How Old Is The Bottle, Why Is It Valuable To ME?

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Real Estate Agent with MOOERS REALTY ME Broker License 106759

pepsi cola old bottle

The old Pepsi Cola bottle.

How old do you think it is?

And why it is important to me?

I saw it a lot growing up in Maine.

The story here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you have something small that packs powerful, strong good memories from back when you were a kid?

I hope you hang on to a few of those day to day items when you lose your parents, loved ones as keep sakes to fuel childhood memories brightly.

Keeping the ordinary items that take on more meaning, a deepening appreciation for the folks you loved that used them. Or those items you yourselve used as a kid as part of the family where everyone worked. All had chores, a place in that family and would have been missed if you were missing, not there. In a home, the house you grew up in, the most valuable items are the ones that no one at a garage sale would think as anything special like you do. Because you remember the person using them. Maine, pure, simple, drop dead gorgeous.

I'm Maine REALTOR Andrew Mooers, ME Broker

Comments (18)

Hella Mitschke Rothwell
(831) 626-4000 - Honolulu, HI
Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker

I have a photo of a restaurant in the woods in Germany whre I grew up. We used to go there on Sundays with the family. It still gives me warm feelings.

Apr 06, 2011 04:04 PM
Donald Reich
Prudential Centennial - New Rochelle, NY

I am guessing it's from the 1950's. Even though I am a Coke fan, it's still very cool. Now if you had a Dr. Pepper . . . .

Apr 06, 2011 04:04 PM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
MOOERS REALTY - Houlton, ME
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Hella ... Hang on to that photo. Scan it and share it with us! You know what I am talking about.

Donald ... I think it is 1957 from checking the bottom of the bottle. It was bottled in Lewiston Auburn operation. We were a Pepsi home. And ginger ale when any of the four boys were sick.

Apr 06, 2011 04:13 PM
Kristine Ginsberg
Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC - Short Hills, NJ
NJ Home Stager

Very cool old Pepsi bottle Andrew - I love things like this - a little nostalgia if you will!

Apr 06, 2011 04:59 PM
Mimi Foster
Falcon Property Solutions - Colorado Springs, CO
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

There were so many things that I had collected that brought back fond memories.  At one point, it was wonderful to open up a box or a drawer or a cupboard and find them.  Then I realized that taking a picture of the item (unless it was just too valuable to pass along) was just as much a mind trigger as the object itself.  So I started taking pictures and making books of just the pictures and the descriptions.  Doesn't take up nearly as much space :))  Great bottle - I have a pack of chewing gum from the 1930s still in tact.  I DID keep that . . .

Apr 06, 2011 05:13 PM
Ernie Steele
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Homesale Realty - Lebanon, PA
Call me, let's get started!!! 717-273-3774

Andrew, I'm old enough to know that the 'stopper' in the bottle was used to sprinkle laundry when it was being ironed...It was a common item until the steam iron showed up in homes around the late '50s or early 60's...I still have one in the kitchen drawer...Thanks for bringing back the fond memory of watching my mother iron our shirts...Enjoy your day.

Apr 06, 2011 09:56 PM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
MOOERS REALTY - Houlton, ME
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Kristine ... You are so right. Some folks have lots of "stuff" they pick up at antique places. The small stuff the dealers call "rounds". But it's even better to have the original one, not one you pick up that reminds you of the real thing.

Mimi ... My youngest son in your Colorado Springs in his second year at Colorado College. My Mom had a writing desk like every other lady her age, generation. The kind with the slanted top that folds down, locks in place and three drawers under it. Her whole life was in that desk. And so was my Dad's and four brothers with new clippings of winning this news stories, Report cards, green stamps, everything. I could only spend about an hour at a time sorting through it because flash back and the loss of parents hits you hard. You have to pace yourself.

Ernie ... You know the power of an old 1957 bottle and its practical use. Hang on to it for the heart value. My parents both worked very hard on a Maine farm and never complained, loved to be industrious. Today we have it so easy in many ways and are less grateful, joyful in many cases. Maybe we have to get back to work and have a kick from a job well done, not just for the money and the toys it can bring in "retail therapy" huh?

Apr 06, 2011 11:10 PM
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Alliance 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs

Andy, A few small odds and ends tucked away in the basement to remind me of times past.  Have always liked grabbing soda cans from my travels, small Japanese ones, Isreali Coke cans....just small, cheap reminders of places I've been.  Bill

Apr 06, 2011 11:29 PM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Andrew - this is super cool. I love stuff like this.  reminds me of a cool restaurant we used to have near us w/ all the old coke stuff from the turn of the century or so.

Apr 06, 2011 11:41 PM
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

What a great old bottle, Andrew! I have some things of my Mom's that no-one else seems to appreciate but I love them :). It's amazing how important those memories are.

Apr 07, 2011 12:08 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
MOOERS REALTY - Houlton, ME
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

L and B ... Cool cans, bottles from other countries! Show us the most interesting!

Debbie ... I remember the diners that were railroad car like. The juke box at your table, you could see, smell the guy at work on the grill and they only held about 30 people. We had one call the Miss Aroostook Diner. Neat to go out to eat with the family as a kid. I am amazed at the people I meet that never, ever went out with their parents as a family to eat. Their parents went out, had a heck of a social life at the country club, etc but kids did not get the sit down, act good or we're leaving weekly visit to a local diner.

Toni ... Those items are your Mom, Dad, brothers, sisters. Because you see them used by the person. This bottle has a little water left in it, ready for the ironing job even though Mom has been gone for a few years. I'm not emptying it out. Keeping it ready and thinking of her in a super way and appreciating how hard she worked. Realizing how hard more and more the older I get.

Apr 07, 2011 04:33 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Wow - that photo catapaulted me back to the 1940s and 1950s.  My mom used a soda bottle filled with water, and a a sprinkler top like that to sprinkle clothes to get them ready for ironing. 

Apr 07, 2011 09:19 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
MOOERS REALTY - Houlton, ME
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Myrl ... I am beginning to think most Mom's did! That's the trick. One person saw the bottle with the top and said is that for vinegar to sprinkle some on your home made Maine potato french fries with the skins on them? Not but now I am hungry for some. Thanks for popping in. 

Apr 07, 2011 09:24 AM
Chris Alston
Chris Alston (Keller Williams Realty, Silicon Valley, California) - Campbell, CA
Silicon Valley, California

you know...I think I have an old bottle too...  but it has not nostalgic value... hmmm...

Apr 07, 2011 11:24 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
MOOERS REALTY - Houlton, ME
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Chris ... Old bottles are neat and like any antique can take you back to the golden oldies like a song you remember from years ago. What adds to the power of it to a collector is knowing a loved one used it. That particular one, not one like it or that reminds you of one gone. There is history to this bottle.

Apr 07, 2011 11:34 AM
Mimi Foster
Falcon Property Solutions - Colorado Springs, CO
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

I am sorry about the loss of your parents.  Where does your son live?  I do a lot of posts about Colorado College and our tenure as Landlords . . . you might enjoy some of them :)

Apr 08, 2011 03:53 PM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
MOOERS REALTY - Houlton, ME
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Mimi ...Thank you. Normal old age happens and I figure my kids and I got to be with the almost daily living locally so grateful. Many see their parents or adult kids once, twice a year and that is it. I was luckier and kids better for it. Elliot on campus at CC.   But maybe you can help him find a rent this third year, next fall semester. You live in a neat area...if I worked out there it would be different marketing approach then Maine in Colorado.

Apr 08, 2011 11:49 PM
Mimi Foster
Falcon Property Solutions - Colorado Springs, CO
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

I specialize in the CC area - that's my niche.  If he gets off campus in his Junior year, NOW is the time for him to secure a place for the fall.  The good stuff is gone when they get back.  He needs to find out how many will be living with him and proceed.  When we had all of our CC rentals, they were rented, almost always, by the end of April for the fall semester! 

My 90 year old mother lives with us.  It is a blessing and a challenge.  By the grace of God she is quite able to take care of herself, but I have noticed she is slowing down quite a bit these past few months.

Feel free to have your son call me.  I've been out of the rental loop for a while, but I will be glad to help him!

 

Apr 09, 2011 01:37 AM