In the face of the amount of plastic we use these days people are turning back to materials commonly used in earlier times, such as glass, metal and ceramics.

Whangārei Museum's collection at Kiwi North includes hundreds of examples of early forms of packaging, especially bottles.

Despite mostly being only of interest to bottle collectors, their many features actually can tell us fascinating stories about our past.

Machine seals, makers' marks and wear from use are particularly useful when analysing artefacts to discover their histories.

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"Aerated Water and Cordial Manufacturers" was a common label on crates and bottles from the

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