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

"1915 Bottle" - 1916-1927

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

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

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. 

"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 6 1/2 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.

"Transition Bottle" - 1955-1961
*"Coke" on neck

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.


Dads Root Beer

1947

1948

1948

1948

1949

1949

1949

1950

1950

1952

1953

1954

1955

1955

1956

1957

1957

1958

1959



Crush

1926

1944

1945

1945

1946

1947

1951

1955

1956

1956

1956

1957

1958

1958



Squirt

1938

1941

1943

1943

1945

1946

1947

1948

1948

1951

1954

1958



Nesbitts

1939
Small "Orange Drink" logo

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

1944 (?)
"Orange Beverage"

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



7up

1937

1937

1937

1938

1938

1938

1939

1939

1939

1941

1942

1946

1946

1951

1956

1958



Mountain Dew

1950

1952

1958



Pepsi

1943

1944

1947

1948

1948

1949

1949

1949

1950

1950

1950


1950

1950

1950

1951

1951

1953

1953

1953

1955

1957

1958

1959

1959



Dr Pepper

1947

1955

1956

1958

1959

1959


Last updated: 03/18/2022