It's been a while since I've actually had a Coke or a Diet Coke, and it's been even longer since I've had one out of a glass bottle. I recall a few years ago when I took a trip to Israel, my sister and I, after a long day of walking around in the heat, took a break and had Diet Cokes in a plaza. There might even be photo documentation, but I'm not sure where it is! Another memory was from a much earlier trip to Israel, when my whole family was sitting in a rug shop. The owner of the shop was a friend of the family, and the boy who worked for him brought us four bottles of Coca Cola on a beautiful copper tray. I think I was more excited about the tray at the time. Now I would have been excited about the Israeli bottle cap.
It is funny. I recently listened to an episode of This American Life about the (possible) discovery of the original recipe for Coca Cola. One of the topics discussed was how taste-tests of Coke brings back so many childhood memories. My experience is no different. People really do associate Coca Cola with childhood....
These older Coke and Sprite caps were purchased in bulk via ebay. Always a good place to help further your collection. My one complaint was that there were quite a few duplicates in the lot, so I didn't get as many originals as I would have liked. It just means I'll have to keep scouring for additional caps!
International versions (from Chile!):
I would like to make a side note about bodegas today. It has been brought to my attention that NYC bodegas are a dying breed. Many of my more unusual bottle caps (as well as your standard Cokes and Sprites) are purchased in bodegas across the city. Please support your local bodega!