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the Soda Fizz e-Zine for Soda Memorabilia Collectors Worldwide

30th August, 2003

ISSN: 1541-776X

The Weekly e-Zine for Soda Memorabilia 
Collectors Worldwide

Up for Grabs

From Mike Lawrence : I have the New Coca-Cola Mean Joe Green Wacky Wobbler (Bobble head doll) for sale $10 each plus $4 S&H for the first one within the US. I have pics on at

From Mix International Just a quick update on the latest Mix addition - Cheyenne Rachelle Mix (Cheyenne) made her entrance into the world weighing in at 7 pounds 1 ounce and is 19 inches long. Richard says she has blue eyes and JET Black hair. A photo of the baby and Richard's current offers are listed >> HERE <<
 --click here to see Richard Mix's eBay auctions--

From Blair Matthews, Editor of Soda Pop Dreams Magazine : Finally, all the details about our special spin-off publication called 'The Soda Spectrum Series' - The first edition is due out in mid-September and is dedicated solely to Coca-Cola bottles & Coke bottle collectors. Details about how to purchase this special magazine will be included with the SPD Issue #29 mailing. If you'd like to check it out online, you can click on over to: - where you can also pre-order your copy for a special price!!

Also if anyone else has bottles or other soda-related items to offer, E-mail and let us all know.

Be sure to send me your UP FOR GRABS item listings! E-mail to: Up For Grabs 

My Missing Items

From Rick Armes : I am interested in any Faygo items. Thanks.

From Jim White : I am looking for the following ACL's in good condition from Joplin, Mo.: Keen (without "Root Beer" on the label), Hollywood, Mission (Joplin, Mo. on the front label) Cleo Cola (queen). Thanks. Contact: or Phone: (417) 451-4786.

From "Baloonst63" : I am looking for the Pepsi/Star Wars character "Marfalump." I know Walmart had an inflatable one used for displays...but will consider others. Thanks.

From Mike Bryant : $REWARD$ Will pay top dollar for a 30 BELOW acl soda from San Diego, California. Also want other San Diego area bottles - embossed or acl. Contact by phone: (858) 581-2787 or by E-mail.
[Note: previous ad had wrong phone number, which is correct here.]

From Doyle Bailey : Looking for 7 oz. green, blue, and clear "Dr Pepper King of Beverage" bottles, and a "King of Beverage" marked 8 oz., any color. Thanx. 

From Kim Morris : I would be interested in any bottles from the "Lamar Bottling Company" in Lamar, Missouri. There are several varieties. Please email me with a description and price.

From Jason : I have been collecting Coca-Cola items for about three years now and am having a hard time finding certain items I really want in my collection. The one item that I am looking for the most would be the 1936 "Bathing Beauties" sign that is 29 x 50 inches. I also would be looking for the clocks from the late 30s that are square - neon and non-neon. If anyone can help me locate items like this please email me! But no repros please!

From Colin : WANTED: Soda Bottles embossed "McL" on the bottom. Collector looking for 1925-1940 era soda bottles embossed McL on the bottom. Likely locations-- Southern California, Illinois, and Colorado. Looking for good colored insulators as well. Thanks.

Do you have a particular item, or items, that you have been looking for a long time to complete part of your collection, or something you want - but have not as yet been able to find? Send it so all of us can help you look. You never know where it may turn up! E-mail it to My Missing Item


Painted Soda Bottle Collectors Association ~ The Soda Fizz Magazine
Click here for Back Issue's Contents List ~ Includes Sample Articles the SODAMUSEUM.COM  Pepsi Central  the Dew Collector

From Doyle Bailey : This site belongs to a friend. Check it out!
It contains photos of many early Artesian, Circle A and Dr. Pepper bottles, with related history of the companies.

Cecil Munsey, the Editorial Advisor for TSFM, was featured in a newspaper article today, along with his wife Dolores and their collections. To check it out, >> Click here <<


Q & A

Post your questions online @ the Question Forum

From Dennis Huff, Winder, Ga. : Do they still make Buffalo Rock ginger ale? Any related web site? If it is still made, do you know where it can be bought online?

Yes to all three questions. Start here: Distribution centers are listed here: Although there may be more places to get it online, you can order it from them here:

Q From Catherine : I have a metal sign from the Braser Bottling Co. featuring their soda pop. It seems it was bottled from 1937 - 1942, otherwise, that is all the info I have. More info? Please contact me. Thanks.

Info to: Braser Bottlng Company

Q From David I visited your Moxie page and saw the picture of the Moxie thermometer with girl and Moxie guy. I was wondering if it was for sale and if so, what would be the price. I also love the Hutch bottle and the two die-cut bottle toppers that are in the photos. Are any of these items for sale. I am a serious buyer and would love to have the opportunity to purchase any of them. 

I thank you for your offer, however, the items that appear on the corresponding Brand's WebPages are from my own collection, and usually not for sale. The only time I sell (or trade) something is if I have somehow come across duplicate items. The two Moxie items that I get the most E-mail about are the Moxie Hutch and the crowncap with Augustin Thompson, MD's photo on it. Since uploading the photo of the small Moxie Hutch, I have acquired the larger one, in aqua glass. 

If anyone out there has any Moxie items to offer, please do contact David.

Q From Marty : I just found this bottle: Bob's Cola Co. Inc., with "Atlanta, Ga." on the front bottom of the bottle. Has anyone heard of this?

Info to: Bob's Cola Co Inc

Q Re: last week's question from Dan Seale re: his Jameson's bottle

From Doyle Bailey, Texas : Go your public library and look at the old phone books and city directories for soda advertisings. That is what I did for my hometown bottles. 

From Bill Baab, Augusta, Ga. : Of course, LGW is the mark of the Laurens, South Carolina Glass Works, now defunct, which produced 90 percent of the soda bottles used in this country during its heyday. Clue him in to the Laurens Glass Works stuff run in past issues of the Soda Fizz.

Sadly, the LGW information was lost when more than half of my website "disappeared" from my server. I have those files saved to a disc, but have not uploaded all of them yet. However, I did upload the "Home Blown" story today, in response to this question. >> Click here << to see.

Please do send your best deals, favorite items, collecting stories, or trades etc. questions and comments to My Items
They are always welcome.

What's New?

The Coca-Cola Company is running newspaper ads in 13 US cities today and tomorrow promoting the entire family of Coca-Cola products. The ad reads "There is on Coca-Cola. There is one goal. To refresh the world ... any way you want. Choice from the Coca-Cola Co." The ad shows over 30 Coca-Cola products including sodas, fruit juice and water. This ad campaign will run again in early October on both newspapers and billboards. (Like we don't already know what Coke's products are!)

September is National SaveSURGE Month - Eric Karkovack of is launching National SaveSURGE Month in an effort to urge Surge product fans to contact the Coca-Cola Company, its bottlers and retailers every Friday in September to let their opinion be known. As Surge continues to lose shelf space in the US, it is becoming more and more difficult to find a retailer that carries the drink. The campaign hopes to make Coca-Cola aware of the fanbase and to continue market and sell Surge nationwide.

The Bottling Group, a Pepsi Bottling Group subsidiary, said that it had made a filing with US regulators to sell up to US$1 billion worth of senior notes over time. According to the company, the proceeds from the sale are planned to be used for general corporate purposes to be detailed in subsequent Securities and Exchange Commission filings.

New bottles or cans, or anything soda, in your area ?
Please send the info so all of us can know @ Whats New

Upcoming Event Reminders:

Greater Chicago Insulator Club’s 3rd Annual Picnic & Swap Meet (Sat. 11 AM - ?) at home of Randy Wesner, 434 Blaine Ave., Racine, Wisconsin. INFO: Randy Wesner, PH: (262) 633-0756. E-mail:

The 4th Annual Merzoian Brother's Tailgater (Sat. 8:30 AM - ?) at the home of Mark Merzoian, 22593 Ave. 112, Porterville, California. INFO:Bob Merzoian, PH: (559) 781-6319, E-mail: or Mark Merzoian, PH: (559) 783-8759, E-mail:

Delmarva Antique Bottle Club's 11th Annual Show & Sale (Sun. 9 AM - 3 PM) at Cape Henlopen High School, Lewes, Delaware. INFO: Ferd Meyer, 16 Cove View, Long Neck, DE 19966, PH: (302) 945-7072, E-mail:

Pekin Bottle Collectors Association’s 34th Annual Show & Sale (Sun. 8 AM – 3 PM) at the Knights of Columbus, 715 N. 11th St., Pekin, Illinois. INFO: Jim Searle, 1003 Illinois St., Pekin, IL, PH: (309) 346-7804 or Ben Oertle, PH: (309) 347-4441

The 4th Annual Fort Langley Insulator Show (Sun. 9 AM - 4 PM) at 9129 Queen St., Fort Langley, British Columbia. INFO: Bob Scafe, PH: (604) 888-5263, E-mail:

The Mid-South Chapter of the Coca-Cola Collectors Club is holding their annual Septemberfest in Elizabethtown, Kentucky September 17 through 20, 2003. Events will include brunch, silent auction, swap meet, and room hopping. For more information, please contact Earlene Mitchell, 6250 New Hope Church Road, Paducah, KY 42001. Septemberfest will be held at the Holiday Inn, Exit 94, Hwy 62 & I-65 in Elizabethtown. 

The 8th Annual Kansas City Antique Bottle and Breweriana Show will be held at the American Legion Hall, 499 SW Highway 7, Blue Springs, Missouri on September 20th, 2003 from 9am to 2pm. For more information, contact H. James Maxwell, 1050 West Blue Ridge Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64145-1216, Phone: (816) 942-0291 (eve); (816) 942-6300 (days); E-mail:

This year's theme for the Coca-Cola Days in Atlantic, Iowa is "Still Delivering the Real Thing!" The events planned for September 25 through 26 will include a BBQ, silent auction, swap meet, children's parade, golf tournament, social hour and banquet. Recommended hotels are Super 8 Motel, Hwy 71 & Hwy 6, 712-243-4723; Econo Lodge, I-80 & Hwy 71, 712-243-4067; and AmericInn, Hwy 173 Exit 54 in Elk Horn, IA, 712-764-4000 or 800-634-3444. For more information, please contact Kathy Holden, 207 SE Diehl, Des Moines, IA 50315-5227.

From Denise Ritchey, 2003 Barn Sale Chair, Camden, Ark. : BPW Barn Sale is always the last Saturday in September, this year September 27, 2003. Hours are 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Our web site is It is a juried show so the quality of the crafts is high. We have over 150 craft booths, food vendors, children's activities, and free entertainment. It is held inside the city limits on a beautiful old home place - Oakland Farm - owned by descendants of the Tate family. It grew up around the Tate Barn which is listed on the National Historic Register. Booths are set up under a grove of centuries old oak trees there. Admission is free. On-site parking is $3.00 per car. There is a free shuttle service from off-site locations. Many other events have grown up around the event. BPW co-sponsors an Antique & Classic Car Show at the nearby Camden Fairview High School. It had more than 100 entries last year and includes hourly door prizes; a DJ; and trophies. There is also a Kansas City sanctioned BBQ Cookoff sponsored by Camden Area Leadership. Other events include: a golf tournament at the Camden Country Club; a downtown flea market; pancake breakfast; fish fry; spaghetti supper.

8th Annual HOOISER CHAPTER Soft Drink Swap Meet will take place Sunday, October 5, 2003 at the Tippecanoe County Fairgrounds, 1401 Teal Road (State Road 25), Lafayette, Indiana from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Admission will be: $1 adults, Children 12 and under free. This show will be held in conjunction with a large outdoor flea market. Contact: Don Burkhalter, 1137 E Main, Delphi, IN 46923; Phone: (765) 564-2402; or Jeff Cummins, PO Box 387, Clear Creek, IN 47426; Phone: (812) 876-9076. For table rentals, please send to: The Hoosier Chapter, PO Box 387, Clear Creek, IN 47426. Sponsored by Hoosier Chapter of the Coca Cola Collectors Club.

The Arkansas & Oklahoma Chapters of the Coca-Cola Collectors Club are hosting a Swap Meet at the Settle Inn (800-677-6906) in Branson, Missouri October 23rd through 25th. For information, E-mail Ken Cottrell at:, or call (918) 357-3067. Mention the Coca-Cola event when making reservations to get the special room rate of $65.

If you would like to view the full 'events calendar,' I now maintain  < click here>.
Any new events  in your area? E-mail it so all of us can know, to: Upcoming Events

From me, CG

Well, B&E is at the printers, and I can finally take a few free breaths. Next in line is my first issue of the print edition of The Soda Fizz Magazine. I've started it, though, and have many good things to include into it - just you wait and see!  :) If you aren't already on the mailing list, now is the time to get in on the action.

I am also interested in bottle show reports - so if your club has an upcoming show, please keep me in mind.

Below is the other article that was with last week's Root Beer article - the one from The Topeka Capital-Journal... Special thanks to whomever it was that sent them in. Again, I do not know when this article appeared, as the date was not with the clipping. Enjoy!

Until next time, Happy Collecting! CokeGirl

FYI : Lost Trail Root Beer: Not just in Kansas anymore...

by Nancy Tomkins

Lost Trail Root Beer has been discovered. Officials of Euro-Disney - the Disneyland of Europe - tastes the root beer made by a Kansas company...and decided they've gotta have it!

Lost Trail Root Beer, made by Louisburg Cider Mill at Louisburg, caught the attention of Euro-Disney the posh Harrods department store in London. Louisburg Cider Mill is one of 43 Kansas companies whose products are being featured in a Kansas products and tourism promotion (?) at the huge high-fashion store.

Shelly Schierman, who shares ownership of the cider and root beer company with her husband, Tom,...termed the news "really exciting" and said negations are under way.

Schierman, who lives in Paola, returned from England (and) in a phone conversation from the cider mill...said Euro-Disney officials said they want to sell the root beer in restaurants within the massive amusement park. The park is east of Paris.

The product "needs to be reformulated to fall within French specifications for imports," she said, adding that will take some time.

The root beer was selling so well at Harrods...that supplies ran low. "They were having to pull our products from their display windows to sell it," she said. She chuckled and said she also liked the price at which it was selling. "It was selling for 1 pound 25 pence, which is about $2.35 for a 12-ounce bottle," she said. "Here, a 12-ounce bottle is anywhere from 69- to 79-cents."

If you have a soda-related subject that you would like to see here as an "FYI" article, or have information you yourself would like to contribute, don't be shy, send it to: FYI Idea

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