Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Isn’t It Iconic? Don’t You Think?

The last ever returnable glass Coca Cola bottle in the US has rolled off the production line in a Minnesota bottling facility. End of the line and end of an era.

The Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Winona filled the last bottle last week after deciding that it would be too costly to replace the product’s aging bottling line.
The 1915 Mae West Prototype
The iconic 6.5 ounce bottles were the last returnable Coke bottles in the United States. Customers paid a 20 cent deposit on each bottle that was refunded on the return of the bottle, but only in four counties, two in Minnesota and two in Wisconsin. New bottles have not been made since around 1990.

Even though I stick up for Moxie, you have to give a tip of the hat (or tip of the bottle) to Coca-Cola.

1 comment:

Michael said...

I have a vivid picture of the 1957 version from my grammar school, the empties lined up in wooden boxes next to the vending machine. The drink cost ten cents. I was supposed to buy milk, but about once a week I would cheat and buy a bottle of coke! Thanks for the memory.