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Biggest haul of my life, 87 bottles!

FreeRangeAsparagus

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Aug 10, 2019
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Massachusetts, USA
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).



Of those, I kept 46. I cleaned almost all of them last night. Here they are before cleaning when I sorted my keepers.


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!
 

ROBBYBOBBY64

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Jan 11, 2020
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New Jersey
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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FreeRangeAsparagus

Well-Known Member
Aug 10, 2019
77
18
Massachusetts, USA
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.


Simpson Spring from South Easton MA


Chas Copeland Milton Spring, Milton MA 1930s


Cool windmill on the reverse


2 Bostonia, 1 Pureoxia bottled in Natick.


2 Pepsi-Colas


NuGrape


3 7Up, the ACL has all come off but the residue can still be read at the right angle.



2 Canada Dry, ACL in the same state as the 7Up


Does anyone recognize this head and cross embossing? I think it was probably spring water.


Welch’s Grape Juice
 
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ROBBYBOBBY64

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Jan 11, 2020
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New Jersey
@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



Worcester MA



New Bedford MA, New York NY, Portland ME, Dorchester MA



This one isn’t embossed but I’m pretty sure it’s a Coke. Peoria IL

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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hemihampton

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Oct 6, 2006
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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.
 

RCO

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May 17, 2012
3,467
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Ontario , Canada
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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