My Bottle Collection

I began collecting bottles on one summer day in 1989.  I was at a picnic at a park with my parents and a friend.  My friend and I decided to take a walk into the woods nearby, carrying buckets and nets as usual, hoping to find some kind of wildlife.  Instead, we stumbled upon a large area that had been used to dump beer and soda pop bottles from the late 1960's and early 1970's.  I was very intrigued and collected as many as we could carry back to the picnic grounds.  A few weeks later, I went back to the area with my dad and collected the last of what remained.  They were very dirty as some were covered in soil up to their necks.  I spent many hours cleaning them up.  Since that summer, I have collected lots of other bottles from antique stores and E-bay.  Near the bottom of this page is some more information about the history of soda pop.

Click on the pictures or words below to see bottles from each category.

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Coca-Cola
 
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Pepsi
 
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Vernor's
 
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Dr. Pepper
 
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7-Up
 
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Misc. Soda Pop
 
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Blob-Tops
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Beer Bottles
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Milk Bottles

Here is a photo of most of the soda pop bottles in my collection.  Click on it for an enlarged view.  I hope to photograph all of them individually someday. 

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A bit about Soda Pop...

All forms of carbonated drink---naturally carbonated mineral water, artificially carbonated and flavored pops, and seltzer---are forms of soda.  The words are often interchanged.  Soda bottles held some form of soda pop or carbonated drink.  The soda bottle had a characteristic thick blob top and heavy glass sides to avoid breakage from the pressure of the carbonation.  Tops were cleverly secured; the Hutchinson stopper and Coddball stopper were used on many early bottles.  The crown cap was not developed and used until 1891.  The first soda was artificially carbonated in the 1830ís by John Matthews.  He used marble chips and acid for carbonation.  It is said he took all the scrap marble from St. Patrickís Cathedral in New York City to use at his plant, which made about 25 million gallons of soda water.  In 1839, a Philadelphia perfume dealer, Eugene Roussel, had the clever idea of adding flavor to the soda.  Soon, colors were added and the soft drink industry had begun.  The late 1800ís saw the beginning of Coca-Cola (1886), Pepsi-Cola (1898), Moxie (1876), Dr. Pepper (1885), and others.  The English brand Schweppes was already established, but they added artificially carbonated sodas as well. 

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