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My new crate and bottles!

They arrived on the 24th Saturday! ..talk about great timing;)

The crate is everything I'd hope it to be, the color on the ends is a little weak to almost none existent on one end, but the faces are great, and the crate is all original with the dividers still in place.
This is my first paper label kik and I'm real happy with it!....the bonus was getting the paper label America Dry, these are both labels that are very very very difficult to come by.

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Wow... Merry Christmas to You! Great Presents there!!!! Love them.. Paper labels in this condition are hard to find... Congrats!
 

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Thanks fella's....glad you enjoyed!
I'll have to do a group photo of the bottles I have to date...I'm still missing a 3rd generation quart but I'm sure I'll come across one some day, also missing a few earlier variations.

I found another cool ad to share!, it shows the exact bottle I have dated 1941...with the exception of the 8¢ because this ad is from Ottawa, and of course this ad is dated 1941! Something I noticed on the one ad I posted earlier is it depicts a neck tag and shows the bottle as a 30oz size for 1938 but yet in Winnipeg and west of that the bottles are all 28oz.
In addition I also discovered that the earliest slogan was 'There's Life in KIK'...my crate has it, my 12oz acl dose and my 28oz paper label has it, and embossed on the shoulder as well. My 1941 quart has the revised slogan 'There's Quality in KIK' on the ACL and embossed on the shoulder....just a way to tell when your looking at the earlier stuff...I will post some pics of the slogans later.

The Ottawa Journal, 15 Nov 1941, Sat.......source news papers dot com.
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Here are some close up photos showing the three different slogans. I can't remember really noticing them before but I guess a person pays more attention to these details when you have the bottles in hand to examine.


This is the 12oz with 'There's life in KIK' from 1939....as far as I can tell so far this slogan was used from at least from about 1937 to 1940, but was probably use from when the company started out in 1934 and was based out of Montreal.

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This is my paper label 28oz, I suspect it's from around 1940-41....note the shoulder has the 'There's life in KIK' so that indicates the bottle is obviously older.
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Then there is the 28oz ACl dated 1941 with the updated slogan 'There's Quality in KIK'.
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And this 28oz dated 1947 with the updated ball and player as well as the new slogan 'Canada's Own cola'
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Around 1950 they introduced the 'Cola serve Cold' on the bottles...this is from a 12oz example dated 1950.
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Some time between 1950 and 54 they discontinued the 12oz and went to 10oz the bottles, then they just had 'Cola' displayed below the KIK, this bottle is dated 1954.

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And finally the bottles simply displayed 'KIK'...this example is dated 1958...so that transition took place some time between 1954 and 58, that's as best I can say with out having more examples to verify the exact years these changes took place but it's still neat to see the changes over the years.
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you have some great examples there.. I still can't believe how nice the red and white ACL has survived... reds usually fade/oxidize so fast... great collection you have going...
a mini KIK museum.
 

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Thanks Eric...well hardly a museum but it's getting there :) ....I need a 6¢ example maybe an 8¢...and a 28oz of the second last generation that would round that part out, still dreaming of picking up some of the KIK cans and a sign...always nice to dream I say!.....here is the current line up now, I forgot to get the crate in there!

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Ahhh yes thanks for posting that nostalgia!...I never really posted much for the last generation of bottles other than my 10oz in the group photo. I notice mine has a round shield, your 30oz has a rectangular shape to It...the 30oz bottle below may be a variation of that bottle?, and another 10oz I noticed has a shield shape.

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