Back when I was a kid I remember going to the Ben Franklin five and dime store in Fordyce Arkansas. They sold candy in these little glass jars. They are usually about 4 inches long. They came in several different shapes. I remember a Jeep, Battleship, Old West style locomotive, Tank, Diesel Locomotive, Liberty Bell, Eiffel Tower, Jeep, Dog, Old 30s style car, and some more. They were hollow clear glass and had small candy bits in them like "red hot's" "orange bitts" grape bitts" ect. The candy was held in place by a small cardboard bottom. I remember they were 10 cents each and I liked the "red hot's". I had a pretty good collection of them and if I wanted a new style I did not have, and it did not have "red hot's" in it I would "pop" that cardboard piece out and switch out to some good ole "red hot's" Probably would be arrested for doing that today, but back then, that's the way it was. I found a couple of my old collection awhile back. So it got me to thinking how many remember them. The tank and the car are the ones I have now. I found a picture of a jeep on e-bay that still has the original cardboard bottom to show what it looked like... Does remembering things like this make me old. ????
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Before my time, but the tank looks like a Pzkpfw IV (Panzer 4) Neat!
I have 2 Donnie
Les, I remember the gun. I do not know for sure how many different ones I had but it was probably 25 or more. I think the mixed color candy was called "tutti fruiti" in some of the different ones I had. Thanks for sharing, now I do not feel as alone in my old age ...
Thanks Donnie now I know what my glass dog is!
At the little corner store you could get wax lips and little wax bottles with sugar water in them. Candy bars were 5¢.
Steve - I remember little candy stores, drug stores and dime stores (dime store,....there's a term lost forever),....anyway, I remember some of those stores with enough wax ground into the sidewalk in front of the store to start a candle factory!
Gave me a thought Steve,.....Bob Coiro needs some of those wax lips to go with his give-away mustaches and silly hats, huh?
Steve, I loved those little wax pop bottles. I saw some of them not too long ago for sale. They must have re-issued them for awhile. A few years ago the retro-candy market was going strong. They started re-issuing a lot of the old name candies. Paul,the glass dog is just like the one I used to have years ago.
I will have to look at the glass dog that was turned up in Mom and Dad's garden. As I recall it looks like the one above. It would have been in the ground before they bought the place in 59 so must be really old!
The wax bottles are readily available. I saw them at Dollar Tree last Saturday when I took my nephew there to buy movie theater candy before going to see "Eddie the Eagle."
Steve is that an original set of the wax soda water's? Remember them well. Seems like later the same stuff came in wax tubes. Neat!
I used to love the wax soda bottles, but there just never seemed to be enough liquid inside to do much more than make you want another one.
My great uncle had a company that made the glass containers. One of the first towns my family settled in when they came from Italy was Jeanette, PA.
Les, you have one of them. His last name was Crosetti. He had other molds, too, that were little radios, telephones, etc.
I sure wish I had the molds now! Or even some of his containers with the label on them.
Steve, my grandma always used to buy me those wax bottles. I hated how they tasted but, ate them anyway.
I turn those figural candy bottles up all the time in old privies.
Marty. Interesting bit of info about your family being involved in making some of these candy containers. I bet if you search e-bay you can find some that still have the labels. Stan. I do not remember the phone, but the glass part resembles the liberty bell that I had. The texture of the glass and the top were different, but the shape appears to be the same .... maybe one or the other was a re-use of an earlier mold .??
The phone and the liberty bell had one thing in common...They both rang!
You crack me up, Dennis (said the bell )
"I turn those figural candy bottles up all the time in old privies"
Boy, that must be fun, dumpster diving in old privies.
Ken, "privy digging" is a form of "treasure hunting" The old privy sites have been filled in for years. Most were filled before WW2. Every old home place has a privy site. Most homesteads have multiple privy sites. When one got full they dug another hole, moved the outhouse and filled in the old hole. A lot of times the hole was filled with trash. Today that trash is treasure. and any human waste is long long gone. With a little research, a good metal detector, common sense as to where would it have been, and a long steel probe rod. They are fairly easy to find. I have dug hundreds of them in my lifetime. I have found bottles, old toys, coins, rings and other jewelry, guns, tools, ect. Its a lot of fun. have fun and be safe .... Donnie Brown ....