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Cross & Co. Vancouver B.C. 1894-1963

Crushy

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Feb 21, 2021
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Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
That sounds like a really cool collection! Were there any others from BC in there?
Thanks for the note. It was a pretty cool find. About 80 or so labels - about 90% beer and some rare stuff. There was some BC stuff - Victoria Phoenix, Revelstoke, Vancouver Breweries that I remember. I believe the Cross one was one of the only 2 pop labels in the batch. I ended up being more of a Crush and Alberta pop guy, so I leveraged the beer stuff into some nice stuff.
 

Canadacan

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Sep 21, 2014
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Canada
Just picked up another 8oz variation, this one has a green tint and no 8oz marking on the back...in fact it has no other markings that I can find at all. It does fit into that early 1910's erra so I'm really liking that considering this was in a grab box of a few bottles for real cheap.

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And here is the current line up from the 1910's to 1945 with the ACL on the back
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tsims

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Mar 8, 2020
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Qualicum Beach
I never knew there was a relation between Cross & Co. and Vancouver Soda Water Works, that's interesting. If they're the same Black Bear Brand, that is, and I'm not sure of that. Vancouver Soda Water Works is a really confusing company that goes back earlier than 1894, back to when they were owned by Murchinson and Derraugh (might have spelled those wrong, the bottles only say M&D) in the early 1880's. I never made the association between the two Black Bear Brands (mostly because I don't own any Meikle Brothers bottles, they're crazy expensive).
I have (3) Meikle bottles. What kind of prices were you seeing when you posted this? I thought mine were pretty reasonably priced. Depending where you are located could possibly trade you for a bottle or sell you one. Mine have the hutchinson top with the marble.
 

CanadianBottles

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May 24, 2014
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I have (3) Meikle bottles. What kind of prices were you seeing when you posted this? I thought mine were pretty reasonably priced. Depending where you are located could possibly trade you for a bottle or sell you one. Mine have the hutchinson top with the marble.
To be honest I'm not sure in hindsight, I've seen some reasonably priced ones show up in the interim since then. Might be that since I was on the Island I'd only ever seen a few overpriced ones on Ebay showing up for sale.
I'm curious, what do you mean Hutchinson top with the marble? I know there are Meikle Hutches but not sure what marbles would be doing in them. You don't mean a Meikle Codd bottle, right?
 

Canadacan

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I don't recall a Meikle codd either? So I have seen just recently a Meikle for 20 bucks. I paid 35 for the one I have with a chip in the lip :(
My understanding is it is a tougher version, but I don't know that for sure.
 

tsims

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Mar 8, 2020
64
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Qualicum Beach
Sorry, i wasn't thinkly there obviously when i wrote that, i meant to save the hutchinson stopper inside the bottle. Mine is not chipped but stopper is in two pieces here is photo. Where on the island are you?
 

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