Dating pop bottles
I often rode my bike past the building, which was in the west of the city, in an industrial area on Main Street. The first thing I saw was a couple of vintage advertisements on the wall.
I took a closer look and realized that they were original illustrations done in an orange-black, two-tone technique.
The first 11 bottles in the photos below came from the garage. Like many early soft-drink beverages, Orange Crush was created by a chemist, Neil C.
But as I looked closer, I noticed that these bottles didn’t look like the ones I was used to seeing.
Here were to know that the majority of the bottles appeared to be from the 1930s and ’40s.
(When I was a kid, my dad also gave me an old Coca-Cola bottle that helped trigger what ended up being an collecting obsession.) After finding the vintage bottles in the Evanston garage, I set out to find examples of as many design and label variations as I could.
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.