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    Posted 10 years ago

    James512
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    I'm just fascinated by this plastic bottle! I'm not exactly sure why but I just love it! It's a hard plastic and has a slight green tint to it. It's just so different than any plastic Coke bottle I've ever seen. Does anyone out there know anything about it? I'm most interested in finding out what year it came out. I also included a photo of the 8 pack carton it came in.

    Thanks

    James

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    1. cocacolakid97 cocacolakid97, 10 years ago
      it isn't plastic, it's glass, and it is a no deposit no return bottle from the 1970's, worth about 50 cents.
    2. James512, 10 years ago
      Actually it is plastic... It came in an 8 bottle carton that has, "new! plastic bottles" printed on it. But thanks anyways.
    3. cocacolakid97 cocacolakid97, 10 years ago
      Then it's in the wrong carton, because those are definatly plastic, they never made a hardplastic bottle like that, besides, it has a metal cap...
    4. James512, 10 years ago
      And that,Cocacolakid97 is exactly why this plastic bottle is so intriguing to me! It is without a doubt plastic and yes it does have a metal cap... It looks just like a 6 1/2 oz glass coke bottle but it's not glass I tell you! It's very light weight. I know it's from the 70's but I'm not sure if it's 1970 or more like the mid 70's and I'm not sure how to tell. That's what I'm hoping someone can help me with. You obviously can't help me but I thank you for trying.
    5. James512, 10 years ago
      I added a photo of the carton this bottle came in. Maybe this can help determine what year it came out. Thanks.
    6. cocacolakid97 cocacolakid97, 10 years ago
      maybe it's the first kind of plastic bottle, i don't know, but the carton design looks like it is from the 1970's, i'll have to do research
    7. tommy1002 tommy1002, 10 years ago
      could it have been one of those regional tests to see if it was market worthy?
    8. tommy1002 tommy1002, 10 years ago
      I also found this for your viewing pleasure http://www.sodamuseum.com/Coke/plastic.html
    9. James512, 10 years ago
      ahhh nice. Looks like a match. Thanks tommy! So much for drinking out of it... :)
    10. James512, 10 years ago
      Well, after some research I found out what year this came out. I found it in the coca cola archives that you can visit online. You can take a virtual tour of the archives. I saw it on the shelf in the second isle with a bunch of other bottles. It came out in 1969. I don't think it was ever sold in stores, I believe it was given away. The first plastic bottles that were sold to the public didn't come out till 1975, the easy-goer 32 oz bottle. According to that bottles write up they experimented with plastic bottles for 10 years prior to that coming out so I guess my bottle is one of the experimental bottles from six years earlier. Cool stuff, I'll definitely hold onto it. I included a new pic of my bottle in the archives with it's carton. I love that carton... :)
    11. Daddy_Nobucks Daddy_Nobucks, 10 years ago
      Incredible detective work! Well done.
    12. James512, 10 years ago
      Thanks, I feel like Matlock!
    13. regg, 10 years ago
      Can we get a biopsy of the bottle?
    14. Rodney Kidd, 10 years ago
      i found a glass bottle like this but it say Bicknell IND on the bottom can anyone tell me what its worth
    15. delena610, 9 years ago
      I have an 8 pk of these bottles with the carton got at a garage sale.. How much are they worth?
    16. James512, 9 years ago
      I've seen asking prices for the bottles online from $20-$40 each and as far as the carton goes I have no idea, I've never seen that for sale. It seems like the carton would be harder to come by than the bottles. In the end I guess they're only worth what someone is willing to pay for them. At this point I actually have exactly what you have, I found some on ebay for a lot less than $20-$40 each and was able to fill the carton. I just love them, they're so unique. Just out of curiosity how much did you get it for at the garage sale?
    17. Mrsld, 5 years ago
      Hello, I can tell you almost anything you want to know about these plastic coke bottles. My father was one of the men that made the machine that made them. I don't have exact dates, tho I can probably get them from my father. It was early 70's, I am guessing not after 73. Monsanto was the producer. They were bottled in deep river ct and mass. They came in three sizes, 6 oz, 10 oz and 32 oz. they were only test marketed. My house was one of them. Most of the bottles were returned for testing. I have a 10 oz. my sister has a 6 oz, two 10 oz (one still full) and a 32 oz. she has an empty 10 oz carrier. if you want to know more just let me know. My dads memory is not great but I'll ask anyway.
    18. Mrsld, 5 years ago
      The problem with these bottles was two fold. Plastic bottles are not as strong as glass. Some just exploded in hot cars. The classic shape of a coke bottle has a lot of stress on the edges. That was one thing that killed the project. The other was testing to see if plastic was leaching into the soda. Test were done on dogs and they all died. How one is sure why, the plastic is considered safe and is still used today (not for coke tho). Anyway the toxicity report killed the project.
    19. Mrsld, 5 years ago
      The problem with these bottles was two fold. Plastic bottles are not as strong as glass. Some just exploded in hot cars. The classic shape of a coke bottle has a lot of stress on the edges. That was one thing that killed the project. The other was testing to see if plastic was leaching into the soda. Test were done on dogs and they all died. How one is sure why, the plastic is considered safe and is still used today (not for coke tho). Anyway the toxicity report killed the project.

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