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'Scho-Ka-Kola' - Then & Now !

Discussion in 'Uniforms, Personal Gear (Kit) and Accessories' started by Martin Bull, Dec 30, 2011.

  1. Victor Gomez

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    In those days I think the U.S. used tin as much as anyone else.....especially with tobaccos.......remembering disrespectfully "Prince Albert" kept in the can which I heard as a joke so many times. I do only remember chocolates coming in paper wraps or foil wraps....not often in a tin unless it was special Valentine's day candy. While working graveyard shifts the coffee that came in tins was mixed with the chocolate used for hot drinks to make a more potent caffeine mix for staying awake. That actually got to be a little too much caffeine for me so I would avoid that wanting to be able to get some daytime sleep.

    Oh and I read someplace that our simple tin cans became an important export to Japan where they began in post war years to re-use the tins for the making of many toys, odds, and ends that were often sold back to the U.S.----I remember these toy cap guns and toy cars made from thin recycled tins in my Xmas stockings that were often cheaply purchased. The toys never lasted very long before falling apart but were a good temporary thrill for many youngsters. Perhaps others can remember the red netting Xmas stocking filled with hard candy and cheap toys that could be bought at "Woolsworth" stores. We might get one of those at Xmas time often handed out by our local fire department as I remember or other civic groups.
     
  2. Martin Bull

    Martin Bull Acting Wg. Cdr

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    Another one for the Scho-Ka-Holics......a bag of rust arrived from the Volgograd area and included this...

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    The '1939' date can still be seen. Maybe not the most pristine item in my collection, but you can't help speculating about who ate the chocolate....
     
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    Good enough Martin, I still don't have a decent dated wehrmacht packing either. They go for over 50 euros a piece now, I'd rather buy some real chocolate and coffee ....
     
  4. Martin Bull

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    I agree - I refuse to pay 'silly' prices. I'm sure that if you are patient, you'll find a good, reasonably-priced tin.

    The genuine, 'modern' item is now getting easier to find in the UK ( maybe for our increasing population of re-enactors :dance3: ) and it's very good.....
     
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    You're right . Put it this way. it's nothing more than some sort of solid ancestor of Redbull , so would you be ready to pay a fortune for an empty Redbull can in a few decades? :dance4:
     
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    Never saw this one with a month date before.

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  7. Martin Bull

    Martin Bull Acting Wg. Cdr

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    I've never seen one, but then neither have I ever seen the rare cardboard packaging.

    But there are photos on pages 264-266 of the book 'Rations Of The German Whrmacht' showing this. Apparently, it is believed that month-dating was usually stamped on milk-chocolate Scho-Ka-Kola.
     
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    ok, I just missed this one on Ebay France . Too bad, It seemed a goodie
     
  9. Martin Bull

    Martin Bull Acting Wg. Cdr

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    That is indeed a shame - I'd love to have one in my collection...... :headbonk:
     
  10. Morg308

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    I found out about this stuff when I was researching the book - I didn't know they still made it! I have GOT to order some. Think I'll order a tin or two as well for my German reenactor friend who helped me so much.
     
  11. Martin Bull

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    I've just topped-up my own stock.....
     
  12. Skipper

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    Let us know then , you sneaky boy. btw I have just found out the Anglo-French also had a similar shaped box in 1940 with vitamine fruit sweets called "Roberjak" (Robert, the French and Jack the British).

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    Ever seen a D.R.K Schoka-Kola box? I didn"t even know they existed.

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  14. Martin Bull

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    I have never seen this before - most interesting !
     

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