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the Soda Fizz e-Zine for Soda Memorabilia Collectors Worldwide

 February 7, 2004

ISSN: 1541-776X

The Weekly e-Zine for Soda Memorabilia 
Collectors Worldwide

Up for Grabs

From Blair Matthews, Editor of the Soda Pop Dreams Magazine : The third edition of The Soda Spectrum Series is coming this March - dedicated to Coca-Cola bottles and Coke bottle collectors. This magazine also provides a great way to advertise your website, eBay auctions, small business, trading wants - anything related to Coke bottles or collecting. Cost for a business card size ad is $15.95 US funds. E-mail for details. Also, check out the first Coke bottle edition at:

From Randall Smith New leather and twill Coca-Cola Nascar racing jackets. $95 for the twill and $150 for the leather. These are dealer costs plus shipping. Contact by E-mail: or by phone: (843) 688-5738.

From Lisa I have various Coca-Cola bottles for sale (approx. 75). I also have 12 Richard Petty longneck Pepsi bottles and various Coke items, such as: radios, glasses, collector cards, etc. Contact me if interested.

From Richard Mix, Mix International :  Watch my spot on eBay for the listings in the current and  future weeks. --click here--

From Joe Morales : Please take a moment and visit my eBay auctions: Black Cat Trading. Thank you.

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

My Missing Items

From Doug McCoy I am looking for a 70s Coca-Cola 10-ounce hobbleskirt bottle with white ACL wording that is made of the Sprite green glass, marked with "RETURN FOR DEPOSIT" with all writing in English.  Bottom is marked with city/state. It is a typical 10-ounce hobbleskirt, only the color is dark green. Please contact: 2851 Milford View, Marietta, GA 30008; E-mail me.

From Liss Michini : WANTED: Coca-Cola straight-sided bottles from Atlantic City and Newark, N.J.; Kansas City and Clinton, Mo.; Albertville, Guntersville, Sheffield, Bessemer, Breweton, Dadeville, Desmopolis, Frisco City, Gadsden, Jasper, Lineville, Nostasulga, Sylacauga, Tuskegee and West Blockton, Ala.; Armory, Belzoni, Biloxi, Houston, Leland, Clarksdale, Corinth, Sardis, Holly Springs and Tupelo, Miss.. Also, want to buy a seltzer Coca-Cola bottle from any city in Miss. or Ala., except Montgomery; and any city in La. except Monroe. Email or phone (evenings) (601) 947-1800. 

From Doyle Bailey I am looking for a Dr. Pepper "theif" bottle that has "American M.W. Co., St. Louis, Mo." on the side and has an "A" over "1906" on the bottom. In any condition, chips, dings, fish eyes, dirty, cloudy or dug condition. Prefer complete bottle, but will consider otherwise. I will pay finder's fee of $50 if I buy this 1906 bottle. Email with info.

From the Soda Museum : I am looking for any old Glascock Bros. items, pamphlets, coolers, signs, blotters, etc. Also looking for Service Manuals for any old Soda Machines.

From Larry : WANTED: Pause for Living Magazines--Summer 1955 and Summer 1957. Also want numerous Red Barrel Magazines from 1924-1943. Please contact: Larry Markowitz, 1630 Randow Rd. York, PA 17403; PH: (717)-848-3282, or by E-mail.

From Mike : I am looking for any old soft drink thermometers for my collection. Contact Mike Thompson, 1004 Redbank Road, #K-1, Goose Creek, SC 29445; PH: (843) 569-0434 or E-mail.

From Jim White : WANTED: Green-glass Jimbo ACL 12-ounce soda bottle from Pittsburg, Kansas. Contact: Jim White, 412 Geyer Road, Neosho, MO 64850; PH: (417) 451-4786 or E-mail.

From Paul : Any lists of items for sale, please send. Thanks! 

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


Q From Peter Carr : I am seeking info on a small clear bottle, "QUIZ SODA" with small raised question marks randomly scattered all over the bottle.

Send any info to Quiz Soda

Post your questions online @ the Question Forum. Also, feel free to answer too!

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 Hellenic Bottling Company (CCHBC) has completed the acquisition of Gotalka, a mineral water company in Croatia. Gotalka produces and markets mineral water under the brand name Bistra. CCHBC is the largest Coca-Cola bottler in Europe serving 500 million people in 26 countries.

Coca-Cola is planning to build two new plants in China, adding to the existing 30 plants in operation. The Chongqing plant will cost US$11 million to build. The bottling plant will be a joint venture between Coca-Cola and Kerry Beverages Ltd. Chongqing is the largest city in Sichuan Province with a population of over 30 million. The new bottling plant will serve primarily the greater Chongqing area. Elsewhere in the Sichuan province will continue to be served by the existing plants within Sichuan or in neighboring provinces. One other new plant will be built with another partner COFCO Coca-Cola in Gansu Province. Coca-Cola (China) Beverages Ltd and its partners have invested over US$1.1 billion since 1979 in China.

In response to the growing ethical concerns about marketing to children in the UK, Coca-Cola is to remove advertising of its products from an estimated 4,000 secondary school vending machines. The move is likely to be one of a number of advertising reorientations as companies seek to enhance their marketing reputations.

IT starts with clearing things on a wooden table. Two girls eye each other and, after a smirk, battle for a full bottle of Coca-Cola through hand move­ments and limerick. And an infectious ad has sunk into the Filipino pop culture: “Pabilis ng pabi­lis, wag magmi-miss, wag magmi-miss. Gets mo na, gets mo na, ang Aaahhhh! Coca-Cola! Coke ko ‘to!”  Those words are part of a rhyme in the newest Coca-Cola television commercial “Beatgame,” which was hatched by McCann Erick­son’s Coke Creative team and performed by two choreographer-wannabes from the De La Salle University.  It was also based on a research that tapped into the young Filipino’s relationship with the soda pop drink. (I worked for the Singapore location of La Salle while there - but didn't get to design any Coca-Cola commercials. Drats, I missed all the fun.)

The Coca-Cola Company has announced a promotion with the Coca-Cola classic brand and the ESPN Videogames line of sports titles. The program will officially kick off in March 2004 with a national promotion featuring opportunities for gamers to score $10 off ESPN Videogames by purchasing Coca-Cola. ESPN Videogames are produced by Visual Concepts - Sega's sports studio.

David Beckham has extended his advertising contract with Pepsi. The England captain has agreed to a five-year deal with the soft drink giant, worth an estimated US$17m. Pepsi has already signed up Beckham’s Real Madrid team-mates Roberto Carlos and Raul.  The company has also launched its new advertising campaign in the UK, featuring pop stars Britney Spears, Beyonce Knowles, Pink and Enrique Iglesias.

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:

Oregon Bottle Collectors Association’s Winter Show (Sat.8 AM - 3 PM, early admission Fri. 1 PM - 7 PM) at the Southwest Washington Fairgrounds, I-5 exit 79, Centralia, Washington. INFO: JIM or JULIE DENNIS, PH: (541) 467-2760, E-mail:

Sarasota-Manatee Antique Bottle Collector’s 18th Annual Show & Sale (Sun. 10 AM – 4 PM) at the Florida National Guard Armory, 2890 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota, Florida. INFO: ED HERROLD, P. O. Box 18928, Sarasota, FL  34276, PH: (941) 923-6550.

The Great Get Together is the largest annual Coca-Cola Collectors gathering on the west coast. The next convention will be held at the Piccadilly Inn, University in Fresno, California from February 12-15, 2004. Events will include regular and silent auctions, swap meet, banquet, breakfast and room hopping. For registration, please contact Patti McKernan, 7581 N 6th Street, Fresno, CA 93720. The Piccadilly Inn, University is located at 4961 N. Cedar Avenue, Fresno, CA 93710. Phone number: 1-559-224-4200. 

The 13th annual Tex-Fest will be held at the Radisson Hotel in Richardson, Texas from Feb 12-14, 2004. Events will include welcome banquet, bingo, auction, swap meet and room hopping. For registration, please contact the Lone Star Chapter, PO Box 631097, Irving, TX 75063. The hotel is located on Central Expressway (I-75) at Campbell Road in Richardson, Texas. Phone number: 1-972-644-4000. For more information about the Tex-Fest, please contact: 1-972-475-7428.

South Carolina Bottle Club's 31st Annual Show and Sale (Fri. 12 NOON - 12 PM; Sat. 9 AM - 1 PM. Adm. is cash donation to the Boys' and Girls' Club) at the Meadowlake Park Center, 600 Beckman Road, Columbia. To reach it via Interstate 20, take Exit 71 toward Blythewood, travel two blocks to Beckman Road and follow the signs to the center. It's the same place where the show was held last year. 150 dealer tables available. INFO: MARTY VOLLMER, E-mail:

Las Vegas Antique Bottle & Collectibles Club’s 39th Annual Show & Sale (Sat. 9 AM – 5 PM, early admission Fri. noon – 6 PM) at the Plaza Hotel, 1 Main St., Las Vegas, Nevada. INFO: MIKE PRESLEY, 6768 Greengrove Dr., Las Vegas, NV  89103, PH: (702) 364-9446 or 524-0301, E-mail:

Annual Columbus Antique Bottle Show & Sale (Sun. 9 AM – 3 PM, early admission 7 AM) at the Ohio State Fairgrounds, 17th Ave. at I-71, Columbus, Ohio. INFO: ADAM KOCH, 763 Jolson Ave., Akron, OH  44319, PH: (330) 644-0274.

Somers Antique Bottle Club’s 34th Annual Show & Sale (Sun. 9 AM – 2 PM, early admission 8 AM) at St. Bernard’s West Campus School, Pearl Street (I-91 exit 47 west), Enfield, Connecticut. INFO: ROSE SOKOL, 164 Elm St., Enfield, CT  06082, PH: (860) 745-7688.

The 21st annual Ohio Winterfest will be held at the Holiday Inn in Zanesville, Ohio from February 25-28, 2004. Events will include Longaberger tour, Coke Bingo, silent and regular auctions, scavenger hunt and room hopping. For registration, please contact Juanita Merritt, 1601 Shrine Road, Springfield, Ohio 45504. The Holiday Inn is located at I-70 at exit #160, 4645 East Pike, Zanesville, OH 45701. Phone number: 1-937-324-8586.

The Dr Pepper Convention will be held March 10-13th, 2004 at the Waco Convention Center in Waco, Texas. The Courtyard by Marriott, across from the convention center, will be the hotel for members, room hopping, seminars and registration. Friday night will be the Club's auction, and on Saturday, the show and silent auction will be held. For hotel information and reservations, call (254) 752-8686. Other information, contact: CHARLES BRIZIUS (Chairperson), 4040 North Central Expressway, Suite #600, Dallas, TX 75204 or DOYLE BAILEY, E-mail:

If you would like to view the full 'events calendar' that 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...

Yesterday was a new experience for me. I got to feel first-hand what it was like to be under the bright lights. My! but those things put off a lot of heat.  But much more important than me being in front of the camera is that my bottles (and the hobby) will now be celebrities. I don't think there was an inch of them that they missed - but how much of the footage they shot that the network's editors will decide to use remains to be seen. 

The really cool thing about it was that the producer (Tim Phillips) who came as part of the camera crew was from Washington D.C., and the name of his company is Rock Creek Productions. Now, we have a Rock Creek Park nearby in Unicoi, Tenn., but there is also one in D.C. (and I have been there, years ago). It was also this park (in D.C.) that he had named his company after.  Then, lo-and-behold, what do I have sitting on my shelf front-and-center but a Rock Creek Beverage bottle from Washington, D.C., smiling pretty for the camera.  Tim had a fit over it and wants me to find another one for him, so I teased him, "Oops, now you are hooked on collecting bottles." So, if anyone has an extra one, please let me know - because mine was a gift from Geff Moore, a member of my local bottle club and also the PSBCA, and once it goes on the shelf, well - that's where it stays. But I would really like to find Tim one, if possible.

The day went well, and hopefully soon - at some point - the PSBCA (lots of bottles and the Soda Fizz) will be on the air in all its glory. Me? Well, I'll be there too, I suppose, in all my nervous, stuttering glory.

In the meantime - do remember the EXPO in Memphis in August. Make plans to be there - it will be here before we know it.

LAST NOTE: If anyone has an upcoming show and would like to place PSBCA (and or FOHBC) brochures on your table, DO let me know and I would be happy to send you a supply for that. Also, if you have a booth in an antique shop or mall, etc., I would send brochures for that as well.  All help is greatly appreciated(It is my goal to increase the PSBCA membership significantly this year, 2004.)

Until next time, Happy Holidays and Happy Collecting!

FYI : The Real Thing makes for a real fun read

The Real Thing. Truth and Power at the Coca-Cola Company. 
Constance L. Hays. Random House. 416 pages.

Coca Cola is flavored, colored, caffeinated, carbonated sugar water. That a culture and mystique have grown up around it is amazing; that a huge, multibillion dollar international corporation has resulted from the manufacture and distribution of this beverage is astounding.

But we rarely regard it so, given the long history and ''personal'' relationship many people have developed with Coke (or as they call it in its hometown of Atlanta, ``Co'Cola''). Some collect its memorabilia: signs, glasses, serving trays, advertising posters, bottles, caps, cans -- anything emblazoned with the Coke name or logo.

But the history of the drink and the companies that grew to promote and sell it is a colorful one. Business journalist Constance Hays was up to the task; this extremely well researched, surprisingly entertaining saga is told almost like a novel with a broad panorama and a colorful and memorable cast.

Joseph Priestly, the discoverer of oxygen, perfected the technique of introducing carbon dioxide into water in 1767. The bubbly drink was declared to possess miraculous restorative powers by its users and medical authorities. Mixed with fruit juice, it became an even more marketable and attractive product.

Along with other carbonated beverages, the nascent Coca Cola was originally dispensed and was only available at pharmacies, which increased its perceived value. One of the first marketing moves by the early management of the newly popular drink was to ensure that it was classified as a food, rather than as a drug by the appropriate authorities, despite its slight cocaine content. The cocaine was removed early in the product's life, but the soft drink was referred to as ''dope,'' especially in the South, for many years thereafter.

Hays tells of the founding of the Coca Cola company, and how the owners gave away the rights to bottle the stuff, selling the syrup to the packagers at a fixed price, originally ''in perpetuity.'' This was eventually discovered to be a monumentally bad deal for the company, since it created a secondary business that the primary one was unable to control.

Eventually, Coca Cola managed to buy up the bottlers, and according to Hays, created a new entity of which it owned less than half, but still controlled. Interestingly, Coca Cola managed to foist off much of its debt and operational costs on the other firm, but got away with (and benefited from) this bookkeeping sleight of hand for many years.

The business end of the story can be a bit dry at times, but Hays' accounts of Coke's executives, particularly the legendary Roberto Goizueta, who died in 1997, are lively and sharply drawn. The introduction of New Coke, a classic marketing miscalculation spearheaded by that colorful and indomitable CEO, is especially well told, as is the ouster of Goizueta's successor, Doug Ivester, by investors Herbert Allen and Warren Buffett.

The consequences of the company's long and shameful history of racial discrimination (despite funding many of Rev. Jesse Jackson's initiatives) are also recounted in vivid detail, the result, no doubt, of the author's interviews with vital primary sources.

In sum, The Real Thing is a fascinating and revealing portrait of an American institution and an international icon, one that will be studied for years to come.

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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