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#1 2013-09-05 12:19:21

ed d
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Registered: 2008-05-12
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deposit bottles and product rewards

when I was a kid, I use to comb the streets and the garbage cans for deposit bottles that were thrown away.  I also collected newspapers from the trash cans and wherever I could find them and sold them to the paper recycler. It must have been funny seeing my fathers new Lincoln head down the street with a 1000 pounds of paper sticking out of the trunk and the back seats.
When I was a teenager, the Borden company had a deal where if you sent them 25 sticks from Fudgesicle bars, you would get a free ticket to Ebbets Field.  I again combed the sidewalks and streets and actually used to follow people who were eating the ice cream and grab their sticks when they threw them away.  Needless to say, I made the trip to Flatbush many times that summer (2 hours on the subway from Flushing)...BUT... I got to see Robinson, Campanella, The Duke, Pee Wee, Furillo, Newcomb et all.

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#2 2013-09-05 12:49:11

CharlieP.
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The big quart size beer bottles were a good find.They were a nickle a piece. ( then you had to hear,"did your father buy that beer here?" LOL

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#3 2013-09-05 13:55:33

Sal
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As a kid who was too young to work the local Super Markets,I use to hit the Manhattan Construction Sites for deposit bottles. The store keeper use to give me an attitude on the returns...OH its you again.

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#4 2013-09-05 15:10:38

mango
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Registered: 2008-05-13
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As a kid I lived off of deposit bottles. That was my spending money. My neighbor with no children left
all her bottles out side my door. It was my ice cream, comic books, and movie money

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#5 2013-09-05 18:38:05

reege
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Registered: 2010-02-27
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Re: deposit bottles and product rewards

A little off topic, but Ed's Dodgers made me think of this ----- from first base, Whitey Lockman, Davey Williams, Alvin Dark, Hank Thomson, Monte Irvin, Willie Mays, Don Mueller, Wes Westrum and pitchers  Ruben Gomez, Jim Hearn, Larry Jansen, Johnny Antonelli, Dave Koslo, Hoyt Wilhelm, and manager Leo Durocher. Oh, yeah, Bobby Thompson who hit the "shot heard 'round the world" in 1951. 

The Dodger-Giant rivalry was the greatest in all sports. When Brooklyn played the Yankees in the World Series, we Giant fans rooted for Brooklyn.

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#6 2013-09-05 22:17:45

Olivia
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Reege--I was in the 3rd grade @ Sacred Heart grammar school during that series. When we were let out of school that day, the game was still going on. The principal told us to stop in the church & light a candle for the Dodgers to win the pennant. When I got home, the game was over & the Giants had won the pennant. When we got back to school the next day, the principal, Sr. Alphonsus, turned around a statue of the Sacred Heart in her office to face the wall. She was a big Brooklyn fan.

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#7 2013-09-06 06:50:52

reege
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Ha ha ha - terrific story, Olivia!

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#8 2013-09-06 12:13:31

ed d
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Registered: 2008-05-12
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so much for...DIVINE INTERVENTION...how about..Dusty Rhodes

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#9 2013-09-06 15:55:07

Jack
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Registered: 2008-05-26
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Everyone is forgetting who was on deck when Thompson hit the home run. Ever heard of a guy named Willie Mays?  I have a seat slat from the Polo Grounds signed by both Bobby Thompson and Ralph Branca.

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#10 2013-09-12 16:18:43

DrSteve
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Registered: 2008-05-13
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I remember my mother sending me to our local supermarket (Big Apple) with an empty 6 pack carton of Pepsi Cola bottles. You would return them in a small corner of the appetizing counter, wait for a paper receipt and then cash the receipt at the cashier in the front of the store. That would be followed by me purchasing a Nestles milk chocolate candy bar at the candy store across the street (Oakland News) on Springfield Blvd. in Bayside Queens. Those were the days! DrSteve

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