Drink Up! CrAzY Bottle Collection

June 27th, 2012 in blog, member junk     
JunkArchitect Jim Healy, editor
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Bottles are from the late 40s through the early 70s.
They make more of a statement when all grouped together.
Great colors.
The caps are little pieces of art too.

Some bottles not only have amazing graphics but really cool shapes.
I painted the text and attached an old bottle opener to each side.

Does it surprise ANYONE that a bottle of soda with a potato on it didn’t catch on.
Bottles with winter scenes and polar bears. I don’t know about you but if I was being mauled by a bear an icy cold soda would be the last thing on my mind.
Go right ahead.
Photo: Jim Healy (copyright 2009)

I have amassed this out-of-control collection of vintage Soda Bottles. The madness started with three bottles I found at a tag sale. Twenty-five years worth of tag sales later I own around 300...crazy. Every bottle has its own unique graphics and I consider each one a little piece of art. I recently built this shelving unit as a way to group the bottles together and turn a portion of my collection into one gigantic art statement. Another flea market find was a bag full of vintage bottle caps. The caps are attached to the front of each shelf and add to the overall graphic intensity.



Pattern or design used: My Own Design - Jim Healy JunkArchitect (Copyright 2009)
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Comments (47)

just_old_stuff writes: What a great bottle collection. And the display is beyond words. You certainly have an eye for photography too. I love it all, Jim.
Posted: 6:02 pm on February 10th
Dinantiques writes: Mr. Healy!!! This is one of the cooolest, and I mean cooolest displays ever!

Dina Posted: 7:18 pm on August 11th
SwampTreasures_com writes: Hey Jim,

I've been lax here on Junkables for awhile. While doing some research this morning, I was led back here, and remembered my question about your Idaho Potato Soda bottle. Would you be willing to trade it for another soda bottle? I have some pretty good bottles to trade. Let me know when you can. And the Best of 2013 to you

Dennis Posted: 7:15 am on January 4th
sandyrae writes: I have no idea how in the hell I missed this post! I could give you some lame excuse but I won't.... this time. I love that you call them "soda" bottles. Here in Middle America we call them Pop. Allways have, always will!
Wonderful Collection, Jim!
Sandy Posted: 12:06 pm on July 11th
betsyloo writes: Jim Have you ever come across a Christo Cola bottle? Our son (23) has always gone by the name Christo short for Christopher... (even his college diploma says Christo) I have heard of Christo Cola and Christo Gingerale but never seen the bottles.. if you have one could you post a picture. Its a great display..Thanks for the inspiration. Posted: 7:25 pm on July 3rd
G writes: Jim,
Your displays alone are a work of ART!....awwwwww tell me you have an Orange Crush bottle and I am going to go cry! Brings back memories as a kid in Los Angeles..walking through some iffy neighborhoods with Steven...because this little old store..had the coldest orange crush in town....
Thank You for always bringing joy through your creations...your displays...your words...you have a true gift..and you're a wonderful teacher to us ALL!!!!

Geneen Posted: 2:42 pm on July 3rd
NDJunkGirl writes: Got any that say North Dakota on them? I'm loving that Idaho bottle - funny!!

-Andrea Posted: 11:59 am on June 27th
gadgetsponge writes: Glad I got a chance to see this great display Jim! knocked it out of the park. The fixture looks original with the style you gave it. Posted: 11:44 am on June 27th
Heavenly_Treasures writes: JIM,
What a display.One of the best I have ever seen. This is awesome.WOW. Great job jim.You over did yourself this time.THANK,S FOR SHARING. GOG BLESS ROBERT. Posted: 8:32 am on June 27th
shabbychick writes: Classic for sure, and still fabulous...for sure!

Very Cool Jim!!

Kathy Posted: 6:13 am on June 27th
SwampTreasures_com writes: Wanna sell that Idaho tatter bottle?
Posted: 4:35 am on June 29th
SwampTreasures_com writes: Got any bottles to sell or trade Jim? I'm a soda bottle Nut myself. Nice seeing someone else that has the same "compulsion" :)
GOOD SHARE!! Posted: 4:22 am on June 29th
Funky_Junk_Donna writes: Wow, beautiful! I especially was drawn to the neat shaped ones. Very clever way to display and better appreciate such a full collection. Posted: 3:47 am on June 27th
BillyJo writes: Wow. I really like the collection and display. Gives me the 50s era feeling. Thanks for sharing
Posted: 5:17 pm on May 1st
nancat1946 writes: WOW ! How much fun is this ? I bet you stay busy keeping them clean but it sure would be worth it, especially when the sun is shining bright. Thanks for sharing. Posted: 1:00 am on April 8th
BJjunk writes: A fun collection. Posted: 8:41 am on February 20th
OrganizedHoarder writes: I love the old bottle openers attached to the side of your display! Brings back memories of my grandparents' house and my grandma who always slipped us the forbidden bottle of Pepsi when we visited. She had one of the openers attached to her back door frame which added to the forbidden thrill ... I'm going to start looking for my own bottle openers while out junking. Nice job, Jim! Posted: 9:10 pm on February 17th
artjunkie writes: You are one cool dude with mucho talent. That shelf looks like a retro original. Perfect, just perfect. What a statement it is. -- rhonda, art junkie Posted: 11:15 pm on January 20th
soda_POP writes: Very nice collection. I've been trying to decide on how to display my bottles. I've accumulated quite a few myself. Would you happen to have any extra bottle caps left over that you would care to donate? Posted: 7:38 am on December 23rd
DesignTurnpike writes: What an awesome collection! Posted: 9:30 am on September 29th
emw1203 writes: You have a wonderful collection and have it displayed so nicely. I like how intact the pyroglazing? is on the front of the bottles. Very nicely done. My fiance collects old bottles himsself from the 1700 and 1800's so I know how large a collection can be. Recently he put some lights in his cabinet and they make a nice glow coming through the bottles.
Good luck with your collection, great work!!! Posted: 2:15 pm on July 20th
RobJ98167 writes: A lot of those bottle bring back memories for me. Great collection Jim Posted: 10:11 pm on July 10th
catbishop writes: Wow, you amaze me. Posted: 10:07 am on July 8th
kraftykathy writes: So cool,love all your post!! Posted: 8:37 pm on July 3rd
joeyone writes: cool bottles....last year i happened upon a little old man selling his soda bottle collection 200+ pieces and bought them all. They have great graphics and are in excellent condition...most are from the erie, pa and buffalo, ny area. They really look cute in my shop I will try and post a pic. Posted: 11:19 pm on June 29th
HeyNowHadley writes: Sody lovers, you have to know about this place: Pops. It's is a diner/gas station/soda shop north of Oklahoma City on historic Route 66. They have 500+ soda flavors! My fav: Zuberfizz Coco Fizz Soda. The glass walls are lined with soda bottles. Retro awesome. I want to live there. http://www.pops66.com/40.0.html Posted: 4:28 pm on June 23rd
LovinOs writes: Oh my!!! I love your collection!

How I have longed to meet another pop lover!!

I have about 60 vintage bottles...definitely not as many as you. I have them in my kitchen with my vintage Kitchen Aid mixer I had painted lime green.

I am always on the hunt, but I think I have found what West Texas has to offer. I have many of the same that you have. This posting has gotten my urge to go on the hunt again and I thank you for that. Love your stuff! Posted: 5:34 pm on June 22nd
decor8ndiva writes: Love it! My DH has a collection of these old bottles too, but probably not as many as you have! I'd love to find a display rack like yours, since ours are currently off display. Hmmm, maybe I could make one similar to this until I find an original. Thinking, thinking, thinking... Posted: 12:02 pm on June 22nd
teriyakky writes: Wonderful, colorful and inspiring!! Posted: 11:38 am on June 22nd
TinTinJunkFan writes: This looks like a display in a museum--your collections are incredible and the display stand is wonderful. Soda pop bottles make one think of summer but your collection to me has a delightful Christmas look! Absolutely love this! Posted: 12:00 pm on June 19th
TrashyChick writes: Sooooo cool and colorful! Your son is very lucky. I have some bottles, I’ll send you a picture. TC

Posted: 9:14 pm on June 18th
RichManJunkMan writes: This is an amazing display. The case alone looks like it has been in an old general store, or stashed in a barn for 75 years. What a great bottle collection with such variety of form and graphics, yet they all hang together representing an era. That YooHoo bottle alone brings back memories. My father used to make his own version of YooHoo back in the early sixties, but, I don't think that his was "sterilized"! Posted: 9:28 am on June 17th
plainandsimplykaren writes: That is great! Glad to hear your son hasn't noticed it yet lol! Posted: 2:15 pm on June 16th
birdcolor writes: Love, love, love these! Love the artwork and love how you have displayed them with the bottle caps. Posted: 11:41 pm on June 15th
georgiamoon writes: Jim, that is one CRAZY collection of soda bottles...I especially like the "tatie pop"! It's the tastiest! I had no idea there were so many different kinds of soda bottles. The wall unit you built is fantastic! I am always amazed at how talented you are, and always anticipating what you'll show us next. You did a great job making it look like it was made for those bottles. AND you are a crack up. I'm still laughing. I LOVE IT, Georgia Posted: 8:18 pm on June 15th
oldnews writes: WOW! This project is right up there with Jenny's beautiful desk! Amazing, as always!! Marie Posted: 7:46 pm on June 15th
alicemom writes: Jim,
As always, you topped your top. Incredible collection. I love your sign & the opener. Your pic's are great too.
alice Posted: 6:39 pm on June 15th
monakent writes: This is amazing. Almost makes me want to start such a collection!!!

Your display turned out GREAT. It just all flows together so perfectly. Love what you did with the bottle caps.

I was not aware soda bottles had "themes" - too funny!!!

Thanks for sharing this with us all. gailmarie Posted: 5:25 pm on June 15th
writes: Jim,
I love how you're showing us all the more reason to think you are such a cool guy. This bottle collection is GREAT! I love how you enjoy and (respect) the design of the bottles and their labels.

But my very favorite part? "Bottles with Winter scenes." You just kill me.

:-) JennyK Posted: 5:04 pm on June 15th
fellowjunker writes: ANOTHER..........SO VERY COOL "JIM" project!!!!!! Love the collection you have amassed Jim. My dad collected vintage bottles for many many years so I can definitely relate to this post. Your display stand is awesome as well. My older son would love something like this in his room!!
xojanis Posted: 4:31 pm on June 15th
thefrogprincess writes: Wow! This is the coolest thing. Unique displays are hard to come up with for large collections. You did a great job! Posted: 3:41 pm on June 15th
LuAnn writes: Who would have thought there was that many vintage "soda pop" varieties. Nice job of displaying with the bottle caps too!! LuAnn Posted: 3:18 pm on June 15th
farmgirljunk writes: I have a few vintage soda pop bottles that I have collected which are completely outdone by what you have collected. I, too, collect old pop bottle caps. I plan to turn them into a cool, retro belt. Posted: 2:46 pm on June 15th
texasjunkermom writes: Wow, what a collection. Unusual shapes and names, but I had even forgotten about 'Yoo Hoo'chocolate soda!! Used to love it. Great pics, great display, as always from you. But I have to ask, how do you dust them all?! Posted: 2:45 pm on June 15th
suewhitney writes: Jim,

This brings tears to my junking eyes!

Take care,
Sue Posted: 2:21 pm on June 15th
shabbychick writes: Jim - this is so cool - it looks like soda pop heaven for sure! You've done these vintage beverages proud - your pics and display are amazing (as always!!).

Yikes - can you imagine soda (or pop as we say in Ohio...) tasting like a potato?? You may have the only one ever sold!! :)

Thanks for sharing!


Posted: 2:04 pm on June 15th
Carrie111 writes: Neato! Your years of collecting have paid off! Nice photography too, I like the different angles. Posted: 1:17 pm on June 15th
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