In this inaugural installment of Packaging Past, a monthly video series from Packaging Strategies, Editor-in-Chief Kristin Joker visits booth #157 at the Knightsbridge Antique Mall in Livonia, Mich., to talk with Gene Manwaring about soft drink packaging. The history behind 8-packs of 6-oz. Coke, commemorative bottles, soda fountains, embossed Pepsi bottles from the 1940s, patriotism in packaging, and how to date a Pepsi bottle with just two dots.

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