Myopia Club Beverge Co, Islington Mass

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I found this in a crate full of bottles that had just been pulled from the river. They were covered with barnacles and filled with sand and water. I picked this one because I didn't recognize it, and it looked Art Deco. I love it. It cleaned up pretty nicely, just some little flea bites on it. It's a 6 1/2 ounce bottle and no date is on it anywhere, but I'll take a guess with 1920s or 30s.
 

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That's a really strange name for a brand of soda, any idea what the story behind that one is? I could almost imagine someone hearing the word and liking the sound of it, without knowing what myopia is. Or was it supposed to provide benefits for your eyesight?
 

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Here's what I found on Wikipedia. There isn't a mention of a bottling company, but I'm thinking they must've been behind it.

"The Myopia Club, regarded by some historians as being the oldest country club, was founded in the 1870s by four brothers with poor vision: Gordon, Charles, Morton, and Frederick Prince. At first it was a neighborhood boys club devoted to boating and tennis, based on the shores of Wedge Pond in Winchester, Massachusetts. Later the members' interests turned to riding and foxhunting, and the club moved to another site in Winchester, on Mystic Lake, where it became formally incorporated in 1879.
Several Myopia Club members were interested in moving the club closer to Boston, and this led to the founding of The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts in 1882. But fox hunting proved impossible in Brookline, so those most interested in this activity founded the Myopia Hunt Club in Hamilton, Massachusetts." Wikipedia
"The Mystic Lake site became known as "Myopia Hill". The Winchester Country Club was founded there in 1902, and it still occupies the site." Wikipedia
 
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A good story can start a conversion, sell that bottle, or both. ...I have one. Its '30s too and the story I got from a different source is the same.
 

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