Coca-Cola: Always and Forever 9/11

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Coca-Cola on September 11, 2011 at the World Trade CenterToday is the tenth anniversary of the attacks on 9/11. As a small tribute, here’s a photo taken on that very day by freelance photographer, Doug Kanter. This image is of a Coke truck that sat among the rubble after the collapse of the first World Trade Center Tower.

That day, I had just begun my sophomore year at Marymount Manhattan College. My poetry class started at 8:30am. For the next hour and a half, we were oblivious as to what was happening with the rest of the world. Not until the bell rang and left class, did we get details of the attacks. The school remained opened but classes were suspended for the rest of the day. I called home letting my family know that I was ok. However, there was no way for me to get back to New Jersey. I had to walk for miles (in high heels) to get to Penn Station. Although the streets were desolate, the people of New York remained calm.

I wasn’t able to leave the city until later in the evening when the first train out of New York was to Newark, NJ. But from that day forward, I would never forget the images I saw on September 11. So here’s to New York, the country and all the heroes that changed our lives.

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My First Vintage Coca-Cola Bottle Opener

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Coca-Cola-Bottle-Opener-Starr-XEvery year the town of Rutherford, NJ holds the Annual Rutherford Labor Day Street Fair. It is one of the largest antique and craft fair in the tri-state area. In 2010, attendance was identified at nearly 45,000 for this special one day event. Ever since my husband and I moved to the area, we have been going and let me tell you, it does draw many people from around the nation. This year we decide to scout for some Coca-Cola items. Again, we are kinda new at collecting vintage stuff so we were very cautious. There were many tin signs but we didn’t know much about them so we passed. We believed they may have been replicas since those are very common. We tried to get an old Coca-Cola crate but the vendor was actually using the one she had. Continue reading

An Old Vending Machine at an Apple Picking Farm

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Where to start? Well, my husband and I have been Coca-Cola fans for many years. We have been collecting Coke items since we got married in 2008. We began collecting useable items like Coke glasses, cups, mugs, bottles, etc. because we started with nothing. Not until recently we decided that we wanted to go vintage. Why? Because one day my husband took me apple picking at Masker Orchards in Warwick, NY and saw this: Continue reading