Soda & Dairy Bottles & Signs
Antique glass, bottles in particular, have always been popular in the collectible world and soda and dairy bottles are no exception. We mostly think of the curved green Coca-Cola bottle when we think of vintage bottles. However, since the beginning of the 20th-century soda drinks have been bottled in all sorts of shapes and sizes. One characteristic that all soda bottles have in common is the bottle’s city of origin, which is embossed into the glass.
Milk bottles are equally collectible in the vintage bottle arena. In the 19th-century milk was delivered, fresh from the farm, in bottles right to your front door. Most milk-bottle manufacturers embossed their logo onto the bottles they products which make it easy for collectors to pick from different dairies. These are now considered antique milk bottles and are highly collectible. Milk bottles in the United States were most popular between the two World Wars. In the 40s and 50s these glass bottles were replaced by paper cartons and later, plastic jugs. Collectors today tend to display their vintage milk bottles with white sand to make them look like they are filled with milk.
Coca-Cola may have cornered the market on advertising with their signs from the very beginning but many other soda companies made their mark and today some of those signs are highly sought after. In addition to Coca-Cola, Pepsi and 7-up had their fair share of signs. Other soda brands whose signs have proven collectible include, Orange Crush, Mountain Dew, Canada Dry, A&W, Royal Crown and Barq’s. Milk and dairy signs often showed a cow to represent that the product being advertised was farm fresh. Land O’ Lakes, for example, showed Native American characters and scenes to imply the authentic American purity of their dairy products.