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Object Name Bottle
Date 1955-1960
Description Beverage bottle, green glass, cylindrical shape tapering toward narrow mouth. With white and blue painted logo and lettering: "Sparkling / Wise-Up / Reg. U.S. Pat. Off. / CONT. 8 FLU. OZS. ; BOTTLED BY AUTHORITY OF / WISE-UP COMPANY OF AMERICA / STATEN ISLAND, NEW YORK"; with a cartoon-like illustration of a police officer. Lettering on reverse of bottle in white: "A REFRESHING / PICK-UP-DRINK / CONTAINS FILTERED CARBONATED / WATER, SUGAR, CITRIC ACID, SODIUM / CITRATE, FLAVOR DERIVED FROM / LEMON AND LIME OILS. / YOU'LL AGREE / IT AGREES WITH / YOU / SERVE COLD - POUR GENTLY / Bottled by / IMPERIAL BEVERAGE CO., INC. / STAPLETON, S.I., N.Y." Logo in white of police officer's face and hat with the words "WISE-UP" is repeated on front and back of bottle near neck. Neck is slightly textured and has an embossed ring. Embossed marks on bottom of bottle include an oval crossed by a diamond shape and numbers "G1031 / 5 / 3 / 5". Covered with a crimped metal bottle cap.
(Keywords: New York City, Twentieth Century)
Acquisition From Robert Anderson
Ownership and History "Wise-Up" was a lemon-lime flavored carbonated soft drink that was bottled on Staten Island in the 1950s. On Staten Island, soft drinks are typically referred to as "soda." The term "pop" is commonly used in some other parts of the United States.

The oval and diamond mark on the bottom of the bottle is believed to represent the Owens-Illinois Glass Company, a major American bottle manufacturer.
Earliest Date 1955
Latest Date 1960
Maker Owens-Illinois Glass Company
Material Glass
Subjects Food
Police
Soda industry
Lexicon Sub-category Merchandising T&E
Catalog Number 84.028.0047
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, February 2015.
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