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My first dig this weekend.

hemihampton

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The Riker looks to be the oldest, around late 1800-early 1900 like you said. Congrats on that one. LEON.
 

mbsbox

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Thanks very much Leon! I was a little bummed it had a small chip in the collar but after sitting in a forest floor for 120 years I should just be thankful it survived at all.
 

embe

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The Pepsi looks older than the 50-60's stuff I have, someone will surely chime in based on the pat # . I'd guess a couple decades prior based on glass thickness alone. Nice bottles.
 

mbsbox

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The Pepsi looks older than the 50-60's stuff I have, someone will surely chime in based on the pat # . I'd guess a couple decades prior based on glass thickness alone. Nice bottles.
Thanks Embe! I thought the same thing that the glass was really thick compared to contemporary bottles. My granny, who lived to 96, always used to joke about her grandkids who needed eye glasses...she used to say "those are as thick as Coke bottles", which was obviously referencing the Coke bottles she remembered as a kid in the nineteen-teens and nineteen-twenties. Maybe a Pepsi guru will come forward with a more specific time range.
 

EdsFinds

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Hey! Welcome to the site. There are a lot of people here who can help give you good advice and help you identify any old bottles you find. I too just started to dig (or rather, "re-start") for old bottles. I started as a kid, but never did again until now, 30 years later. I just found a very similar site just like you. It was an old 70s liquor/deli that burned down in the late 70s in my town. Passed it all the time. Never thought there was anything left. One day, I was cycling through the back of the lot (now a wooded lot), and, same as you, saw allot of empty buds around. Just to satisfy the curios cat within me, I stopped and roamed around a bit...low and behold, I find a treasure trove of old bottles!
 

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mbsbox

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Yeah, thanks. The area I found this stuff is adjacent to a walking trail of which there are a number in my area. There is a lot of "preserved open space" areas locally that are thickly wooded and a lot of it was former farmland. Unfortunately, most of these places, although designated as open space by the township, they mostly have "Private Property" signs posted everywhere, which is infuriating. No one really knows who actually owns any of it, and this time of year even if you decide to ignore the signs because there doesn't seem to be anyone around, you risk venturing into hunting areas which is not safe. In any case in the last few weeks since I made my discovery all the fall leaves have come down in the forest making it pretty futile to keep looking. So I'll have to wait until spring I think if I want to take another look around. It seems to me, people who really get into this as a full time hobby are probably doing their homework in terms of research and recon. That's probably more time than I have to devote, but I am not opposed to checking out other wooded lots in my area. Of course, you can bet I'm going to wait until deer season is over. Not looking to have my own personal Deliverance tales.

Cheers!
 

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