National parksI recently received a reference request asking about a Sprite bottle which had the name of a national park embossed on the bottom of the bottle.  There is an interesting story to these bottles that I wanted to share with you.

The names of 36 national parks and monuments were featured on the bottom of Sprite bottles in 1966.  Our documentation indicates that The Coca-Cola Company was going to do a promotion with Sprite involving national parks and monuments and that several of our bottlers had the bottles created.  However, the promotion fell through.  With the bottles already created, the Company used them to highlight the importance of national parks to the US public.  While the bottles are interesting, they do not have much value in the collectibles market.

Download 1966 Refresher National Park Article which gives more details on the bottles and the parks covered.