TWO CENTS PLAIN

During the Great Depression, if you wanted the cheapest drink at the soda fountain you would request a “Two Cents Plain” or seltzer water, which would have typically been dispensed from a seltzer Bottle.   The most important tid-bit is that in 1829 the Syphon Seltzer Bottle was invented in France by two Frenchmen.  They used a hollow corkscrew and a valve to squirt the soda while maintaining pressure to keep the remaining soda from going flat. Sadly, the popularity of the seltzer bottle dwindled after many of the European manufacturing plants were destroyed during WWII.  If only those two Frenchmen could see their seltzer bottles today, being used by us as colorful and beautiful pieces of art.

(left) Photographer: Pia Ulin via blanaid, (right) Photographer: Pierre Wester; Stylist: Camilla Julner, Found Julner

Seltzer by the Sea. Photographer: Idha Lindhag

(left) Photographer: Clive Tompset; Stylist: Marie Delice Karlsson via Decor 8 (right) Pinterest

 Shelly Trbuhovich’s home of Galerie Montmartre via The Design Files

Found Cote de Texas

 


Comments

  1. Thank you for your website – very crisp and fresh – a space that captures the Seltzer Bottle as being upcycled – worthy of being collected for its intrinsic beauty, ability to enhance presentation by accenting environs. and providing ideas and inspiration to decorate. Great!
    I have directed my audience to your website, by posting one your pictures – ‘Found Cote de Texas’ on
    one of two Facebook pages – Seltzer Bottles. My other page, Glassartiste, also shares the theme of upcycled glass – antique bottles, some collected and encapsulated in vintage window sashes and printer drawers. Like your site, these pages share the objective of gathering bottles (and glass) – good enough for reclamation, resurrection and re-presentation. Also, Glassartiste and Seltzer Bottles have created a community and directory for the lover of reclaimed bottles, which are listed under my LIKES. Further, it is a virtual place highlighting my visits through the Internet and my hunts in and out antique stores in the Northeast. Please view, comment, share and repost any of my pics, if you wish.
    On Youtube (Glassartiste), one will find stop motion videos, some featuring antique perfume bottles seeming to dance on a window sill or other works capturing antique bottles going through a whirl wind of shapes, sizes, colors, purposes…
    Thanks for raising awareness – inspiring us to bring together glass artifacts, here the Seltzer Bottle, while reclaiming our land. Glassartiste
    https://www.facebook.com/SeltzerBottles?ref=hl
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Glassartiste/167293996633148?ref=hl

  2. You are so awesome! I don’t suppose I have read a single thing like that before. So good to discover another person with unique thoughts on this subject. Really.. many thanks for starting this up. This website is one thing that is required on the web, someone with a little originality!

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