VSC on Display at Dunedin History Museum

VSC on Display at Dunedin History Museum

    It is with great honor to have been given the opportunity to display a portion of my collection in the Dunedin History Museum. This great little museum is in Dunedin, Florida and housed in which was the original train depot in the center of the town. This is the small town in which I grew up in, and back in the 80s you could of found me gathering up those returnable glass bottles to buy me that next ice cold soda. Dunedin is on the central gulf coast side of Florida. Rich with Scottish heritage and like many Florida cities, Dunedin was once a main driver in the citrus industry. Dunedin’s downtown provides a great mixture of restaurants and shops which gives it that great “Main Street America” atmosphere. If your ever in central Florida or the gulf coast, take a day and visit and see my collection at this great museum and check out Dunedin.

Rarest Coke Bottle?

Rarest Coke Bottle?

This is the only known bottle of its type that has surfaced completely intact. Advanced bottle collectors we have consulted consider it to be extremely rare and important. In early 1915, the Coca-Cola Bottling Company parent bottler in Atlanta, on the recommendation of the company lawyers, sent a request for proposal to several large glass houses requesting designs be submitted for what was to be the standard Coca-Cola bottle. Submitted proposals were required to be accompanied by a sample bottle. A committee of several bottlers and company lawyers met in Atlanta in August 1915 to consider the eight bottles submitted. The bottle selected was from the Root Glass Company. Earl R. Dean was the designer and inventor.

Skipper Beverages "Its Soda-Licious"

Skipper Beverages "Its Soda-Licious"

The beverages of the Roma Bottling Co., including its premium Skipper Beverages, were at one time distributed throughout Western Pennsylvania.

Ugo Sodini was one of the men at the helm of Roma, which once stood on Vine Street in the Hill District. His father, Jacob Sodini, an Italian immigrant from the province of Tuscany, founded the company in 1908. Sodini was a known craftsman in the soda industry and mixed to the proper specifications. He also was one of the pioneers to first add vanilla to his creme soda formula.

Here comes 2019!

Here comes 2019!

Well, we made it thru Christmas and it’s about that time for 2018 to come to a end. I would like to first wish both you and your family a Happy and Prosperous 2019. If you have not notice, there seems to have been a great increase of popularity in vintage soda collecting and it has been great to both share and learn with my fellow collectors out there. As its has been a good year for Vintage Soda Collector, I thought I would take some time to reflect on some of the highlights of this past year and set some goals for 2019.

Red Arrow Bottling Company Detroit Michigan

Red Arrow Bottling Company Detroit Michigan

The Red Arrow pop company was owned and founded by Joe Sakal. His original name was Sakalawski, later shortened to Sakal. He ran it in the 40's and 50's (roughly) till his sons Joe and Rudy took over. It went out of business sometime in the late 60's or early 70's. The bottling plant was near Tiger stadium, and was turned into a self storage warehouse when the pop company folded. Flavors that Red Arrow produced were Cream, Wild Cherry, Cherry, Black Cherry and Birch Beer. They also produced Morning After soda.

Kick The Can

Kick The Can

Before the technology era, as young kids, we spent the majority of the day outside. Whether it was playing sports, camping or riding bikes, it seemed like I was outside whenever at all possible. Those great memories outside, also include playing many games and one that comes to mind is “Kick the Can” Hiding and running around the yard at night with that eagerness to kick that helpless can before my older brother or sisters was a high of my childhood. With that being said, I have dedicated this section to those vintage soda cans that survive “getting kicked around”. Hope you enjoy, Tom

"Diet Please"

"Diet Please"

Yes, I’m sure you might have heard this phrase recently at your local restaurant or fast-food chain. Diet sodas have come a long way from their evolution back in the 1950s and are commonly a known favorite in today’s market.  With the great history both good and some bad of the diet soda world, the aftermath has provided a great array of soda collectables.

The Famous RC Pyramid Bottle

The first product in the Royal Crown line was Royal Crown Ginger Ale in 1905, followed by Royal Crown Strawberry, and Royal Crown Root Beer. The company was renamed Chero-Cola in 1910, and in 1925 renamed Nehi Corporation after its colored and flavored drinks. In 1934, Chero-Cola was reformulated by Rufus Kamm, a chemist, and re-released as Royal Crown Cola.

In 1954, Royal Crown was the first company to sell soft drinks in a can, and later the first company to sell a soft drink in an aluminum can. They famous pyramid bottle came out in the 1930s. A yellow square enclosed a depiction of four yellow pyramids on a yellow sand foreground with a red sky background. Later labels of RC remained the same color, but without the pyramids.  This bottle has been a collectors favorite and is a great piece of soda history.

Do you have a RC pyramid bottle? 

Few RC bottles. One being the Pyramid bottle

Few RC bottles. One being the Pyramid bottle

Pyramid Bottle

Pyramid Bottle

The Double Story

1933 Seminole finally perfects its cola recipe. They name their new flagship product Double-Cola, because its 12 ounce bottle was twice the size of other soda bottles being sold at the time.

1957 Double-Cola becomes the first major soft drink to be marketed in a 16 oz. returnable bottle.

Read The Double Cola Story: http://double-cola.com/history/

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