Found this bottle while cleaning out the old dump by our house. It’s an annual event where I commune with our forbears — white folks scratching out a living decades ago on stolen land and tossing all their garbage into the wetland.*
Most of their old junk is rusted, smashed, crumbled beyond recognition. But occasionally there’s a gem like this one — still intact and hard to part with.** Curious if any history buffs out there have any info on the City Bottling Company? I can find all kinds of posts about where to buy one and how to sell this one, but precious little about the manufacturer.
* Our modern family of white folks now lives on the stolen land and we are trying to tidy up. One day we will need to grapple seriously with the fact that we are living on this stolen land and what we are going to do about that. But this post is about the bottle, so I will leave it there for now.
**The rest of the thrown-away junk goes to the WLSSD Materials Recovery Center. A lot of it can be recycled. That makes me really happy.
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