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8th February, 2003

ISSN: 1541-776X

The Weekly e-Zine for Soda Memorabilia 
Collectors Worldwide

Up for Grabs

From Airtana : I have a "Chick-Fil-A celebrating 50 years of Excellence in Food Service" (1946-1996) bottle. $20 plus S&H. E-mail if interested.

My Missing Items

From Bill Williams : I am looking for a 26-ounce ACL Old Squire Ginger Beer soda bottle from Culver City, California. Also a 7-ounce ACL Gingerbru from Buffalo, NY. Please E-mail me with any info.

From Doyle Bailey : I am looking for some bottlers from Goose Creek, Texas, now known as Baytown, Texas, about 30-miles east of Houston. Listed here are the only ones I know about. E-mail me with any information.

1. Port Bottling Works, Goose Creek, Texas (embossed)
2. Port Bottling Works, Goose Creek, Texas (ACL)
3. Quality Beverages, P.B.W., Goose Creek, Texas (embossed)
4. Gulf Bottling Works, Goose Creek, Texas (embossed)
5. Goose Creek Bottling Works, G.C., Texas (embossed with a goose on the bottom of the bottle)
6. LaPort Beverages, LaPort Bottling Co., LaPort, Texas

From Michael Mochizuki : I am searching for a miniature Coca-Cola bottle, 3-inches tall, glass, liquid-filled from the McDonald's All-American Game / Sprite Slam Jam Week, March 26-29, 2000, Boston, Massachusetts. This is a keychain bottle with a hangtag, featuring the McDonald's Golden Arches logo and the above event information. Please contact me @ Michael Mochizuki, Box 472, Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii 96793, or by E-mail. Mahalo!

From Scott Starr : I am a skateboarding photographer/historian for the past 20 years and am trying to find all the commericals that featured skateboarding for an our expanding library. I have a poster of the RC Cola girl on the skateboard and one of the actual skateboards that they gave away to the stores. I remember the commercials and I am sure someone may have them, but I haven't found them yet. Can anyone help? Also, I know there were also Pepsi, Coca-Cola and other commercials with skateboarding. E-mail with any info.
NOTE: JLD shared a website for the Coca-Cola Recorded Sound Division of the Library of Congress <here>.

From Cokester : I recently bought a 1963 Coca-Cola machine: a Westinghouse, Model WC-78-MD. I need information, or where I could locate a manual for it. E-mail with any info.
NOTE: A good place to begin may be at Soda-Machines.Com. They have tons of info on their website.

From PandasLuvBamboo: I am looking for a clear umbrella with the Coca-Cola logo on it. Is there a website where I could shop for this item?

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

Links Painted Soda Bottle Collectors Association ~ The Soda Fizz Magazine
Click here for Back Issue's Contents List ~ Includes Sample Articles
Pepsi Central
the Dew Collector
Q & A Post your questions online @ the Question Forum

Q From me. CG : For everyone - Send your favorite collecting story. Everyone has at least one! So send yours to: My Favorite Story.  Also, one from me: What else do you collect besides bottles and soda-related memorabilia? Sent it to: What I Collect

Q From Polly, Asheboro, North Carolina : I have a RC Cola can machine marked 10-cents, that came out when canned drinks had to be opened with an opener. It has only four selection buttons and the drink came out one of two slots at the bottom of the front. I am interested in information about it.

Answer from Mike Elling, Sharon, Tennessee : All early can vending machines are scarce, but like everything else - value depends on condition, condition, condition. If the machine has no rust; has bright logos and paint; and still works, it would be tagged around $300.00. In some cases, a famous name helps, like Vendolator, Cornelious, or Kelvinator, where replacement parts are still available. Otherwise, value would depend greatly on whatever condition it is in.

Q From Karen : I am trying to find a store locally that sells Dad's Root Beer.

According to their webpage, Dad's is currently a product of Monarch Beverages, Atlanta, Georgia. They mention that the Dad's brand franchise is currently concentrated in the Chicago and Mid-West markets, where the brand enjoys distribution in all channels and add that it is distributed nationwide in the CostCo Club Stores. To find a distributor, call 1-800-241-3732.

Q From Monica : I am new to bottle collecting and have found some old 6.5oz. Coke bottles dated Nov. 16 1915, from Rochester, MN (where I live). I can't seem to find any reference for them and any info is helpful. Thank you.

Billy "ColaMan" Bearden has info on the Coca-Cola bottles, which can be found here : 

These bottles usually value according to the cities listed on the bottom of the bottle, but usually run somewhere between $3-8, depending on condition. If a collector is looking for that specific city name, however, they may be willing to pay a little more than the average.

Send your best deals, favorite items, stories, etc. and comments to My Item. They are always welcome.

What's New?

SABMiller announced that it has sold its "Just Juice" brand and "Valpre" water brand to the Coca-Cola Company for US$13 million in cash. Under the terms of the sale, these brands will continue to be distributed by SABMiller's subsidiary Appletiser South Africa Limited.

Coming Soon - Mini Bottle Gallery
Huddersfield, United Kingdom - According to the Huddersfield Examiner, a wealthy Norwegian businessman is building a museum to house his collection of 75,000 miniature bottles. The Mini Bottle Gallery in Oslo, Norway will have a 15-meter-tall fiberglass Coke bottle for showing old Coca-Cola TV ads, a doll house with fiber-optic lighting displaying miniature bottles, a grand-piano-shaped theater displaying miniature bottles, and other miniature bottle showcases in different themes. 

Coca-Colaannounced it was dropping Interpublic Group's McCann-Erickson as the main creative advertising agency for Coke Classic brand in the US. Coke said WPP's Berlin Cameron/Red Cell, which won praise last month for its role in designing a new advertising campaign for Coca-Cola Classic, would take over as creative agency-of-record. Coca-Cola's new campaign, dubbed "Coca-Cola ... Real," features actresses Penelope Cruz and Courteney Cox and boxing legend Muhammad Ali. It was launched in the US, though Coke expects to adapt it in many of its more than 200 markets around the world. Coca-Cola noted that McCann-Erickson and other Interpublic Group agencies would continue in their role as a creative consultant for the full range of brand Coca-Cola communications in a majority of markets outside the US.

Following a review of several agencies over the last few months, Pepsi-Cola North America named Spike DDB its multicultural advertising agency of record. Spike DDB is a minority-owned, full-service advertising agency founded by world-renowned film director Spike Lee and DDB Worldwide. The agency’s first commercial work for Pepsi will be a TV ad starring music and film sensation Beyoncé Knowles. The new TV ad is scheduled to air sometime in early 2003.

POWERADE is highlighting its title sponsorship of the NHRA POWERADE Drag Racing Series with the introduction of a special NHRA-themed flavor and package design depicting the speed, energy and passion of the world's fastest sport. The NHRA-themed line extension, which will be available in a proprietary 32-ounce bottle that narrows in the middle to allow for easy gripping, will add an incremental flavor and color to the current POWERADE roster of drinks for a limited time. A fiery mix of orange and red in color, the new flavor is a smooth blend of melon, pineapple and papaya. 
Two potential package designs will be posted online at The design receiving the most votes will be introduced in stores around the country beginning in late June. Voting is allowed one time per day per unique user email address. Voting ends at 11:59 pm February 24, 2003.

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

From me, CG

My few-week-visit that turned out to be a several-month-visit is drawing to an end. It seems it went quite quickly and even though the visit was extended (thanks to Bottles and Extras, and the FOHBC), I did not get the time to do many of the things I had hoped to do - which included getting the chance to meet some of you. Perhaps next time! And if you happen to find yourself in Singapore, just let me know. :)

It is snowing like crazy here, and I am scheduled to leave early Monday morning into the blue skies, heading toward the tiny country that I've called home for the past three years. Hopefully the weather will clear by then, and my flight won't be cancelled. I have my fingers crossed. But either way, I will be here, in your inbox as usual, with the Fizz next week. Until then, happy collecting! CG

Upcoming Event Reminders:

February 15 (Saturday) Bendingo, Australia
Bendingo Show & Swap (Sat 10am-3pm)
at St. Andrews Hall, Myers St., Bendingo, Australia
Info: Scott Morrison, Ph: (03) 5442 2148, E-mail: 

February 15 (Saturday) Sarasota, Florida
Sarasota-Manatee Antique Bottle Collector's 17th Annual Show & Sale
(Sat 10am- 4pm) at the Florida National Guard Armory
2890 Ringling Blvd. (at the Manatee County Fairgrounds), Sarasota, Florida
Info: Ed Herrold, P. O. Box 18928, Sarasota, FL 34276, Ph: (941) 923-6550

February 15-16 (Saturday-Sunday) Centralia, Washington
Oregon Bottle Collectors Association's Winter Show 
(Sun. 9am-3pm, early admission Sat 1pm-7pm)
at the SW Washington Fairgrounds, I-5 exit 79, Centralia, Washington
Info: Jim or Julie Dennis; Ph: (541) 467-2760

February 15-16 (Saturday-Sunday) Toowoomba, Australia
Queensland State Bottle & Collectors Fair
(Sat 8:30am-5pm, Sun. 8:30am-3pm)
at the Toowoomba Showgrounds Founders Pavilion, Glenvale Rd., Toowoomba, Australia
Info: Ross Ziser, Ph: (07) 4635 4709

February 16 (Sunday) Columbus, Ohio
The Columbus Ohio Bottle Show 
(Sun 9am-3pm, early admission 7am) at the Ohio State Fairgrounds
17th Ave. & I-71, Columbus, Ohio
Info: Adam Koch, 763 Jolson Ave., Akron, OH 44319, PH: (330) 644-0274

Any new events  in your area? Mail so all of us can know, to: Upcoming Events

FYI : Simpson's Spring

In 1694 the first European settlers arrived in what is now South Easton, Massachusetts, 30-miles south of Boston. They found a pure spring that provided abundant drinking water for native Americans centuries before. One of these settlers, William Hayward, built his home near the spring. His son, born the next year, lived there for 79 years.

After the Hayward homestead was abandoned in the late 1700s, the land came to be known as Cynthia Park. The pure spring water provided refreshment for outdoor religious services and festivities for many years. Samuel Simpson acquired the spring about 1830, and it was during that time that the spring became known as "Simpson's spring".

In 1878 Simpson's grandson-in-law, Frederick A. Howard, persuaded Simpson to sell him the spring site. Howard founded the Simpson Spring Company that year. At that time a new and exciting carbonated beverage based on Joseph Priestley's experiments of 100 years earlier was emerging. Fred Howard seized the opportunity to make carbonated beverages with his pure spring water and the business sprang to life. 

Today the Simpson Spring Company is one of the oldest soft drink manufacturers in the country.

There are four clippings of a newspaper article which appeared in the June 13th, 2000 issue of "The Enterprise", published in Brockton, Massachusetts. The article gives more information about Simpson Springs, along with photographs. << Click here >> to see them.

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

Until next week, Happy Collecting! CokeGirl

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