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Sunday, 24 March 2013



Though the Romans developed glass blowing and the possibility of manufacturing wine bottles,  the selling of wine in bottles was not popular. Because glass is hand blown, the bottles therefore varied greatly in size. Because of this rather than never knowing exactly how much wine they were getting, consumers preferred to bring in their own containers, into which a measured amount of wine was poured.

The first commercial product manufactured in the United States and exported to Europe was a glass bottle made in Jamestown in 1608.

The first glassworks to specialize in making wine bottles was set up in Bordeaux in 1723 by an Irishman. By the eighteenth century, the development of more efficient methods for stoppering wine combined with the use of glass bottles with small bottlenecks were making airtight wine storage possible, thus aiding the controlled ageing of wine. Previously for many centuries, bottles had been imperfectly closed by a wooden stopper, a piece of rag or by topping the liquid with olive oil.

A German immigrant, Caspar Wistar, pioneered America’s first large-scale production of bottles for beer and wine at his New Jersey plant in 1739. It was the earliest successful workers' co-operative venture in the colonies.

In 1875 An American, Hiram Cod, invented a gas-tight bottle that preserved the fizz in lemonade. He only manufactured non-alcoholic drinks so because "wallop" was at the time a slang term for beer, the phrase "Cod’s wallop" started being  used to describe drinks that do not contain alcohol.

Milk was delivered in glass bottles for the first time in 1878 - by one Alexander Campbell, in New York. Up to that time, moo juice had been ladled out of a container by the milkman, right into the customer’s own container.

Dan Rylands of Hope Glass Works in Barnsley, England, patented the screw bottle top in 1889.

A Baltimore machine shop operator, William Painter invented the crown cap on February 2, 1892. Tiny in design, the "Crown Cork Bottle Seal" completely revolutionized the soft drink industry by preventing the escape of carbon dioxide that creates the bubbles, from bottled beverages. The stoppers that had been used in glass bottles were generally made of cork, metal or porcelain, which had the disadvantage of making the drink toxic, and therefore undrinkable, should they make contact with the bottles' contents.

The original glass Coca-Cola bottles were inspired by an illustration of a cocoa bean, which has elongated shape and grooves.

The record for the oldest message in a bottle was held for a time by one dropped into the North Sea in 1906. The bottle floated around for 108 years and 138 days until it was found by Marrianne Winkler on an island off Germany in 2015 The message, on a postcard, asked the recipient to send it back stating where it was found.

Perth, Australia resident Tonya Illman found the world’s oldest message in a bottle in 2018 after deciding to pick up some rubbish while on a walk with her family along the beach. She, together with her son’s girlfriend, tipped out the sand that had become lodged inside the bottle, and uncovered a piece of paper dated June 12, 1886 making it nearly 132 years old.

Henry Ford captured his last dying breath in a bottle.

Orangina's bottle, shaped like an orange, with a glass texture designed to mimic the fruit, was introduced by soft drink manufacturer's founder Jean-Claude Beton in 1951.

The US government set a requirement in 1979 that all bottles be exactly 750ml as part of the push to become metric. The European Union encouraged at the same time wine manufacturers to adopt the same size, to enable a worldwide standardization.


More steel in the United States is used to make bottle caps than to manufacture automobile bodies.

No one knows why there is a 33 on a Rolling Rock bottle... the secret died with the original brewer.

Glass bottles make significantly better containers for carbonated beverages due to the fact that air can diffuse through plastic, allowing the CO2 to escape.  Thus, carbonated beverages stored in plastic containers have a much shorter shelf life than their glass counterparts.

By recycling just one glass bottle, the amount of energy that is being saved is enough to light a 100 watt bulb for four hours.

The glass of a beer bottle is brown or green to block harmful UV sunlight, preserving the taste.

The Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew temple in Thailand was constructed with 1 million recycled beer bottles.

A labeophilist is a person who collects beer bottles.

In Tulsa, Oklahoma, it is against the law to open a soda bottle without the supervision of a licensed engineer.

Burglars opened 1,200 bottles of beer in a store in Germany and stole the bottle caps in an attempt to win promotional prizes.

The expiration date on bottled water is for the bottle, not the water.

The indent on the bottom of wine bottle is called a punt.

Milestii Mici wine-making plant in Moldova holds the world record for the largest cellar by number of bottles; it has over 1.5 million.

The world record for carrying a milk bottle on your head is an astonishing 24 miles.

The world record for the most beer bottle caps removed with the teeth in one minute is sixty eight.


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