Barre Bottle

Industries used to be a lot more spread out. In most towns there was a butcher, a baker or several even. Now we count about a dozen banks instead. I wonder where all the money comes from if there is no industry.

The bottle says:

ZAN’S SODAS, Inc. BARRE, VERMONT

Apparently these were made and bottled right next door in the town of Barre. Our pigs dug this up in the south field. It is in perfect condition and very heavy glass. It had been in the ground a long time. When I found it on the surface it was packed full of dirt. It took me months of patient soaking and scraping with a chop stick and then a bottle brush to gradually clean it off and out.

The pigs pull a lot of things to the surface and leave them there for me to pickup. It’s a treasure hunt game but unlike Easter eggs we do this all summer long. Boots, iron pot hooks, axes, bulldozers, bricks and other things. Check out some of the found objects from over the years.


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6 Responses to Barre Bottle

  1. Not Giving My Name says:

    I can tell you where the money comes from..seems lots of people now works for the government. But the government has to get money..so they tax everyone and that doesnt work so they borrow. It is our grand chidren if anyone who will pay it. I doubt the government actually intends to pay it back though.

    But that is besides the point. Cool treasure. I like your found things posts. It is interesting to know that people have been here long before us and that someday people will find our stuff like my car keys I lost out in the woods.

  2. Servius says:

    The money comes from people borrowing it. Then they have to pay it back by producing something for other people who borrowed money. Banks don’t actually have any money in the long run, they just loan it out. Even their reserves were borrowed from the Fed who created them to loan them to the banks.

    Think this is sustainable?

    nope.

  3. Lindsey says:

    How true about the disappearing nature of the old way in favor of the new. I guess 50 years from now we will pine for all those different banks when everything is centralized to one big one!!
    Thinking of the diversity of shops – I long for good selection, not only of shops, but of content in shops. Seems to me that what I can buy now is such lower quality than what I can make (thinking of baking, primarily) that I do what I can in our house. It’s like everyone is telling us what to buy – from veggies to baked goods to bottles of pop.
    Those pigs come in handy for all sorts of things! They get rid of burdock and help give you perspective!

  4. The Vermont State Archivist sent me scans of documents about Zan’s Soda. They were apparently incorporated in 1934. I have an email to someone in Barre who might have more info…

  5. From the Vermont State Archivist:

    From: archives@sec.state.vt.us
    Subject: RE: Zan’s Sodas
    Date: May 12, 2011 10:52:02 AM EDT
    To: walterj@sugarmtnfarm.com

    Dear Mr. Jeffries,

    Thank you for your email. Your bottle has apparently been in the ground for quite a long time, indeed!

    The webpage with our database microfilm description you linked us to references the Secretary of State’s records regarding the formation of corporations. I am attaching 4 scanned pages (jpgs) with the Articles of Association records from 1934 (Zan’s Beverage Corporation) and 1936 (Zan’s Soda Incorporated).

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