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the Soda Fizz e-Zine for Soda Memorabilia Collectors Worldwide

31st May, 2003

ISSN: 1541-776X

The Weekly e-Zine for Soda Memorabilia 
Collectors Worldwide

Up for Grabs

From Richard Mix : Several New Coke bottle offers this week!! - only $3 per bottle!!
- Ford Motor Company 100th Anniversary
- Cumberland, MD Coca-Cola 100th Anniversary
- York, PA Coca-Cola 100th Anniversary
- New York Yankees 100th Anniversary

I still have a very limited number of each of the following:
- Class of 2003 - $3 each
- 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

From CG : I am planning to list some items this weekend and coming week on eBay, if anyone wants to go look: thesodafizz

Also if anyone else has current bottles in your area 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 Bailey : I need for my collection: Dr. Pepper "thief" bottle that has "American Mineral Water Co." or "Dr Pepper" in script on the side, from St. Louis, MO with an "A" on the bottom, and under the "A" - has "1906". I will consider any condition: chips, dings, fish eyes, dirty, cloudy or dug condition. I prefer a complete bottle - but will consider otherwise.

From cpobest : I am looking for any or all TAB soda items, especially cans.

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.

From Doug : I am looking for any type bottle (embossed or ACL) from the Alliance, Ohio Coca Cola Bottling Company.  Operated under the name Fulmer's (or Fullmer's) Beverages. As long as the bottle has the words "Alliance, Ohio" and "Coca Cola Bottling Co." on it I am interested in it. Please email any responses.

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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What's New?

Clearly Canadian Beverage Corporation announced that it has entered into expanded distribution arrangements with The American Bottling Company. ABC, a subsidiary of Dr Pepper/Seven Up Bottling Group, Inc., will distribute the Clearly Canadian sparkling flavored water line-up in ABC's Midwest markets in the United States.

The Coca-Cola Company plans to introduce a new dairy beverage named Swerve in the U.S. this July. Swerve will contain 52% skim milk and come in three different flavors: chocolate, vanill/banana, and blueberry. The package will be a 12-ounce can featuring a figure of a grinning cow wearing dark glasses. This is Coca-Cola's second attempt at marketing a new dairy beverage in the U.S. Coca-Cola co-developed Choglit, a chocolate-flavored drink, with Nestle last summer, but has discontinued it due to its lackluster sales in test markets.

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:

June 6-7 (Friday-Saturday) Lumberton, North Carolina
Robeson Antique Bottle Club's Annual Show & Sale
(Fri, 3-9PM, Sat. 9AM-3PM) at the Expo & Farmers Market
1027 U. S. Hwy. 74 East (I-95 exit 14), Lumberton, North Carolina
INFO: RICHARD STEPHENS, 1830 Riverside Blvd., Lumberton, NC 28358
PH: (910) 738-6075, E-mail:  
or PAT VALENTI & CLARA BAXLEY, PH: (910) 738-3074, E-mail: 

June 6-7 (Friday-Saturday) Hershey, Pennsylvania
National Association of Milk Bottle Collectors' Convention 
at the Holiday Inn, I-81 exit 28, Grantville, Pennsylvania
INFO: JULIAN GOTTIEB, 18 Pond Place, Cos Cob, CT 06807
PH: (203) 869-8411, E-mail: 

June 7 (Saturday) Victorville, California
San Bernardino County Historical Bottle & Collectibles Club's 35th Annual Show & Sale
(Sat. 9AM-5PM, early admission 8AM) at the Ramada Inn
15494 Palmdale Rd. (at I-15), Victorville, California
INFO: SUE MORSE, PH: (909) 864-8445 
or DENNIS ROGERS, PH: (909) 982-3416, E-mail: 

June 7-8 (Saturday-Sunday) Salem, Oregon
Oregon Bottle Collectors Association's Annual Show & Sale
In conjunction with Salem Collectors Market
(Sun. 9:30AM-3:30PM, early admission Sat. 4PM-7PM & Sun. 7AM)
at the State Fairgrounds, Salem, Oregon
INFO: JIM or JULIE DENNIS, PH: (541) 467-2760, E-mail: 

June 8 (Sunday) Ames, Iowa
Iowa Antique Bottlers 34th Annual Show & Sale (Sun. 8:30AM-3PM)
at the Starlite Village Motel, I-35 & 13th Street, Ames, Iowa
INFO: DON FAAS, 6235 Hwy. 69 North, Ames, IA 50010, PH: (515) 232-9228 

June 8 (Sunday) Saratoga Springs, New York
National Bottle Museum's Annual Show & Sale 
(Sun. 9:30AM-2:30PM) at the Saratoga Springs City Center
522 Broadway (Route 50), Saratoga Springs, New York
INFO: NATIONAL BOTTLE MUSEUM, 76 Milton Ave., Ballston Spa, NY 12020
PH: (518) 885-7589, E-mail: 

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

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

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

The Summer issue of B&E is sent to the publishers. Yah! Now all I have to do is wait and see if they get it right this time, or mess it up again. Wonderful life of an Editor - work my fingers to the bone and then hold my breath, hoping it looks like it is supposed to. I am excited about the new cover! Can't wait to see it.

I have some of the last issues of  the printed edition of the Soda Fizz, as well as sample issues of Soda Pop Dreams. There are also a few copies of Spring B&E around, if anyone wants to request a sample, please do >>email<< me with the publication(s) requested and your full mailing address.

The next show on my calendar (to visit) is the show in Knoxville, Tennessee, as far as I know. I have heard from many of my friends, tho, that they do not plan to set up, or attend. Seems one of the general complaints among many of those wishing not to attend is the prices have gotten too high at this show, or either there are too many antiques, and not enough bottles. But, I plan to go see what is, or isn't, there myself. 

Then the next stop is Louisville. I hope to see many of you there - look for me!

Until next week, Happy Collecting! CokeGirl

FYI : The Double Eagle Bottling Company, 1909 to 1959

The Double Eagle Bottling Company was established in Cleveland, Ohio in 1909 by Mr. John R. Potokar, who also served as the first president of the company. The only beverage brewed at Double Eagle was ginger beer. The original officers of the company consisted of John R. Potokar as president; John H. Miller as secretary; and Louis Knaus as vice-president and treasurer.

Since ginger beer had a unique quality and flavor, as well as being naturally carbonated, it gained popularity in the Cleveland area until 1920, when Congress enacted the Prohibition Laws. The original location of Double Eagle in 1909 was at 1838 St. Clair Avenue, then in 1910, they moved the operation to 4126 St. Clair Avenue in Cleveland. This allowed for expansion of the bottling company.

John Potokar decided to stay in business in spite of the Prohibition Laws, so he moved the bottling company to a new location, further east down St. Clair in 1920. The major difference was that their product was still called ginger beer, but it was now carbonated and processed in crown top glass bottles, instead of the stone (ware) bottles of its real predecessor. They eventually added a full line of carbonated flavors.

The new location of the Double Eagle Bottling Company was at 6519 St. Claire Avenue in Cleveland. In 1922, they built a larger brick building on the property next door, allowing for expansion. The top of this building still ahs a carved sandstone marker on top dated 1922. John Potokar continued serving as president at that time, and they continued making carbonated ginger beer until 1959. 

The reason the Double Eagle Bottling Company went out of business was that it could not longer survive the competitive pressures from the larger soft drink beverage producers. Edward Potakar died in 1959. 

It is interesting to note that Double Eagle did succeed in staying in business after Prohibition by changing their beverage line to carbonated ginger beer. Most other ginger beer companies in this country went out of business in 1920, mainly due to Prohibition.

This information is from pages 105-106 of "Ginger Beer & Root Beer Heritage 1790-1930" by Donald and Elizabeth Yates. This soft-cover book is 356-pages of information and photographs (most of them in color) of everything imaginable regarding root beer or ginger beer. Interested in more info? Don can be reached at by email or at: 8300 River Corners Road, Homerville, OH 44235. 

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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