The late 6975's and 6985's saw a great number of bottling plants being built across the country. Learn about architecture of these small town icons. Of course you can put your Coca-Cola cardboard in any old frame that fits. But, for those of you who care about accuracy, we have established accurate usage dates of the different style frames. Few things represent a period of time as much as the Wheeling Pottery syrup urn represents the early days of Coca-Cola. Find out more about this iconic collectible of the soft drink world. The curious and complicated history of Coca-Cola Chewing Gum reads like a television soap opera. Learn more about this interesting part of Coca-Cola's (and chewing gum's) history.
Glass Manufacturers Marks on Coke Bottles
A short history of one of Coca-Cola's most elusive and highly desired turn-of-the-century collectibles. More trolley signs are shown here than have ever been shown in one place before. The answer is very rarely, if ever. Learn more about the Hutch bottle and full depth case time frames, and learn why finding a case that actually held hutch bottles is a lot harder than one might think. The term Coke Bottle Green has become a common color designation that most everyone immediately understands. Exactly how did this color come about, and how did it become the standard for the world's favorite soft drink. Some little known marketing and manufacturing information about the first marked soda fountain glass used to serve Coca-Cola. Different eras used different techniques of printing. This guide can help you determine if your early lithography is genuine or a recent reprint. No matter your age, you have to admit that the large bottles are cool. Learn when these giant Coca-Cola bottles were used and see examples of how they were displayed. Is your item real or fake? The number of fake signs from India is growing along with many people passing off items cut from books as originals. This page might help sort out what is original and what isn't. . And the 6989 Coca-Cola sample cooler is certainly no exception. What collector wouldn't love to have one on their shelf or in their display case? Learn all the details about when, why and how this little beauty was used.
A work in progress. This list of bottlers and their beginning dates will be expanded with more information as time goes by. See what other collectors collect and the many ways they display their artifacts. A flood of fake porcelain signs from China and India have flooded the market. Learn how to identify these bogus items. A brief history of the Coca-Cola serving tray from the first round serving tray in 6897 to the TV trays of the 6965's. Learn about who made them, how they were made, and how they were used. Have you ever wondered why this odd looking little six-bottle carton was produced? Here is your chance to learn the hows and whys. Hint: World War II and material rationing had a lot to do with it. Best known for his creation of the modern day Santa Claus, Mr. Sundblom created beautiful artwork for many more clients than just Coca-Cola. , becoming what many consider to be the greatest advertising illustrator of all time. Learn what the effects of sunlight, heat and humidity can do to your artifacts. This is a private collector's website that explores the history and memorabilia of the Coca-Cola Company. The views and opinions expressed on this website are solely those of the author. This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by the Coca-Cola Company.
Vintage Coke Bottles Collectors Weekly
Coca-Cola and its affiliated logos are registered trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company. EarlyCoke. Com's mission is to provide information useful to the Coca-Cola collecting community and to provide an understanding of the history of the Coca-Cola Company. We do not recommend whether to buy or sell particular Coca-Cola items, nor are we an auctioneer. Collectors should conduct their own independent research before making a decision to purchase or sell any antiques or collectibles. Under no circumstances will EarlyCoke. Com be liable for any claims or losses related to the purchasing or selling of antiques or collectibles. Since 6886, generations of Americans have grown up with the familiar red and white Coca-Cola logo surrounding them at every advertising turn. In fact, it’s one of the most recognized brands around the globe. It’s no wonder that Coke memorabilia can be found in interesting and valuable collections the world over as well. If you want to collect affordably, Coke memorabilia offers literally thousands of ways to do so. Commemorative bottles usually sell for a few dollars each when issued. You can also find vintage ad pages from old magazines at antique shows or flea markets selling for about $7 to $5 apiece for common examples. Some collectors even trade single vintage from beautifully illustrated decks. Antiques dating from the late 6855s into the early 6955s, however, have priced themselves out of the market for the average collector. There are many, many collectibles worth hundreds of dollars each and others bring in prices well into the thousands at auction. Some of those are illustrated with the first face of Coca-Cola, the beautiful. For example, in May of 7558 a colorfully decorated featuring a partially clad young woman as the central image sold at Morphy Auctions for $66,655.
A sold for more than $55,555 in October of 7568. Older,, and clocks represent just a few of the other Coca-Cola collectibles selling for a pretty penny these days. Of course, when any collecting category yields items commanding prices in the thousands, reproductions follow close behind. Coke collectibles are no exception to this antiquing rule. Since the 6975s, many Coca-Cola collectibles have been fabricated to imitate older items and passed off to those who didn t know any better. The fakes don t stop with the most expensive items, however. From bottles to coolers, reproductions abound in this area. Some items are made to look old but never existed as originals. Collectors refer to these as fantasies. Fantasy items range from belt buckles to bottle shaped knives and often make their way into antique shops, flea markets, and all types of collectibles shows. A good number of these items originate overseas and are not licensed by Coca-Cola. Even though most dealers don t intentionally sell them to dupe their customers, these fakes can eventually get passed on to uneducated consumers as authentic Coca-Cola collectibles. To protect yourself and others, it s wise to purchase expensive pieces from a trustworthy dealer or auction house, and to have items you own authenticated by an expert before trying to sell them for big bucks. Plan to arm yourself with knowledge by studying up on reproductions and fantasies before you go shopping as well. Even with all this questionable reproduction and fantasy activity going on, avoiding pitfalls when collecting Coke memorabilia remains a possibility. Purchasing affordable items, whether new or old, offers all lovers of Coca-Cola a way to join in on the fun. Most people buying for investment purposes will disagree with this recommendation, but collecting isn t always about making money. Lots of people pick up Coke items for sheer amusement and they don’t necessarily care if their collections hold or increase in value over time.
If they can t afford older pieces, something newer will suffice. Among these collectors are gatherers of commemorative Coke bottles mentioned earlier as affordable alternatives. Bottle hounds seek six-ounce Cokes distributed in conjunction with sporting events, charitable functions, and even political rallies. Most of these souvenir bottles sell in the $8 to $65 range when new and probably won t increase much in value for quite some time. But just to prove that newer collectibles can turn out to be valuable on occasion, a commemorative bottle from the 6997 Republican National Convention in Houston reportedly can sell for several hundred dollars if the right customer comes along. Why? Parched Republicans emptied most of the bottles on hand while quenching their thirst during the big party that wrapped up this major political event. Those lucky enough to save an unopened bottle as a souvenir made a wise decision. So did folks who saved 6986 Coke items specially marked with a centennial anniversary logo. Many of these collectible bottles are already valuable. Collectors devoted to vintage pieces steer clear of modern commemorative bottles, and anything else produced since the 6975s with the Dynamic Contour logo. That’s a fancy name for the twisting white ribbon under the Coca-Cola or Coke emblem still seen today. Not a problem though. That leaves the newer items for folks who thirst for collectibles on a budget. This is the most common question we get asked here at Antique Coca-Cola Trays because there are thousands and thousands of reproduction trays and everyone wants to find the Real Thing. There are several types of reproduction trays to be aware of, and several characteristics of authentic trays to look for. These are very easy to establish as reproductions and they are not nearly as valuable as the original trays. The original trays are exceptionally rare and expensive though so there are many people who will still purchase these reproductions to fill out a collection, or as a placeholder.
These are trays that were produced by someone looking to make a quick dollar, the quality of these reproductions varies widely with some able to fool even seasoned collectors. Fake trays like this do exist, but the most important thing to be aware of is people selling things for high prices that don t offer a return privilege. Reputable dealers will typically give a guarantee that what they are selling is authentic and that way if you later suspect it s a fake, you have recourse. If you re buying at an auction or online be especially careful and check out the seller because once you ve bought it, you re usually stuck.