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I found this Budweiser bottle half buried in my back yard back in 2002. I'm mainly posting pictures of it in hopes of finding at least a rough guess on how old the bottle is. Sadly there was no cap or label so I can only guess that it's from the 1950s or thereabouts. I only know that much because that was around the time when my house was build by my great grandfather.

If anyone is able to help me with finding out this information I would greatly appreciate it.

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  1. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 6 years ago
    They didn't have screw off caps in the 1950's. You used a church key. Looks like a cub bottle. Pretty common.
  2. amber25, 5 years ago
    i have the same bottle that i found in Georiga April 2006, like yours it doesnt not have a cap or label and i also am trying to find out the date. i found my bottle in a heavily wooded area where the civil war happned.
  3. amber25, 5 years ago
    The "stubbie" and "steinie" beer bottle styles are purely of 20th century origin and were the glass industry's successful response to the rise of beer being "bottled" in cans in the mid-1930s - a perceived major threat to an important segment of the glassmakers markets. At least the stubbie continued to be produced after the latest time period covered by this website (the 1950s); the stubbie style was commonly used for American beers up into at least the late 1970s (empirical observations) and are still used by some beer brewers in the world today, e.g., Red Stripe Beer® (Jamaica). This class of bottles is typified by a relatively short body height (of the typical 11-12 oz. sizes) which is moderately wide, has a moderate shoulder pitch, and a short to moderate length neck depending which style.

    Both beer bottle styles (Stubbie & steinie) were produced during a time when automatic bottle machines made virtually all utilitarian bottles, so they always have typical machine-made characteristics. Click on Bottle Dating: Machine-made Bottles Portion of the Dating Key to view the diagnostic characteristics of machine-made bottles. A large majority of these bottles from the 1930s through 1950s have a crown cap accepting finish, though the lower portion of the finish can vary or even be absent. The glass color is virtually always some shade of amber (at least all those seen by the website author have been amber). Most are of moderately heavy glass since at least some were intended to be reused, though most were probably one use ("no return") bottles except during WWII when wartime conservation rules dictated re-usable bottles (Schulz pers. comm. 2006). Later (1960s on) versions were usually lighter glass and not intended for re-use at all. Many later examples were also made with external threaded finishes to accept screw caps; click stubbie with external screw threads to view an example which is dated 1970. These bottles were almost exclusively used for beer and a few soda items like root beer (e.g., Mug Root Beer®), but did find some use for other products like orange juice (Lockhart pers. comm. 2006).

    The stubbie beer bottle is typically shaped as pictur
  4. amber25, 5 years ago
    The stubbie beer bottle is typically shaped as pictured above left and originated about 1935. The classic stubbie style has an almost non-existent neck, often an embossed ring on the mid-shoulder (possibly a fill line that allowed delineated the necessary head space), and a rounded lower body to heel section (Lockhart pers. comm. 2006). Though originating in the 1930s, its zenith of popularity in the U.S. appears to have been from the mid to late 1940s well into the 1960s, though it was used as least into the 1970s in the U.S. and the early 1980s in Canada according to the website (In fact, it was THE official Canadian beer bottle from 1961 to 1984.) As noted earlier, this style is still being used somewhat around the world. The pictured bottle has the usual 11 oz. capacity and a makers marking (connected NW) for the Northwestern Glass Company (Seattle, WA.) which was in business from 1931 to at least 1973 (Toulouse 1971; empirical observations). The base also has an almost certain date code of "53" for 1953. Click on the following links to see more view pictures of this bottle: base view showing the "NW" maker's mark (top), "53" date code (left side), and Northwestern's beer mold number of "523" (right side); close-up of the shoulder, neck, and finish which shows the embossed shoulder ring which was a ubiquitous stylistic feature of the small stubbie beer bottles (empirical observations).

    the picture of the bottle is the excact bottle we have and it doesnt have a label or cap in the picture
  5. amber25, 5 years ago
    but my numbers say, starting with the Anchor with the H inside on the left. 77 91 7
  6. amber25, 5 years ago
    i hope that helps u :)
  7. quadkid, 4 years ago
    On mine that I just found today I believe it is on the bottom mine says 74 I think its the bottom number on the bottom of the bottle

  8. LynnR, 4 years ago
    This Budweiser bottle was still in use in 1969 in Florida.
  9. tom61375, 4 years ago
    I'd say the 70's with the eagle embossed. I've seen Bud bottles from the 60's, no eagle just Anheiser Busch on the bottom.
  10. ACornell779, 3 years ago
    I Just found one of these at a park and i was wondering how old these were too..
  11. TC12, 3 years ago
    I believe LynnR came closest here, so Lynn gets the prize, a bouncing, perky, live kitten! I'll mail Lynn the kitten tomorrow. This somewhat unique style of Budweiser bottle can be found in Bud ads circa 1967 - 1970 in I didn't find these bottles in 1966 or 1971, although that's not definitive. Yayyy, I rock! Or so the kitten told me....
  12. antiquerose antiquerose, 3 years ago
    ohhh.....<< Hiccup >> Did not know that....but I know the Bottle is Empty...LOL

    Just Hiccups here....LOL
  13. TC12, 3 years ago
    Sorry, kitten drank your beer. For what it's worth, a lil' twist in the Bud bottle above.... Interestingly, it turns out that a NON twist cap version of this bottle apparently was dancing the Twist around 1964 (and mid-60s), a bit earlier than the screw-top version above, based on another bottle's "64" date code on this site. But the two bottles otherwise appear the same. I'd still peg the bottle pictured above at 1967-70.
  14. TC12, 3 years ago
    By chance I came across one of these screw-top bottles yesterday at a desert dump, date stamped "73" on its base. So that extends the sale of these by 3 years from what I learned earlier from vintage Budweiser ads. So 1967-73 is now fairly certain -- I don't know about years outside that timeframe.
  15. TC12, 3 years ago
    Geez Louise, I'm having to update this twice in one day. I visited yet ANOTHER desert dump today, this one outside Lone Pine, CA, and found several more of these screw-top Bud bottles. The earliest was marked "69" and the latest "79." So that indicates these were made at least from 1967 through 1979. (The 1967 date is from a '67 Bud ad that features this bottle.)

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