It’s been a few days now, the crates have been unpacked, the bottles are back in their homes and the dust has settled, so thought it was a good time to give my afterthoughts of the FOHBC 50th Convention that was hosted in Augusta, Ga this past week
While the folks at Coca-Cola claim that their drink tastes the same whether it’s served in a can or a two-liter plastic bottle, most people swear it just tastes better when it comes in an icy cold glass bottle
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
As a young kid, I can always remember going over to my grandma's house only to stick my hand into her candy bowl and pull out one of those Brachs root beer barrel candies. Those were the best! Barrels (Bottles) of Root Beer is dedicated to those wonderful root beer sodas of the past. Hope you enjoy!
I'm glad to announce that Vintage Soda Collector is now a member of the largest organization in the bottle collecting hobby, The Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors. The FOHBC is the leader in the hobby and all dedicated collectors should be a member of this great organization! Check them out at https://www.fohbc.org/
The Library is dedicated to those priceless collecting and historical soda price guides. This goes out to all those collectors that spent the countless hours of both documenting and publishing these essential documents. Happy reading, Tom
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.