Coca-Cola Bottling Co. – Winona Historic Commerce Tour from Minnesota Historical Society on Vimeo.
When you grow up in a declining New England milltown in the ’60s, you had to get your view of exotic lands from the bottom of a Coke bottle.
In those days, Coke plants cranked out Coke only in bottles; there were no cans, and at the bottom of each bottle was stamped the names of far-off locales where the bottles were made and the Coke was poured — places like Detroit or Cleveland.
Or maybe Winona.
Those days ended a long time ago for all but one sort of bottle, the ones from Winona.
That ended today when the bottler there — the last bottler to provide 6 oz. returnableCoke bottles — announced they’re quitting the operation.
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Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started several blogs, and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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