Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Reminder of the Crash

Found an old Maydale soda bottle while paddling the Assabet River yesterday in Stow between Sudbury Rd. and Gleasondale (photo at left).  The Maydale Beverage Company was located just downriver a bit in Maynard, Massachusetts and produced sodas and spring water in the early to mid 1900's.   Unlike previous Maydale bottles I've come across that were chipped or broken this one is in relatively good shape and has a nice green color.  After a little cleaning it looked even better...
On the bottle's base is embossed "29N" which I'm guessing is the year and month the bottle was made.  If that's correct this bottle came into use shortly after the Stock Market crashed in late October 1929.  Might that explain its getting tossed into the river? 

Now, I just have to find a spot for it among my other river relics...

The Maydale bottle 'in the rough' with other trash encountered yesterday...

I'd hoped to visit Fort Meadow Brook but passage through the box culvert was, thanks to the work of some beavers, out of the question...

3 comments:

Mark Mayall said...

I'm envious of that Maydale bottle, I used to live on Glendale a stone's throw from the building that housed their plant. If you find another one in similar shape let me know if you want to sell it.

Trashpaddler said...

Hello Mark, You're welcome to the bottle as you have more of a connection to it than I do. On my way home today I turned into Glendale Street and was surprised to see that what I believe is the building that housed Maydale is still standing.
Some great pictures of the operation can be found on this website: http://collection.maynardhistory.org files.

Mark Mayall said...

Still standing, barely!