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It was pretty nice to finally ad the famous Mission Beverages quart from Lucky Strike Bottling Works, Vancouver B.C.
So this one is dated 1944, and I noticed it has 'Under Licence of Mission Dry Corporation' ...it was changed to 'Authority' at some point, what year that took place I'm not sure because my next earliest one is a 1955 6.5 oz. that already has 'Authority'. I'm assuming there are white label 10 and 6.5 oz with 'Licence'.

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That's a great find! I'm not sure if I ever knew this one existed or not, but if I did I'd definitely forgotten. I don't think I've ever seen a quart Mission bottle before at all, let alone one marked from BC.
 

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That's a great find! I'm not sure if I ever knew this one existed or not, but if I did I'd definitely forgotten. I don't think I've ever seen a quart Mission bottle before at all, let alone one marked from BC.
Yeah not one that shows up very often, I had noticed on another soda page one post was showing a dig spot with lots of Giant soda's 16oz and many white label Missions like 20-30 of them, but no quarts!
 

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Here's an ad I recently acquired it's from June 12th 1957, I can't be positive this was the actual year of release because my interview with the former owners son suggested it was in 1952-53 that they started bottling in cans. I wonder about the ad too because they don't show the 'Strike Up'.
From my research the latest ad for this product was at Safeway stores in june 1958

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Nice Ad, first time I seen that Ad. At one time I had all 6 flavors in real nice grade 1 or 1- shape. Don't have a pic of them unfortunately. There was a guy in Canada that had a find of them in a dump in Canada many years ago, about 20 years ago. I had 3 sets of all 6. sold 2 sets the worst condition sets at the Dearborn Michigan BCCA Canvention for $200 each set of 6. Sold my nicer set for $900 a few years later. LEON.
 

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Nice Ad, first time I seen that Ad. At one time I had all 6 flavors in real nice grade 1 or 1- shape. Don't have a pic of them unfortunately. There was a guy in Canada that had a find of them in a dump in Canada many years ago, about 20 years ago. I had 3 sets of all 6. sold 2 sets the worst condition sets at the Dearborn Michigan BCCA Canvention for $200 each set of 6. Sold my nicer set for $900 a few years later. LEON.

Thanks @hemihampton , yes you know what it means to get an ad like that for a local guy, first Lucky Strike ad I've seen as well.
Yeah I spoke to a lady two years ago about a cream soda and cola she sold back in 2002. Both cans in mint condition, the cream soda sold for $3400 USD!!!!..the cola she said went for less being more common....I believe it was just over $2000 on that one.
I'm not sure how deep collectors pockets are today? but I'd suspect a mint can will not be less than $1500.
 

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$3,400 sounds like way to much to me at any point in time. I wish I knew people with that kind of money, I've had super rare mint cans I could barely give away.
 

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Well it's been over two years with nothing new, until this week!
I just received what is thought amongst a handful of collectors to be the first example of an early intact Lucky Strike 30oz quart!
After another review of this brand with a fellow collector we are both of the opinion that there is no connection with the USA brand.

So about the bottle! The shoulder is embossed on two sides with a circle and Lucky Strike within it. This example is dated April 4 1939, that's pretty early considering the company incorporated Aug 1937. The base has a horseshoe and the L S embossed.


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This ad is from 1944 and seems to depict the same bottle, less the shoulder embossing
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A ginger ale label that is in the same style as the one on the ad.
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Wow, I never would have expected that there would be an embossed Lucky Strike out there! I'm surprised that it managed to go so long without showing up.
 

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