Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Star City Soda

 Those of us who grew up in Miamisburg, Ohio, surely all hold one flavorful memory dear: the Star City Bottling Company.

Operated there from 1903 to 1968, the local company produced wonderful sodas in clear bottles. I can remember my Grandpa Paulsen bringing them home by the case, sitting it on the stair landing to their basement and telling me to grab a bottle whenever I wanted.

When the company went out of business, I took one full bottle of orange soda and placed it into storage. Where that was, I couldn't quite remember at first.

 What prompted thoughts of Star City soda was a Facebook post by the Ohio Ghost Town Exploration Co. They recently found an old seven ounce bottle (just the bottle) in New Burlington, Ohio, near the bank of Caeser's Creek off of Route 380, and near the Greene and Clinton County border.

 That certainly prompted me to search for my archived bottle. And I eventually found it, nestled in my bedroom bookcase. It looks to me that the sealed bottle is not quite so full of orange soda as it was 46 years ago. Some evaporation must be taking place through the cork.

 Remember those wonder flavors? The soda's were available in a rainbow of flavors: crystal clear lemon-lime, cream soda, grape, root beer and orange are the first to come to mind. I'm sure there were others.

 Here's a close-up of the cap on my bottle. I'd love to open it and take a sniff. But I won't!

 It looks like there's even a market for these bottles. One eBay listing notes $60. I wonder if it sold? Memories don't come cheap.

1 comment:

  1. I cannot believe you thought to hold onto one of these bottles FULL! Wow! Enjoyed taking that trek down memory lane with you...also remembering the wood cases full of those bright colored/fruit flavored sodas in clear glass bottles! Acutally, on occassion - there would be an old bottle - kind of greenish colored, remember? Pop, as most call it in Ohio. My favorite was the cream soda - we used to make a "Farmer's Soda" with vanilla ice cream! Star City was even better than Barq's. (wonder if that still exists?)
    My son still has one - proudly displayed - it is a 12 oz bottle - with the star and graphics - fun reminder of days gone by...