Soft drink ads were plentiful and even before seeing or owning the actual bottles, I was aware of the label and packaging designs, and how the designs changed from year to year.
I soon started collecting all sorts of examples of packaging, from Lucky Strike cigarette packs to Campbell’s Soup cans and other mainstream brand name products that showed a clear genesis of evolution.
I’m just glad I was able to gobble up the stuff before it was officially identified as collectible.
Different bottle styles will be discovered in different parts of the country based on where the bottle manufacturing took place and the types of bottles being used locally and on a regional basis throughout history.
Many collectors are attracted to the world of bottles due to the clues they hold about the past.
There is a date on the bottom (MAR1411), but what does that mean?
I have a can with the World Cup on it, and I just became really curious. The date you are seeing should be viewed as a "best before" date.
There are also avid collectors who can turn a sizeable profit on the selling or auctioning of their collection.
Like a case of them, sitting in a room-temperature room.
In the 1970s, resale, junk, and “antique” stores had plenty of them available for next to nothing, and I grabbed them up at every opportunity.
So you can see the original discovery, I’ve put an asterisk (*) by the bottles that were originally part of the “Evanston Garage Find.” Spending time with these bottles inspired me to be sensitive to the evolution of logo and trademark graphic design.
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