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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. In order to get any history on the bottles, you would have to clean up one or two from each case to try and determine who the bottler was and to see if there is a glass makers mark (usually on the bot...
  2. Thanks to all for the "love it" taps
  3. Minimal value since they are quite common.
  4. Thanks for the info Thomas! At one time I had soda bottles from West Plains, but don't remember which brand.
  5. Thanks AnnaB, I'm glad you love it! Thanks to all for the "love it" taps!
  6. I especially like the green textured glass. Is this bottle quart size?
  7. will do!
  8. I found a Peter Breidt Brewing Co, Elizabeth, N.J. ad for a pilsner beer dated May 28, 1936. It was an introductory ad for perhaps a new beer in a one way bottle. Looks like this beer may have been p...
  9. Thanks iggy for the nice comments! Thanks to all for the love it taps
  10. Thanks iggy! Good to know.
  11. Your welcome ej
  12. Thanks iggy!
  13. Thanks iggy, if you see one she can't live without let me know.
  14. Cool way to display the pop bottles, in a vintage wagon.
  15. A different as showing when to drink a Dr. Pepper
  16. The 10, 2 & 4 are on the bottle as a reminder and I quote an advertisement I have, "When you drink a Dr. Pepper, You drink a bite to eat. Because it picks your energy up at 10 - 2 and 4 O'clock" So...
  17. The marks on the bottom of the bottle tells us that the bottle was manufactured by the Owens-Illinois Glass Co. (The diamond oval i mark) The #3 number tells us that it was made at the Fairmont, WV. p...
  18. Very nice bottle! Art Deco bottle dating from the mid 1920's through the 1930's.
  19. Nice soda stand, I have seen those before as well as stands of other brands.
  20. Thanks to all for the Love taps and nice comments!
  21. Thank You Purvis for the nice comment!
  22. I should have added it would have contained any number of flavors bottled by Coca Cola but likely not Coca Cola.
  23. Nice looking bottle, appears to me to be a 1920's to 1930's bottle from the Coca Cola Co. of LA. Looks to me there is a C in a Circle on the bottom of the bottle which would indicate the bottle was ma...
  24. Found out on another website that this insulator is actually a U-152 and the O is really a G and the company is General Porcelain Co. Measurements add up to a U-152. The insulator would be considered ...
  25. Excellent Smile bottle.
  26. Thank You buckethead! Thanks to all for the love taps.
  27. I have what appears to be the exact same bottle that was given to me as a gift back in 1997, I give that date because 1997 is embossed on the bottom of the bottle along with The Coca Cola Bottling C...
  28. Thanks Anna, hopefully it is.
  29. Thanks to all for the love taps
  30. Thanks SpiritBear, insulator collecting is all new to me
  31. I have no clue what it is, but it is neat looking!
  32. Nice assortment!
  33. Cool! Thanks iggy. I seen the pepper-elixer-cola sites but passed them up, thinking it was a different company. Should have stopped in and read about it.
  34. Nice collection, I like them all!
  35. The yellow and white label on green glass makes for a nice looking bottle. I can clearly remember drinking soda pop where my dad had to open the cans with an opener. No tabs way back then!
  36. Wow! It is a quart size. I should have recognized that. I have the same bottle in my collection and it dates to the mid 1920's. Yours would be the same.
  37. Thanks iggy, just now discovered the abn site, lots to look at over there!
  38. The National Bottling Co. of St. Louis was started about 1908 by Israel Schucart. Israel died in 1917 and his wife Jennie and son Jacob ran the business til the mid 1950's. Looks the like smaller vers...
  39. Thanks for the nice comment iggy, and to all for the love taps.
  40. Thanks vetraio50, Hope your Holiday season goes well!
  41. Excellent! I have seen amber squat 7 ups but not one like you got! First amber Pepsi that I can recall seeing.
  42. I subscribe to a vintage newspaper service online and found your bottle. The ad was in black and white naturally but the bottle matches nicely. I actually found several ads in the Hamilton Evening ...
  43. I did a quick search on an online newspaper site that I subscribe to and found an ad in the Cincinnati Enquirer dated Dec. 28. 1959. It was a Krogers ad for "Wagners Lift. 2 qts. btls. .39 cents. Plu...
  44. Thanks to all for the love taps.
  45. Thanks for the nice comments iggy!
  46. I see the diamond/oval/I on the bottom of the bottle and this would indicate she was made by the Owens Illinois Glass Co. The # 23 tells us that is was made at the Los Angeles, Ca. factory. The number...
  47. This bottle would have been a Circle A soda. Do a quick search for Circle A bottles and you will see the embossed A in a circle on similar bottles.
  48. In April of 1973, Coca Cola had a promotion for "good ole trays". All you needed to do was send in 1$ and a proof of purchase receipt for your choice of one of three trays. Your bottle would date to 1...
  49. The graphics on the Hand's bottle are fantastic. Never seen that one before. Thanks for sharing!
  50. I am a collector not an antique dealer and without looking at date codes would date these bottles from the late 1950's to the early 1970's. Fairly common bottles. The Squeeze and Brownie bottles are m...
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