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the Soda Fizz e-Zine for Soda Memorabilia Collectors Worldwide

 March 27th, 2004

ISSN: 1541-776X

The Weekly e-Zine for Soda Memorabilia 
Collectors Worldwide

Up for Grabs

From Art : I have new, unused Big Chief Lemon bottle caps, never out of the original box. Make an offer on any quantity. I also have 17,000 TAB bottle caps.

From Rick Holt : I have three different return-for-deposit Hire's Root Beer bottles. I do not collect the painted labels, so if anyone would like them, I'll send them for shipping reimbursement only.

From Michael Coin : I have 16 Chero-Cola bottles and one NuGrape with the yellow painted label. All are in very good condition. 

From Blair Matthews, Editor of the Soda Pop Dreams Magazine : The third edition of The Soda Spectrum Series is coming  - dedicated to Coca-Cola bottles and Coke bottle collectors. Also a new back issues 'super' cd is available now with Issues #1-28 on one great cd..... Check out our website for details!!  Also, check out the first Coke bottle edition at:

From Richard Mix, Mix International :  If you've never looked at my auctions before, now is the time! - Mix International -- I have been "commissioned" by a few other collectors to sell several cases of bottles on ebay...LOTS OF FRESH INVENTORY - bottles that I have never posted before and MANY SOUGHT AFTER BOTTLES!!!  ...Subway, Canteen, Universal, SOCAP, Showeast, Showest, Denny's, McDonalds, a BOXED FRENCH LOVERS SET - and many many other great bottles!!

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

WANTED: William V. Seifert book 'Collecting Hobbleskirt Coca Cola Bottles' published by Carstarphen Publishing around 1978. Please email/mail price to : Doug McCoy, 2851 Milford View, Marietta, GA 30008; Ph: (770) 435-9138 or send E-mail.

From 'electric pop' : I am looking for a book on Pepsi vending machines and coolers.

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: 'Bsharkp' : I have looked everywhere for information on one of the Coca-Cola trays that I have It's a square tray dated 1912 with a girl on it and its by Hamilton King. It was found over 50 years ago when my grandfather moved out of his house in New Jersey. The condition of the tray is very good. If you could help me on finding out the value of my tray, I would be very grateful.

The tray is shown and listed in The Encyclopedia of Coca-Cola Trays, An Unauthorized Collector's Guide by Frank Laughlin (2001, Afglen, Penn., Schiffer Publishing Co., ISBN 1-7643-1331-2), page 17. 

Above it in the book, it has this info: "The Hamilton King Girl" issued 1913, Copyright 1912 - by Hamilton King, with signature on tray - Rectangle, size 10.25" x 13.25" - Manuf. in US by Passaic Metalware Co. - Black border, gold stripe - Value: $500 - $1050. 

Prices in guides are just that - a guide. What the tray may actually sell for depends on who wants it and how much they are willing to pay for it vs. what you'll take for it. Also, reproduction trays will often differ in the measurements, which gives a tell-tale way to identify it as a repro (and why most of the guides list the measurements of the originals). 

I hope this helps.

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?

PepsiCo has relaunched its Mountain Dew LiveWire brand, which will be available in stores nationwide until August.

V-Net Beverage has signed a distribution and licensing agreement to market Rush Cola, a low calorie, all natural cola. According to the agreement, V-Net will retain distribution and licensing rights for the US for Rush Cola, available to consumers for purchase this summer.

The Coca-Cola Company has unveiled its plan of a series of marketing programs in conjunction with the Athens 2004 Olympic Torch Relay. The relay officially began March 25th with the flame lighting ceremony in Olympia, Greece. The flame will travel through 33 cities in 26 countries beginning June 4 through July 9. The flame will return to Greece on July 9 and conclude at the Athens Olympic Stadium on August 13. Coca-Cola has been a sponsor of the Olympic Games since 1928 and this is the fourth time that Coca-Cola is a Presenting Partner of the Olympic Torch Relay.

Yo-Yo legend Jack Russell has died in his home in Florida on March 17 at age 83. The Jack Russell Company he built has sold more than 500 million yo-yos marketing Coca-Cola Company's brands worldwide.

Web users have put bottles of Coca-Cola’s Dasani water up for sale on eBay (UK). Coca-Cola had withdrawn Dasani after discovering it contained illegal levels of bromate, a chemical that could increase the risk of cancer and has no immediate plans to reintroduce the brand. At the time of this writing, there were currently five lots on eBay, including “two empty bottles that held Dasani water” and a Dasani pen. One eBay seller hads put a 99p starting bid on a bottle of Dasani and claimed in his posting that it “will become a collectors item after being withdrawn from sale because of health fears” and poses the question, “who knows what this will be worth in a few years”. Another seller describes their 1.5 litre bottle of Dasani water for sale as "a good investment and most unusual" and "truely a very collectable item". Media reports have mocked Coca-Cola after it emerged Coke had produced Dasani from mains water at a factory in Sidcup, Kent.

A dispute involving two young Nelson (New Zealand) people erupted over who is the rightful winner of a $49,990 car won through a Coca-Cola competition. Coca-Cola spokeswoman Alison Sykora said the problem arose when a young Nelson man, who bought a bottle of Coca-Cola, used a friend's cellphone to text a code from the underside of his bottle cap. A text message returned alerting him to the fact he had won a Subaru WRX car worth almost $50,000. However, the young female owner of the cellphone read the rules and realised that legally she was the rightful winner. The terms and conditions of the XLR8 competition clearly state the prize goes to "the registered user of the mobile number the text was sent from." Ms Sykora said the rules were clear and Coca-Cola "had to stick to them". The issue seemed to have been resolved when the families of the two young people decided to sell the car and split the profits.

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:

Collector's Jubilee Antique Insulator & Collectibles Show (Fri. 10 AM – 5 PM, Sat. 9 AM – 1 PM) at the Du Page County Fairgrounds, Wheaton, Illinois. INFO: JIM CRANDALL, 1486 Prospect Ave., Des Plaines, IL  60018, PH: (847) 827-4727.

Kalamazoo Antique Bottle & Glass Show 25th Silver Annual Show & Michigan's largest bottle show (Sat. 10 AM – 3 PM) at the Kalamazoo County Fairgrounds, 2900 Lake St., Kalamazoo, MI.  INFO: JOHN PASTOR, 7288 Thorncrest Dr. SE, Ada, MI 49301, PH: (616) 285-7604, E-mail: or Mark McNee, PH: (269) 343-8393.

Cirencester Bottle & Collector’s Fair (Sun. 11 AM – 3 PM, early admission 9 AM) at the Bingham Hall, King St., Cirencester, England. INFO: KEITH WAIT, 9 Purley Rd., Cirencester, Glos. GL7 1EP, England, PH: 011 44 1285 652 142.

National Society of Collectors Fairs Annual Good Friday Antique Bottle & Advertising Show & Sale (Sun. 11 AM – 3 PM, early admission 9 AM) at the Civic Center, Aylesbury, England. INFO: PAMELA BALL, 2 Pound Cottage, Blackthorn, Bicester, Oxon OX25 1TE, England, PH: 011-44-1869 241107.

Little Rock Antique Bottle Club’s 34th Annual Show & Sale (Sat. 9 AM – 3 PM) at the Jacksonville Community Center, 5 Municipal Dr., Jacksonville, Arkansas. INFO: ED TARDY, PH: (501) 868-9548, E-mail:

APRIL 18   -  ROCHESTER, NEW YORK  (New Show Location)  
Genesee Valley Bottle Collectors Association's 35th Annual Show & Sale (Sun. 9 AM - 3 PM) at the ESL Sports Centre at Monroe Community College, 2700 Brighton-Henrietta Town Line Rd., Rochester, New York. INFO: DON ANGELINI, PH: (585) 265-9516, E-mail: or TOM WHIPPLE, PH: (585) 554-3964, E-mail:, Web site:

Spring City Collector’s 1st Annual Antique Advertising & Bottle Show & Sale (Sun. 9 AM – 3 PM, early admission 8:30 AM) at the Quality Inn, 2417 Bluemound Rd. (I-94 exit 297), Waukesha, Wisconsin. INFO: JOE MARTIN, 332 W. Roberta Ave., Waukesha, WI  53186, PH: (262) 513–8820 or (414) 305–9562, E-mail:

Golden Gate Historical Bottle Society's 38th Annual Show & Sale (Sat. 9 AM - 4 PM, early admission Fri. 2 PM – 8 PM) at the Solano County Fairgrounds McCormack Hall, 900 Fairgrounds Dr. (Hwy. 37/80 across from Six Flags Marine World), Vallejo, California. INFO: GARY ANTONE, 752 Murdell Lane, Livermore, CA 94550-5104, PH: (925) 373-6758 or (650) 603-9254, E-mail:

Historical Bottle Diggers of Virginia’s 33rd Annual Show & Sale (Sun. 9 AM – 3 PM) at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds, U. S.  Route 11 South, Harrisonburg, Virginia. INFO: SONNY SMILEY, 1025 Greendale Rd., Harrisonburg, VA  22801, PH: (540) 434-1129, E-mail:

Bytown Bottle Seeker’s Antique, Collectibles & Bottle Show & Sale (Sun. 9 AM – 3 PM) at the Nepean Sportsplex, 1701 Woodroffe Ave., Nepean (Ottawa), Ontario, Canada. INFO: PEGGY SWEET, PH: (613) 257-1269, E-mail:, Website:

State of Franklin Antique Bottle & Collectible Association's 6th Annual Bottle Show & Sale (Sat. 7 AM - 9 PM, Free Admission. Set-up & Early Admission, Fri. Noon - 6 PM) at the Appalachian Fairgrounds, Gray, Tennessee. INFO: CHARLIE BARNETTE, 100 Coffey St., Bristol, TN 37620; PH: (423) 968-1437; E-mail:

The Mid-America Chapter of The Coca-Cola Collectors Club presents its “Spring Fling 2004 Convention “The Best By Any Measure” April 15-17, 2004 at the Roger T. Shermon Center, 201 N. Dodgion Street (intersection of Noland and Truman Roads), Independence, Missouri. The Convention banquet will begin at 6:30pm with the auction at 8:15pm. The swap-meet on April 17th will be open to the public with free admission from 9am to 2pm. There will also be free "Coca-Cola" memorabilia appraisals and raffles. All other convention events require registration. Swap-meet tables, jamboree picnic, games, door prizes, silent auction, regular auction, entertainment and banquet. For additional information, call: Ginny Wohlgemuth (Pres., Mid-American Chapter) 316-320-5424, or E-mail: or

The Arkansas & Green County (Oklahoma) Coca-Cola Collector's Club Chapters present "Fall Fever in the Ozarks" event in Branson, Missouri at the Settle Inn Resort, 3050 Green Mountain Drive. Call 1-800-677-6906 for reservations at $65 + tax per night. INFO: KEN COTTRELL, PH: (918) 357-3067; E-mail:

I now maintain a full 'events calendar' that you can check out for future shows.
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...

The Soda Fizz Magazine - March/April issue has been mailed. I do have some extra copies left over, so if you haven't requested a sample copy yet, now is the time  - just send me your name and postal address. The table of contents for this issue is online, if you want to check that out first.

Also, keep your comments, questions and (free) classified ads coming.  It is just one of the things that makes The Fizz interesting.

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 :  Jim Harrison, His World Remembered

by Jim Harrison

"I am often asked if I am trying to say something with my work. Most of my painting efforts have been for the purpose of perpetuating things; times and places of the past. To label me just a barn and sign painter is not fair. I must have tremendous feeling for my subjects, but I am also concerned with the "spirit" of the place or thing. Without trying to be classed as one delivering a social comment, I am making my statement for posterity ... a posterity that would have been cheated by our so called 'progress.'

"Very little of our American heritage of yesteryear remains unspoiled by pollution and undamaged by the bulldozer. It is my purpose to stay a little > ahead of the wrecking crews so that I my record as much about the yesterdays and yesteryears as possible."

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