1978: Wide-spread adoption of plastic pop bottles (Kaplan 1982: 109) 1978: 62% of soft drink bottles, 89% of beer bottles and 98% of milk containers were non-returnable (Busch 1987: 77). 1935: Introduction of stubby bottles as a response to the space-saving advertisements of can manufacturers (Cady 1976: 15; Kroll 1976: 7).
1939: “NO DEPOSIT, NO RETURN, NOT TO BE REFILLED” (Kroll 1976: 7).
1905-1920: 6 oz, 7 oz, and quart soda pop bottles standardized (Kaplan 1982).
1820-1925: Tooled finish (Jones and Sullivan 1985: 165).1910: Owen’s mark first appears on fruit jars, packers ware, prescription ware, ammonia bottles, and Heinz bottles (Miller and Mc Nichol 2002: 3).1911: Owen’s mark first appears on whiskeys, gallon packers, and small bottles from one-half to six ounce capacity (Miller and Mc Nichol 2002: 3).Historical archaeologists and others trying to date historical sites by means of the artifacts found on them are increasingly interested in common items manufactured during the lifetimes of people still living.This dating guide is intended to provide a simple source for the most common artifacts found in archaeological or historic contexts.