, Either wore off or never had anything, I can tell you that the seams on the side do not go all the way th...
  27. Thanks iggy! Interesting how C.L. Grigg & Vess Jones worked together at The Orange Whistle Co., which became the Whistle Vess Bottling Co. and How CL Grigg started the Howdy Co. which turned into the...
  28. Thanks iggy!
  29. Sorry, I am not into any trading right now. I have in my collection the Enno Sander bottle you posted. Enno Sander's were quite common around here. Perhap's I will post the many different variations o...
  30. Sorry to say I have not seen any Frostie Jugs. It would be nice to have one in my collection though. If I ever get one I'll post it!
  31. Good eye, SpiritBear. I did not notice the thicker base on this bottle until I read your comment. So I went to my bottle room and did some comparisons and measurements. All of the Ma Cherie bottles ha...
  32. "Every Swallow Pure" In all my years collecting that has to be in the top ten for slogans on bottles, that I have seen. Thanks for sharing!
  33. The squirt boy is great. Thanks for sharing.
  34. Thanks iggy, I am glad you like them.
  35. Thanks Trey,
  36. Thanks V, Enjoy the day!
  37. Thanks, I've enjoyed collecting.
  38. To be perfectly honest, the value in a painted label bottle is condition. If the paint paint is mostly gone then the value would be minimal, maybe a couple dollars. Better Beverages was bottled in St....
  39. If you were to google orange smile syrup company you will get hits on the history of the smile company. Orange Smile did originate in St. Louis actually as the Orange Julep Co., at 515 Elm street. I h...
  40. What would you like to know? I am not an expert by any means, but it is always fun to chat about soda bottle collecting.
  41. Your guess is good, I remember seeing them in grocery stores & confectionaries in the sixty's/early seventies.
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