Some of them didn’t have the money to make the transition.So they continued using returnable bottles until about the 1990s, when they were finally forced to go to no-deposit bottles.
A couple of years later, I was walking along a creek and saw a bottle sticking out of a sandbar in the water.I couldn’t get to it to tell what kind of bottle it was.So I ran all the way home and dragged my dad there to get it for me.It was a 6.5-ounce Coca-Cola bottle from about 1948. I’d bring home just about any kind of unusual bottle, but my collecting became more focused over the years.I was fascinated by it because I’d never seen the design before. In my teens, I packed away all my bottles and forgot about them. Back before disposable bottles, you’d pay a deposit on the bottle when you bought a soft drink.When I was a kid, they sold painted applied color label (ACL) bottles in the stores, not embossed bottles like this one. Years later, when I was cleaning out my parents’ attic and I came across all the bottles, I went through each box to see what I had. In the 1990s I decided to collect every type of returnable bottle that Coca-Cola had used in the U. You’d take it home and then take the empty bottle back with you the next time you went to the grocery store. The grocery store would return the bottle to the bottler, where they’d clean it, wash it, refill it, cap it, and send it back out to the stores.
The reason why returnable bottles persisted until the 1990s is because some of the established smaller bottlers didn’t want to change their equipment.
To go from returnable glass bottles to no-deposit bottles required new filling and capping equipment.
In this interview, Doug Mc Coy explains how the Coca-Cola bottle got its distinctive contour shape and charts the evolution of the brand’s packaging over its more than 100-year history.
Mc Coy also offers tips on how to find old dumpsites that might contain Coca-Cola treasures, and explains the story of the rare 8-ounce bottle that sold in Lexington, North Carolina during the 1960s.
To learn more about Mc Coy, visit his blog at cocacolabottleman.or check out his book, “The Coca-Cola Bottle”.
My grandfather got me started collecting bottles when I was about eight years old.