The Pepsi-Cola company has survived many changes in the last century including changes in the iconic bottle. The drink has its roots in New Bern, North Carolina where it was created by Caleb Bradham at his corner chemist in 1893. The cola changed owners and bottling locations over the years and is now bottled in countries worldwide. The bottle label design shape and size has also changed throughout the years. Many of the different bottling plants also have a unique bottle and label style that is specific to their location. Early Pepsi bottles are considered collectable and are divided into three main categories according to their label.
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Double Dot - Red, White and Blue Labels
Double dot (DD) refers to the number of dashes between the word Pepsi and Cola on the label. The red, white and blue (RWB) refers to the colours on the main label. There are many different versions of DD RWB Bottles which were produced during the 1940s. This group of bottles has painted on labels and are in demand by collectors. At the time of publication, bottles from this era are sold for £7 to £16 each depending on the rarity of the bottle and its condition.
Double Dot - Red and White Labels
From the mid 1940s to 1950, Pepsi labelled its product with a double dot (DD) logo using the colours red and white (RW). Labels went from being painted on the bottle to a paper label. Collectors look for bottles with labels in mint condition. Bottles with the phrase "Two Full Glasses" are rare and considered more valuable by collectors. Collectors generally pay £5 to £7 for bottles from this era at the time of publication.
Single Dot - Red & White Labels
The Pepsi bottle label changed in the 1950s to a single dot logo with red and white colours. By the 1950s Pepsi had grew in popularity and thus the number of bottling plants grew. Bottles with this type of label were mass produced and are not as valuable to collectors. At the time of publication, bottles from this era fetch around £3 each if in good condition.
Since Pepsi was bottled at many different locations during the early years, bottles that do not fit into the three main categories are possible but rare and are worth more money to collectors. Bottles can be found with a lighter colour of blue than the traditional dark blue. These bottles can be priced for two to three times the value of a typical bottle of the same type. A few companies produced a 354ml bottle with a single dot and the red, white and blue label. Bottles that have been double labelled with painted labels underneath a paper labels are extremely rare and much coveted by collectors.
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