DESIGNER SODA BOTTLES

1910-1950


2004 Digger Odell

In the links at the bottom of this page  you will find hundreds of images of the designer soda bottles.  I have posted these images for amateur and professional researchers to aid with identification.

The machine made bottle era ushered in new promises for soda manufacturers.  By 1910, many bottle companies had installed the Owens automatic bottle machine.  With this new capability came new ideas for designs in soda bottles.  New forms were appearing with advent of the Crown seal.  Bottle designers created an infinite array of shapes, designs, patterns and styles as the competition heated up to quench the thirst of the public.

In a contest at the Chapman J. Root Glass Company, Alex Samuelson, a plant foreman won a design contest with the entry shown below.  It was to be the most successful bottle design ever.  The design first patented in 1915 was slightly redesigned in 1923.  This design for Coca Cola is known to millions.    Root's plant began making the bottle which came to account for a good portion of his business..

 The links below go to three different decades.  By far the majority of designer soda bottles were produced in the 1920s.  The need for such elaborate  design was in later decades reduced by the introduction of the ACL (Applied Color Label) bottles which had brightly colored labels that served to catch the eye of the customer.  The process was introduced in 1934.  For more information on that topic see my article on Soda bottles of 1937

Collectors are encouraged to email me if they are able to identify specific brands shown in the images. Nearly all of the patents list the design or glass maker but only a few list the specific brand.  Without embossing being shown in the images it is often difficult to identify some of the bottles.  Prepare yourself for a fascinating journey through the world of bottle design.

1915-1919

    Samuelson  

1916 1918 First Coke 1915 1916
       
1915 1916 1917 1917
       

  Sodas of the 1920s       Sodas of the 1930s      Sodas of the 1940s

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