This is my soda empire….I have been collecting bottles and advertising since I was 12 yrs old. Today, as a historian, preservationist, and collector, over the past 35 years, I have amassed a collection of over 20,000 bottles, thousands of cans, dozens of clocks, signs and over 100 vending machines. This pursuit has allowed me to meet some of Alabama’s most well known historians and preservationists, often collaborating with them on projects and lectures. This website’s initial purpose was to showcase bottles from Alabama and neighboring states but as a historian and preservationist of local history, I am finally expanding and showcasing some of my other local collections within the categories along the top of the page.
I occasionally rent out soda props to movie and commercial productions. Look under my ‘my soda collection’ tab for an idea on what items exists in my soft drink collection. For members of media, if you need a piece or picture for an article you are writing, do not hesitate to contact me. I will gladly collaborate or assist with pictures as needed. Please do not steal my images without permission. This is copyrighted material. Just ask.
I am currently President of the Mobile Gulf Coast Coca-Cola Collector’s Club, having served various positions on the Board of Directors for the past 25 yrs. The club is based in Mobile and serves the entire Southern U.S. for persons and families that collect Coca-Cola memorabilia. I also currently serve as the ‘Coca-Cola Can Expert’ on the expert panel for the National Coca-Cola Collector’s Club in Atlanta, GA, answering questions from around the world regarding Coca-Cola prototype and test market cans.
I have been a freelance writer for a variety of soft drink publications for over 15 yrs, been published in several newspapers and historical society publications, appeared on television several times – even appeared in the intro film at the World of Coke, and currently writing a book on the past bottling companies of Mobile County. Stay tuned!! Should be published next year!! See some of my articles under the ‘My Soda Articles’ tab at the top of this page.
As far as expanding my collection, I’m always looking for Alabama bottles and jugs. The smaller the town, the better. The site is constantly updated as I have thousands of bottles and artifacts to go through and photograph, so please check back often. This effort will take several years to complete. If you have anything you think I may be interested in, let me know. I buy any size collections in all price ranges. Enjoy!
Jerry L. Reeves
UPCOMING BOTTLE SHOWS!!!