When I began to write my book about the history of the Coca-Cola bottle back in 2003, I had no idea so many variations of the returnable bottle had been used. I began to search for the bottles I would need to illustrate my book. One that proved to be elusive was the 32 ounce Caffeine Free Coca-Cola bottle. I searched at Bottle Shows, Coca-Cola Club Conventions, Antique Stores, Flea Markets, other collectors, etc.
Several years ago I came across a Mr Pibb bottle on eBay for sale. In the background I could make out the 32 ounce Caffeine Free Coca-Cola bottle. I asked the seller if he would be listing the bottle anytime soon. He answered with a ‘No’ and couldn’t figure out how in the world I had even seen the bottle in the background.
I had to go to press with my book without the photo of the 32 ounce Caffeine Free Coca-Cola bottle. I couldn’t wait any longer…holding up printing for a bottle I might not ever find.
Finally….a few weeks ago I came across not one…but two of them! And earlier this year I had found the correct screw on cap that is marked ‘CAFFEINE FREE” to go on it!
It amazes me that a bottle that would have came out in 1983 (The year Caffeine Free was introduced by Coca-Cola Company) that it would be a relatively easy bottle to find. I can go to a Bottle Show and find Coca-Cola bottles from the early 1900′s with relative ease, but not something less than 30 years old. I think the ‘newer’ bottles will prove to be more difficult to find than a 1915 Coca-Cola bottle.
Well…..now onto the next bottle on my list to find……