Victory Bottling Works


Company Names, addresses, dates1:
  Victory Bottling Works, Southeast corner of Sutton & Chain Bridge Roads, Vienna VA (c1924-c1947)

Notes:
An April 30, 1926 article in the Fairfax Herald said that the Victory Bottling Works was just incorporated with W.T. Buser president, H.W.Gunnell vice president, and R.C.Yost secretary and treasurer. It went on to say that they manufactured, bottled and sold soft drinks, and that the company had been established about 2 years earlier.
Apparently the sold beer as well after prohibition was lifted. An August 23, 1935 article in the Fairfax Herald said that Hugh Gunnel was continuing the business after his partner W.T. Buser died six weeks earlier, and that they bottled Heurich beer, ale and porter.
An ad in a 1947 phonebook listed Victory Bottling Works as a distributor of Budweiser and Senate Beer, as well as Virginia Dare & Dixie Wine.

Bottles:

victory_01 This is a clear, 7.75" crown top bottle with a diamond pattern, embossed:
in script on front/back shoulders: Victory
along the heel: VICTORY BOTG. WKS. INC VIENNA VA. 6 FL. OZS.
base: B
I painted some of the raised embossing to make it stand out better.
victory_03 This bottle is the same color, size & embossing as the bottle above. The difference is that this one has a "patented priof" top. It was designed so that you could pry the bottle cap off with a coin. Click on the photo to zoom in and see it close up. The additional embossing on the lip says:
embossed on the lip: REGISTERED PATENTED PRIOF
priof_01 This is a close-up of the "PRIOF" lip on the bottle above.
victory_02 This is a clear, 7.75" crown top bottle with three rings, embossed:
front in round pattern: VICTORY/ BOTTLING WORKS / W.T. BUSER / PROP. / VIENNA, VA.
front along heel: REGISTERED
back along heel: 7 FL. OZ.
base: 25N1
victory_05 Although this bottle has seen better days, when it was new it looked just like the bottle above except that the embossing is in an oval slug plate on this bottle. It's clear, 7.75" and embossed:
oval slugplate: VICTORY/ BOTTLING WORKS / W.T. BUSER / PROP. / VIENNA, VA.
below slugplate: REGISTERED
back along heel: 7 FL. OZ.
base: 'R' in a triangle
victory_04 This is a half of a bottle that is the same as the one above with the slug plate. It's a little bit clearer & easier to read.


1 Dates of operation estimated based on various articles in Fairfax Herald Newspaper




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