We’ll miss those iconic glass bottles of Coke

Published 11:00 pm Wednesday, October 10, 2012

A little bit of Americana ended this week as Coca-Cola stopped bottling Coke in glass bottles.

The 6.5-ounce glass bottles are no longer being used. The final bottle to roll of the assembly line at Winona Bottling company in Minnesota was auctioned off for $2,000.

Now, the Winona executives will sell the remaining 5,879 glass bottles for $20 each.

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That’s a hefty profit, but no doubt many Americans will be willing to pay the price to own a bit of history.

According to published reports, the Winona Bottling company has been filling those glass bottles since 1932. The first Coke was sold at a drugstore fountain in Atlanta in 1886. It remained a soda fountain speciality until 1894, when Ollie Bidenharn in Vicksburg, Miss., began bottling the sweet treat in glass bottles.

Fittingly, the first and last glass bottles were filled along the banks of the Mississippi River.

Now, Coca-Cola will sell its products in plastic and aluminum cans, replacing the once familiar and favorite glass bottles with disposable plastic and metal containers. While we suspect the plastic and cans are less expensive to produce, easier to transport and more profitable for the company, we’ll miss those iconic glass bottles.

And we suspect millions of Americans would be willing to pay that $20 for a tiny piece of nostalgia found in the glass bottles.