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    The number 6 may refer to the box style. Illinois Glass had a catalogue showing different style boxes and there was a No. 6
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    Great find!

    Illinois Glass merged with Owens Glass in 1929 to become Owens-Illinois. But its still a good clue. The thing is, we really don't know who made the 3-1-3 number 6 Los Angeles crates. Just because they got their bottles from Owens-Illinois doesn't necessarily mean they got their crates from them as well. Its even possible there was a surplus of Illinois Glass crates that were used after the 1929 merger.
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    Another thing we don't know is if the locations were stamped on the crates by the bottler or the crate manufacture. Its possible they were blank when shipped and the bottler stamped the location on them. ???

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    In search of ...

    Blank / Unmarked / No Location wood soda bottle crates

    (But not sure exactly how to word it)

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    Still having comp probs but it is working right now. The #6 on the crates could signify 'California'

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    The other 3 mystery crates from RI, Mass & ND do not have any numbers on them that I can see either.

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    I looked at a lot of 7up crates and other crates from ebay to try and put together a possible link to the numbers thinking the #6 could be for Cal. and other numbers for other states, but that didn't pan out. But I did notice that any of the southern Cal crates from 7up did have the #6. Even the shorter ones. I looked at other states but nothing correlated. So that theory might be shot down.
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    NEW CLUE(S) ...

    Sturdy- Bilt ~ Southern Box Inc ~ Jonesboro, Arkansas


    Coca Cola ~ Los Angeles ~ 6-67

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    Pepsi Cola ~ No Location ~ 6-68

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    Regarding Owens-Illinois, I found this ~ No Location ~ Texas Punch brand ~ 3-55

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    The only glitch is, according to this newspaper article, the Sturdy Bilt company moved from Minneapolis, Minnesota and didn't relocate to Jonesboro, Arkansas until ...

    1955

    [ The Baxter Bulletin ~ Baxter, Arkansas ~ June 6, 1968 ]


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    However, there could still be a connection between Sturdy Bilt cases and the Los Angeles 7up crates marked with a 6 - except that the Los Angeles cases were built earlier in Minneapolis and not in Jonesboro. ???



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