Try-me Bottling Co
(also Clicquot Club)


Company Names, addresses, dates1:
  Try-Me Bottling Co, 1345 Fla ave NE (1927-1956)
  Clicquot Club Bottling Co (location & dates unknown)

Notes:
Try-me first shows up in Washington DC directories in 1927, but their ads appear in the Washington Post starting at April 10, 1926. They went for 5 cents a bottle then, and came in 7 flavors: Strawberry, Gingerale, Orange, Peach, Lemon, Root Beer and Grape. Try-me may have started in Alabama (one of the bottles below is marked with both Birmingham Alabama and Washington DC). They came to DC in 1926, but they also appear in other cities.

One of the bottles below is a Clicquot Club brand, but it says it was bottled by Try Me Bottling Co of Washington DC. There is also a bottle cap below that says "CLICQUOT CLUB BOTTLING CO ... WASHINGTON DC", but it has no reference to "Try-Me".

Bottles:

tryme_01 book # 692
These are 9" machine-made clear crown top bottles with a distinctive ribbed & fluted shape. The one on the left is 10 oz and the one on the right is 9 oz. They are embossed:
front: DRINK / Try-me / BEVERAGES / TRADE MARK REG. / TRY ME / CON 10 FL OZ
back: DRINK / Try-me / BEVERAGES / TRADE MARK REG. / BEVERAGE CO
base: WASHINGTON / PATENTED / APRIL 24, 1924 / DC
The 9 oz one has the additional markings around the heel: 3162E 1 G29
tryme_03 book # 692
This is an 11.2" machine-made green crown top with a distinctive ribbed & fluted shape, embossed:
front: DRINK / Try-me / BEVERAGES / TRADE MARK REG. / TRY ME / CON 24 FL OZ
back: DRINK / Try-me / BEVERAGES / TRADE MARK REG. / BEVERAGE CO
base: WASHINGTON / PATENTED / APRIL 24, 1924 / DC
tryme_02 book # 693
This is an 8" machine-made green crown top embossed:
front: Try-me Pale / TRADE MARK REG. / BOTTLED UNDER AUTHORITY TRY-ME / BEVERAGE & COMPOUND CO
back: Try-me Pale / TRADE MARK REG. / MINIMUM CONTENTS 7 FLU. OZS./ BIRMINGHAM, ALA.
base: WASHINGTON / DC
tryme_05a tryme_05b book # 694
This is an 8" black & white applied-color-label crown top bottle (front & back shown). It is marked:
front: PURE WHOLESOME / DRINK / Try-me / TRADE MARK REG. / BEVERAGES / DELICIOUS REFRESHING
back: MADE WITH / FILTERED CARBONATED WATER / AND SWEETENED WITH / PURE CANE SUGAR / FLAVOR DERIVED FROM NATURAL / FRUITS AND OILS -- FRUIT ACIDS -- / CERTIFIED COLOR ADDED / CONTENTS 12 FL. OZ. / BOTTLED BY / THE TRY-ME BOTTLING CO. / WASHINGTON, D.C.
embossed on base: THE TRY-ME BOTTLING CO. / 467B9
tryme_06 book # 694
This is the same as the bottle above except that the ACL is orange & white (instead of black & white). It's an 8" crown top (front & back shown) marked:
front: PURE WHOLESOME / DRINK / Try-me / TRADE MARK REG. / BEVERAGES / DELICIOUS REFRESHING
back: MADE WITH / FILTERED CARBONATED WATER / AND SWEETENED WITH / PURE CANE SUGAR / FLAVOR DERIVED FROM NATURAL / FRUITS AND OILS -- FRUIT ACIDS -- / CERTIFIED COLOR ADDED / CONTENTS 12 FL. OZ. / BOTTLED BY / THE TRY-ME BOTTLING CO. / WASHINGTON, D.C.
embossed on base: THE TRY-ME BOTTLING CO. / 467B9
tryme_04 book # 695
This is a 12" machine-made green crown top with a white, black and red Applied Color Label (ACL). Front & rear views are shown. The bottle is marked:
front shoulder: Clicquot Club (picture of child in fluffy coat) Clicquot Club
front: Clicquot / REG. U.S. / PAT. OFF. / Club / (picture of child in fluffy coat carrying bottle) / Full Quart
back: CONTENTS 32 FL. OZ. / BOTTLED BY / AUTHORITY OF / Clicquot Club Co. / MILLIS, MASS. U.S.A. / by / TRY ME BOTTLING CO. / WASHINGTON, D.C.
base: Clicquot Club




Other Try-me Items:
tryme_cap_01 This is a bottle cap. It is marked: TRY-ME BOTTLING CO / WASHINGTON DC / ARTIFICIAL / COLOR / Try-me / TRADE MARK REGISTERED / GOLDEN ORANGE / DRINK / CONTAINS WATER, SUGAR / FRIT ACID, ORANGE / OIL AND JUICE / LESS THAN 1/10 OF 1$ BENZOATE OF SODA
tryme_cap_02 This bottle cap is marked: ART FLAV & COLOR / TRY-ME BOT'G CO / WASHINGTON DC /CONTS 9 FL. OZ. / Try-me / TRADE MARK REGISTERED / ORANGE / IMITATION ORANGE
There is a date written in pen on the inside cork: 27-Apr-34
tryme_cap_03 This bottle cap is marked: ART FLA & COLOR / TRY-ME BOT'G CO / WASHINGTON DC /CONTS 9 FL. OZ. / Try-me / TRADE MARK REGISTERED / LIME / IMITATION LIME
tryme_07 This is a letter addressed to the Try-Me bottling company. I'm unable to make out the date of the cancelation on the back. My attempt to read what it says:
front: Jack J. Drossopoulos / Try-me Bottling Company of / Wash. D.C. / 1345 Florida avenue n.e. / Washington DC / U.S.A.
rear: Fo Lassa J. Drossopoulos / halandri / greece



Other Clicquot Club Items:
clicquot_01 This bottle cap has red markings on yellow bckground, and says: CLICQUOT CLUB BOTTLING CO. / (picture of eskimo? with soda bottle) / GOLDEN / GINGER / ALE / WASHINGTON, D.C.



1 Boyd's Directory for the District of Columbia (various years)




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