Biggest haul of my life, 87 bottles!

FreeRangeAsparagus

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Hi folks,

Last week I said “I think my usual spot is running out.” I’m not sure I could have been more wrong if I tried.

Saturday I was just getting into the water when someone told me a girl lost her phone upstream by the railroad bridge. I told myself the bottles will always be here and there’s no downside to doing a good deed. I found her phone but she had already left so I made the best of my situation and dove at the railroad bridge. Lots of old pieces of cars, machinery, signs, other rusty metal. I managed to pull out 6 or so bottles before I decided to head back to my regular spot.

I was planning to only be there for ten or fifteen minutes and sweep the area but when I dove down I found a whole run of bottles just on the surface. 3 bottles wide and probably 20 feet long. We just had a nasty storm rip through and I think that must have blown them down from upstream.

Enough backstory, I know you folks like photos. I present the best day of collecting I’ll ever have: 87 bottles, 46 partials, part of a crock jug, and an iPhone (returned).
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Of those, I kept 46. I cleaned almost all of them last night. Here they are before cleaning when I sorted my keepers.
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Notably I pulled 15 Coca-Cola’s from 7 different plants, 3 7Up’s, 2 Canada Dry’s, a NuGrape, 3 Pepsi’s (I gave one away to someone who helped me bring up my kayak), a Simpson Spring, a Milton Spring, a Sanford’s Genuine Ginger, and my first medicine bottle in cobalt!

I’ll post photos of individual bottles later in the day. I typed this up on my morning break at work, have to wait til lunch to update!
 

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Wow what a score brother. Glad you helped that girl out. Funny because none of my good deeds go unpunished. Everytime I help anyone something bad happens to me. I give someone a ride and my car breaks down or I run out of gas on the way back home. I help someone put in there air conditioner and I slice my hand on the fins. I help an old lady across the street and I slip and fall on the way back ripping my pants. Always something. Still doesn't stop me I guess I am a glutton for punishment.
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Wow quite the haul! What's the age on the Cokes? And is the milk bottle embossed?
 

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Here are the sodas and spring waters.

2 Moxie, never seen a big one like this anywhere else. These are my first Moxie bottles, I’ve been looking for one for a while now.
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Simpson Spring from South Easton MA
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Chas Copeland Milton Spring, Milton MA 1930s
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Cool windmill on the reverse
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2 Bostonia, 1 Pureoxia bottled in Natick.
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2 Pepsi-Colas
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NuGrape
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3 7Up, the ACL has all come off but the residue can still be read at the right angle.
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2 Canada Dry, ACL in the same state as the 7Up
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Does anyone recognize this head and cross embossing? I think it was probably spring water.
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Welch’s Grape Juice
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@CanadianBottles here are the Cokes, I arranged them by plant and I’m in the process of dating them. I’m not so great at it.

These are Boston MA
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Worcester MA
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New Bedford MA, New York NY, Portland ME, Dorchester MA
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This one isn’t embossed but I’m pretty sure it’s a Coke. Peoria IL
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On the thinnest part of the skirt (waist) the number on the left is the date code. This one is 1954.
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The Coke bottles below Coca Cola on one side may say Nov 16th 1915 or Dec 25th 1923 or more commonly found D-PATENT with Patent # or just plain 6 fluid once or 6 1/2 fluid ounce on both sides? The one with no Coke on Bottle is a newer ACL with ACL Color worn off or Paper Label missing. LEON.
 

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alot of locations often have more bottles than you first realise , eventually you clean them out but river locations often hold more than first though and can sometimes take years to entirely empty out .

I found one location that had 100's and 100's of bottles but I had to swim for them and only pull out 20 or so at a time so it took a while to empty out and is still more there but a lot of common coke bottles like you found and ours here don't even have city names on them
 

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I have always wanted to take my kayak and go down my local river and just bottle hunt. Great score!
 

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