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the Soda Fizz e-Zine for Soda Memorabilia Collectors Worldwide

17th May, 2003

ISSN: 1541-776X

The Weekly e-Zine for Soda Memorabilia 
Collectors Worldwide

Up for Grabs

From Michael Miller : BOOK: A Collector's Guide to Arizona Bottles & Stoneware. For ordering information, contact: Michael Miller, 9214 W. Gary Road, Peoria, AZ 85345, PH: (623) 486-3123 or by E-mail:

From Don Yates : NEW BOOK! Ginger Beer & Root Beer Heritage, 400 pages, all photos in full-color. $30.00 + $4.00 S/H. Contact: Don Yates, 8300 River Corners Road, Homerville, OH 44235; Phone: (330) 625-1025.

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

My Missing Items

From Mike : I am looking for all wide-mouth, glass, 1 & 2-liter, soda bottles from the 1970s and ‘80s: Coke, Dr. Pepper, 7-up, Squirt etceteras. I am also interested in information that will lead me to these bottles.

From Keith : Looking for all types of Vernor's Ginger Ale advertising. Cardboard signs, tin signs, fountain dispensers, spoons, bottle toppers, clocks - and much more - wanted by advanced collector. The more unusual the piece the better it is! Please contact me at my email address or call 586-615-9152. Thanks!

There are also WANTED items listed <here> at the bottom of the page. 

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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for an ever-changing selection of early Bottles, 
Flasks, Stoneware and American Primitives! 
Also an assortment of reference material for sale! 
We are always looking to BUY Early American Bottles & Postcards, 
so if you have a bottle or an entire collection to sell 
or are looking for that special item, please check with us
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Q & A

Post your questions online @ the Question Forum

Q From Mike Elling, Sharon, TN : "Have you heard anything about 2004 Coke Graduation bottles? I need a 6 pack if they are out."

Just coincidentally, about the time that your mail question came, I received this, it is not about the 2004 bottles, but if someone needs 2003 bottles, try here : 

From Terrel Carrere : I have the following bottles available....Class of 2003, 2003 Women's NCAA Final 4, 2003 Men's NCAA Final 4 with/without tube and pin, 2003 Mardi Gras, as well as many 

From Richard Mix : NEW BOTTLE OFFER!! $3 each:
- Class of 2003 - Time to Celebrate
- Spartanburg, SC Coca-Cola 100th Anniversary

We also have a few more of each of our previous offers still available:
- NCAA New Orleans - in tube with pin - $10 each
- World Of Coke Atlanta 2003 in tube - $20 each
- World Of Coke Las Vegas 2003 in tube - $20 each
- Atlanta ZOO Panda bottles - $25 each

Shipping on all the above is $6 first bottle and $2 each additional! HURRY - VERY LIMITED SUPPLIES OF MOST OF THESE!!! Also visit:

Also if anyone else has current bottles in your area to offer, E-mail and let us all know.

Q From Cecil Munsey : Does anyone know anything about Kentucky Nip?  Not the 1989 version BUT the original version of the 1920s-1930s? 

Send info to: Kentucky Nip.

Q From Jim Nelson : My daughter has a "Lucky Club" soda bottle manufactured by Lorenz Bottling Co., in Nashville, IL.. I was wanting some information about it.

It is listed in the "Collecting Applied Color Label Soda Bottles" on page 125, in two versions. The first is given a "date" of 1944, 10-ounce, Alton, Illinois, $40-45. The other, 1964, 7-ounce, Breese, Illinois is listed as common and no value is given. One of these bottles is shown, red and white label across a white horseshoe which has in the curve "Be Happy Go Lucky". It does not illustrate the 10-ounce one, so I have no idea if it is different than the one shown (the 7-ounce one).  Send additional information  to Lucky Club.

Q From Kathi Mitol :  I have a clear 8 oz. bottle with the words "Booster Beverages" on one side and a picture of an Eagle on the other. On the bottom it says "Property of Booster Beverage Co. East Chicago IND." I found this bottle and two 6 oz. Coke bottles in my wall while we were doing some remodeling. Does anyone know anything about Booster Beverages that they could share with me? Any input would be greatly appreciated.

Send info to Booster Beverages

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

What's New?

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will be the backdrop for the world’s premier action sports competition at Cleveland’s North Coast Harbor September 10–14 for the five-day event. The Gravity Games will air on NBC Sports this Fall, and will include a first-ever live broadcast on Sunday, September 14. Over 200 of the world’s best professional athletes in action sports are expected to throw down for the top honors in Freestyle Motocross, Skateboarding, Wakeboarding, BMX and Aggressive In-Line Skating. In addition to these world-class athletes, the event will feature performances from some of today’s top recording artists. Over 200,000 spectators are expected in Cleveland, and SoBe will be on hand to fire up the fans, support Team Lizard and spread the SoBe love.

Pepsi has chosen Drew Carey to host its TV special on The WB this fall, "Pepsi Play for a Billion." Contestants will win a chance to appear on the show, a two-hour special in September, by participating in a summer-long promotion from Pepsi.

Hawaiian Punch and its longtime spokesman, Punchy, will be mixing it up with consumers this summer as they travel throughout the country with the Hawaiian Punch Clownin' Around Tour. Between May and August 2003, Hawaiian Punch's Clownin' Around Tour will visit 18 U.S. cities and give consumers the chance to sample the new Hawaiian Punch flavors – Bodacious Berry, 'Mazin Melon Mix and Green Berry Rush – as well as take part in spontaneous street party activities in urban settings – from parks and community swimming pools to street festivals and retail stores.

The fresh blast of orange flavor is one of America's favorites, and Slush Puppie is serving it up this summer in a refreshing, frozen beverage aptly named ‘Frozen Orange Frenzy.'

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:

May 24 (Saturday) Gainesville, Florida
Matheson Museum's 2nd Annual Antique Bottle Show & Sale 
(Sat. 9 AM - 3 PM; early admission 8 AM) at Matheson Museum
513 E. University Ave., Gainesville, Florida
INFO: LISA AUEL, 513 E. University Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601
PH: (352) 378-2280, E-mail: 

May 24-25 (Saturday-Sunday) Coarsegold, California
Fresno Antique Bottle & Collectible Club's 2nd Annual Show
Runs concurrently with the Coarsegold & Oakhurst Peddlers Fair
(Sat. 7 AM - 5 PM, Sun. 7 AM - 4 PM) at the Coarsegold Veterans Hall
Coarsegold, California (30 miles N. E. of Fresno)
INFO: JOE ROTHERMEL, PH: (559) 292-2110
or GARY EGOROV, P. O. Box 16066, Fresno, CA 93755
PH: (559) 225-1709, E-mail: 

May 25 (Sunday) Hemel, England
Hemel Hempstead Bottle & Collectors Fair
(Sun. 10 AM - 4 PM) at the Hemel Market, Hemel, England
INFO: PAM COOPER, 60 Chestnut Ave., Spixworth, Norwich, Norfold NR10 3QO, England
PH: 011 44 160 389 0302

The New South Wales Chapter of the Coca-Cola Collectors Club is holding their annual giant swap meet at the South Hurstville RSL, 71 Connells Point Road, South Hurstville, NSW, Australia on Sunday May 25, 2003 from 10:30am-2pm. Admission is Free. For additional information, please contact Brian Hill, at +61-407-922-291. 

Smokyfest 2003 will be held at the Holiday Inn in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee from June 5-7, 2003. Events will include welcome party, silent auction, swap meet, scavenger hunt, banquet and room hopping. For more information, please contact Jean Waddell, 686 Antioch Road, Cedartown, GA 30125. Please call toll free for hotel reservations (800) 782-3119.

June 21, 2003 - Houston, Texas (9am - 4pm)
Gulf Coast Bottle & Jar Club presents their 34th Annual Antique Bottle, Advertising and Collectibles Show and Sale - at the Marriott (formerly Radisson Hotel) 9100 Gulf Freeway, Houston, Texas 77017 (713)943-7979. Admission $2. Early admission Friday night June 20th - 7-10:30 pm - $10. per person. Wide variety of bottles, cans, fruit jars, inks, milk bottles, drug store collectibles - Coca Cola - Dr. Pepper - 7 UP - Orange Crush, Texas memorabilia, oil company items, and lots lots more! For Sales Table and Show Information, please contact Barbara Puckett, 907 W. Temple, Houston, TX 77009, (713) 862-1690 or e-mail for information - or

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

From me, CG

I made it to Mansfield, only getting lost twice, or was it three times, because I missed a turn-off. Got there, and they'd given my tables to someone else. So after the chaos, and the dust settled from my tantrum, tables appeared out of nowhere, life went on and the day turned out to be great.

For those of you I got to meet - it was great to meet you. For those of you that I didn't get to meet, I will be in Knoxville on June 14th, as far as I know, and in Louisville for the FOHBC National Show, June 28-29th. I will have sample issues of Bottles & Extras with me, as well as sample issues of Soda Pop Dreams,  the printed edition of the Soda Fizz and a few copies of the ACL bottle book. So look for me there!

I am currently doing the Summer issue of B&E, so a bit busy with that. DO E-mail me with your stories, new finds, Missing Items, Questions and anything else you want to share. That is what the Fizz is all about!

Until next week, Happy Collecting! CokeGirl

FYI : Pepsi Fest 2003 - Indianapolis, Indiana

By Wayne Burgess

Like all of them before it, Pepsi Fest 2003 took forever to arrive, yet seemed to be over in one pleasurable moment. This year marked the 17th gathering of Pepsi-Cola and Mountain Dew collectors. It spanned all five floors of the Marriott, which made it truly an adventure. Attendees came from all over the United States, some for the first-time, and for others, it was their 17th show in a row. I salute those 17-year veterans, as I understand what keeps them coming back.

The events at Pepsi Fest kept visitors very busy. Included in the festivities were Chapter Meetings, Room Hopping, Show and Tell, Oral Auction, Be Sociable Party, Silent Auction, group pictures, Swap Meet and to end it all: the Farewell Dinner. 

Just in case you do not know what room hopping is, here is a short description. Imagine room after room of open doors and the inside of each room - endless collectible items spread across every flat surface, just waiting for a new home. As you "hop" from room-to-room, looking for that treasure to add to your collection, you best not pass anything up that you are interested in purchasing. Why? First of all, someone else may snatch it up before you can return, and second, after walking through 40 to 50 rooms, they will all seem to blend together after a while, and you may never remember which room to return to.

Pepsi Fest is a friends-and-family event, and you should quickly realize that you are a member of a huge family of collectors. The friendships that develop at Pepsi Fest are unique. You may only see these friends once a year, but when you return to Pepsi Fest, communication spans the gathering.

This year was no different than the rest in that there were never-seen-before  items that emerged, from Pepsi signs to Mountain Dew promotional three-ring binders. Some items are brought to Pepsi fest just for show and tell, and are not intended to be sold. One of the highest priced items sold was a 1951 bubbling Pepsi-Cola sign for $2500. 

Over 600 people registered for Pepsi Fest 17. Next year, again the number will probably grow. 

If you did not make it this year, start planning for it next year. The dates are Thursday, March 18th through Saturday, March 20th, 2004 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Wayne Burgess is a Mountain Dew collector and also publishes a newsletter dedicated to Mountain Dew collecting. Visit his website @

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