Bottle In Front Of Me

One of the pleasures of living in an 1890’s house is that one can find interesting things in the walls. I found this between the studs, so I suspect that its been there since they updated the house by adding electricity around 1930 or so.

Ever hear of Sun Drop Cit-Rus Cola? Me either. But according to Wiki, it has had a following in the midwest since it was invented here in St. Louis in 1928. They do have a web site: www.sundrop.com.

This bottle certainly feels different. First, it is an 8 oz bottle made of very heavy glass. It has the side bumpers for bottles to feed from early soda machines and survive many refillings. But these features were probably still around in the 1950’s.

I’ve done an image search, but haven’t found quite a match. Apparently, the label changed regularly, or possibly by bottler. So I’m gonna ask the kind folks at Sun Drop if they can venture a guess about when someone put this in my wall.

When I find such an item, I think of it as a ghost. Here lie the remains of a moment in history. A thirsty electrician running cloth wrapped wires through ceramic tubes and across porcelain knobs between switches made of clay, brass, and Bakelite in order to  to power a few new-fangled Edison lights and perhaps an electric broom. Most of the light fixtures were simply attached to or hung from the existing gas pipes. Sweaty work.

As an object to ponder, I’d much rather have this “Bottle In Front Of Me” than a frontal lobotomy.

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4 Responses to “Bottle In Front Of Me”


  1. 1 Dan Klarmann June 28, 2010 at 11:58 am

    Thanks to friend Joe Welling and experts Bill Lindsey and Bill Lockhart (Historic Glass Bottle Identification & Information Website), I now know that this bottle is probably from a 1950’s rehab job. The “L-G” mark on the bottom means Liberty Glass company between 1936 and 1967. The smaller number 56 then implies 1956.

  2. 2 SunDrop June 29, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    Great photo and thanks for sharing an old school SunDrop bottle. We have started collecting photos of our vintage bottles and you can see them here (Flickr: http://j.mp/bIcU6B). Bottle designs did change slightly depending on the bottler but this is a variation of the original logo. I can confirm your SunDrop glass bottle is over 50 years old. Here’s the original SunDrop logo. http://twitpic.com/qmtxq

  3. 3 Dan Klarmann July 2, 2010 at 5:26 am

    I’ve heard back from Sun Drop consumer relations by email. They write that this particular slogan and label was from 1958.

  4. 4 Robin July 10, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    “Stuff found inside walls” is a well-known category of finds for archaeologists, and gets particularly interesting in parts of the world where the walls are older than a couple of centuries. Here’s a site that’s off interest in my own line of work: http://www.concealedgarments.org/


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