Welcome to my collection of soda bottles!

I started collecting soda related items in 2013. It started as a small collection of Orange Crush bottle caps but quickly grew as I decided to add a few different brands and then decided I wanted to collect the bottles for them as well. I now have over 100 bottles from my personal favorite brands.
This page is aimed at helping fellow collectors see what variations of bottles exist so that they can complete their own collections.

Some notes:
- The collection stops at 1960. I decided to put this limitation on myself because if I went any farther, I'd go broke and run out of already limited space very quickly. I also limit it because the 1940s and 1950s to me is the "golden age" of soda history. The 1960s brought on disposable / throw-away bottles, big brands buying out and owning smaller brands, and ACL logos dropped considerably in design quality.
- The collection only consists of US bottles. Once again, if I opened my world to foreign bottles, I'd run out of space and money.
- The collection is in no way complete. I know there are bottles out there that I am missing with every brand I have. If you know of any that are missing, and especially where to find examples of them, please contact me!
- The collection should not serve as a definitive guide to design changes for the brands. Some brands had local franchise bottlers that preferred to use one variation of a design over the other. There are examples of local bottlers continuing to use an older logo design, even when a new design was rolled out nationally. I only provide dates with them so you can get a rough idea of what logos and variations existed during a certain period. The dates do not represent a specific change over to that particular design.
- The collection is based on front ACL logo (and neck logo) variations only. I do not collect anything based on different rear labels, ingredient lists, or cities / states. I also usually personally do not consider bottle content, bottle shape or bottle size to be major variants that justify the need for another example in the collection.
- The collection features only "individual" sized bottles that one could get from a cooler or machine. I don't have the space to start collecting huge family size bottles.
- The collection has a majority of bottles that are filled and re-capped. The soda inside is the modern cane sugar variant of each brand for authenticity sake.

- The collection is not for sale or trade.



Coca-Cola (All date ranges from the book "The Coca-Cola Bottle" by Doug McCoy)

"1915 Bottle" - 1916-1927
(Patented November 16th, 1915)

Front embossing:
    Coca-Cola
    TRADE MARK REGISTERED
    BOTTLE PAT'D. NOV 16 1915

Rear embossing:
    Coca-Cola
    TRADE MARK REGISTERED
    MIN CONTENTS 6 FL. OZS. 

1923 "Christmas" Bottle - 1927-1938
(Patented December 25th, 1923)

Front Embossing:
    Coca-Cola
    TRADE MARK REGISTERED
    BOTTLE PAT'D. DEC 25 1923

Rear embossing:
    Coca-Cola
    TRADE MARK REGISTERED
    MIN CONTENTS 6 FL. OZS. 

"PAT. D-105529" Bottle - 1938-1951
(Patented August 3rd, 1937)

Front embossing:
    Coca-Cola
    TRADE MARK REGISTERED
    BOTTLE PAT. D-105529

Rear embossing:
    Coca-Cola
    TRADE MARK REGISTERED
    MIN.CONTENTS 6-FL. OZS. 

"WWII" Bottle - 1941-46

Front embossing:
    Coca-Cola
    TRADE MARK REGISTERED
    BOTTLE PAT. D-105529

Rear embossing:
    Coca-Cola
    TRADE MARK REGISTERED
    MIN.CONTENTS 6-FL. OZS.
 

"WWII" Bottle - 1941-46

Front embossing:
    Coca-Cola
    TRADE MARK (large letters)

Rear embossing:
    Coca-Cola
    TRADE MARK (large letters)




"WWII" Bottle - 1941-46

Front embossing:
    Coca-Cola
    TRADE MARK (small letters)

Rear embossing:
    Coca-Cola
    TRADE MARK (small letters)

"6 Oz Patent" Bottle - 1951-1960
 
Front embossing:
    Coca-Cola
    TRADE MARK REGISTERED
    IN U.S. PATENT OFFICE

Rear embossing:
    Coca-Cola
    TRADE MARK REGISTERED
    CONTENTS 6 FL OZS. 

"6 1/2 Oz Patent" Bottle - 1957-1967 

Front embossing:
    Coca-Cola
    TRADE MARK REGISTERED
    IN U.S. PATENT OFFICE

Rear embossing:
    Coca-Cola
    TRADE MARK REGISTERED
    CONTENTS 6 1/2 FL. OZS.

10 Oz "King Size" Bottle - 1955-1967 

Front embossing:
    Coca-Cola
    TRADE MARK REGISTERED
    IN U.S. PATENT OFFICE

Rear embossing:
    Coca-Cola
    TRADE MARK REGISTERED
    CONTENTS 10 FL. OZS.

12 Oz "King Size" Bottle - 1955-1967 

Front embossing:
    Coca-Cola
    TRADE MARK REGISTERED
    IN U.S. PATENT OFFICE

Rear embossing:
    Coca-Cola
    TRADE MARK REGISTERED
    CONTENTS 12 FL. OZS.

"6 1/2 Oz Transition Bottle" - 1957-1961

Front embossing:
    Coca-Cola (White ACL Script)
    TRADE MARK REGISTERED
    IN U.S. PATENT OFFICE

Rear embossing:
    Coca-Cola (White ACL Script)
    TRADE MARK REGISTERED
    CONTENTS 6 1/2 FL. OZS.

10 OZ "King Size" Transition Bottle - 1955-1961

Front embossing:
    Coca-Cola (White ACL Script)
    TRADE MARK REGISTERED
    IN U.S. PATENT OFFICE

Rear embossing:
    Coca-Cola (White ACL Script)
    TRADE MARK REGISTERED
    CONTENTS 10 FL. OZS.

12 OZ "King Size" Transition Bottle - 1955-1961

Front embossing:
    Coca-Cola (White ACL Script)
    TRADE MARK REGISTERED
    IN U.S. PATENT OFFICE

Rear embossing:
    Coca-Cola (White ACL Script)
    TRADE MARK REGISTERED
    CONTENTS 12 FL. OZS.

"6 1/2 Oz Transition Bottle" - 1958-1961
*"Coke" neck logo (Test markets in 1958, standard by 1961)

Front embossing:
    Coca-Cola (White ACL Script)
    TRADE MARK REGISTERED
    IN U.S. PATENT OFFICE

Rear embossing:
    Coca-Cola (White ACL Script)
    TRADE MARK REGISTERED
    CONTENTS 6 1/2 FL. OZS.


10 Oz "King Size" Transition Bottle - 1958-1961
*"Coke" neck logo (Test markets in 1958, standard by 1961)

Front embossing:
    Coca-Cola (White ACL Script)
    TRADE MARK REGISTERED
    IN U.S. PATENT OFFICE

Rear embossing:
    Coca-Cola (White ACL Script)
    TRADE MARK REGISTERED
    CONTENTS 10 FL. OZS.

12 Oz "King Size" Transition Bottle - 1958-1961
*"Coke" neck logo (Test markets in 1958, standard by 1961)

Front embossing:
    Coca-Cola (White ACL Script)
    TRADE MARK REGISTERED
    IN U.S. PATENT OFFICE

Rear embossing:
    Coca-Cola (White ACL Script)
    TRADE MARK REGISTERED
    CONTENTS 12 FL. OZS.



Dads Root Beer

1947
7 Oz
Old Fashioned

1948
7 Oz
Old Fashioned
"Delicious" line instead of face
"Dads" neck

1948
10 Oz
Old Fashioned
"Winking" face
"Junior" neck

1948
10 Oz
Old Fashioned
"Non-winking" face
"Junior" neck

1949
7 Oz
Old Fashioned
"Junior" neck

1949
10 Oz
Old Fashioned
"Big Jr." neck

1949
10 Oz
Old Fashioned
"Big Junior" (spelled out)  neck

1950
7 Oz
"Non-winking" face
"Junior" neck

1950
7 Oz
"Winking" face
"Junior" neck

1952
10 Oz
"Big Jr." neck

1953
10 Oz
Red background
"Big Jr." neck

1954
7 Oz
No square "frame"
"Tastes Like Root Beer Should" line
"Junior" neck

1955
7 Oz
No blue / transparent background
"Junior" neck

1955
10 Oz
No blue / transparent background
"Big Jr." neck

1956
12 Oz
Clear
"The Old Fashioned Root Beer" line
"King Size" neck

1957
12 Oz
Clear
"Tastes Like Root Beer Should" line
"King Size" neck

1957
7 Oz
Clear
No square "frame"
"Tastes Like Root Beer Should" line
"Big Jr." neck

1958
7 Oz
No square "frame"
"Tastes Like Root Beer Should" line
"Big Jr." neck

1959
12 Oz
Clear
No square "frame"
"Tastes Like Root Beer Should" line
"King Size" neck



Crush

1926
Clear

1944
Embossed
Crushy squeezing orange
"Company Bottle"

1945
No white
Crushy squeezing orange
Ingredients

1945
No white
Crushy squeezing orange
"Company Bottle"

1946
Crushy squeezing orange
Ingredients

1947
Crushy squeezing orange
"Company Bottle"

1951
Large open-arms Crushy
"Company Bottle"

1955
Orange Crush "Drink"
No neck logo

1956
Small open-arms Crushy
Ingredients

1956
Orange Crush "Drink"
Dots on neck

1956
Orange Crush
Dots on neck

1957
Orange Crush
No neck logo

1958
Orange Crush
Green neck logo

1958
Orange Crush
White neck logo



Squirt

1938
Black script (Slanted)
Reg US Pat Off
No ingredients on back

1938
Black script (Horizontal)
TM Reg US Pat Off
No ingredients on back

1939
Black script (Horizontal)
TM Reg US Pat Off
Ingredients on back

1941
Reg US Pat Off

1943
Reg US Pat Off
"The Grapefruit Drink"

1943
Trade Mark
Reg Us Pat Off
Non-underlined neck logo

1943
Trade Mark
Reg Us Pat Off
Non-underlined neck logo
"The Grapefruit Drink"

1945
Trade Mark
Reg Us Pat Off
Underlined neck logo

1946
Reg US Pat Off
"The Grapefruit Drink"
Underlined neck logo

1947
Transparent script
Trade Mark
Reg Us Pat Off
With neck logo

1948
Transparent script
Trade Mark
Reg Us Pat Off
Without neck logo

1948 (?)
Trade Mark
Reg Us Pat Off
Underlined neck logo
"The Grapefruit Drink"

1948
Block script
Trade Mark

1954
Block script
Reg US Pat Off

1958
"Swirl" bottle



Nesbitts

1939
Small "Orange Drink" logo

1939 (?)
"Orange Beverage"
Wide aligned ingredients

1940
"Orange Beverage"
Narrow ingredients

1940 (?)
"Orange Beverage"
Wide non-aligned ingredients

1940
"Orange Drink"
Embossed neck

1940
"Orange Drink" on one line
Embossed neck

1941
"Orange Drink"
ACL neck with star

1941
"Orange Drink"
ACL neck without star

1942
"Orange Drink" on one line
ACL neck

1948
With 1938
White high neck logo

1948
With 1938
Black high neck logo

1949
Without 1938
Embossed neck

1950
Without 1938
Black high neck logo

1950
With 1938
ACL neck logo

1950
Without 1938
ACL neck logo

1950
With 1938
Embossed neck

1956
With California
White ACL

1959
With California
Dots around neck logo

1959
Without California
White ACL



Frostie

1946
Brown corners
No neck logo
"Arched" trademark line

1948
Brown corners
"Old Frostie" above elf neck logo

1948
Brown corners
Elf neck logo

1949
Brown corners
"Mr Frostie" above elf neck logo

1949
Clear corners
"Mr Frostie" above elf neck logo

1949
Clear corners
Elf neck logo

1949
Clear corners
"Mr Frostie" above running elf neck logo

1952
Clear corners
Plain text neck logo

1953
Clear corners
No "Root Beer" line
Dot on neck

1955
Clear corners
No "Root Beer" line
No neck logo

Unknown
Brown corners
No neck logo

1957
Clear corners
No neck logo

1957
Clear corners
"Frostie" neck logo

1957
Elf logo
Red "Frostie" neck logo

1957
"Creepy" elf logo
"Frostie" neck logo

1958
Clear corners
Circle R trademark
No neck logo

1959
Clear corners
Circle R trademark
"Frostie" neck logo

1959
Elf logo
White "Frostie" neck logo
Not in collection, still needed (File name indicates variation):



7up

1937
8-Bubble
U7P Embossed neck

1937
8-Bubble
7UP (high) embossed neck

1937
8- Bubble
7UP (middle) embossed neck

1938
8- Bubble
Square ACL neck (height variation)

1938
8-Bubble, "amber squat"
Square ACL neck

1938
8- Bubble "amber squat"
Shield ACL neck

1939
8- Bubble
Square ACL neck (height variation)

1939
8- Bubble
No neck logo

1939
8- Bubble
Square ACL neck (height variation)

1941
8- Bubble
Shield ACL neck

1942
8- Bubble "amber squat"
7UP embossed neck

1946
7- Bubble
Shield ACL neck
Right bubble column below "P"

1946
7- Bubble
No neck logo
Right bubble column beside "P"

1951
7- Bubble
Shield ACL neck
Right bubble column beside "P"

1956
7- Bubble
Shield Logo

1958
12 Oz Shield Logo
"Fresh Up" neck logo
Not in collection, still needed (File name indicates variation):
          



Mountain Dew

1950

1952

1958



Pepsi

1943
Previously Paper Label
Double-dot
White neck logo
Circle "R" trademark

1944
Previously Paper Label
Double-dot
White neck logo
Reg US Pat Off

1947
Red, white, blue
Double-dot
Red US Pat Off

1948
Red, white
Double-dot
Dots above neck logo

1948
Red, white, blue
Double-dot
Circle "R" trademark

1949
Red, white
Double-dot
Circle "R" trademark

1949
Red, white
Single-dot with double-dot script
2-Full Glasses neck logo

1949
Red, white
Single-dot with double-dot script
Double-dot all white background neck logo

1950
Red, white
Double-dot
Red outlined neck logo

1950
Red, white
Double-dot
2-Full Glasses neck logo

1950
Red, white
Double-dot
Reg US Pat Off

1950
Red, white
Double-dot
Double-dot all white background neck logo

1950
Red, white, blue
Double-dot
2-Full Glasses neck logo

1950
Red, white
Single-dot
Single-dot all white background neck logo

1951
Red, white
Single-dot
2-Full Glasses neck logo

1951
Red, white, blue
Single-dot
2-Full Glasses neck logo

1953
Red, white
Single-dot
Red outlined neck logo (circular)

1953
Red, white
Single-dot
Dots above circular neck logo

1953
Red, white
Single-dot
Circular neck logo

1955
Red, white, blue
Single-dot

1957
Red, white
Single-dot
Red outlined neck logo (oval)

1958
Red, white
Single-dot
Oval neck logo

1959
Red, white
Single-dot
Dots above oval neck logo

1959
"Swirl" bottle
Not in collection, still needed (File name indicates variation):



Dr Pepper

1947
10-2-4 Clock embossing
"Good For Life"

1955
Bottle cap logo

1956
10-2-4 Circle embossing
"Dr Pepper"

1958
10-2-4 Logo
Diamonds beside neck logo (12oz Only)

1959
10-2-4 Logo

1959
"Bouncing "P" logo
Not in collection, still needed (File name indicates variation):


Last updated: 06/27/2022