bottle (Irn Bru)

Clear glass bottle with crown top lip - the whole in the classic skittle bottle shape with barley twist pattern and the face of the comic strip character Ba-Bru on the front.
The ‘Adventures of Ba-Bru and Sandy’ first appeared in Scottish newspapers in the early 1930s. Ba-Bru was inspired by the character of ‘Sabu’ in Rudyard Kipling’s book ‘Sabu The Elephant Boy’. Ba-Bru and Sandy introduced generations of Scots to Barr’s IRON BREW and were the longest running advertising cartoon in history, lasting until the early 1970s.
Along with the comic, a neon sign featuring Ba-Bru stood outside Glasgow Central Station for many years, eventually being removed in the late 1970s.
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embossing:side:"BA-BRU BA-BRU / BARR [on each band]/ BARR REGD TRADE MARK/ BARR REGD TRADE MARK"
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Dimensions:0 - Whole:H 19.4cm (H 7 5/8")
Dimensions:base:Dia 5.8cm (Dia 2 5/16")
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