Posted 10 years ago
Howdy. A friend gave me this old wooden crate full of unopened Coke bottles. He said it had been in his mom's basement for 30 years or so, and he didn't want it anymore. He thought it was cool that it says "Grand Forks, ND" on the crate, which is where he's from.
After doing some online research (I have yet to crack open some books on bottle collecting...I've been a bottle researcher for all of an hour now), here's what I've been able to find out:
- Several of the bottles are from the 1951-1958 era, where they're embossed with "US PATENT OFFICE/MIN CONTENTS 6 FL OZS" and a city embossed on the bottom.
- A couple of the embossed ones are from the 1958-196? period, where the embossing is changed to "US PATENT OFFICE/MIN CONTENTS 6 1/2 FL OZS." These ones have a single copyright on the bottom, with no city name.
- Of the remaining bottles, which I haven't been able to date yet, the majority have the script logo on one side, with "Coke" on the other. Both sides have "TRADE-MARK (where "Mark" is underneath "Trade"), then the Registered symbol, then "6 1/2 FL. OZ." all in white ACL.
- Some of the other bottles have the script logo on both sides, with "Trade-Mark" and the Registered symbol on one side, "Contents 6 1/2 Fl. Ozs." on the other. Also, on the neck, centered between the two side logos, there's "Coke" and below that "Trade-Mark" and the Registered symbol. Again, all in white ACL.
The crate is actually in decent shape. As I said, on the short end it says "GRAND FORKS, N.D." Some of the cities on the bottles include "Jamestown, ND," "St. Cloud, Minn," "Kansas City, MO" and "Long Pine, Neb." I haven't looked at them all, but I'm sure it's primarily Midwest cities.
I've included some photos. They're from my phone's camera, so please excuse the poor light. Any info would be greatly appreciated!