...you find really cool old stuff!
As some of you may know, I'm a project engineer working for a general contractor and we're doing work for the CTA'* L-trains - renovating stations and replacing track foundations. This is what we found while excavating for track foundation replacement. Date near the bottom of the bottle is 1900.
Pictures 1&2: "TRADE (CCB Co logo in the middle) MARK REGISTERED" "This bottle is never sold and must be returned when empty" - NOT happening now
3. Chicago Consolidated Bottling Co, 14 to 18 Charles Place, Chicago, ILLS, 1900
4. Check out how thick the wall is and how off-centered it is. I'm pretty sure it was still machine-made though because it has a seam running up each side of the bottle.
I think this is the third bottle we've found. I just saw another one we pulled up the other day: a blue glass bottle of "Bromo-Seltzer"