Tuesday, May 31, 2011
SOLD primitive wooden beverage crate- $54
The famed Cammarano Brothers operated a veritable, old-skool beverage distributorship in Tacoma from the 1920's to 2001 when they finally closed their doors. the 3 brothers kept the region's hard-working men (and women) stocked with all the good ol' beers from back in the day- they were early distributors of Rainier, Hamms, Schlitz, and Pabst Blue Ribbon. (daily fun fact- Cammarano Bros. was the first distributor to sell a million cases of Rainier beer.) they also ventured into distributing other sorts of carbonated beverages, including sodas from the Double Cola, Co., located in Chattanooga, TN.
this great vintage crate with dovetail corners is adorned with both the distinctive red DOUBLE COLA logo and Cammarano Beverages crest and it's a beaut, let me tell you. i discovered it hidden in the back room of an old roadhouse-converted-to-antique-shop along the 101, deep in rural washington's rainforest country. it sat in the same spot for many years, soaking up the dusky smoke coming from the hulking wood-burning stove that sits in the corner of the shop, working overtime to dull the constant damp chill. someone needs to give this old champ a new home- maybe one that involves some sunshine. it's sturdy as all heck and ready to go.