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the Soda Fizz e-Zine for Soda Memorabilia Collectors Worldwide

5th July, 2003

ISSN: 1541-776X

The Weekly e-Zine for Soda Memorabilia 
Collectors Worldwide

Up for Grabs

From Richard Mix : Four new bottles for sale this week-

- Ashland [Ohio] University 125th - $5
- North Central Missouri College 75th - $10
- Super S Food Stores 30 Years - $3
- Hot Air Balloon Festival 2003 - $3

We have a VERY LIMITED AMOUNT (6 pack or less) of the following bottles still available - $3 each:
THIS IS THE LAST TIME I WILL OFFER THESE FOR SALE.  Order now and combine these with your ebay auction items to save on shipping!!  ($6 first bottle - $2 each additional bottle - $1 each additional bottle after 10 bottles).  -click here to see Richard Mix's auctions-- 

- Little Rock Coca-Cola 100th Anniversary
- Paducah KY Coca-Cola 100th Anniversary
- Oklahoma Coca-Cola 100th Anniversary
- Louisiana Purchase 200th Anniversary
- FORD Motor Company 100th Anniversary
- New York Yankees 100th Anniversary (ACL)
- Cumberland, MD Coca-Cola 100th Anniversary (2 bottles left)
- York, PA Coca-Cola 100th Anniversary (1 bottle left)
- Carolina Courage WUSA Soccer
- New Jersey Shore 2003
- Class of 2003
- Spartanburg Coca-Cola 100th Anniversary

Also I have 2 each left of the 2003 World of Coke Atlanta and Las Vegas bottles IN TUBES for $20 each. Finally NCAA Final 4 IN TUBE with pin for $10 each. - Richard

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 Karen Fronsman : I am looking for a "Fort Valley, GA" hobbleskirt Coke. Also looking for a milk bottle from North Canton, Ohio, "Mellow Milk", for my dad. Has anyone got, or heard of, a bottle cap with "Ford" on it? E-mail me with info. Thanks.

From Jim White : I am looking for a 12-ounce red/white ACL KEEN bottle from Joplin, Mo. It does not say "Root Beer" on it. 

From Ted : Wanted to buy any Rochester and Peru, Indiana hobbleskirt bottles. Also interested in buying Indiana straight-sides, amber or aqua. 

From Mike : I am interested in buying all wide-mouth, glass, 1 and 2-liter soda bottles from '70s and '80s: Coke, Dr. Pepper, 7Up, Squirt, Pepsi, etc. I am also interested in information that will lead me to these bottles.

There are also New! WANTED and FOR SALE items listed <here> at the bottom of the page. (added today)

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

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Q & A

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Q From "Freddie the Tree Guy": I recently found a few cases of various painted label soda bottles and other collectibles. The reason for this question is that among these soda bottles (hobble skirt Cokes, Dad's Rootbeer, 7-up, Pepsi and Canada Dry) There is a Pepsi just like all the other Pepsis with the white and red painted label. The strange thing is, this one pepsi has a strong peach or pink tint to the glass while all of the rest of the pepsis are colorless/clear . Is this a unique occurence? Does anyone have info or like experience?

Send any info to : Pink Tinted Pepsi Bottle

Q From Sharon Sawyer : My in-laws family, the Osteen's owned the Coca-Cola bottling plant in Dillion, S.C. The family has various Coca-Cola products. I was given what looks like a poster of a calendar from February, 1899. I do not think it is the actual calendar because the picture has the grommet, not the actual grommet which would have been used to hang the calendar. It is very old, and hung in my husband's great-grandfather's house for many years. I think it was probably from the 30s or 40s. Does anyone have any ideas? 

E-mail Sharon, or to February 1899 Calendar, with any information you may have. 

Q Regarding the question in last week's Fizz from 'Arkensaw' about his "Mellow Moon Soda" bottle from Paragould, Ark. 

From Mike Elling, Sharon, Tennessee :  I was recently in Paragould and found modern cans and plastic bottles of the brand name Mellow Moon.  It is still marketed there by the RC/7-Up/Dr Pepper Bottling Company of Paragould.

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?

Coca-Cola celebrates Vancouver winning the 2010 Olympic bid with a commemorative can. The limited edition commemorative cans will be available on July 7 across British Columbia and will be sold while supplies last. The commemorative cans will be sold in 6-packs of Coca-Cola Classic soft drinks and are available primarily through grocery stores and some general merchandise stores.

Coca-Cola Russia has recently released a set of 4 limited edition Coca-Cola cans depicting the Arc of Triumph, the Zimnaya Kanavka Channel, the Palace Square and the Atlantes Gallery. Five million cans have been distributed nationwide to raise awareness of the company's support of the Hermitage Museum through the theme "Let's preserve the cultural heritage together."

The largest non-carbonated bottling plant owned by Coca-Cola opened June 24th in Auburndale, Florida. Governor Jeb Bush and both company and city officials participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new 620,000-square-foot facility. The plant employs 85 people and will produce initially Simply Orange and Powerade sports drink. Coca-Cola plans to employ 300 by 2006 when the facility is fully operational. The cost of the plant is estimated to be US$113 million.

Too much cola may cause caffeine-induced headaches in kids. Read the full story, click here...

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:

Reno Antique Bottle & Collectibles Club’s 41st Annual Show & Sale 
(Sat. 9 AM – 3 PM, early admission Fri. noon – 6 PM)
at the Reno/Sparks Convention Center, 4590 S. Virginia St., Reno, Nevada
INFO: WILLY YOUNG, PH: (775) 746-0922 or HELEN WALKER, PH: (775) 746-8356

Midwest Antique Fruit Jar & Bottle Club's Annual Summer Show & Sale
(Sun. 9 AM - 3 PM) at the Horizon Convention Center, Muncie, Indiana
INFO: NORMAN BARNETT, P.O. Box 38, Flat Rock, IN 47234; PH: (812) 587-5560
or DICK COLE, PH: (800) 428-5887

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

The Louisville (KY) FOHBC National Show show was wonderful. I got to meet many people there that I'd wanted to meet for some time. I took four discs of photos with my Sony Mavica, so expect to see some of them in the next weeks. With 221 tables full of bottles galore, as well as 20 or so displays, I have many photos to share with you. I also brought home a trunk full of goodies to add to my shelves.

In the last couple of days, including today (which is why the Fizz is a bit later than usual) - I have been adding new information to the FOHBC website, including the Table of Contents for the new Summer Issue of B&E. Did I tell you it came on time AND turned out quite nice? I will be adding more 'sample' articles in the next day or so, so be sure to check it out. There is also a show report, with some very nice photos, from our Mike Elling, of Sharon, Tennessee for the Show in Deland, Florida back in mid-March with additional information from Bill Marks of the M-T Bottle Collectors Assoc., Inc.

Some interesting news coming up about The Soda Fizz Magazine  in the future, so keep your ears, and eyes, open to catch it.

Until next time, Happy Collecting! CokeGirl

FYI : Deco Soda Bottles

by the author, Brian Wade

"Deco Soda Bottles" is the first book for collectors dedicated solely to those fancy embossed soda bottles from the 20s and 30s. It contains an alphabetical listing with descriptions of over 400 of the best and most frequently found 'deco' soda bottles, with more than 250 bottle photographs, many with rarity and price estimates.

Prior to 1920, soda was bottled and sold in relatively plain embossed bottles. Each brand's bottle design was essentially similar to their competitors, and there was little to distinguish one brand's bottle from another. All this changed in 1915, when Coca-Cola designed and patented their familiar contour bottle, which gave Coca-Cola a distinctive and unique looking bottle, which was easily identified by consumers. 

Following Coca-Cola's lead, the many hundreds of other soda brands around the country began to design and use their own unique bottles. These fancy, "deco" soda bottles were made in a great variety of shapes, with elaborately embossed designs and pictorials, as companies competed to differentiate their brands. 

For the next twenty years or so, the majority of the many thousands of soda bottlers, both large and small, all over the U.S. and Canada, used these fancy embossed soda bottles. From the nationally distributed giants like Coca-Cola, Orange Crush, Dr. Pepper, Kist and Nu-Grape, to the many hundreds of small, now-extinct local brands, each developed and used their own bottles.

This book is meant to serve as an introductory guide to collecting and pricing these deco-era soda bottles. It is by no means a complete listing, but it is a thorough survey of the best and the most frequently found deco bottles that I have discovered in my ten years of collecting. It is my hope that this book will be of some help to fellow collectors, and will contribute to an existing awareness and appreciation of the tremendous variety of beautiful and interesting embossed soda bottles from that era.

For more information about this book, contact:

Brian Wade, 39 East 16 Street, Huntington Station, NY 11746
or E-mail: 

I picked up one of his books, hot off the press, at the Show in Louisville last weekend. It has some very nice photos of the bottles, with descriptions. All the bottles listed are assigned a value as well. - CG

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