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Arizona Sodas
Collecting Arizona soda bottles has been a passion for Karen & I from almost the beginning. Since I started as a western soda collector early on, it was a natural progression to specialize in Arizona soda as my collection evolved. From there our interests expanded into pharmacy bottles, whiskeys, milk bottles, food bottles, stoneware, dose glasses, signs, calendars, souvenir china, advertising & calendar plates, tokens and other advertising pieces and go-withs. We will discuss these collections on other pages of the website. Our present collections of Arizona soda bottles is one of the most complete of its kind with well over 450 different sodas represented. We are always looking for new pieces to add and upgrade and are willing to pay accordingly for good items.
From this early desire to collect Arizona sodas and an appreciation of Arizona history came the idea of writing A Collector's Guide to Arizona Bottles and Stoneware which was originally published in 1999 and has been completely expanded and updated in 2008 & 2011. The publication of this volume we believe set a standard for professionalism, honesty and integrity needed in setting values for Arizona soda, pharmacy, whiskey and food containers that carries over into our dealings when we buy, sell or trade for items for our collections. With this being said, we would like to show some of the Arizona sodas in our collection.
Union Soda Works - Tombstone, Arizona
In business from 1882 to 1885 and the only amber colored hutch from Arizona.
Flagstaff Bottling Works - Used from 1896 to 1898. One of 2 examples of this aqua hutch from Flagstaff, Arizona
Pioneer Soda Works - A bottle from the mining town of Bisbee. The first new Arizona hutch soda described in over twenty years. Only 2 examples known from this works open from 1888 to 1918.
Clifton Soda Works - Another very rare Arizona hutch soda bottle from the mining town of Clifton. This is the earlier bottle from this works which operated from 1899 to 1901.
Phoenix Bottling Works - Early applied top and tooled top territorial hutch sodas from the 1880's of Phoenix. Used from 1884 to 1888.
Clifton Soda Works & Dealers Ice & Cold Storage Co. - Two of the rarest crown sodas from Arizona mining towns. Clifton Soda Works was open from 1899 to 1901. Dealers operated from 1910 to 1939.
Union Soda Works - Arizona's only blob top soda used from 1881-1882. The time of the shootout at the OK Corral in Tombstone. Doc Holliday probably drank out of one of these bottles.
Arizona Bottling Works - Very rare 1928 art deco style Whiz bottle from Phoenix. Arizona Bottling Works was a long running business opening in 1900 and closing its doors in 1934.
Houck & Dieter Co. - Early and very rare crown soda from Douglas. This was a branch of the larger facility in El Paso, Texas. It was in business in Douglas from 1903 to 1906.
G. L. Merritt Soda Works - Rare quart bottle from this bottling plant in Prescott. Purchasing Beavers & Heisler's soda works in 1906, Merritt ran his business until his death in 1920.
Williams Bottling Works - Open from 1894 to 1898 this bottling works supplied northern Arizona with soda & beer.
Clifton Bottling Works - First year 1899 billhead from Clifton signed by the owner J. N. McFate. This works was sold in 1901.
Bisbee Pioneer Soda Works - Advertising soda works tray from the early 1900's.
Verde Bottling Works - Opened in the town of Cottonwood in 1917 by August Rucker, the Verde Bottling Works operated until 1937.
Globe Ice & Soda Water Factory - Globe Ice & Cold Storage Co. - Two very sought after hutches from the mining town of Globe. Alfred Kinney ran the works from 1892 to 1908.
Purity Bottling Works - Operated by Milton Bohall from 1908 to 1912. The bottle on the left is presently the only unique hutch soda from Arizona and was found in a privy along with all of the known examples of the other rare hutch.
Winslow Bottling Works & Safford Bottling Works - Two very rare hutches with two & three known examples. The Winslow soda is from 1898-1899 & the Safford from around 1901.
Four hutch sodas from the early days of Arizona soda manufacturing. J. F. I. from Tucson, Herve & Carbon from Tombstone & slick cobalt hutch used by the Pioneer Soda Works of Tombstone. All were used in the early 1880's and were manufactured in California by the San Francisco Glass Works.
Archibald & Cunningham - Very rare siphon bottle from a soda and beer business that actually operated in the settlement of Don Luis, outside of Bisbee in 1903 only.