Some collections are hidden away in a safe deposit box, some are displayed for all to see. Some are a work in progress and some collections are complete. And some are completely dismembered after a move. Such is the case with Molly Bach and her precariously placed Pepsi paraphernalia pile.
“We moved a few months ago, and I guess this box just never made it inside,” says Bach. “I’m glad I know where it is now, though I don’t have any room for it inside at the moment.”
For nearly all her life, Bach has lived in or around the Beaverdale area. She began accumulating various Pepsi products as young as 2 years old from her former neighbor who worked for Pepsi. From age 2 to 12, Bach says, the only soda available in her home was from Pepsi.
“He would bring over ‘expired’ but not expired — past sell date — Pepsi for us to drink as well as winning bottle caps that you could get free bottles with,” Bach says. “But also he’d bring us key chains, Christmas ornaments and sometimes he’d give us rides on his soda dolly.”
While many of the smaller knickknacks have been lost to couches and time, Bach still has some of her favorite pieces like her neon light, Pepsi menu and assortment of old-time glass bottles. One even commemorates the 1977 Iowa/Iowa State football game (the first meeting between the two since 1934) that awarded the first Cy-Hawk Trophy.
After pulling out her Pepsi menu boards, Bach couldn’t help but laugh at the lingering letters on display.
“Those were all the condiments my roommates and I had in our refrigerator at our old place,” Bach says. “To be honest, those are probably the same things we have in our current fridge.”
Like her choice in condiments, Pepsi has been a constant in Bach’s life. Her favorite flavor is Wild Cherry Pepsi, and now and again she’ll lament on past flavors like Pepsi Twist (with a hint of lemon) and Pepsi Blue (berry cola fusion) that are no longer available.
“Even though all this stuff has memories attached to it, the one that stands out most is the time spent walking with my sister or my friends — or both — to the Git-N-Go for a nice cold glass bottle of the stuff,” says Bach. “It doesn’t get much better than that.”
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