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Squat amber 7-up - Dallas Texas

SODABOB

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Nice bottle - great price

The most valuable of the Amber 7ups is the one from San Diego, Ca. dated 1935 and 1936. But because they are considered regional, most collectors aren't as interested in them or willing to pay the price. A near-mint San Diego amber (if you can even find one in that condition) will start at a minimum of about $500. I have seen poor examples with damaged labels sell for $150+ .. So if anyone who reads this ever finds a San Diego amber in near-mint condition and its priced less than about $300, I know about a dozen local collectors who would gladly pay for it in the $500+ price range - but it would have to be in mint or near-mint condition to get that amount.

The attached image is an example of a San Diego amber in average condition and would likely sell for about $300.

The attached chart was compiled by Cecil Munsey (who I consider to be the "Grandfather" of bottle collecting) Notice that the San Diego bottle is the only one listed as "standard" which is similar to the typical shape of your average 7up bottle. The others on the list are listed as "Stubby" which is the same as a "Squat" - The list indicates where they originated and when - however, the list has been revised over the years with more examples surfacing with dates later than 1939. I believe the latest date currently known for a "Stubby" is either 1941 or 1942. San Diego was the only location that ever distributed a "Standard" and was made by the Owens-Illinois Glass Company.

Have a fun Halloween

Bob



7up Amber San Diego 1935 Best Example (2).jpg

7up Amber ten cities (640x500) (500x391) (2).jpg
 

SODABOB

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I had this in my photo files and thought I'd share it to confirm the 1942 date for a Houston, Texas ACL Stubby / Squat. I believe its a eight-bubble with an embossed neck label.

By the way, for those who are familiar with the so-called "Dot Codes" on Owens-Illinois bottles, the Dot only appears on soda bottles and not on other types of Owens-Illinois bottles. Additionally, the Dot on soda bottles have only been seen on bottles dated between 1940 and 1946. In this particular example we see a 2. for 1942. As far as I know, this is the latest of the Amber 7ups.

Also notice that its double stamped. ???

7up Amber Squat Full Image 1942 Houston, Texas e-bay 8-11 (328x592) (263x475) (2).jpg

7up Amber Squat heel 1942 Houston, Texas e-bay 8-11 (521x591) (419x475) (3).jpg


7up amber squat base 1942 Houston, Texas e-bay 8-11 (615x583) (475x450) (450x426) (2).jpg
 

GLASSHOPPER55

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I bought this today in Ohio. I have seen some expensive ones on eBay before. I got this one for $25. I believe these were made in the 30's and are hard to find. Can anybody give me a price estimate? Just out of curiosity you know.

Also, is there any info on these types of bottles you can spare?

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Wow! You did real good for $25. Great condition too. Someday I hope to find one of these.
 

SODABOB

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Is it hard to find these in this condition? And which one is harder to find, tall, or squat version?
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I'm not sure what you mean by "tall" version, but if you are referring to the standard version from San Diego, I'd say the San Diego bottle is the rarest. It was only produced in San Diego and only for about a year or two (1935-36). The stubby/squat bottles were produced for several years (1936-1942) from several different locations. Like I said earlier, a mint or near-mint San Diego bottle could easily net $500 or more locally. There are probably 100 squat versions to every 1 San Diego standard versions. I believe there are several squats currently on eBay.
 
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SODABOB

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Speaking of amber soda bottles from San Diego, the "30 Below" pictured here is the rarest of the rare. I live in the San Diego area and know local collectors who have been looking for one of these for years without success. One collector I know will gladly pay $1,000 for an example in mint to near-mint condition. If anyone who reads this ever comes across one, please send me a PM and I will find a top buyer for you. I bought one several years ago for $75 that had about 50% label loss and then turned around and sold it locally for $150. It depicts an Eskimo in one corner as seen here and a penguin in the opposite corner (not seen). It was some type of lithiated beverage similar to 7up. I believe it was developed to compete with 7up. Hence the opposite-sounding name; 30 vs 7 and Below vs Up

30 Below Soda Bottle San Diego.jpg

30 Below Soda Bottle San Diego close up.jpg
 
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