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2012/06/17 23:44:12 (permalink)

Newbie with a Coca cola bottle questions

Hi everyone,

I just recently purchased a few Coca Cola bottles and I'm interested in some of the information embosed and painted on them. Any help would be greatly appreciated as I don't want to end up destroying something I have no idea about.

I have a bottle that has Coca Cola trade mark registered bottle pat D-105529 on the side and it also has a small number embosed underneath which is 54 with a weird shape and then 43 what does this mean? And it also has Oakland Calif on the bottom.

The other ones have printed/painted Coca Cola and Coke logo's some with embosed numbers and A and M on the sides.

Thank you in advance for any help that can be offered as I'm complete new to all of this
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    silverminerich
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    RE: Newbie with a Coca cola bottle questions 2012/06/18 06:50:36 (permalink)
    From what ive seen they usually want pictures of the bottles before they answer questions.All i can tell you is oakland is where the coke plant was ,and some have numbers that are dates the 29 might be the year.There are alot of sites that show the different coke bottles through the years and you can date them that way also.
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    RE: Newbie with a Coca cola bottle questions 2012/06/18 07:43:01 (permalink)
    From what ive seen they usually want pictures of the bottles before they answer questions.
    Welcome to the forum. In a lot of cases that's true. In this one I think a redirect to http://www.angelfire.com/ca3/ETclanSETH114/bottlehistory.html should clarify most of the Q's.
    I'm now going to move this to the soda category. It may get seen better but yes, they sound like they are all after 1900.

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    RE: Newbie with a Coca cola bottle questions 2012/06/18 08:28:23 (permalink)
    Hello I just recently bought a book "The Illustrated Guide to the Collectabibmles of COCA- COLA" By none other than Cecil Munsey - a great bottle book was also written by him. In that book pages 62 and 63 lists the bottles that Coca-Cola made and when the made the changes.

    I have a half of a brass Coca-Cola mold that I have been thinking of selling,. It is for an Emhart ABM of the IS type. A couple 100 could take it away from me.

    Bottles are a great hobby,. RED Matthews
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    RE: Newbie with a Coca cola bottle questions 2012/06/18 10:12:57 (permalink)
    It's called a D-patent coke. Produced from 1938 to 1951.
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    RE: Newbie with a Coca cola bottle questions 2012/06/18 10:58:02 (permalink)
    The D-patent coke was property of the Oakland bottler. The Number 54 is probably some internal quality assurance number, the symbol is the glass company that made the bottle, and the 43 is the date. So what you have is a 1943 D-Pat coke from Oakland. I think it's probably worth $3-$5, but another member might want to check me on that. Value of coke bottles is based on condition, style, and rarity of the town. Oakland being a larger town could be more common.
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    RE: Newbie with a Coca cola bottle questions 2012/06/19 00:04:48 (permalink)
    Adapt ~

    Welcome to the forum.

    The D-Patents were made/distributed between 1938 and 1951. So it appears that your embossed bottle would be from 1943 and not 1954 because that would be too late for a D-Patent. But I'm a little confused by the number 54 because mold numbers typically did not migrate to the side until 1951, and there is no plant number 54 that I know of. Are you certain you are seeing the numbers correctly? And does what you described as a weird shape look something like this? <(I)> Or something else?

    As for the painted label (ACL) bottles, they were first made around 1955-56, and may or may not be dated or have a town name on them. The Oakland bottle (in mint condition) can often be purchased for as little as 50-cents to $1.00

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    RE: Newbie with a Coca cola bottle questions 2012/06/25 05:51:27 (permalink)
    Sodapopbob,

    Here on Guam there are 1944/1945 coke bottles laying everywhere in the jungle, wherever American soldiers bivouacked from the liberation in 1944 onward. I see all sorts of weird numbers that don't match up to the documentation. I've stumbled across a few dozen 1944 Oakland bottles here but only kept a couple for my collection. One I'm looking at right now has a plant number of "5K" - meaning to the left of the logo is "5K", to the right is "44" for 1944. Lots of early 50's bottles have plan numbers in the 50's - for example "54 <|> 52".

    I've seen people who claim the clear coke bottles were due to the shortage of copper in wartime. I'm not sure I believe that. I suspect they did it to identify bottles for overseas (for the troops). I can't tell you how many hundreds of examples I've seen - the 1944/1945's are usually all clear, but they are also mixed in with 1944/45 standard green embossed with cities like San Francisco, Oakland, Portland, and Seattle. There are quite a bit of more recent ones also, from the late 40's until the early 50's when the area I explore was vacated. Most of those are green but with no city embossing - again probably signifying overseas bottling.

    I have a Philippine milk bottle that defies the Owen's Corning date info: Plant 23 (Los Angeles, supposedly started in 1959), year "1" with no decimal, supposedly indicating 1931 or 1941, but with the duraglas logo which means post 1940. I'm guessing 1951 due to the age of other bottles in the area.

    Regards,
    -Dave

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    RE: Newbie with a Coca cola bottle questions 2012/06/25 11:24:26 (permalink)
    daven2nl ~

    Thanks for sharing your Guam info. If I lived there, I think I would be inclined to gather up every bottle I saw. It would be like an Easter egg hunt in the jungle. But instead of a basket, I'd probably use a wheelbarrel or dump truck if necessary. (Lol)

    Regarding the marks, especially the ones you referred to as Plant Numbers, please be reminded that in 1951 the numbers on the sides or skirt of the bottles are "Date" and "Mold" numbers. At least this was the case with Owens-Illinois bottles whose mark was as you indicated, something like this 54 <(I)> 52 ... and that the date and mold number can be found on either side of the mark, thus often making it difficult to determine which is which.

    SPB





    post edited by SODAPOPBOB - 2012/06/25 11:32:20
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    RE: Newbie with a Coca cola bottle questions 2012/06/25 11:39:53 (permalink)
    Oops / PS ... I accidently posted and ran out of editing time before I was finished ...

    I'd like to hear more about the 5K mark you mentioned. Is it just on the green bottles, or on both the green and the clear bottles?

    Thanks.

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    RE: Newbie with a Coca cola bottle questions 2012/06/25 11:47:15 (permalink)
    PS ~ PS

    Also check the bases/bottoms of the bottles, especially the post 1951 examples. You will likely find makers marks there as well.
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    RE: Newbie with a Coca cola bottle questions 2012/06/25 12:33:57 (permalink)
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    RE: Newbie with a Coca cola bottle questions 2012/06/25 12:48:33 (permalink)
    Surf ~

    Very interesting. Thanks.

    It would be interesting to know where Butler got his bottles and whether they were made overseas or shipped from the United states. It would also be interesting to know if Butler bottles were marked as such, or had no marks whatsoever? Maybe the 5K was a Butler mark. But irregardless, according to the following, it doesn't appear that Butler was involved with wartime production of Coca Cola ...

    When World War II started in 1941, Chester Butler was one of the American citizens taken to Japan as a prisoner of war. He was interned in a prison camp in Japan. When he returned to Guam after the war his businesses were in ruins. The bottling plant, movie theater and Butler’s Emporium were completely destroyed during the American bombardment of Hagåtña in 1944, and the re-established American naval government took possession of most of his property in Hagåtña.



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    RE: Newbie with a Coca cola bottle questions 2012/06/25 14:58:09 (permalink)
    Have you ever found any Beer cans the US military left behind in Guam? I'd be interested in those. Especially the olive drab Camouflage ones. Let me know? LEON.
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    RE: Newbie with a Coca cola bottle questions 2012/06/26 00:57:33 (permalink)
    Thanks for the responses!

    If you know where to look, there are thousands of old coke bottles in the jungle. Scattered individually, and in scattered piles where they were dumped. No digging here on Guam - the topsoil is only a couple inches deep and then it's all limestone, at least on the northern end of the island.



    I have a few in my collection, but as a member of the Coast Guard, I am limited in the amount of stuff I can bring when transferred. My wife and kids things take priority! That said, I prefer to leave most untouched so the next generation has something to explore.

    I have always understood that the date can be read off the side (skirt) of old coke bottles. Some sort of plant code to the left of the MFR mark, with the last two digits of the date to the right. I have never found a coke bottle here on Guam with a date earlier than 44 - but I am primarily interested from a WW2 history aspect and have only explored areas touched during and after wartime. The coke bottles are so plentiful that they make a very convenient way for me to date the dump I'm exploring. If they are post-war (not 1944/45) I am honestly not interested and move on. My primary interest in bottles are the Japanese WW2 type that were brought here during the occupation. They are much more difficult to find however I've stumbled across a couple places where they too are plentiful.

    I've seen bottles collected by fellow Coasties who have visited various islands in the Pacific - such as Palmyra Atoll - and the ones they have are older, typically 42 or 43. I attest the lack of older bottles here on Guam to the fact that it was Japanese occupied territory until July 1944.

    Here are two examples from my collection. On the left is a typical green hobbleskirt, embossed Oakland CA on the base. The one on the right is the typical clear coke bottle, either with nothing on the base or sometimes with a single raised point offset from the center.



    One additional thing of note - I've found clear coke bottles from the same year (1944 and 45) with both the Patent D embossing and with only "Trade Mark". I'd say it's about 50/50 one or the other.



    I did my best to take a close-up of the date code info on the two bottles. The green one is difficult to read due to weak embossing. The Oakland bottle on the left is 5K <|> 44 (where <|> is the Owens Corning mark) and the clear bottle to the right is more easily read - 8P <|> 44.

    If it would be helpful to anyone, I could bring a notebook out with me the next time I explore and write down all the skirt data I can find, to be able to provide more data points. Between my son and I, we've only got about a dozen that we've kept.

    -Dave

    PS: Leon, if you didn't see my other post, unfortunately any metal beverage cans that may have been discarded have long rusted away here in the tropics. A few months back I found an old aluminum canteen; even it was corroded into swiss cheese. Only the stainless steel US serving trays seem to have survived - I've found a couple of them, one even with the owners initials scratched into the bottom of it. I'll keep my eye out however, and keep you in mind - you've got "dibs".


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    RE: Newbie with a Coca cola bottle questions 2012/06/26 02:45:17 (permalink)
    I think I answered my own question by poking around some more on Google. According to Bill Lockhart http://www.sha.org/research/owens-Illinois_article.cfm the code to the left of the manufacturers mark is the mold number, not plant code, at least in the 1944/45 years. So, I can imagine there would be all sorts of variety to this number.

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    RE: Newbie with a Coca cola bottle questions 2012/06/26 08:13:25 (permalink)
    daven2nl ~

    First of all, thanks for the great pictures. The one of the bottle dump is unique and suitable for framing.

    Secondly, I'm not sure you understood the Lockhart info correctly. Notice where he (quoting Bill Porter) said ...

    "In 1951, two changes occurred simultaneously. The date code migrated to the left, and the manufacturer's mark moved to the base of the bottle. The remaining embossing on the skirt was the two-digit date code, a dash (-), then the two-digit mold code on the right. These changes occurred about mid-year, so Coke bottles are found with both configurations. Some Owens-Illinois-made Coke bottles actually used the standard Owens- Illinois format."

    Which means 1940s Coke bottles have plant numbers and date numbers on either side of the Owens-Illinois mark, and that this mark and numbers are on the side of the bottles. For example: 21 <(I)> 44 would indicate the bottle was made at the San Francisco Plant #21 in 1944.

    Mold numbers did not migrate to the sides of bottles until 1951, which is what I indicated in my reply #9.

    SPB

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    RE: Newbie with a Coca cola bottle questions 2012/06/26 08:27:15 (permalink)
    Hmmm... I'm confused now. Here's the sentence before the one you quoted (from Bill Porter):

    "Virtually all glass houses making Coke bottles had changed to "skirt" markings by 1934 (see below). This consists of a two-digit mold code followed by a manufacturer's mark (in the case of Owens-Illinois, the earliest mark with the elongated diamond) and the two digit date code (to the right) all embossed on the narrowest constriction of the "skirt" or lower half of the bottle."

    This is where I got the info... am I interpreting this correctly that the number to the left is the mold code, and the number to the right the date, in 1940's coke bottles? I'm thinking the plant number was not embossed on Coke bottles before 1951 - only a mold number and the date (with the MFR mark). This would explain why I'm finding oddball annotations to the left of the MFR mark in 44/45 coke bottles - since they aren't plant codes at all.

    Of course this is not the case with most other bottles of the era, which have the plant code to the left, year to the right, and mold number underneath, but the cokes were different.

    My apologies if I'm in the wrong... I'm just trying to sort this out in my head!



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    RE: Newbie with a Coca cola bottle questions 2012/06/26 08:48:01 (permalink)
    Every 1940s Owens-Illinois Coca Cola bottle I am aware of has the plant number and date number on the side. The 1934 reference pertains to other makers marks and not specifically to Owens-Illinois bottles. There were lots of other glass makers who made Coca Cola bottles in the 1940s.

    But I admit I have never seen or heard of the 5K and 8P marks before. And I'm not sure Bill Porter has either. In fact, I am just now getting ready to send Bill this info, along with your pictures to see what he has to say about those two never before seen marks. I have Bill's book and cannot find any mention of those two marks. You might be the first one to have discovered them.

    By the way, if in fact Bill doesn't have examples of those marks in his 2,000+ collection of Hobbleskirt bottles, would it be possible to acquire a few examples? I'd like one of each myself.

    I will let you know what Bill has to say just as soon as I hear back from him. I have communicated with Bill numerous times and have even sold and purchased several bottles to him.

    Bob
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    RE: Newbie with a Coca cola bottle questions 2012/06/26 08:59:06 (permalink)
    PS ~

    Have you examined enough of the 5K and 8P bottles yet to determine if those marks are on both the green and the clear bottles? Or is each mark specifically on one color or another?

    Thanks.

    Bob
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