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 20th September, 2003

ISSN: 1541-776X

The Weekly e-Zine for Soda Memorabilia 
Collectors Worldwide

Up for Grabs

From "Fizz4you" : I worked for Pepsi for 26 years and have lots of Pepsi stuff available for sale. I can send pictures to anyone who is interested. (No, this is not me, but I will have to give a "thumbs up" for this person's choice of email ID.)

From Mix International : This week's bottle offer is for a new special Japanese bottle in special box.   This bottle was released exclusively in Japan in celebration of the Japan 7-11s 10,000th shop opening.  The unique glass bottle features the old Japanese script and comes with a KAIYODO OLDIES FIGURE.   Kaiyodo is a leading toy company in Japan.  The special figure is one of eleven different ones to collect - sorry the box is sealed and you can't tell which one is in the box unless you open it. The price is $10 each + shipping. --Japan Kaiyodo 7-11 bottle-

I still have over a dozen recent bottle offers for sale (email me if interested for a full list) including the following bottles:
2003 NASCAR set - all 13 different bottles = $32.50
--Hot August Nights 2003--  - $3 each
--World of Coke 13th Anniversary in BOX--  - $20 each
--Driving your Thirst for Racing in BOX--  - $20 each
--Varsity 75th with tag--  - $10 each

Also if anyone else has bottles or other soda-related items to offer, E-mail and let us all know.

My Missing Items

From JMP : I need a Waycross, Ga. center slug-plate Pepsi-Cola bottle.

From Louise Marchi : I am looking for old Cherry Crush bottles from the 60s, filled or empty, with or without a cap. Thank you.

From Teddy Speas, : Looking for any odd "mom and pop" NDNR soda bottles - embossed, painted or paper labeled. Please send list with prices. All offers will receive a reply. Thanks in advance.

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

From Jared Corbin : I'm trying to find out about a soda called BIG HIT with a baseball player on the bottle, made in Brunswick, Georgia. Any information would be helpful. THANKS!

Send any info to the BIG HIT.  

A From Hamilton, re: Aug. 9th's Fizz Q about Pommac : 

Ah, Pommac! It's the most requested soda at our shop! ...but unless you're able to get to Sweden/Finland/etc., you're out of luck. 

The Story (from customers and a former Dr Pepper employee): 
Pommac is a Swedish soda, licensed by Dr Pepper of Dallas in the sixties to be produced from imported syrup and distributed regionally only. It is made from white grapes, and the logo contained grapes and a wine glass. Though the soda was non-alcoholic, several customers have told us it "fermented a bit!" if left in the sun...and boys and girls liked to "pretend" they were drinking beer/wine as it was that color and the bottle looked like a beer bottle. Anyway, many parents were concerned about all this and appealed to Dr Pepper, who discontinued the soda in 1969 and destroyed all the inventory. A Dr Pepper employee at the time managed to "confiscate" some bottles of Pommac and he brought us one several years ago -- many customers "wax nostalgic" over it when they ask us about Pommac and then see the bottle in our shop. We have looked into the possibility of importing Pommac from Sweden, but have found no importer who could work with us on a reasonable quantity and it is prohibitive both quantity-wise and price-wise to do it ourselves. Hopefully one day we will be able to make a connection.

Q From Monte Lumpkin : I have always loved a good grape soda, however I have never found one as good as NuGrape. Is NuGrape still bottled?

A From Hamilton, : Yes, the original recipe NuGrape with pure cane sugar in the old heavy-glass bottles is produced in just one location in the U.S. We have it in our soda shop in Dallas, but the bottles cannot leave the store (they are very scarce and must be returned to the bottler) unless the customer brings (or ships) like empty bottles to exchange. If you're ever in Dallas, come by and see our unique shop -- we specialize in nostalgic, regional, and unusual sodas...all in glass bottles like they used to be and many made with 'clean-tasting' sugar instead of the cheaper corn syrup used by the major bottlers today which leaves a 'sticky' aftertaste.
(It would be helpful to know where that ONE location is located. According to the NSDA webpage: Big Red, Inc. (254) 772-7791
distributes Big Red, NuGrape and Nesbitt's. They would be able to tell you where their distribution areas are located.)

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?

UK-based Cadbury Schweppes has agreed a US$166m five-year deal with New York City to supply its schools and local Government buildings with soft drinks vending machines. 

More than 142,000 people who collected labels for a Coca-Cola promotion were turned away from music stores when they went to collect the offered discount CD players. The company has come under fire from a consumer group for greatly underestimating the demand while profiting from the promotion. Coca-Cola had stocked only 50,000 CD players for the promotion, which attracted 192,000 successful entrants. The company has promised to import and deliver CD players to all successful participants, but about 10,000 people are still waiting. During the promotion, which ran from March to the end of May, people who collected 15 Coke bottle labels were offered TEAC CD players, valued at $100, from HMV music stores for $35. However, stocks at HMV ran out within weeks and entrants were told to send $35 plus $5 to cover postage costs to Coca-Cola to redeem the CD players. Coca-Cola's division corporate affairs director, Geoff Walsh, said the offer was originally on a "while stocks last" basis but the company decided to provide CD players to all successful entrants. 

Coca-Cola has joined Zero Hunger offering subsidized meals to the Brazilian poor for as little as 1 real (33 cents). The food will be prepared by the same company that cooks for Coke's workers. Coca-Cola is already serving rice, beans, meat, and salad to as many as 300 people a day in Porto Alegre, state of Rio Grande do Sul.

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:

Antique Bottle Collectors of North Florida’s Annual Show & Sale (Sat. 8 AM – 3 PM, early admission Fri. 6 PM – 9 PM & Sat. 7 AM) at the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge, 5530 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville, Florida. INFO: WAYNE HARDEN, 3867 Winter Berry Rd., Jacksonville, FL  32210, PH: (904) 781-2620, E-mail:, Website:

The Tulsa Antique Bottle & Relic Club's 27th Annual Antiques, Collectibles, Bottle Show & Sale (Sat. 9 AM - 4 PM, Free Admission) at the Broken Arrow Community Center, 1500 South Main Street, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. INFO: RICHARD CARR, 4 Gawf Pl., Muskogee, OK 74403, PH: (918) 687-4150, or BRUCE STILES, 9412 E. 38th St., Tulsa, OK 74145, PH: (918) 663-5959 or JERRY CALLISON, P.O. Box 582251, Tulsa, OK 74158, PH: (918) 834-4895.

Enchantment Insulator Club's & New Mexico Historical Bottle Society’s 16th Annual Show & Sale (Sat. 8:30 AM – 4 PM) at St Paul's United Methodist Church, 9500 Constitution Ave. N. E., Albuquerque, New Mexico. INFO: TOM KATONAK, 1024 Camino de Lucia, Corrales, NM  87048, PH: (505) 898-5592.  E-mail: , MIKE GAY, PH: (505) 899-8755. E-mail: or JERRY SIMMONS, PH: (505) 281-5223.

Annual Eastern Antique Insulator Show & Sale (Sat. 9 AM – 3 PM) at the Tylersport Fire Co. Social Hall, PA Rt. 563, Tylersport, Pennsylvania. INFO: STEVE BOBB, 610 Northampton Rd, Norristown, PA  19403, PH:  (610) 539-6533, E-mail:, JIM FRUSTIERI Jr., 64 Hudsondale St., Weatherly, PA  18255, PH: (570) 427-4801, E-mail: or CLAUDE WAMBOLD, 1837 Perkiomenville Rd., Perkiomenville, PA  18047, PH: (215) 234-8413, E-mail:

South Jersey Antique Bottle & Glass Club’s 30th Annual Show & Sale (Sun.) at Historic Batsto Village, Route 542 (Pleasant Mills Rd. 7 miles north of Hammonton) Batsto, New Jersey. INFO: PAUL DELGUERCIO, PH: (509) 567-4972, E-mail:

Merrimack Valley Antique Bottle Club’s 29th Annual Show & Sale (Sun. 9 AM - 2 PM, early admission 7 AM) at the Elks' Club Hall, Rt. 110 (I-495 exit 32), Chelmsford, Massachusetts. INFO: JOHN GALLO, PH: (978) 256-2738 or GARY KOLTOOKIAN, PH: (978) 256-9561, E-mail:

This year's theme for the Coca-Cola Days in Atlantic, Iowa is "Still Delivering the Real Thing!" The events planned for September 25 through 26 will include a BBQ, silent auction, swap meet, children's parade, golf tournament, social hour and banquet. Recommended hotels are Super 8 Motel, Hwy 71 & Hwy 6, 712-243-4723; Econo Lodge, I-80 & Hwy 71, 712-243-4067; and AmericInn, Hwy 173 Exit 54 in Elk Horn, IA, 712-764-4000 or 800-634-3444. For more information, please contact Kathy Holden, 207 SE Diehl, Des Moines, IA 50315-5227.

From Denise Ritchey, 2003 Barn Sale Chair, Camden, Ark. : BPW Barn Sale is always the last Saturday in September, this year September 27, 2003. Hours are 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Our web site is It is a juried show so the quality of the crafts is high. We have over 150 craft booths, food vendors, children's activities, and free entertainment. It is held inside the city limits on a beautiful old home place - Oakland Farm - owned by descendants of the Tate family. It grew up around the Tate Barn which is listed on the National Historic Register. Booths are set up under a grove of centuries old oak trees there. Admission is free. On-site parking is $3.00 per car. There is a free shuttle service from off-site locations. Many other events have grown up around the event. BPW co-sponsors an Antique & Classic Car Show at the nearby Camden Fairview High School. It had more than 100 entries last year and includes hourly door prizes; a DJ; and trophies. There is also a Kansas City sanctioned BBQ Cookoff sponsored by Camden Area Leadership. Other events include: a golf tournament at the Camden Country Club; a downtown flea market; pancake breakfast; fish fry; spaghetti supper.

8th Annual HOOISER CHAPTER Soft Drink Swap Meet will take place Sunday, October 5, 2003 at the Tippecanoe County Fairgrounds, 1401 Teal Road (State Road 25), Lafayette, Indiana from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Admission will be: $1 adults, Children 12 and under free. This show will be held in conjunction with a large outdoor flea market. Contact: Don Burkhalter, 1137 E Main, Delphi, IN 46923; Phone: (765) 564-2402; or Jeff Cummins, PO Box 387, Clear Creek, IN 47426; Phone: (812) 876-9076. For table rentals, please send to: The Hoosier Chapter, PO Box 387, Clear Creek, IN 47426. Sponsored by Hoosier Chapter of the Coca Cola Collectors Club.

The Annual Beach Party sponsored by the Old Dominion Chapter of the Coca-Cola Collectors Club will be held October 16-18, 2003 at the Sandcastle Oceanfront Resort Hotel in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Events will include a welcome party, auction, swap meet, social hour, banquet and room hopping. For more information, please contact Greg Dail, 1204 Masters Row, Chesapeake, VA 23320, Phone: (757) 547-4918 or The hotel number is 1-800-233-131 and its website:

The Arkansas & Oklahoma Chapters of the Coca-Cola Collectors Club are hosting a Swap Meet at the Settle Inn (800-677-6906) in Branson, Missouri October 23rd through 25th. For information, E-mail Ken Cottrell at:, or call (918) 357-3067. Mention the Coca-Cola event when making reservations to get the special room rate of $65.

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, the Fizz in my life...

I suppose everyone has received their Soda Fizz Magazine by now and can see what I meant about the problem with software conflicts between what I actually did and what the printers printed. Please bear with me, I am working on it and hope to have it resolved by the next issue. For those of you who do not subscribe to the print edition, the Table of Contents has been listed on the PSBCA page. I hope to have sample articles added soon. I do have some extra issues, email me to get one.

I understand that the show in Kirtland, Ohio last weekend at the Lakeland Community College went quite well. Alan DeMaison (Pres. of the Ohio Bottle Club) said they had 80 tables of good bottles to choose from - but it seems that there were also 40 tables full of displays!!! Now that must have been some show! I hate I missed it, but if anyone who did make it there would be interested in sending a show report (with photos - hint! hint!) on the Lakeland show - I'd love to have it.

If I didn't go to Kirtland, what did I do last weekend? Ah! Let me tell you... After several requests for a visit from Bill Baab in Augusta, Ga., I finally threw some things in the car, printed out the "how-to-get-there" from Yahoo Maps, and off I went. It was a spur-of-the-moment thing that I enjoyed immensely. Bill has an overwhelming collection of jugs and bottles that anyone would love to own. I did manage to hold him still long enough to get a photo, or two. Click here to see. I didn't manage to get a photo of "Princess" tho, the cutest thing you ever saw - Bill and Bea's little terrier. Next time - definitely!

I received a call from Jimmie Wood last night about next year's FOHBC Expo in Memphis, Tennessee. I've already gotten the "go-ahead" (from the FOHBC President) regarding setting up a room for us (the PSBCA people) to hold a meeting - am just waiting to see what time will not conflict with anything else going on - and Jimmie brought up something I hadn't thought of - contacting the motel regarding setting aside a block (or floor) of rooms that the ACL bunch can request to be in - so we'd all be together, etc. I'll do that this week so that anyone planning to make reservations can request that specifically. (I'm learning.) Any comments, suggestions, etc. about anything like this - please do contact me! I am also open to any help I can get with coordinating this thing also - from those of you with experience from doing it this is all basically new to me.

And last, but not least - my email problem appears to be solved. For those of you who send them, my new email address for articles and attachments, etc. is here. There was no Fizz last weekend because my ISP decided to have major problems. The longest I could stay online was about 12-13 minutes. It takes over 2 hours to send the Fizz, so that was definitely not going to work. (So, I went to visit Bill Baab instead.) A phone call to the phone company solved the connection problem, but they couldn't deliver my DSL line until this past week. So, as of this past Wednesday, I shouldn't have any connection problems ever again. (Fingers and toes crossed!) Yippee!

Until next time, Happy Collecting!

FYI : Union City Coca-Cola Begins Sprite Production

By Michael M. Elling

The Union City (Tennessee) Coca-Cola Bottling Company, one of the last bottlers of product in returnable glass bottles, is distributing their new product Sprite in 10-ounce returnable green glass. The company founded in 1909, has always provided returnable bottle delivery service. Sprite, a citrus, non-caffeinated beverage replaces their former franchised product 7-Up, which was dropped earlier in the year.

Sprite had not been seen in glass bottles in the Mid-south area since 1994, when Corinth, Mississippi, Coca-Cola ceased all production in returnable glass containers. The Union City product is being done with old glass, some bottles dating back to the 1960's. The crown caps are mostly from the Montgomery, Alabama bottling plant. The west Tennessee plant currently offers Coca-Cola in 6.5-ounce and 10-ounce bottles; Mellow Yellow; Diet Coca-Cola; and Sprite. The sweetener for the Spite product is pure cane sugar.

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