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the Soda Fizz e-Zine for Soda Memorabilia Collectors Worldwide

25th June, 2003

ISSN: 1541-776X

The Weekly e-Zine for Soda Memorabilia 
Collectors Worldwide

Up for Grabs

From Richard Mix : Be sure to check out our ebay auctions - lots of great items ending tonight and Sunday!!! - bottle and non-bottle soda items + a few surprises!!

Three new Coke bottle offers this week - $3 each:
- Louisiana Purchase
- Little Rock, AR 100th Anniversary
- New Jersey Shore 2003

--ebay--click here to see Richard Mix's auctions-- 

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 Doyle : I need for my collection: King of Beverage, Circle A, Artesian Artesia, "theif" bottles. Lazenby's Liquid Sunshine, Morrison Old Corner Drug Store items, Morrison-Hefley, Morrison-Castles Drug Store, Risher Drug Store, Bowens Drug Store bottles, pill boxes, etc. Also, Dublin, Tex. bottles. Also looking for: Dr Pepper "theif" bottle that has "American M.W. Co., St. Louis, MO" on the side, with an "A" on the bottom, and under the "A" has "1906". In any condition, chips, dings, fish eyes, dirty, cloudy, or dug condition. Prefer complete bottle, but will consider otherwise.

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 WANTED items listed <here> at the bottom of the page. (I will be adding more in the coming week.)

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

Post your questions online @ the Question Forum

Q From Sgt. M : I have picked up a small piece of glassware that appears to be ruby red glass, approximately 2 1/2" tall, has a handle, lip on it, front reads "Rum and Coca Cola" in white lettering, there is a 24 kt gold ring around the bottom of it, on the back it has a 1-ounce line and 2-ounce line. There are no other markings. It seems to be a shot glass/jigger. I cannot find any others like it online or in any book I have looked through. Does anyone out there know what this is?

Send any info to : Sgt M's shotglass

Q From Fred: I just saw a reference you made to Vess Cola. Can you tell me your source? I'm interested in the history of that company and would like to learn more about it.

If I remember correctly, the info came from one of the price guides, or a combination of whatever sources I have. I have a "Sources I Use" page on the website, which lists some of the books I have used for my information, although I have a few new ones which I need to add. Also, sometimes I am fortunate enough to have contact info to a surviving family member, and get a few tidbits from them. But, for Vess, it was a hard one to tackle for info - there just wasn't much out there, so I believe that whatever I have put on the website came from one of the guides.

Also, a note worth mentioning, is that the Vess page also includes information about Cleo Cola, which attributes the name of the cola to the owner's favorite cigar, not Cleopatra, even though it is her likeness pictured on the bottles. A few months ago, I received an email regarding a lady in New York named "Cleo" who claimed that her father named the cola after her when she was a small child. After inquiring for further information/proof, such as her father's name, etc., I never received anything from her to clarify her claim, so I have left the info on the webpage "as is."

Also, another "rumor" was that when Jones was facing bankruptcy that he sold the company to his mistress for one-dollar. :)

Moral: Always consider the source. 

Q From 'Arkensaw' : I have a "Mellow Moon Soda" bottle from Paragould, Ark. It is a clear
glass "12 FL. OZ." with a painted label. There is no indication of age, but on the reverse, it says "PHONE 81 - Paragould, Ark." so it is fairly old. After a little research, I found that Dr. Pepper bought out Mellow Moon. Does anyone have any further information on this brand?

Send any info to : Mellow Moon bottle

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?

Collect other things?
The American Cut Glass Association, a nonprofit organization devoted to the education and appreciation of antique American Cut Glass, will hold its 25th anniversary convention "Silver Memories" at the Dallas-Lincoln Center Doubletree Hotel on July 23-26, 2003. The convention program includes an entirely American Cut Glass show by 12 member/dealers, a theme exhibition (appropriately titled "Silver Ornamented Cut Glass") and other activities including knowledgeable speakers on the subject, workshops, and meal and banquet functions. On Tuesday, July 22, a tour of the Amon Carter and Kimbell Art Museum in Ft. Worth will be offered. On Sunday, July 27, a bus trip sponsored by the MSC Forsythe Center Galleries at Texas A & M University has been arranged. The primary goal of the trip will be to visit the ACGA National Cut Glass Collection and to visit the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum. Information on ACGA and/or the convention may be found on ACGA's website or by contacting ACGA Executive Secretary, Kathy Emmerson, P.O. Box 482, Ramona, CA 92065-0482, by phone at 760.789.7112 or by email at:

Salt and Pepper anyone?
Approximately 300-350 members of the Novelty Salt and Pepper Shakers Club will participate in their 18th annual convention featuring an auction, display contests and several lectures July 17-20, 2003. During the convention, held at the Greensboro-High Point Marriott Airport Hotel in Greensboro, North Carolina, members will compete in a display contest based around their own themes. For a cost of $5, the public will be able to view the displays. Club members and their guests can also participate in room-to-room buying, selling and trading, and an auction. The deadline for registration is June 12. Contact Louise Davis at P.O. Box 416, Gladstone, OR 97027-0416 or call 503.650.8499. A membership application is available at

Not soda related, but good information anyway:
The Federal Trade Commission is implementing a National Do Not Call registry. Officially known as the Amended Telemarketing Sales Rule or TSR, it lays out very specific changes that telemarketing organizations will be required to follow. Beginning in July of 2003, consumers will be able to place their telephone numbers on the list. You will have two registration options: telephone and on-line. On-line registration will be available west of the Mississippi on or around July 1, with the rest of the country following about 1 week later. Telephone registration will be phased in over an eight week period, beginning in July. Registration for the list is free. 

Beginning in September, all telemarketers and other sellers will be able to access the registry. They will be required to scrub their call lists against the national "do not call" registry at least once every 90 days. Starting in October, the FTC will begin enforcement of the registry. Violators are subject to fines of up to $11,000.00 per call. 

Do you have to register all of your phone numbers? Yes! When the registration period begins, register every telephone number that you do not want to receive telemarketing calls on. This includes your primary voice line, FAX lines, cell phones, etc. As telemarketing firms will only have access to a list of telephone numbers, they are free to call any number that doesn't appear in the registry. However, they are still required to honor your request to be removed from their list. 

The FTC has complete information on their site located at

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:

Candy Container Collectors of America’s 22nd Annual Convention (Fri. 6:30 PM -?) at the Best Western Eden Resort Inn, 222 Eden Rd. (Routes 30 & 272), Lancaster, Pennsylvania. INFO: TERRY L. WHITMEYER, 88 Woodbine Dr., Hershey, PA 17033, PH: (717) 533-3716

Hawaii Historical Bottle Collectors Club’s 31st Annual Show & Sale (Sat. & Sun. 9 AM – 4:30 PM, early admission Fri. 4:30 PM) at the McKinley High School cafeteria, 1039 S. King St., Oahu, Hawaii. INFO: MIKE LEONG, PH: (808) 628-0220, E-mail: 

National Insulator Association’s 34th Annual National Show (Fri. 8 AM – 4 PM NIA members only, Sat. 8:30 AM – 4 PM, Sun. 9 AM – 3 PM) at the Clark County Exposition Center Mercantile & Annex Buildings, I-70 exit 59, Springfield, Ohio. INFO: STEVE & LOIS BLAIR, 105 State Route 56 SW, London, OH 43140, PH: (740) 852-3148 or GLENN & SANDRA DRUMMOND, 600 County Rd. 87, Notasulga, AL 36866, PH: (334) 257-3100, E-mail: 

Federation of Historical Bottle Collector’s 2003 National Show (Sun. 9 AM – 3 PM, early admission Sat. 1 PM – 5 PM & Sun. 7 AM – 9 AM) at the Kentucky International Convention Center, Louisville, Kentucky. INFO: RALPH VAN BROCKLIN, 1021 W. Oakland Ave., Suite #109, Johnson City, TN 37601, PH: (423) 913-1378, E-mail: or WAYNE or JUNE LOWRY, 401 Johnston CT, Raymore, MO 64083, PH: (816) 318-0160, E-mail:  or 

The Coca-Cola Collectors Club National Convention will be held June 29 through July 5, 2003 in Chicago Illinois. This will be the 29th national convention for the largest Coca-Cola collectors club in the world. Events will include swap meet, convention store, brunch, Twins vs White Sox baseball game, trading center, silent and regular auctions, fun night, seminars, displays, swap meet and room hopping. The convention hotel is the Hyatt Regency O'Hare at the O'Hare International Airport. For hotel reservations, please call 800-233-1234 or 847-696-1234. Convention rate for the room is $95/night for 1-4 people. Parking is $5 per day. For information about the convention, please contact Beth Markowitz at 717-848-3282, fax 717-848-5582, or e-mail

UK Summer National Weekend (Sat 10 AM - 5 PM, Sun. 9 AM - 3 PM, early admission Sat. 9 AM) at the Elsecar Heritage Centre, NR Barnsley, S. Yorks, England. INFO: ALAN BLAKEMAN, Elsecar Heritage Centre, NR Barnsley, S74 8HJ, England, PH: 011 44 122 674 5156.

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

I still have a few of the Spring issue of Bottles & Extras around, if anyone wants to request a sample, please do >>email<< me and let me know, along with your full mailing address.

The Louisville (KY) National Show show is weekend. I will be leaving for Louisville tomorrow and therefore there will be no newsletter this weekend. Look for me at the FOHBC table at the show, and be sure to introduce yourself.

This past week has been quite busy. The 'current'  issue of B&E (Summer) is here from the publishers and we are excited that it arrived looking great - and ON TIME for a change. The only thing missing is the mailing labels (which I do not do - someone else does), and then they will be good to go.

It amazes me constantly at the wealth of information that is available for the vintage items that we collect, some of which I had no idea of until I started doing these magazines. It makes me wonder what 'history' will go with the commemorative bottles we are putting on our shelves now. How will the next generations look at them? But whatever history they may have, it could not come close to what we find out about those of  so many years ago.

Please take this into consideration, and share what information you have with the rest of us. After all, isn't that what the Fizz is all about?

Until next time, Happy Collecting! CokeGirl

FYI : From my notes...

Crescent Star Beverage Company, Boston, 1905 to 1908
The Crescent Star Beverage company was established in 1905 and was located at 304 Commercial Avenue. Their officers were J. Conti, C.F. Fantaccini, and A. Plerotti. In 1908, they moved their bottling works to 131 Endicott Avenue. One of their products was possibly a type of root beer or ginger beer. It was bottled in stone bottles with lightning stoppers. "Cold Blast" was also franchised in Rochester, N.Y.

Spring Bottling Works, 1913 to 1917
The Spring Bottling Works was established in Utica, N.Y. in 1913, and was located at Stevens Street and Fay Avenue. Their specialty was brewed ginger beer. In 1916, their address was 703 Spring Street. The Spring Bottling Works went out of business in 1917 due to growing competition. They used stone bottles from the Sherwood Brothers Pottery in New Brighton, Pennsylvania. These were ten ounce bottles, and had a high quality Bristol Glaze on the exterior.

Jumbo Bottling Works, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1906 to 1909
The Jumbo Bottling Works was established in 1906 by Louis Braudy and his son, Edward. The bottling works was located at 827 Livingston Avenue and they resided at 1417 Central Avenue. In 1909, they moved to 839 Dayton Avenue. Jumbo Bottling Works bottled ginger beer in stone bottles and soda in Hutchinson type glass bottles. 

Seal Rock Spring Beverages, Saco, Maine
For over 50 years, Seal Rock Spring Beverages was a family affair. Frank Cote began the firm as WWI was concluding; his sons, Fernand and Charles, took over in the mid-1940s and ran things until 1970-71. The company's original location was 368 Beach Street. That building was destroyed by fire in 1949, necessitating a move to a new location at 27-29 Old Orchard Road where Seal Rock Spring operated until closing in the early 70s. The attractive ACL bottle used by Seal Rock pictured a seal on the beach enjoying a soda.
NOTE: The 1967 bottle lists the company name as "Seal Rock Orange Crush Bottling Co."

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